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 Happiness
Lowest review score: 0 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. The director is in fine form with The Closet, an expertly acted divertissement that may well be headed for a Yank incarnation within the next few years.
  2. 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.
  3. The pleasure is in watching veteran star Bouquet and the versatile Berling go at it -- they even seem to look alike.
  4. An extraordinary film from a born filmmaker.
  5. A visionary breakthrough for the young directors, a darkly alluring and largely successful attempt to crowd the territory of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a killing comedy for people who have learned to stop worrying and love their iden-tity crisis.
  6. This is a dark, often funny walk through Ingmar Bergman turf.
  7. Fans of convoluted narrative in the manner of Christopher Nolan and David Lynch are likely to be intrigued, although Medem has a far stronger streak of sentiment.
  8. This nearly perfect confection never takes its action more seriously than its comedy.
  9. A subtle mood piece in which a man's collapse is examined so rigorously that one almost hopes for a murder to come along and break the tension.
  10. Thoughtful and somewhat languid adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1904 play finds its beauty in the heady performance of Charlotte Rampling.
  11. Swept Israel's version of the Oscars two years ago, and though it won't do as well here, it's an accomplished debut with heart, war and sex. In the age of paranoia, it just might be the perfect date movie.
  12. 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.
  13. Combines strong feminist sensibilities with surprisingly old-fashioned melodrama.
  14. It's a bewildering but deeply satisfying paradox, this constant, nearly silent collision in Tran's films of the visible world and the turbulent, unseen world.
  15. Captures David Bowie's meticulous identity quest with all the frenetic energy (read: slop) of a wildlife documentary on drugs.
  16. Thoroughly entertaining Home Movie carries on a grand tradition of American documentary -- seeking out the eccentrics and contrarians among us.
  17. From the start, a comprehensible, if necessarily simplified, sense of an extremely complicated moment in history.
  18. Huppert has never looked more beautiful. Despite her severe expression and lack of makeup, her face communicates enormous character. She proves absolutely spellbinding.
  19. Hard to watch, harder still to ignore.
  20. The film is a masterpiece of nuance and characterization, marred only by an inexplicable, utterly distracting blunder at the very end.
  21. Has a lot to offer as grand entertainment, from surprising battle sequences (plenty of terror, virtually no gore, brief and tasteful digital enhancement) to fine performances.
  22. The movie's essentially a series of high-speed, dizzying rocket chases that should keep the young'uns perfectly quiet.
  23. On one level, Together is a countercultural soap opera, though played more as bittersweet comedy than as drama.
  24. Roll with any stylistic difficulties you might initially have, and prepare to be awed.
  25. We're told that this new version is tweaked and enhanced, with the E.T. puppet digitally smoothed out, and the guns in the meanies' hands removed (silly, but bravo).
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. The cornerstone of this fascinating film is a peculiar but absolutely solid love story. In terms of intellectual and emotional stimulation, who could ask for more?
  29. In tampering with history, these storytellers present to us a rare and wonderful case of enlightenment beyond the accepted truth.

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