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 Monsters, Inc.
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. Despite some savvy camera movement, the production values obviously can't match American action films made for a hundred times the budget. Still, Hatamikia has put together a gripping drama that balances visceral suspense and interesting ideas.
  2. This film is just too damn weird to pass up, and for the blacklight crowd, way cheaper (and better) than Pink Floyd tickets.
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  3. What's most impressive about this is that, if one didn't know better, the naturalism of the performances could be taken for that of a documentary.
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  4. As the story plows toward its finale, the cultural dislocation problems become worse, until by the end they almost defeat the whole film.
  5. Steers' film will likely polarize the audience, which, if nothing else, gives it rare resonance; at least it makes you feel, where many similar indie efforts make you sleepy.
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  6. The movie is not always satisfying as a standard thriller, nor is it always clear; but it's never dull, either, and it displays a sensibility so weird as to be its own recommendation.
  7. Any story's a good story if it's told well, and this one is, with chuckles to spare.
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  8. The highpoint of the film, acting-wise, comes from Bernadette Peters.
  9. The film feels like a violation of the festival's philosophy of "participants only, no spectators": Who, after all, is going to sit in a theater to see this but a spectator? It is fun stuff to look at, though.
  10. Utilizing lots of complicated, well-choreographed steadicam shots, La Salle directs with confidence -- this may yet be his true calling.
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  11. Headey, Skarsgård and Rampling flesh these people out marvelously, bringing them fully to life. It's almost a pity: The more real they become, the less pleasant is the time we spend with them.
  12. In the end, The Fluffer is a film for the chastened romantic in us all -- gay, straight or "for pay."
  13. One expects more from writer-director Wes Anderson (and his co-scribbler, Owen Wilson) than such frivolous fun that bears no lingering effect.
  14. The extra-short length is puzzling -- about half an hour has been lopped off the length of the original Canadian release -- but what remains feels whole and wholly satisfying, a rare, successful merging of the obvious and the haunting.
  15. This thing's all in fun. It's just a perfect movie for people who like to shout at the screen, so have at it.
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Drew Barrymore weren't at the center holding it all together, the result could have been disastrous.
  16. At 75, Aranda can still make his actors sizzle on the screen as well as he did 10 years ago in "Lovers." The explicitly hot bits here may be few and far between, but what there is of them is choice.
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  17. Worth the price of admission if only to see the slinky Thurman decked out in a form-fitting, sequined pre-flapper era outfit. The word stunning hardly does her justice.
  18. A spare film, with little dialogue but a lot to say.
  19. The two lead performances are so good it contains more emotional depth than it probably has a right to.
  20. The nuances of the performances -- in dialogue and dance -- and the rich, organic feel of the locations mark Amari as a director of significant promise.
  21. Yes, the movie is obvious at time, banging you over the head with its message, and the use of shadows on a wall can seem overly broad. But these are small complaints when compared to the film's many strengths.
  22. A modest, uneventful film, buoyed by fine, albeit low-key, performances and the ring of truth.
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  23. Shot in stylish black and white, with a memorably low-key performance from Duchesne, Bob le Flambeur is definitely worth checking out on the big screen in a fresh print.
  24. Stylish, but definitely not for the squeamish
  25. Brando wanders through the movie as if he's tolerating an annoying guest, sweetly charming one minute, detached and obnoxious the next.
  26. While much of the film is as scattershot as life itself, there are a few superb sequences involving lucid dreaming that really get down to business.
  27. Varda, still pixieish in her early 70s, is having fun here.
  28. The movie will leave you smiling forgetfully on the way out, and Myers will have done his job.
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  29. All manner of superstitions, religious conspiracies and insurrections are aired, resulting less in awe than bewilderment. However, taken as an exciting and expansive cultural bridge, the film is a roaring success.

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