New Orleans Times-Picayune's Scores

  • Movies
For 714 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Wild
Lowest review score: 20 That's My Boy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 714
714 movie reviews
  1. What we get is a an intriguing relationship drama, one that is at times darkly funny, at others thought-provoking, but mostly piano-wire tense.
  2. What plays out is something like CSPAN 1865. That is, it's dense, talky stuff at times -- particularly at its start, as the film takes a good 15 minutes to gain traction -- but also highly rewarding and instructive.
  3. A thoroughly and unmistakably modern film so rooted in the now that it's bound to be remembered as a cinematic landmark.
  4. It is a thoughtful film, a serious one, and one that is sneakily affecting.
  5. Sharp, brisk and highly entertaining.
  6. What Anderson's talky and willfully opaque film doesn't have, however, is an unfailingly compelling story to tell.
  7. This is a film your preschooler will sit through, and attentively. Better yet, parents who appreciate the artistry of a well-made animated film also stand to be swept up in what is a delightful little tale.
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild is not only a wonderful story -- a portrait of intestinal fortitude in the face of enormous change -- but it's our story, forged in our own shared recent history and dripping with flood, sweat and tears.
  9. It's the same fine line that so often separates artfulness and "trying too hard" -- a line that Lebanon tramples all over.
  10. It's a career-making performance that relies as much on charm as on acting ability -- and Mulligan has both.
  11. All of the pieces fall into place by the third act -- or most of them, anyway. But Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is such a cold, unemotional film that getting there is a chore, muting the payoff.
  12. If you appreciate historical melodrama, you could do worse than Vincere.
  13. All in all, Nichols ends up with a richly drawn, and at times disturbing, portrait of one man's descent into madness.
  14. These characters are so compelling that their stories are easy to get caught up in. As with "A Separation," Farhadi's drama never strikes a resoundingly false note -- which is a precious thing in movies lately -- and as such is a film that promises moving rewards.
  15. A film that is beautiful, harrowing, heartbreaking -- and necessary.
  16. This film is undoubtedly a piece of art, as much so as a Picasso painting, one that invites viewers to immerse themselves, scratch their heads and consider it.
  17. Fruitvale Station is only the first in a string of civil-rights minded movies set to hit theaters this year -- contributing to what could be the most racially conscious award season in recent memory.
  18. A thoroughly endearing journey, and one of the most enjoyable and touching movies to land in theaters so far this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mike Leigh's awesomely overpraised Naked is that one-in-a-hundred mediocre movie that contains a genuinely compelling performance. [4 Mar. 1994, p.L27]
    • New Orleans Times-Picayune
  19. Feels startlingly real and inherently relevant, a shining, sterling example of cinema at its most powerful and urgent.
  20. The resulting slowdown, as well as a significant narrative shift, gives Looper a slightly sprawling and ungrounded feel at times, almost as if the first and second halves are two separate movies.
  21. Not only is it a searing on-the-ground, in-the-fray portrait of the heart of Egypt's ongoing revolution, but it is also a stirring tribute to the indomitable spirit of those who are risking, and in many cases giving, their lives to keep it alive.
  22. At times humorous, at times poignant, but always absorbing.
  23. McConaughey and Leto's performances are also the saviors of Vallee's film, which has a way of belaboring certain points and, in the process, robbing his film of no small amount of momentum.
  24. Not only does it deliver a powerful message, but it is wrapped in an immensely entertaining package.
  25. A documentary that is equal parts sweet science, brutal art and masterful filmmaking.
  26. A simple story about a difficult man, and it's an impressive debut from writer-director Scott Cooper.
  27. Even though it's right there in the title, "fantastic" might be a touch hyperbolic in describing director Wes Anderson's stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, but only by a whisker.
  28. It's also a British comedy, with that singularly British way of being clever and deliriously juvenile all at once, a combination that makes for scathing, laugh-out-loud, big-screen satire.
  29. Extraordinarily engaging but surprisingly sobering.

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