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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Black Hawk Down
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. Though wildly imperfect, manages, for all its missteps, to touch on a number of important issues few gay films have dealt with to date.
  2. There are no stunning revelations herein, but then, that's not why you're going to go see it, is it?
  3. Nowhere near as bad as distributor New Line seems to think.
  4. Doesn't quite scale the heights it could and should, often because of its inappropriate humor, which could be blamed on cultural mistranslation.
  5. Morrow the actor tries too -- but he's a stylish director with a steady hand and a shaky eye (the scenes from Lyle's tortured point of view are dazzling, if not a bit unsettling). It'd make one hell of a TV movie.
  6. Like its namesake, this Simon Mágus is wise and elemental, sure to leave you pensive afterward.
  7. Weber uses Faye as base from which to branch out in bizarre directions.
  8. In the end, it demonstrates all over again the virtual impossibility of doing Nabokov justice on film, because his work is so resolutely and brilliantly made of words.
  9. The texture is reminiscent of last year's "Suzhou River," but the basic material isn't as rich.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Primary Colors lacks the buzz and crackle of observed experience; you never feel like you've been plunged into the workings of a real campaign. It's a sham movie about a sham world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nunez's direction is as self-consciously homey as a floral welcome mat.
  10. It's the usual struggle of growing up and growing old, but Muccino's twists are plucky and revealing when he's not suffocating us with heavy-handed mortality and pathos.
  11. Will probably please hard-core action fans who have become inured to plot idiocies, but it remains a terrible waste of talent.
  12. Startlingly, this is not the trite beer commercial one might expect.
  13. The new documentary Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy shows, all is not quite as it seems.
  14. If you like stuff breaking in THX, Swordfish delivers like no other this year. Bring earplugs.
  15. Give Care and McFarlane points for trying to do something innovative with the same old thing. But realize that, as spruced up as the facade may be, this movie is indeed still the same old thing.
  16. A small story, with fewer lofty ambitions than its lead character, the film runs out of steam at a certain point. Overall, its leisurely pace and lack of overt action will bore some filmgoers, while the movie's final section, during which Ganesh pursues his political aspirations, feels strangely hurried and less satisfying than the rest of the story.
  17. It has its moments, but they never add up to a record you'd want to play again and again in its entirety.
  18. Star Jeremy Renner seems shorter than Dahmer, but is otherwise a look-alike and gives a convincingly intense and weird performance. Bruce Davison (as Papa Dahmer) and the rest of the cast also do nice work.
  19. A mess, but it's a rousing mess, with ample humor and action to satisfy the discerning dullard within.
  20. Not a film for everyone, but if you're in the mood for a little sensory overload, some spirited intellectual gymnastics and an introduction to the most intriguing new actress Europe has produced in years, get in line with the rest of the thrill-seekers.
  21. While the movie tries to make the connection between the rough but sensitive lad we see on screen and the notorious carouser of later years, there's little here to suggest whatever torment led Behan to drunkenness and an absurdly early death at 41.
  22. Argento knows how to work her stuff, and the result is by turns saucy and grody, a fat lasagna of yesterday's "extreme" behavior dripping with Euro cheesiness.
  23. xXx
    Doesn't hit a home run on every action sequence -- an early bit set in Colombia is too long and too disjointed -- but there are one or two bits in the movie's latter third that are guaranteed to hook action fans.
  24. A film worth your time, and if you know going into it that there's no closure, it'll give you all the more freedom to enjoy what IS there.
  25. Director Mick Jackson (L.A. Story) delivers playful and charming teens-turned-30 moxie.
  26. Distinguishes itself by its subtlety and good taste. Even if we catch a hint of gypsy music on the soundtrack -- or glimpse a disturbing American neighbor lady -- Gardos steadfastly guards us from caricature. She wants to keep it real.
  27. Originally, somebody may have wanted the film to be a serious exploration of the dark side of high school sports, but it ended up as just one more sports picture.
  28. Resnick has crafted an ambitious, if extremely uneven, character study.

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