New Orleans Times-Picayune's Scores

  • Movies
For 682 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 20 Third Person
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 682
682 movie reviews
  1. It is nothing if not a nice film. But it's little more than that.
  2. With no real beginning and no real ending, the unsatisfying "Mockingjay Part 1" is essentially all middle -- one big, stretched out, watered-down second act. The result is a handsome film, but also a talky one that takes a while to hit its storytelling stride and that, once there, repeatedly stalls to fill time.
  3. And let's be honest: Hawking and Wilde's romance is lovely in its own way. But his scientific work? That's important. That's staggering. That's life-changing, not just for him, but for all of us. And The Theory of Everything? Despite that title, and despite those performances, it just doesn't feel like any of those things.
  4. Unfortunately, the longer this Annie goes on, the more steam it loses.
  5. As strong as that cast and those visuals are, however, they don't quite add up enough to guarantee a happily-ever-after for moviegoers looking for a memorable in-theater experience.
  6. This is what makes Anderson's film so infuriating. It's so damned irresistible -- until it becomes so damned insufferable, getting lost in a marijuana fog of poorly explained plot developments and indecipherable twists. Still, it's hard to look away for fear of missing some other equally inspired flourish.
  7. For movie-goers who like a little cleverness with their comedy, however, one word: N-opa.
  8. Almodovar lets his movie become boring, and insufferably so.
  9. Anthony Hopkins still does elegant menace better than anyone.
  10. Even if The Bounty Hunter is more plot-driven than your standard romantic comedy, it's never quite as funny as it should be.
  11. You can't just cast an appealing actress in the lead role -- in this case Queen Latifah ("Valentine's Day, " "The Secret Life of Bees") -- and expect her to do all the heavy lifting.
  12. Little more than a glorified situation comedy. The problem is, it's all situation and no comedy.
  13. The really annoying thing about Jack Black's Gulliver's Travels is not so much that it's a bad movie -- it is bad, but only run-of-the-mill bad, not epic-misfire bad -- but that the movie sullies a piece of literature that has endured for nearly 300 years for the sake of a cheap kiddie flick that'll be forgotten in a month.
  14. Dumont's fans might find this latest exercise enjoyable, but his style of filmmaking is an acquired taste. I doubt those without that taste are going to acquire it here.
  15. The school freak, played by Mary-Kate Olsen, misses a chance to really have some fun as this story's wicked witch.
  16. It feels more like a poor man's "Poltergeist, " minus the static-filled TV.
  17. Grant and Parker's talents are wasted on a boring, made-for-TV story punctuated by a contrived, throwaway third act.
  18. It is fluffy, yes, but it also is ugly and annoying and something you neither want nor need.
  19. Right off the bat, things start falling apart for Wiesen's film. While Highmore is more than capable of playing smart and tender, he has yet to figure out how to believably portray so much as a shred of the danger or rebelliousness required for this role.
  20. In the end, Carpenter offers a reasonably nice payoff to this whole misfire.
  21. Clever story? Pass. Originality? Nah. A smidgen of real humor to keep parents entertained along with the kiddies? Smurf you.
  22. Rather than a moving story of sisterly love, we get little more than a grandly appointed disappointment.
  23. Beautifully shot, but terribly dull.
  24. A message movie that struggles mightily to make an impact but never comes close to capturing the gritty realism on which any blues singer builds his career.
  25. But Jack and Jill? Oh, Al.
  26. Most of the time, however, Post Grad just coasts along, flat as a mortar board, and as forgettable as a ... oh, I forgot already.
  27. The characters aren't fully formed enough to care about, the humor is baseball-bat dull, and the story - such as it is - is never treated as anything more than a half-hearted means to get the audiences from one spectacular snuffing to the next.
  28. Early on in The Slammin' Salmon, a customer sends back a plate of undercooked fish. I can't imagine a better metaphor for a movie that is named after a fish and that is as half-baked as this one is.
  29. A movie that wears its heart on its sleeve.
  30. A textbook example of ye olde two-joke movie.

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