New Orleans Times-Picayune's Scores

  • Movies
For 751 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 A Single Man
Lowest review score: 20 Grown Ups 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 751
751 movie reviews
  1. A predictable but painless pastiche of high school drama clich├ęs that will give its intended tween audience a lot to squeal about -- and leave their parents reminiscing quietly about how good films from '80s icon John Hughes were.
  2. This isn't the kind of film that will leave audiences in awe of clever writing. Rather, it will leave them thinking how much Fuqua wanted to make a movie version of "The Wire."
  3. A satisfying dose of wild imagination and unbridled silliness.
  4. The result is an often-screwball jaunt that isn't without its fun moments.
  5. These characters are so likeable, and so well-portrayed, that it's easy to go along with it all.
  6. As clearly calculated and self-consciously cutesy as it is, it's also tender and meaningful stuff -- and far more watchable than other recent attempts to capture the existential angst of adolescence. ("The Art of Getting By.")
  7. I've got a fourth verb to add to the comma-challenged title of Julia Roberts' how-to-be-happy travelogue, Eat Pray Love. How about "edit"?
  8. It boasts strong acting and a nice dose of suspense.
  9. Getting two biographies on the same person in such a short window is unusual. What's even more unusual is that both suffer from the same flaw.
  10. What Kwapis does do, however, is nicely handle the film's whale of an emotional payoff.
  11. It's easy to be interested in the characters' lives -- as tragic as they are -- but it's not nearly as easy to become emotionally invested in them.
  12. Don't expect there to be a run on Secret of Kells action figures any time soon.
  13. If there's a prevailing problem with director Richard Loncraine's bit of period fluff, it's that many of the characters encountered along the way are a touch too cartoonish to resonate meaningfully with audiences.
  14. One major reason it succeeds is because of 11-year-old actress Bailee Madison, who brings a wonderful believability to her role as the girl at the center of the film.
  15. All along, though, I was struck by an even stronger feeling, that I was sitting in on somebody else's therapy session. That's not a comfortable feeling -- and that makes Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close considerably less rewarding than it should be.
  16. How do you know when a romantic comedy just isn't working? Key indicators are that your audience doesn't get goose bumps in the inevitable third-act reunion. They don't get misty-eyed. In short, they don't really care.
  17. What we're left with is a movie that is about as nourishing as the Junior Mints and nachos available at the theater snack bar. But, then, many a Friday night dinner has been made of far less.
  18. There isn't a whole lot of nuance in writer-director Rachid Bouchareb's unapologetically political movie. As such, it doesn't take much brainpower for a viewer to stay a step or two ahead of his plot the entire way.
  19. These women deserve to have their voices heard, and this film finally lets them have their say.
  20. Leisurely paced and plot-challenged, it's too unique and kindhearted to be outright disliked, but it's not the kind of film you can get too close to, either.
  21. Once the real story hits its stride, it's easy to get lost in Sanctum.
  22. Best of all, here there be fun.
  23. It's a fun one to talk about -- if only for the opportunity to shake your head in amused disbelief at what you just saw.
  24. A film that is neither great nor horrible. Favreau does enough things right in Cowboys & Aliens to churn out a mostly enjoyable bit of mindless summertime action, just not enough to come close to rivaling his 2008 crowd-pleaser "Iron Man."
  25. It's probably best not to think very hard about any of it -- just dummy up and laugh along.
  26. As fun as it is at times -- particularly early on -- the longer The Sorcerer's Apprentice goes on, the more the magic wears off.
  27. Potiche never becomes funny enough or interesting enough.
  28. The result is a film that is equal parts fluff and tough.
  29. There's humor there, but this is a "smart" comedy, which is to say it's not intended to make you guffaw.
  30. What it does have going for it are its lead actors -- Brand and Hill both know exactly how to deliver a punch line -- and a lead character who represents one of the best bits of rock 'n' roll satire since "This Is Spinal Tap."

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