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 Buena Vista Social Club
Lowest review score: 0 Mr. Deeds
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. The result is a lovely piece of writing brought to life by a terrific cast, a vivid sense of place and, not incidentally, some perfectly chosen pop tunes by such as Bree Sharp, Leona Naess, Smog and Tin Star. As for Lauren Ambrose, her big-screen debut is a revelation.
  2. 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."
  3. Beautifully made, deeply upsetting drama.
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  4. Offers an enormous amount of pure silly fun for the entire non-nuclear family, no matter what gender they may be.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Spectacular entertainment.
  10. Happily, then, the first movie of the Harry Potter series casts a splendid spell, as screenwriter Steve Kloves has transcribed J.K. Rowling's novel nearly to a T, with precious little tweaked or trimmed.
  11. 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.
  12. While this road may contain too many potholes -- and plotholes -- to sustain an even ride, there are moments of greatness scattered throughout to remind us why Lynch is vital and why the French think he's so nifty.
  13. Robin Williams just may have found the greatest role of his career. Playing beautifully both to fans and haters, Williams' Sy is a character you don't know whether to hug or go vigilante on his ass, a balance Bob Hoskins couldn't quite capture in "Felicia's Journey."
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  14. De Sica's 1952 neorealist masterpiece; it's a stark snapshot in which all is revealed about the "daily life of mankind," as the director once offered by way of description.
  15. But in a calculated move that pays off handsomely, the picture's remarkable power is reserved for the end, when the intertwining themes coalesce in an extraordinarily satisfying and stirring way.
  16. It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
  17. The film succeeds as massive, astonishing entertainment; verily, enthralling us is its chief goal.
  18. It's everything most movies this year have not been: deeply felt, genuine, gracious.
  19. 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.
  20. A thrilling tale smartly told, with an abundance of wit and invention. It's a classic.
  21. Despite a little rough stuff here and there, this is one of the more insightful and affecting teen-trauma films of recent years.
  22. This thing moves brilliantly, sparkling like nothing we've seen domestically since "The Wiz" or "Xanadu."
  23. The effects are smashing, yet there's a heart behind them.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  24. Charged by Rideau's amazingly sexy performance as the most forthright gay character put on screen to date, this is a fine piece of filmmaking.
  25. Hallström has leavened the story's bleakness with great warmth, fashioning one of the finest films of the year.
  26. Deeply moving and exceptionally gracious piece of documentary filmmaking.
  27. Despite its two-and-a-half hour running time, the movie flies by, so absorbing are its story, songs and stars.
  28. Some of the finest ensemble acting this year.
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  29. Disturbing, beautifully acted movie.
  30. Though perhaps too mainstream for the art-house crowd and too foreign for the multiplex, Born Romantic is a natural crowd-pleaser, and deserves to be more successful than its limited engagement may permit it to be.

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