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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Unfaithful
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. That's all Full Frontal is: a brilliant gag at the expense of those who paid for it and those who pay to see it.
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  2. An inspiring effort, lavishly lensed and featuring a spicy (if occasionally synthy) score from A.R. Rahman. Best of all, it's also something of a musical, as the characters are not above breaking into song and dance to serve their emotions.
  3. The film succeeds as massive, astonishing entertainment; verily, enthralling us is its chief goal.
  4. Brilliant new documentary.
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  5. Some of the finest ensemble acting this year.
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  6. The film's biggest strength is the same characteristic that may cause people to underrate it: that the group of friends we watch onscreen feel not like England's greatest actors showing off, but rather a group of friends who have indeed known each other for years through life's little triumphs and large tragedies.
  7. Despite a little rough stuff here and there, this is one of the more insightful and affecting teen-trauma films of recent years.
  8. This film made Dietrich a star, and it's easy to see why: Slightly more voluptuous than in her later films, Dietrich is the embodiment of the pleasures of the flesh.
  9. An exciting, sharply realized melodramatic film noir, based on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's novel "The Blank Wall."
  10. Sometimes the cinema is just heavenly, and this is one of those times.
  11. A genuinely affecting movie that approaches its adult themes with intelligence, maturity, and rare authenticity.
  12. Hallström has leavened the story's bleakness with great warmth, fashioning one of the finest films of the year.
  13. Though not as visually impressive as comparable Terry Gilliam fare such as Jabberwocky, the verbal wit is fast and abundant (abetted with cameos by Billy Crystal, Peter Cook and Mel Smith), and you'd better believe the midnight movie crowd will remember almost all of it.
  14. For better or worse, the filmmaker says nothing directly political about the cruel fate suffered by her people, but the dark poetry of her allusions is powerful.
  15. Altman's technique also allows his huge cast to act up a storm, in the best sense. Gosford Park has roughly half the best actors in England in it.
  16. While Imamura films generally have their droll moments, this is the most blatantly comic work he's done since the '80s -- richly entertaining and suggestive of any number of metaphorical readings.
  17. The effects are smashing, yet there's a heart behind them.
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  18. Wise and surprisingly witty, the film is a minor masterpiece and could serve as a fitting companion piece to America's "In the Bedroom," another superb film about the torments of bereavement.
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  19. A beautiful and timeless achievement, Conrad Rooks' 1972 adaptation of Herman Hesse's appropriation of East Indian mythology still entrances.
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  20. This thing moves brilliantly, sparkling like nothing we've seen domestically since "The Wiz" or "Xanadu."
  21. One of the compulsively watchable films this year, second only to "Memento." It's a must-see, except for those with a sensitivity to on-screen mayhem.
  22. The confusing, demanding role finally brings the actor home, and us with him.
  23. A thoughtful, well-acted and well-observed (though bleak) look at what some people have to put up with to get through life.
  24. This sensuous, exotic film is more like an issue of "National Geographic" come to life, rich with cultural detail and insight.
  25. A thrilling tale smartly told, with an abundance of wit and invention. It's a classic.
  26. Not just another lawyer movie, but rather one of the most striking dramas of the year.
  27. By the time Sprecher's skeins, set forth in 13 related episodes, come together, we've got as clear a view of the big picture as we got assembling the elements of "Nashville," "Lantana" or "Magnolia".
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  28. Beautifully made, deeply upsetting drama.
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  29. Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy-drama.
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  30. The film is a whirlwind blur, a kinetic thrill ride through the industrial backwater that was one of punk and post-punk's most fertile Promised Lands: Manchester.
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