New Orleans Times-Picayune's Scores

  • Movies
For 597 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 A Single Man
Lowest review score: 20 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 597
597 movie reviews
  1. Under the Skin is, in short, a film that does just that: gets under one's skin, shining a light on what it means to be human -- even if what we end up seeing is something less than comforting.
  2. Khan in particularly is wonderful in Batra's film, which takes the time to indulge in quiet moments that Khan expertly fills with his expressive face and sense ease in front of a camera.
  3. Director David Yates picks up where he left off with "Order of the Phoenix," assembling a nicely paced and artfully shot adventure.
  4. For all of its faults, ends up being relentlessly watchable as well, a summertime popcorn spectacle plopped down in the middle of the fall movie season.
  5. It is classless, it is tasteless, it is idiotic, it is juvenile and it is something your mother totally wouldn't approve of. But it also is flat-out hilarious, a go-for-broke comedy that not only is the best laugher released so far this summer, but one of the best so far this year.
  6. The result is a movie that, in its best moments, is delightful. It does lose a significant amount of steam halfway through -- likely due in part to its two hours of running time.
  7. Lee keeps things afloat with an appealing air of levity, including a fun but restrained use of split-screen, an homage to the 1970 doc, as well as cameos by that movie's Port-O-San guy and its peace-sign-flashing nuns.
  8. It's all good, goofy fun.
  9. A heartwarming -- and at times heartbreaking -- post-"Juno" road comedy for grownups.
  10. Tony Scott pushes all the right buttons, crafting a worthy -- and in many ways, a superior -- update.
  11. As a result, the slickly produced Food, Inc. is more deeply unsettling than it is out-and-out stomach-turning.
  12. Ends up being a pleasantly surprising blast from the past, a delightful and amusing touchstone to Allen's comedic prime.
  13. The movie documents much more than a talent competition -- it documents a political movement.
  14. It's great, gruesome fun, a well-written and fantastically cast romp.
  15. Precious is painful, it is harrowing, it is emotionally exhausting. It is also a singular film, one that is as difficult to compare to another as it is to forget.
  16. Brilliant in its simplicity, as he turns the floor over to the three masters with this simple instruction: The guitar. Discuss.
  17. 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.
  18. Just as key to the movie's impact are its well-acted scenes of heart-wrenching emotion, although some stray perilously close to melodrama.
  19. Burton's most imaginative film in some time.
  20. 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.
  21. One of the reasons it's so effective is because it's based on a real-life, odds-defying story: that of mountainous Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron).
  22. The result: a fun and sweet romantic comedy that lands comfortably on the smart side of vacant, along the way offering a pleasant and satisfying holiday diversion for the grown-ups in the room.
  23. Only one of a number of recent immigrant tales to hit theaters, but with its blend of sweet humor and topical relevance, it's one of the more compelling -- and surprising -- in some time.
  24. Part eco-doc, part legal-doc, it is a troubling, real story -- and a well-told one at that -- that is inspiring and infuriating all at once.
  25. It is an inspiring, well-assembled portrait of one man's love for his autistic 6-year-old son and the measures he's willing to go to help the boy -- and the family -- cope with his neurological challenges.
  26. It's provocative stuff, and The Yes Men approach it with a wicked sense of humor.
  27. An up-tempo and upbeat concert documentary that celebrates, rather than mourns, the last hurrah of a pop-culture touchstone.
  28. The result is a deliriously watchable and darkly comic portrait of a high-velocity death spiral.
  29. Not only does Invictus tell a remarkable story of a remarkable man, but it also illustrates how sports can be a salve to a wounded community. And that's something New Orleanians can certainly appreciate.
  30. As engrossing as The Young Victoria is, this isn't a movie that will stay with you very long. Mostly that's because Blunt's character does little by way of evolving.

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