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 Down from the Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. Not just another lawyer movie, but rather one of the most striking dramas of the year.
  2. No B-movie fan, save perhaps the extremely obsessive for whom this is old hat, should miss it.
  3. The pacing is slow, but the film is entrancing and earns a permanent place in the viewer's mind.
  4. Think "Basic Instinct" with brains, and you've got it.
  5. A thoughtful, well-acted and well-observed (though bleak) look at what some people have to put up with to get through life.
  6. 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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  7. 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.
  8. Sometimes the cinema is just heavenly, and this is one of those times.
  9. Easily one of the finest and most sophisticated films of the year.
  10. Once the action kicks in -- starting with an extraordinary balletic fight in the rain featuring the two masters and a flying wooden beam -- you can't take your eyes off the screen.
  11. 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.
  12. One of the most genuinely shocking films you'll ever see.
  13. Money Can't Buy You Happiness. It hasn't been this vividly re-examined in decades, and we're the richer for it.
  14. Brilliant new documentary.
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  15. This sensuous, exotic film is more like an issue of "National Geographic" come to life, rich with cultural detail and insight.
  16. 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.
  17. This terrific movie manages to invest kitchen-sink realism with the soul of a fairy tale.
  18. Does a masterful job of combining digital imagery and voice performance to create totally believable animal characters.
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  19. An authentic and thrilling glimpse into Inuit culture and tradition.
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  20. A film of tremendous complexity and depth, a galvanic force that sends the mind reeling.
  21. Beautiful to watch and universal in theme by any name.
  22. The cast is uniformly excellent; all involved seem keyed into the subtextual subtleties of a story that, while simple on the surface, is exceedingly rich underneath.
  23. It's an amazing story, but, in addition to its intrinsic interest, the Shackleton expedition has another remarkable draw: Crewman Frank Hurley had brought along not only still cameras, but a movie camera as well, providing us with an extraordinary record of the ship's voyage.
  24. The confusing, demanding role finally brings the actor home, and us with him.
  25. 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.
  26. 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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  27. These pandas, they're truly wondrous on the big screen, as no digital effect could ever recreate. Director Robert M. Young delivers a spry, richly detailed adventure for general audiences, truly a feat deserving acclaim.
  28. The film could be subtitled "Six Characters in Search of an Ending:" When they find that ending, it is gently, delightfully uplifting.
  29. A genuinely affecting movie that approaches its adult themes with intelligence, maturity, and rare authenticity.
  30. 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.
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