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 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Black Hawk Down
Lowest review score: 0 Unfaithful
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
  1. As a whole it's vibrant, witty and richly detailed.
  2. Shot in black and white by the renowned Raoul Coutard, and with a score by Michel Legrand, the film represents an idealized view of reality that will strike some viewers (including this one) as overly sentimental.
  3. It is a moving and solidly entertaining comedy/drama that should bolster director and co-writer Juan José Campanella's reputation in the United States.
  4. Here's a knowing look at female friendship, spiked with raw urban humor.
  5. Disturbing, beautifully acted movie.
  6. 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.
  7. It's the hallmark of a classic that must be seen to be disbelieved.
  8. Jovovich isn't at her best, but that's mainly because her character is required to be in shock most of the movie, except when she remembers that she's a Charlie's Angel, or happily sheds clothing to maintain that R-rating. Frankly, most of us can live with that.
  9. In elevating bawdy teen farce to political metaphor without squeezing the fun out, Alfonso Cuarón has pulled off a nice little miracle.
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  10. It's hard not to warm to a film that features William Shatner (playing himself) looking at De Niro's character and complaining about what a lousy actor he is.
  11. The story's a trifle, but it's consistently edgy as the team stride straight into the middle of grisly violence so they can capture it on film.
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  12. Renders it a cross between "Three Men and a Baby" and "Monsters, Inc." But it's bereft of the charisma of the former and the energy of the latter; stuck in a frozen wasteland, it possesses all the vigor of a Popsicle.
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  13. Festival in Cannes is an amused indictment of Jaglom's own profession; he doesn't seem to be making excuses for anybody's compromised (or even downright immoral) behavior here.
  14. Delivers a thoughtful what-if for the heart as well as the mind.
  15. Plays like a knockoff of Michael Bay's already derivative and much more fun "Bad Boys," only with even less plot. It also recalls the worst qualities of John Singleton's mean-spirited "Shaft."
  16. It succeeds where its recent predecessor miserably fails because it demands that you suffer the dreadfulness of war from both sides. That might not make it a milestone, but it's a hell of an improvement.
  17. At 145 minutes it's a bit of a stretch, but the cinematographer is the great Eric Gautier ("Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train," "Pola X") and the score by Howard Shore is far superior to his Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings."
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  18. Not to be missed. And pay close attention to the finale. It's a genuine surprise.
  19. 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.
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  20. Even Hartnett, designated Next Big Thing last year, seems like he's barely trying.
  21. For better or worse -- plenty of both, in fact --it's a movie that has a coherent vision. It's a shame that vision just doesn't happen to be very interesting.
  22. Constantly touching, surprisingly funny, semi-surrealist exploration of the creative act.
  23. If you have any desire to see this movie, you really should go rent "The Longest Yard" instead. It's available on DVD, and the '70s hairdos alone are worth the rental price.
  24. Ultimately, the film amounts to being lectured to by tech-geeks, if you're up for that sort of thing.
  25. Not as tumultuous as "Happy Together" (the best gay break-up movie to date) it nonetheless offers much food for thought, particularly in regard to issues of trust and condom use.
  26. Fact is, there is nothing feloniously awful about the whole thing, but the laughs are tepid and too infrequent.
  27. Thoughtful and somewhat languid adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1904 play finds its beauty in the heady performance of Charlotte Rampling.
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  28. Since the movie arrives and succeeds as entertaining B-movie fare, we may as well appreciate all of its howls, beastly or unintentional.
  29. It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
  30. Pulsates with music, dance, color and laughter, but also glows with quiet moments of drama.

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