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. Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality.
  2. Almost two and a half hours long, and mostly consists of calm conversations. But don't be deterred, or you'll miss out on a study of character, class and changing times that puts Robert Altman's stodgy "Gosford Park" to shame.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  3. Has all the crowd-pleasing elements moviegoers respond to: appealing hero, absorbing story, a solid group of supporting players and a big fat happy ending.
  4. Here it is -- another double cross for which you will, and should, hand over your few grubby bucks.
  5. Except for a few slow patches, the movie is compulsively watchable: You keep waiting to see just how sick things are going to get.
  6. As it stands, it's cute, occasionally poignant and outrageously implausible.
  7. It's vastly enjoyable in a low-down, scandal-mongering way.
  8. Out of prison, Milani is still not allowed to leave Iran. Whether she will ever get the chance to make another film there is doubtful, all the more reason not to miss this one.
  9. A warning is virtually mandated: No one who's even the least bit squeamish should even think about seeing Audition. But, if you have a taste for the disturbing, it's a trip that will stay with you for some time.
  10. The film is a masterpiece of nuance and characterization, marred only by an inexplicable, utterly distracting blunder at the very end.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The movie seems almost loving toward its characters, so much so that we can't help but fall for this gang of losers.
  11. Here's a knowing look at female friendship, spiked with raw urban humor.
  12. What Nolan does accomplish here that we haven't seen from him before is staging a few horrifyingly effective suspense set pieces -- one of which, in particular, is likely to stay with you for a long time.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  13. A charming little film, filled with eccentric characters and ingratiating performances.
  14. Farmanara, the actor, brings a real poignancy to the role and, thus, to the story that seems, more than anything, the tale of a man coming to terms with his life.
  15. The acting is superb across the board, especially from Adebimpe.
  16. Delivers a quick buzz, lots of stuff to look at, and a totally nonnutritious joy that can only be attained with the aid of artificial flavorings and Yellow #5. In a nutshell, it's the perfect summer movie.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  17. It's the hallmark of a classic that must be seen to be disbelieved.
  18. Disturbing, beautifully acted movie.
  19. Despite its lively tone and brisk editing, the project's sad epilogue -- shot two years later -- suggests that Abraham and Mohammed will be duking it out on the world's dime for some time to come.
  20. Hard to watch, harder still to ignore.
  21. A film whose surface charm never gets in the way of its profound seriousness about living life to the fullest -- especially when one knows it isn't going to be a terribly long one.
  22. Very charming and funny movie.
    • New Times (L.A.)
  23. Delightful almost in spite of itself.
  24. If Dubus' work always resembled some sort of literary therapy session, as has often been said, then Field's version requires grief counseling. It is, at times, that devastating.
  25. In the end, Code Unknown is a puzzle with no obvious solution.
  26. Rife with silliness, such as the flashbacks within flashbacks of characters who were not with one another at the time, and occasional unintentional laughs -- but it's also a good, raucous kick in the behind, which is literally all it aspires to be
  27. Powerful, sensuous and thematically hokey transsexual adventure.
  28. A thoroughly likable, if familiar, Woody Allen comedy -- not the most original or revealing tintype in the director's gallery, perhaps, but blessedly free of the self-conscious hand-wringing and tortured navel-gazing that impede the former Mr. Konigsberg's more sluggish efforts.
  29. Well redeemed by its dank atmosphere and cracker-barrel performances.

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