Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 9,682 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
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
9682 movie reviews
  1. Its style is spare, rigorous, almost anti-dramatic, but it deals thoughtfully with some of the most complex elements of the human equation.
  2. If there is a temptation to canonize Selma and brush aside its less successful elements, that's not surprising given how good much of it is and the heroic nature of the story, not to mention the decades it's taken for this history to reach the screen.
  3. Elle is a gripping whodunit, a tour de force of psychological suspense and a wickedly droll comedy of manners.
  4. It combines delightful humor and charm with what movies at their best have always conveyed: the honest power of pure emotion. It is a movie love story and a love note to the movies, all at the same time.
  5. It takes exceptional acting to enable a story like this to take hold, and Campion has gotten it here. [19 Nov 1993]
    • Los Angeles Times
  6. GoodFellas is "Raging Bull" squared. [20 September 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
  7. A memory play and a sleight of hand, Eternal Sunshine is more than anything else deeply sincere. Like Spike Jonze, who directed "Adaptation" and "Being John Malkovich," Gondry succeeds principally by balancing Kaufman's churning skepticism with unflinching hope.
  8. The most memorable section of the film is the chilling quarter-hour devoted to the apprehension and eventual murder of the Clutter family. Captured in unblinking, neo-documentary detail, it freezes the blood just as they did all those decades ago.
  9. May be the best "new" American movie released this year. [11 Sept 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
  10. Brooding, beautifully made and almost impossible for Americans to see -- Quai des Orfèvres, makes a triumphant reappearance on theatrical screens after an absence of about 50 years.
  11. Letters From Iwo Jima, takes audiences to a place that would seem unimaginable for an American director. Daring and significant, it presents a picture from life's other side, not only showing what wartime was like for our Japanese adversaries on that island in the Pacific but also actually telling the story in their language. Which turns out to be no small thing.
  12. The music is so rich and completely satisfying and the characters so appealing Once makes us believe that this is all happening right in front of our eyes. We fall for each of these young people at the precise moment they are falling for each other, and what could be better than that?
  13. Ghost World is above all a disquieting consciousness-raiser.
  14. Echoes the unmistakable freshness and excitement of the Nouvelle Vague, the sense of joy in being alive and making movies, that made those works distinctive and unforgettable.
  15. Miller and Futterman avoid the pitfalls of the genre by refusing to mythologize the artist, plunging instead into the soul of the man.
  16. This is a difficult film to pigeonhole, an indefinable mixture of genres and attitudes that is by turns off-the-wall and serious, comic and sad.
  17. It is one of those scorching films that burns through emotions, uses up actors, wrings out audiences. And the jazz, well, it has its own moments of brutal, breathtaking fusion.
  18. Things to Come holds us completely. A life is unfolding here, under our eyes, and we never lose sight of how special that is.
  19. The writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment.
  20. Like so much of Ceylan's work, Winter Sleep is a haunting piece.
  21. The telling is beautiful and explicit. The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal.
  22. Citizenfour is a formidable viewing experience, but it's not necessarily a problem-free film.
  23. Not just an especially subtle and thoughtful psychological drama, it's a provocative, even an unnerving one as well.
  24. The wonderful thing about Band of Outsiders is that the daring elements that jazzed audiences then have the same power to intoxicate all these years later.
  25. As unspoiled in its key elements as the day it was made, "On the Waterfront" is indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished. Even more today than half a century ago, it demands to be seen.
  26. Poignant, wise and unafraid -- just the sort of film for a young person, or any person, for that matter, to make.
  27. A magnificent film almost no one knows about, this hidden classic offers a wider variety of pleasures than most contemporary works can even aspire to.
  28. After watching Charles Ferguson's powerhouse documentary about the global economic crisis, you will more than understand what went down - you will be thunderstruck and boiling with rage.
  29. If the second film never reaches the highs of the first -- we have met the players before and there are no new worlds of wonder -- it nonetheless invests moviegoing with a sense of adventure.
  30. Never loses its priceless stamp of individuality. Reduced to its essence, this is a joke told by a person, not a corporation--and that makes all the difference.

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