New York Daily News' Scores

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For 5,937 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Dinosaur
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
5,937 movie reviews
  1. It’s so much fun you may want to put a few bucks aside for a sequel.
  2. Given the evidence compiled here by director Frank Pavich, there’s reason to believe Jodorowsky’s “Dune” was more influential for never actually existing. It wound up being inhaled, like some ethereal alien spice, by a generation of moviemakers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This chronicle is impossible not to watch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This gem captures the unpredictability of a kid’s long summer day.
  3. Parents, take note: For all its heart, this is a tougher, more morally complex movie than its predecessors. Young kids carrying their miniversions of Cap’s famous shield may be in for a jolt.
  4. Intoxicating, and at times maddening, to watch.
  5. So clear your calendar. There’s no better time to get to know a character so obnoxiously stubborn that not even his own creator can shake him.
  6. This is a movie about the transcendent bond between partners who can communicate without speaking a word, so it’s only fitting that the gorgeous cinematography perfectly captures the movie’s emotional depths.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A three-act story narrated by the affable John C. Reilly is grafted onto one “How’d they get that?” shot after another.
  7. There are two types of superhero movies: the ones that brood and the ones that swing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is proudly the latter, filled with high-energy action.
  8. This engrossing documentary winds up being about nothing less than making one of Shakespeare’s greatest works come alive through hard work — and the spark that happens within an acting company.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The serious tone of director Amma Asante’s film goes far in undercutting any gloss. It looks more like a murky Rembrandt than an episode of “Downton Abbey.”
  9. Ida
    Ida is photographed in gorgeous black-and-white cinematography. A deep focus allows every corner of the simple, serene compositions to be seen clearly. The economy of story and dialogue extends to the running time — at barely 90 minutes, the movie feels full, yet free of excess.
  10. Gritty, funny, rich adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    China’s government can’t handle dissident artist Ai Weiwei. He turns every move to suppress him into brilliant conceptual art.
  11. The strength of Gray’s movie lies in showing the connection between people in a place without rules.
  12. "Dexter” fans will enjoy watching Michael C. Hall as a bumbling everyman terrified of violence. But there’s plenty more to appreciate within Jim Mickle’s gripping adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s pulp novel.
  13. Angelina Jolie is so wickedly enchanting in the magical, magnificent Maleficent, you may not notice how transporting this female-driven blockbuster really is.
  14. Crucially, Cruise knows just how to pace Cage’s shift from cowardly to courageous. Yes, we get cool effects and impressive machinery. But he and Liman add unexpected humor and genuine tension to the seasonal thrill of blowing stuff up.
  15. The layered, tuned-in adaptation by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter avoids calculated sentiment.
  16. Most of all, she (Zemeckis) brings generosity and compassion to the Hiltons’ tragic story.
  17. Ferreras is similarly frank, but heavy doses of humor and empathy, along with gorgeous hand-drawn animation, keep things from getting too morbid.
  18. Pahani’s films have become increasingly indistinguishable from his complex life, making them a challenging but often thrilling experience.
  19. Like Brown, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell.
  20. Inside these average American lives are futures far too often passed over or, worse, written off. This terrific film gives the teenagers their due.
  21. Each viewer is likely to connect with a different character initially, but don’t be surprised if you switch allegiances several times before the story ends.
  22. To sing the praises of the movie but not give away the revelations is difficult. Let’s just say this: The less you know about what happens in this funny, tasty twisteroo, the better.
  23. After a summer of robots, mutants and explosions, the beautifully honest, grownup Love is Strange is a treat.
  24. Thematically tough and emotionally rough, Starred Up is the kind of movie you might enter into with some reluctance. But because everyone involved does such an outstanding job, it's also the kind of movie you won't want to see end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This fact-driven doc is eye-opening and at times thrilling. A sequence following a chopper pilot trying to get his family to an American aircraft carrier is like a short film unto itself.
  25. The film rests, though, on the sturdy shoulders of Chastain and McAvoy. They don’t share the intense chemistry this couple really needs, but they commit to the individual stories with touching persuasion.
  26. We already know Kristen Wiig can act. So the real revelation in The Skeleton Twins is Bill Hader, who turns in a performance so overflowing with poignancy that he deserves to be considered on any early awards list.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than just a morality tale, The Green Prince is a thrill-a-minute spy caper too strange to be real, though it is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No one over age 10 will flip for this sequel to the 2011 hit “Dolphin Tale.” But that doesn’t mean only kids will enjoy this gentle, moving family drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The kids almost universally express the need for peace, equality, tolerance, homes for all and a safe planet.
  27. Like Gandolfini, the deep Brooklyn of The Drop is formidable, bona fide and memorable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They say any group is only as strong as its weakest link. Well, the weak link in This Is Where I Leave You is the film in which the appealing cast members are stuck.
  28. Plumbs the issue of sibling love and family responsibility in quietly powerful ways, and the performances of the two stars surpass convincing to reach a level of biographical realism.
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  29. Hey, kids! Skip the job fairs and go directly to a screening of Me & Isaac Newton.
  30. That's what Bond is all about -- dazzle, some really bad puns and the kind of sexy fun that satisfies high-school urges while masquerading in tux and tails.
  31. The vitality of the hip-hop scene serves as both backdrop and metaphor in a romantic comedy as sweet as its title.
  32. Movies about the dawning of female sexuality and its links to mother-daughter competition are tough to pull off, but Rain is a splendid example of how to get it right.
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  33. Kinetic, sexy and full of meaningful coincidences and intertwined fates.
  34. Director David Kane handles the sprawling cast with aplomb as his characters learn some new steps in this life-and love-affirming movie.
  35. The sort of film one should probably see either a half-dozen times or not at all. It's a complex, highly ambitious documentary that aptly reflects its subject, contemporary French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
  36. This is not for the Merchant-Ivory crowd, but action fans will feel their pulses quicken.
  37. Won't replace anyone's annual viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life." But your family could find a worse way to take a holiday break.
  38. Jack Nicholson in a performance that ranks among his best, yet leaves you feeling unfulfilled as never before.
  39. A surprisingly genial and affecting comedy about the trials and tribulations of teenage rebellion during the Reagan '80s.
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  40. That it all seems improvised on the spot (it was not) is testament to the power of a film that trusts its characters, its actors and its ultimate goal.
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  41. We Were Soldiers works. The action is well-staged and realistic. And Gibson is a commanding presence in a role that has more shadings and stature than his usual action heroes.
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  42. Offers nothing new to the long tradition of boxing films. But Hill's reverence for the classic form and the stone-cold performances of Rhames and Snipes propel the whole thing forward with a prefight buildup that's more fun -- and probably more honest -- than the awkward attempts at macho showmanship we get from real fighters these days.
  43. Fresh and often very funny, and it makes its point that when our native urges conflict with social norms, the former shall give in to the latter, or else.
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  44. Santa Claus and the Snowman stage a scaled-down "Star Wars"-type battle for the rights to Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve in the pleasantly goofy, irreverent Santa vs. the Snowman.
  45. A solidly crafted, entertaining melodrama.
  46. The filmmakers caught the kids arguing their cases like adversaries on "Judge Judy," sticking to phrases they've memorized or absorbed only too well.
  47. One of the curmudgeonly director's sweetest films, and features one of Richard Gere's most affecting performances.
  48. Cho is funnier — and raunchier — in this, her second concert film, than in 2000's "I'm the One That I Want," even if she doesn't break any new comedic ground.
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  49. Roberts carries the film in the best sense, by taking us on a human journey of genuine discovery and growth.
  50. It's a pleasure to watch a thinking-man's actor like Sinise adapt so easily to this challenge; he even keeps his dignity when forced to participate in the inevitable martial arts-inflected showdown.
  51. The always reliable Kingsley and Shaw are hilarious, and if the movie isn't quite a triumph, it's still far better than the junk food currently cluttering movie screens.
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  52. Earthlings beware: The dialogue and characters have less weight than bodies freed from gravity's grip.
  53. A smart, old-fashioned spy thriller in which the weapon of choice is brainpower.
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  54. Ya-Ya Sisterhood is so divine. It offers a world where friendship is forever, the half-empty glass is refilled and the men are perfect.
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  55. It revives an innocently pleasurable genre - shades of Burt Lancaster and Errol Flynn - that combines lusty adventure, humor, the great outdoors and satisfying storytelling without having to concoct it in a special-effects lab.
  56. Violent, cool and street-smart, Shaft supplies everything you want in a summer movie.
  57. Behind the inspired wackiness is a story about how our warlike nature needs some changing before we can all live in relative harmony.
  58. Uplifting and moving in a traditional Hollywood way, while also seeming as raw and unfiltered as cinema vérité.
  59. There's nothing here for commercial reality-TV shows, just history caught on the run, offering a raw and timeless reminder of the day we had our eyes opened to the power of blind hatred.
  60. A guilty pleasure, right up there with "The Water Boy."
  61. The floating, flailing, flying puppies in the inspired opening credits of 102 Dalmatians set the tone for an adorable sequel to the live-action version of the famously spotted cartoon.
  62. Clever, slightly edgy fun.
  63. By turns cheerful, funny and melancholy, and at all times honest, Nicole Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing stands out in the current run of ensemble women's films.
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  64. For all its folksy jocularity, the movie inspires a sense of global patriotism. In the big picture, every little dish counts.
  65. A crushingly dark vision of male rage and female vulnerability, Hélène Angel's accomplished first feature hits you like an anvil -- after it's all over.
  66. Its sprawling canvas is mere backdrop for the most intimate of character studies -- a portrait of a man who chose material wealth and found emotional ruin.
  67. Works on two levels: Goldfinger does a terrific job exploring the broader history of Yiddish theater, while also homing in on the compelling story of the Burstein family itself.
  68. Nachtwey's pictures tell a tale of grief and suffering, and Frei's you-are-there approach gives those photos startling immediacy.
  69. None of the children are professionals, and their uncontrived performances lend a painfully real quality to what becomes a rather lyrical story.
  70. A delicately upbeat, even humorous celebration of love and sacrifice.
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  71. It's a slight, old-fashioned B movie, the last thing you would expect from an actress coming off a breakout year, but it has a charm and freshness we don't see much these days.
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  72. An urgent, stirring story made all the more inspiring by the very ordinary nature of its subjects.
  73. As befits a production of impeccable French pedigree, the acting, set design and lush cinematography are all outstanding. But the story is told so slowly.
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  74. A fascinating story.
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  75. Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
  76. Outside of the leads, the acting is uneven, but The Tao of Steve has an unquenchable playful spirit.
  77. The movie falls apart toward the end as it enters "Eyes Wide Shut" territory, but until then, it's fun to see bookworms cast in the James Bond mode.
  78. A raunchy, irreverent, generally hilarious sendup of ritual and papal decree.
  79. Unlike most indie directors dealing with this sort of material, Maggio refuses to wallow in the romance of either misery or redemption. Instead, he hangs everything on the honesty of his lead, unknown actor Jordan -- who is so good that if there's any justice, he won't remain unknown for long.
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  80. Has that same air of silly innocence, a rarity in today's movies.
  81. A genially mellow, consistently entertaining spoof.
  82. In addition to the strong script, the ensemble performances are topnotch, with no one hogging the limelight.
  83. O'Connor plays Fanny with an appealingly direct, unflinching gaze.
  84. Delicious, intelligent thriller.
  85. A mostly accomplished first film, with precise comic timing and some hilarious moments.
  86. Only the most hardhearted would fail to be swayed by Messner's surprising strength, and -- dare I say it -- irresistible charm.
  87. A charming little valentine to the mysteries of attraction.
  88. Most of the movie's rewards are in watching Morton.
  89. Seems like a genteel "Psycho."
  90. An actress' dream.

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