Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 9,751 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Almost Famous
Lowest review score: 0 Eating Out: All You Can Eat
Score distribution:
9751 movie reviews
  1. Paradoxically, it is Shawshank's zealousness in trying to cast a rosy glow over the prison experience that makes us feel we're doing harder time than the folks inside. [23 Sept 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
  2. Ngoc and Faunce certainly make fascinating subjects, and the film persuasively argues to give them the benefit of the doubt. But one can't help but think that in the hands of a shrewder filmmaker like Errol Morris, this stranger-than-fiction account would have been absolutely riveting.
  3. Oone of those movies that falls between complete disaster and loads of fun. Mild amusement is probably about right.
  4. As it stands, "Terms" proves too uncertain.
  5. It's overwhelming and, in a curious way, it's charming, but at the center, even though you see it in the right place, you detect not a heart, or a mind, but something like a hot, roasted marshmallow beating and burbling within a thickened, ursine breast.
  6. As glossy and tony as its rarefied subject matter, Crazy About Tiffany's, although entertaining enough, might be one of the least socially conscious documentaries since writer-director Matthew Miele's last valentine to high-end shopping, 2013's "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's."
  7. Hindered by its own theatricality, Beyond the Sea feels at once hermetic, defensive and corny.
  8. Laguionie's animation is a lovely jumble of thick lines and saturated pastels...But while the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough to get The Painting nominated for a 2012 Cesar Award, its big ideas about equality and friendship are flatly 2-D.
  9. The documentary Craigslist Joe fulfills its unique premise - without providing much in the way of stakes, obstacles, tension or, frankly, greater meaning.
  10. Likké should be applauded for tackling a subject that's bristling with sociopolitical thorns and that raises some provocative questions, particularly about what we find attractive in other people and why.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Without insight, memorable dialogue or interesting characters, Fat Girls quickly wears thin.
  11. Clocking in at more than two hours, the movie teeters between psychological horror and violent blood-letting and, as such, probably won't completely satisfy fans in either camp.
  12. While Extract is mildly amusing and a slice of a mostly working-class world that doesn't make it into comedy that much anymore, it's not completely convincing as a movie.
  13. The engaging plot gets a bit absurd toward the end.
  14. Chases, crashes and explosions are thick on the land in the second half of this movie, but though they are expertly done, their size, frequency and increasing disconnection from what was once a coherent story leave you feeling pummeled rather than exhilarated.
  15. I realize that making Immortals immortal was way too much to ask, but frankly, just a shade more plausible, not to mention pleasurable, would have been nice.
  16. Without its lead, whose full-throttle portrait is at least a burning flame, Gold wouldn’t work on any level.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Lee's attempt at making a romantic comedy that black audiences can enjoy without having to reimagine themselves as Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
    • Los Angeles Times
  17. Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.
  18. Tears of Gaza is both horrifying and frustrating. This documentary's goals are noble ones, but its execution is something else again.
  19. The Last Five Years is not unpleasant to watch — the leads are delightful — but as a movie experience, it's not especially satisfying either.
  20. The problem with It's Complicated, a romantic comedy about the menopausal crowd starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, is that it's not nearly complicated enough.
  21. It's excusable for a sheltered novice filmmaker to be out of touch like this, but not for a veteran.
  22. A melodramatic third act strains to reconcile the film's disparate parts, and the feel-good ending is not quite earned. Still, the film offers a few lessons for those inclined to hear them.
  23. A fast and clever con-gone-wrong comedy that reflects the writer-director's characteristic blend of the intellectual and the criminal. But it lacks anyone to care about--even the repellent characters are less than fascinating--and the result is a crisply made movie that is no more than mildly amusing.
  24. Chicken Little, though it has its moments, mostly just feels anxious and overreaching. It tries to be all things to all people and fails to be anything to anyone.
  25. What creeps in is the dramatic simple-mindedness attendant with a purity-of-purpose mind-set.
  26. Lacks the sharpness and sophistication necessary for it to appeal beyond Indian audiences.
  27. It's the angriest film an unfailingly angry filmmaker has yet made, skewering almost everyone in it, both black and white.
  28. The fifth film in the series still executes creative kills; if only the same attention were paid to the rest of the movie.

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