New Orleans Times-Picayune's Scores

  • Movies
For 668 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% 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 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 20 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 668
668 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Almodovar lets his movie become boring, and insufferably so.
  3. Beautifully shot, but terribly dull.
  4. The fight sequences are briskly choreographed at least, gruesome though they are -- and, to be honest, that goes a long way in a film such as this. In fact they may be the only reason to see it, other than the chance to see Van Damme in full Col. Kurtz mode, all face-painted and droopy-eyed and bat-poop crazy.
  5. In other words, For a Good Time is not a good time. For that, you'll have to dust off your Nintendo and reacquaint yourself with "The Legend of Zelda" -- and hope that one of these days somebody can give "Bridesmaids" some real competition.
  6. It feels more like a poor man's "Poltergeist, " minus the static-filled TV.
  7. Unimaginative and painfully generic.
  8. No, Funeral Kings isn't quite dead on arrival -- but it's not too far from needing life support.
  9. 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.
  10. In the half-baked American Reunion, though, they might have accomplished what no previous chapter has: They might have just killed it.
  11. There's really nothing definitive about Emperor. Or memorable, for that matter.
  12. The chief problem with such gimmick films -- including Maniac -- is that storytelling so often takes a back seat to the gimmick du jour, resulting movie that can be interesting from a technical perspective but not nearly as compelling as one would want.
  13. It features predictable humor and an underdeveloped story.
  14. 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.
  15. But artistically interesting only takes a film so far. What it needs are laughs- - or at least a compelling narrative. It's got neither -- with the result being a film that arrives as dead as a certain parrot from a certain skit. One of the funny ones.
  16. 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.
  17. Anthony Hopkins still does elegant menace better than anyone.
  18. A movie that wears its heart on its sleeve.
  19. Rather than a moving story of sisterly love, we get little more than a grandly appointed disappointment.
  20. 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.
  21. The school freak, played by Mary-Kate Olsen, misses a chance to really have some fun as this story's wicked witch.
  22. In the end, Carpenter offers a reasonably nice payoff to this whole misfire.
  23. Unfortunately, Think Like a Man Too never takes the time to elevate any of those characters to beyond mere cardboard cutouts.
  24. It's also deeply flawed, an emotionally exhausting film with a payoff that is limited at best, and a bit self-indulgent to boot. So while Haggis has proven himself a first-rate filmmaker and storyteller, by his standards, Third Person is little more than a second-rate effort.
  25. What they're missing here is a story good enough to warrant visiting the same uncomfortably dark place and characters worth caring about. Instead, what we get is a film that boasts tons of atmosphere and flashes of Refn's visual style -- as well as an admirably unhinged performance from Kristen Scott Thomas -- but little else.
  26. 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.
  27. It is fluffy, yes, but it also is ugly and annoying and something you neither want nor need.
  28. Most of the time, however, Post Grad just coasts along, flat as a mortar board, and as forgettable as a ... oh, I forgot already.
  29. For movie-goers who like a little cleverness with their comedy, however, one word: N-opa.
  30. 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.

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