New York Daily News' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,111 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 Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands
Lowest review score: 0 Postal
Score distribution:
6,111 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Winter Sleep won’t appeal to action lovers, but if you like endless verbal warfare, this is a joy.
  1. A gripping thriller whose terror -- unfortunately -- comes from real life.
  2. An adorable, infectious work of true sophistication.
  3. The biggest little movie of the year - and one of the best ever about the news media.
  4. A movie-movie of the first rank.
  5. This audience-pleaser is smart and acerbic. Jaoui has an uncanny ear - as director, co-writer and part of the inspired ensemble cast - for human foibles, self-deception, celebrity worship and female body issues.
  6. McQueen has made a film comparable to “Schindler’s List” — art that may be hard to watch, but which is an essential look at man’s inhumanity to man. It is wrenching, but 12 Years a Slave earns its tears in a way few films ever do.
  7. A work deeper than its nickname, "The Facebook Movie," hints at - coils around your brain. Weeks after seeing it, moments from it will haunt you.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What you'll remember most will be Renner's remarkably complex commander. By the time we finally figure him out, it's become clear we've witnessed a star-making performance, in a movie that deserves to stand as one of the defining films of the decade.
  8. A generation-spanning journey that feels both comfortingly familiar and excitingly original.
  9. It leaves the port of enterprise and arrives on the far shore of art.
  10. One of the most skillful, mesmerizing, tense and satisfying time-warp thrillers ever made.
  11. The incredibly moving post-9/11 drama Reign Over Me proves that behind the funny guy facades of former standup comedians Mike Binder and Adam Sandler are a pair of very serious talents.
  12. May be the best movie of the year.
  13. Film makers Barak Goodman and Daniel Anker dig deep into the story and its ramifications, exposing how the twin evils of racism and anti-Semitism combined to foment institutional injustice, and led — if a silver lining could be found — to the triumphs of the civil-rights movement two and three decades later.
  14. In the end, it's a sweeping, important film that overturns everything you learned in school about the birth of this nation.
  15. The most emotionally satisfying because, in addition to having both more intimate drama and more spectacular battles, it resolves all of the issues raised before.
  16. Garbus spent three years patiently mining for beauty in the ugliest of environments. The remarkable result stands as a challenge to anyone who would have seen only the worst and walked right by.
  17. America's favorite superhero reappears in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, and all we can say is, "Man, oh Man of Steel, it's good to have you back."
  18. A daring, teeth-grinding experience that doesn't let the viewer rest easy.
  19. Almodovar is adept at weaving together strands you'd never guess would match.
  20. For sheer bravura film making, for creating a cartoon world with real air, flesh, blood and the exhilarating cycle of fear and escape, Dinosaur is tops.
  21. An insanely delicious animated feature.
  22. Steven Spielberg's best war film -- and one of the two or three best movies the director has made.
  23. What a movie! This is how the medium seduced us originally.
  24. Halfway into Blue Valentine, a work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year, there's an amazing flashback scene you hope never ends.
  25. Zipper captures the erasing of one of New York’s most unique stamps by cartoon businesspeople with dollar signs for eyeballs.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No wonder the vodka bottle beckons in this wrenchingly acted, remorseless modern masterpiece.
  26. The stop-the-presses news from The House of Mirth is the number of fine performances from people you never knew had it in them.
  27. A tart, funny and tremendously sobering movie about the deepest recesses of personal unhappiness.

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