New Times (L.A.)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 639 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Jabberwocky (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. It's the most uplifting movie of a numbing year -- a feel-good film full of songs about feeling god-awful.
  2. This movie would be worth feting in any season. It's wrenching but never manipulative, stoic but never dull, exhausting but never wearying.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  3. Tanovic describes it as "a very serious film with a sense of humor." It is an apt description for a very remarkable film, one of the best of the year.
  4. Maniacally funny. It remains neck and neck with "Young Frankenstein" as Brooks' best film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The audience responds to Out of Sight the way Jack and Karen do to each other. Instantly we like the way it looks, moves, and sounds. Ultimately we like how it makes us feel.
  5. Not to be missed.
  6. Perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of American high school life in the '80s, complete with a Rubik's cube reference, the funny and occasionally harsh Fast Times, with all due apologies to John Hughes and Mickey Rooney, may be the greatest teen movie ever made (even though Cates was the only real teen).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A small-scale, slight undertaking, but its pleasures are unexpectedly rich. It has become a habit in our movies to portray the exploits of high school characters as shocking and depraved. Ten Things allows its teenagers their innocence and a quality that is even rarer these days, something like nobility.
  7. What we have here is an historical document of inestimable value, describing in no uncertain terms the terrible and beautiful times before AIDS.
  8. As giddy and antic as any great Warner Bros. cartoon of the 1930s and '40s -- it bears seeing more than once, if only to allow for the sight gags that play second fiddle to the plot, a rarity in animation -- but also resonant and real. In other words, it's the perfect movie.
  9. Doesn't just kick your ass. It pummels your entire body; it leaves you trembling.
  10. For all its long shadows and ominous atmosphere, this is a very funny movie -- as funny as the Coens' masterful "Fargo."
  11. Coppola and Murch have balanced their new edit with grace notes of sweetness, elegance and eroticism, and the payoff is grand, providing both a reprieve from the multiple blitzkriegs and a break in the monotony of the cruise up the Nung.
  12. One of the finest qualities of Amadeus is that it reminds us of those rare occasions when an Oscar sweep is actually merited.
  13. Probably like nothing you've ever seen before. In a cool world, it would be guaranteed not only the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but Best Picture as well.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  14. Weaving many interconnected plot lines and more than a dozen lives together, this gifted writer-director has fashioned a bleak, brilliant comedy about loneliness, lovelessness, and alienation--a film that constantly upends our assumptions about what is heartbreaking, what is hilarious, and what is both.
  15. Like gathering storm clouds, Donnie Darko creates an atmosphere of eerie calm and mounting menace -- stands as one of the most exceptional movies of 2001.
  16. Not to be missed. And pay close attention to the finale. It's a genuine surprise.
  17. Awesome! Bravura! Captivating! Dazzling!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Infectious, intoxicating joy is the emotion conveyed in every frame of this ravishing, exuberant documentary.
  18. Released in 1962, it was pretty clearly the most intelligent spectacular within living memory. On its 40th anniversary, it's even better.
  19. Despite its two-and-a-half hour running time, the movie flies by, so absorbing are its story, songs and stars.
  20. It's everything most movies this year have not been: deeply felt, genuine, gracious.
  21. Does a masterful job of combining digital imagery and voice performance to create totally believable animal characters.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  22. Director Oliver Parker (An Ideal Husband) -- who also adapted the screenplay to include aspects from Wilde's unrevised four-act version of the play -- embraces the material with great gusto, delivering as charming and irresistible a film as one could demand.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  23. A grand, old-fashioned epic, this project is every bit as important as "Gladiator" or a new "Star Wars" episode.
  24. Horror fans and those who just plain enjoy a well-told story should thank the cinematic gods. Session 9 is not only the scariest movie of the year, but also perhaps the most easy to believe since the first "Blair Witch."
  25. No B-movie fan, save perhaps the extremely obsessive for whom this is old hat, should miss it.
  26. It's funny, heroic, exaggerated and, most of all, energetic; the film speeds along as though afraid to lose the audience's attention for even a moment.
  27. Full of provocative concepts, but, like most films that attack such metaphysical concerns head-on, things have become a tad too jumbled by the end to be altogether satisfying. It's a problem built into the subject matter...This all said, Dark City is immensely entertaining, as well as visually dazzling.

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