New Orleans Times-Picayune's Scores

  • Movies
For 593 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Mud
Lowest review score: 20 The Paperboy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 593
593 movie reviews
  1. For movie-goers who like a little cleverness with their comedy, however, one word: N-opa.
  2. Almodovar lets his movie become boring, and insufferably so.
  3. Anthony Hopkins still does elegant menace better than anyone.
  4. Even if The Bounty Hunter is more plot-driven than your standard romantic comedy, it's never quite as funny as it should be.
  5. 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.
  6. Little more than a glorified situation comedy. The problem is, it's all situation and no comedy.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The school freak, played by Mary-Kate Olsen, misses a chance to really have some fun as this story's wicked witch.
  10. It feels more like a poor man's "Poltergeist, " minus the static-filled TV.
  11. Grant and Parker's talents are wasted on a boring, made-for-TV story punctuated by a contrived, throwaway third act.
  12. It is fluffy, yes, but it also is ugly and annoying and something you neither want nor need.
  13. 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.
  14. In the end, Carpenter offers a reasonably nice payoff to this whole misfire.
  15. Clever story? Pass. Originality? Nah. A smidgen of real humor to keep parents entertained along with the kiddies? Smurf you.
  16. Rather than a moving story of sisterly love, we get little more than a grandly appointed disappointment.
  17. Beautifully shot, but terribly dull.
  18. 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.
  19. But Jack and Jill? Oh, Al.
  20. Most of the time, however, Post Grad just coasts along, flat as a mortar board, and as forgettable as a ... oh, I forgot already.
  21. 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.
  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. A textbook example of ye olde two-joke movie.
  25. Red Riding Hood needs a better agent.
  26. 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.
  27. In the half-baked American Reunion, though, they might have accomplished what no previous chapter has: They might have just killed it.
  28. Nobody has an excuse for being surprised by how low Sandler and company stoop in That's My Boy.
  29. 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.
  30. It features predictable humor and an underdeveloped story.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. No, Funeral Kings isn't quite dead on arrival -- but it's not too far from needing life support.
  35. There's really nothing definitive about Emperor. Or memorable, for that matter.
  36. Unimaginative and painfully generic.
  37. 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.
  38. Lazy and stupid and unwilling to put forth the effort needed to distinguish itself even from a mediocre Internet video, it all amounts to a forgettable, slapdash bit of comedic nothingness.
  39. It so shamelessly borrows from so many other movies, and then does absolutely nothing to add to them -- nothing to raise the bar, nothing to make it more interesting, and really nothing to make it the least bit appealing.
  40. 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.
  41. This is supposed to be a movie about obsession. Instead it's just cupcake meets beefcake, with a big glass of milk on the side. And that's one Valentine's Day dinner you can easily pass up.

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