New Orleans Times-Picayune's Scores

  • Movies
For 879 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 20 For a Good Time, Call...
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 879
879 movie reviews
  1. Grant and Parker's talents are wasted on a boring, made-for-TV story punctuated by a contrived, throwaway third act.
  2. 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.
  3. But Jack and Jill? Oh, Al.
  4. 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.
  5. Rather than a moving story of sisterly love, we get little more than a grandly appointed disappointment.
  6. Beautifully shot, but terribly dull.
  7. It feels more like a poor man's "Poltergeist, " minus the static-filled TV.
  8. Even if The Bounty Hunter is more plot-driven than your standard romantic comedy, it's never quite as funny as it should be.
  9. The school freak, played by Mary-Kate Olsen, misses a chance to really have some fun as this story's wicked witch.
  10. Little more than a glorified situation comedy. The problem is, it's all situation and no comedy.
  11. It is fluffy, yes, but it also is ugly and annoying and something you neither want nor need.
  12. Almodovar lets his movie become boring, and insufferably so.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Clever story? Pass. Originality? Nah. A smidgen of real humor to keep parents entertained along with the kiddies? Smurf you.
  17. Anthony Hopkins still does elegant menace better than anyone.
  18. For movie-goers who like a little cleverness with their comedy, however, one word: N-opa.
  19. In the end, Carpenter offers a reasonably nice payoff to this whole misfire.
  20. I guess I can't call the movie sexist as it was largely produced, directed and written by women. So I'll settle for calling it dull, corny and amateurish instead.
  21. Most of the time, however, Post Grad just coasts along, flat as a mortar board, and as forgettable as a ... oh, I forgot already.
  22. 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.
  23. A movie that wears its heart on its sleeve.
  24. Red Riding Hood needs a better agent.
  25. A textbook example of ye olde two-joke movie.
  26. 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.
  27. While infants and imbeciles might get caught up in whirlwind action, most viewers should brace themselves for a less-than-wondrous return to Wonderland.
  28. The problem is that there's nothing of substance to hold together those occasionally fun moments of often-grotesque absurdity.
  29. This is the kind of film that feels like a dream - but not in the good way. Rather, it resembles a dream in that it is made up of disjointed, loosely connected bits of surrealist craziness - ideas that might have seemed interesting in the twilight hours but that don't come close to standing up to the light of day.
  30. What we end up with is a meandering mishmash of tasteless jokes and a tendency for extended non sequitur riffs.

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