New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,747 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 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The 33
Lowest review score: 0 Underworld: Awakening
Score distribution:
6747 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very funny at times, but it isn't a comedy. It is that very rare of beasts: a new and original motion picture.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s rare that a movie with so many F-bombs and drawings of male reproductive organs has such a witty Ken Burns gag. Fist Fight is a knockout.
  1. The story submerges and drowns in preposterous gothic nonsense.
  2. Since Dornan is as dull as a catalog model anyway — he wanders through the movie like an Abercrombie searching for his Fitch — the shopping-list look of the movie makes sense. But Dakota Johnson deserves better.
  3. If you loved the original movie, you might not care so much about being given warmed-over seconds. Otherwise, this Wick has burned itself out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This version feels a lot less like a long advertisement for Lego products than the original, which featured multiple "here's how to build something cool" segments. And "LEGO Batman" uses pop culture better than the original.
  4. Filmmaker F. Javier Gutiérrez really doesn't have a lot to work with beyond a flimsy story, weak script and characters you'll have a hard time caring about.
  5. At a certain point, the film gains atmosphere and is rescued by the sincerity and sweetness of the young actors. Better, the plot finally hits a groove in the final quarter, and a soaring soundtrack twangs the right emotional notes.
  6. Robert De Niro is back doing standup in The Comedian, and it's a movie made to be heckled. Full of gross jokes (and an even grosser love story), it deserves the hook — and fast.
  7. True, the movie's intense, and Jovovich is certainly in fighting shape. But after 15 years of this franchise, it's getting hard to tell Alice from the things she's fighting. It's all squint and grunt, slash and groan.
  8. Turning McConaughey into a wreck through makeup and lighting is not an adequate substitute for character development. But it underscores something that the film gets right — the fact that underneath many pretty surfaces is ugliness.
  9. The film is both heartwarming and soul-shattering. Its theme of an unbreakable bond between man and his best friend is reminiscent of "My Dog Skip," "Homeward Bound" and "Old Yeller."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The animated feature The Red Turtle is about as far as you can get from a typical cartoon movie musical. Except for a few tsunami crashes and howls, this lovely but tortoise-paced work from the celebrated Japanimation house Studio Ghibli is basically a silent film.
  10. Diesel is the star (as well as a producer), in every scene. And he drags the film down with him.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Split smacks of the director’s past fare, and its suspenseful, scary tone recalls "The Sixth Sense." When Shyamalan embraces his identity as a horror director with a knack for surprises, more fun is had by all.
  11. The details of how the McDonalds literally invented the fast-food concept are fascinating. The period details feel right. All in all, the film's a slick, good-looking package. But it still feels empty. Where's the message? Where's the meaning? Where's the beef?
  12. The young cast is generally okay. The real pleasure is the rare appearance by Oscar winner Faye Dunaway, who plays as a woman who may know how to defeat this spirit.
  13. Blood Wars concludes with the threat of further sequels, but this is clearly one franchise that's been fully drained of its blood.
  14. Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Loach is a master at capturing the day-to-day of British life, and this film, which won the coveted Palm D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, is no exception. That said, it may be easier for some to decipher the heavy British accents than others.
  15. Kind of like all the other characters Annette Bening plays, year after year - never to nearly enough applause.
  16. Although Affleck's been a decent director - capturing real local color in "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town," building tension nicely in "Argo" - his work here is dim and dull. Live by Night may be about rum, but the pacing is like molasses.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Paterson is poetic.
  17. It works so hard to evoke a sense of teary patriotism it leaves behind a grimy feeling.
  18. The acting offers little relief. Fassbender gives a super serious performance in a movie that needed his natural sense of humor. Playing his Abstergo doctor, Cotillard's accent is so bizarre and disconcerting, it's impossible to believe she’s the same actress who’s been so amazing in everything else she's done. As for Jeremy Irons, who plays her scientist father, it's hard to imagine this is anything more than a payday.
  19. It loses some of its warmth, and most of its charm. And it ends up as nearly as cold and creepy as the space it takes us through.
  20. The FBI once again calls upon Anthony Hopkins to help them find a serial killer in Solace. Even though he isn't playing Hannibal Lecter this time, he's still the best thing going for this mostly dull film.
  21. This is the kind of movie "Trolls" set out to be and with this kind of innovation in animation, it succeeds on far more levels as well. There are just so many laughs to be had but there's also plenty of warmth with a lot of focus put on each contestant's family.
  22. Washington isn't a visionary director, something he's proved before in "The Great Debaters" and "Antwone Fisher." But he is a fine actor, and if nothing else Fences preserves his career-best performance, as a loving, bullying, wounded, roaring bull of a man.
  23. A lovely film and another impressive calling card for Bayona, who can mix genres in an innovative way like his former producer, Guillermo del Toro. He's created a deeply emotional film about loss that will probably have you crying by film's end.
  24. It stands alone as the best "Star Wars" entry since 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back." Yes, it's that good.

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