Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 10,354 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Dragon Inn (1967)
Lowest review score: 0 Dead Silence
Score distribution:
10354 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dark Horse is a comedy of bad manners that's imbued with uncertainty about the world and one man's place in it. Modest and mildly entertaining, it's a miniature portrait of a potentially jumbo-sized failure.
  1. For a film that has allegedly undergone extensive tinkering following its premiere at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Down in the Valley abounds in nagging loose ends and suffers overall from logy pacing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Step Brothers is not a retread so much as a reduction, stripping away the magical pretext of "Elf" and the period trappings of "Anchorman" to get to the heart of the thriving man-boy genre.
  2. Lee's energy never flags, and She Hate Me resonates with authority and impact and daring, but the messages it sends are mixed.
  3. Copeland's victories are shortchanged by the film's prevailing sense of detachment from its main subject.
  4. Besson's restored Big Blue proves mystical, intriguing.
  5. Ultimately satisfying and successful version of the opening volume of the celebrated "His Dark Materials" trilogy.
  6. An acceptable star vehicle, no better or worse than it should be, a well-worn standard diversion that gets the job done without eliciting either howls of fury or paroxysms of delight.
  7. Solidly done if somewhat unremarkable, there is nothing particularly wrong with "Broken," nothing that needs fixing exactly, and yet it never fully comes together.
  8. Even fairy tales could use a bit more substance than this.
  9. Gibson has made a movie that is somehow both deeply dishonest and crushingly sincere — and still at war with itself, long after the final shot has been fired.
  10. The lack of a compelling lead figure, combined with Schnabel's tentative approach to the material, casts the film's later stretches in the balmy glow of soap opera.
  11. Skims a host of provocative surfaces without truly dissecting the self-absorbed playboy.
  12. For all its visual surprises and visceral shocks, Lunacy is still the kind of film that is easier to admire than it is to actually like.
  13. Although Fontaine, a former soap opera actor, hits the saga's sins-of-the-fathers theme too often, there's a palpable small-town-in-transition feel to the fictional Braxton.... And there's no denying Fontaine's reflective but rumpled Rolando Ramirez is an interesting protagonist.
  14. Droll, unforced humor and low-magnitude emotional tremors register persuasively thanks to the natural performances of the three leads.
  15. Like its central character, Henry Jaglom's 16th feature is gangly and graceful, awkward and tender, a jumble of astute observation and clunkily heightened reality.
  16. The pervasive historical reenactments and voiceovers, however, while clearly well-intended, often turn this otherwise vital film into an uneasy hybrid of authenticity and artifice.
  17. If director Emmanuelle Bercot's feature isn't always dramatically satisfying, it is fueled by the fine, flinty chemistry of Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel and newcomer Rod Paradot.
  18. Dear Frankie's surprises are few and low-key, but the story wraps up nicely.
  19. Although it favors breadth over depth, the documentary The United States of Autism offers a tender look at an eclectic array of children, their parents and other individuals affected by this ever-increasing developmental disability.
  20. There's enough atmosphere, mayhem and just plain energy to make the film a viable midnight movie.
  21. An oddly appealing, if innocuous, movie of considerable charm.
  22. The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own.
  23. There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is particularly good in the scenes with the promising young Hernandez.
  24. It would be dishonest to deny that Jade Scorpion has amusing moments, but it never gets better than that and often settles for less.
  25. A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.
  26. Sophie Deraspe's film is a compelling anatomy of an Internet hoax.
  27. Despite the creakiness of the vehicle, there are some genuinely funny moments and observations.
  28. As enjoyable as this film is in parts, it's not nearly as successful as a whole. Enormously engaging in its opening segments, it's unable to sustain that good feeling over the long haul.

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