Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 11,131 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Black Hawk Down
Lowest review score: 0 Dance Baby Dance
Score distribution:
11131 movie reviews
  1. Unlike a lot of institutional raunch in today's comedy, Humpday finds laughs out of what is rarely made explicit between buddies.
  2. A vibrant and joyous new documentary.
  3. You can reliably forecast most of the beats in Blayne Weaver's breezy romantic comedy Weather Girl, but that doesn't diminish the small pleasures the movie delivers.
  4. Entertaining, nostalgic and well-organized documentary.
  5. This is a film with a mission: Get to the grand-gesture climax without disturbing any clichés in its path.
  6. A sometimes lively, sometimes listless wilderness adventure that will keep the kids cool and mildly entertained for a little while.
  7. Simultaneously an art film and a crime film, Mann's latest work may not give you a ton to hang on to emotionally, but the beauty and skill of the filmmaking keep you tightly in its grasp.
  8. A lovely bit of memory and mischief.
  9. There is always a fine line between moving and manipulation in telling heartbreaking stories, and it is here that Cassavetes largely fails us. Where restraint might have raised up My Sister's Keeper, a heavy hand has brought it down.
  10. Overwhelmingly tense, overflowing with crackling verisimilitude, it's both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's been long expected from director Kathryn Bigelow.
  11. If you believe that bringing the questionable virtues of "American Idol" to Afghanistan would do that beleaguered nation no favors, the remarkable documentary Afghan Star will change your mind in an instant.
  12. Michelle Pfeiffer is back, and her reappearance in Cheri, her best role in quite some time, underlines not only how much she's been missed but also how much the world of film has lost by her absence.
  13. While Giovinazzo's crude approach undercuts his occasional stab at gravitas, "Cracktown's" cast keeps things in the ballpark of relatable humanity. Best of the lot is Kerry Washington.
  14. Kabir Khan's New York -- part Bollywood potboiler, part overwrought examination of the war on terror -- is a slice of the Big Apple that you should skip.
  15. The Stoning of Soraya M. goes well beyond its angry didacticism and its specific indictment of men's oppression of women to achieve the impact of a Greek tragedy through its masterful grasp of suspense and group psychology, and some superb acting.
  16. At the end, all is horrifically explained, the body count inflates, yet hardly anything makes sense. In Papa Lynch's films, little is explained, yet because he's so gifted at mining our deepest fears and scariest desires, logic is excused.
  17. Exhilarating or excruciating, depending on your point of view.
  18. There is no real plot either; instead the narrative seems designed to get this prehistoric pair from one funny sketch to the next, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
  19. Just a good old-fashioned romance, one in which people actually bring out the best in one another rather than the worst. How novel is that?
  20. Less than the sum of its parts. The connective tissue of its episodes and set pieces -- some of which pack a memorable punch -- is not a compelling story line but the painterly physicality of the movie's stop-motion animation.
  21. Any horror movie with the moxie to play Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" during a zombie attack can't be all bad.
  22. An apocalyptic documentary that is as beautiful as it is damning.
  23. A sour romantic comedy, only sporadically amusing.
  24. Frightening, powerful stuff.
  25. So professionally done you rarely have the luxury of taking your eyes off the screen.
  26. Essential viewing.
  27. Try as they might, the filmmakers never hit the outer reaches of imagination that both Kubrick and Bowie did. Which is not to say the film completely implodes into a black hole either.
  28. In his illuminating, timelessly timely Sex Positive documentary, Daryl Wein calls attention both to unjustly neglected pioneering AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz and his still widely ignored groundbreaking promotion of safe sex.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Best when exploring the nitty gritty of N'Dour's life as a musician, favorite son and cultural ambassador.
  29. In Tetro, nearly every time Coppola should have clung to intimacy, he opts for excess. Especially tedious are the meta excerpts from staged productions -- overcompensation trying to masquerade as illumination. Regrettable since there is such fine work being done in the smaller moments.

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