New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,757 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 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 0 The Fourth Kind
Score distribution:
6757 movie reviews
  1. Dunye's salvation is her sense of humor. She's good at creating light, bantering dialogue, and there are a couple of sharp, satirical scenes.
  2. A racial melodrama that, until it stumbles into obvious and maudlin territory, is a thoughtful work thanks to Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie and especially Kevin Costner.
  3. It’s not easy to play twins (in another language, no less), without relying on showy mannerisms to define them. But Mortensen pulls it off. Your move, Franco.
  4. Better to stick with his slightly weird, ultra-focused nerds, who toil away on something strange and special, simply for the beauty of it.
  5. People often use the term “dangerous filmmaking.” Here is someone willing to put his life on the line for his art.
  6. A quiet, restrained drama, Louder Than Bombs works a little like a photographer itself, changing its focus, showcasing scenes from different points of view, rearranging the order of the images.
  7. The result would make an excellent inspirational video for aspiring players, but it's not quite ready for the pros.
  8. It's big, bright, savvy, and so expansive you'll undoubtedly leave feeling you got your money's worth.
  9. 360
    The reason director Fernando Meirelles' intimate drama 360 succeeds where other adaptations of Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 sexual circle-back play "La Ronde" haven't is, ironically, because it puts less emphasis on body heat and more on intellectual coolness.
  10. Director Craig Zobel's indie, based on real cases, has a sharp psychological point and a can't-look-away quality even as it turns horrifically dark.
  11. As for Ginsberg himself: Should we be more impressed that Radcliffe so confidently portrays an actual icon, or that he banishes all memories of the fictional one he’s portrayed before? Both accomplishments suggest that he’s got real talent, and a future that’s already taking him well past Harry Potter.
  12. A rousing period drama with all the familiar trimmings: gorgeous costumes, palatial settings and romantic intrigue.
  13. While "Twilight" will make more money and get more attention, the darkly comic Cirque du Freak boasts the shaggy charm of the natural underdog.
  14. Enthusiasm carries the day in this paint-by-numbers period tale, which is just charming enough to coast on its own clichés.
  15. There have been so many movies about aspiring superheroes in recent years, they practically constitute their own genre. Though hardly ground-breaking, this whimsical Australian entry is just endearing enough to stand out from the pack.
  16. If you're the type who unwinds by watching "The Wire" or "Law & Order: SVU," you might appreciate this grim procedural drama from French actress Maïwenn. There's no denying its power: It took home the Jury Prize at Cannes last year. But for most, Polisse will be tough going.
  17. Some of the shocks are way too broad, and the enclosed perspective suggests the material would better suit a play. But Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments.
  18. There are a select few artists who can take the same materials used by everyone else and create a masterpiece. Coco Chanel was one of them. Director Anne Fontaine is not.
  19. For his directorial debut, Bateman returns to his bad-boy beginnings. And the results are predictably amusing.
  20. The real reason to see the movie -- and it's reason enough -- is the trove of archival footage, which shows a star of almost impossible magnetism.
  21. Wahlberg and Johnson are the saving graces of an in-your-face movie.
  22. Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
  23. Tomorrow Never Dies delivers the goods with tongue in cheek, if not Bond's tongue in someone else's cheek.
  24. The script does boast a fair share of zingers, delivered with arch wit by a crack team of professionals.
  25. To be sure, there are many reasons to see the film. The cinematography is memorably vibrant, and the performances are solid, even if they pass by too swiftly. Most of all, of course, the subject matter remains fascinating.
  26. While McNairy and Mendelsohn are solid but almost too showy, Liotta, Jenkins, Sam Shepard and a chewy supporting cast beautifully fill in the blanks. Killing Them Softly adds each of its characters to a punchy, prosaic tale that believes in America, one way or another.
  27. A heartfelt, bittersweet and often amusing portrait of early middle-age.
  28. Overlong but ambitious, Woo proves he's as good at tactical maneuvers as he is at close-quarters combat.
  29. Best of all is the well-used West Village setting, which feels like the perfect backdrop for a slightly offbeat love story.
  30. Rio
    The main reason this gorgeous-looking, sweet-hearted but so-so movie remains grounded is a herky-jerky, cobbled-together story that squawks when it should sing.

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