New York Daily News' Scores

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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 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 0 Taken 3
Score distribution:
6,111 movie reviews
  1. The emotions veer from bawdy to sweet and then to obvious, though the film is stylish, and Dolan's artfulness helps when the movie loses focus.
  2. Director Jaak Kilmi's remembrance of growing up under Soviet rule never tries to be anything more than a curiosity.
  3. Even the actors seem disconnected, with only Leighton Meester - who has the most to prove - working to create a distinguishable character.
  4. Coasting on lazy stereotypes, the script basically ends where it started, teaching young viewers that it's really not so bad to be a spoiled bitchy puppy.
  5. It's all a little insular and very conversational, but the setting is cozy and the performances all pleasantly low-key.
  6. Dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.
  7. May feel especially like a statue covered in drapery. Unfortunately, the movie's attempts to steam things up feel about as exciting as an after-dinner mint.
  8. Of the supporting performances, Gugino, Leguizamo and Wahlberg offer solid turns, but are let down by dialogue.
  9. The tone veers wildly, from wacky indie to melodramatic soap opera. Like the other men in her life, Ireland adores Jolene without entirely understanding her.
  10. It's easy to see how a film so unafraid of religious touchstones could become a phenomenon among the faithful. Nonbelievers, however, need not apply.
  11. Movie references abound, but there's not enough humor to fuel even 90 minutes.
  12. Most of the movie unfolds in such a dull manner.
  13. Calculated Belgian crowd-pleaser.
  14. The meta-satire hits you over the head until not just your Spidey sense is tingling.
  15. As an exercise in atmosphere, this claustrophobic creeper does a lot with a little, even if the movie winds up providing just superficial shivers.
  16. Although little Timothy does arrive in unusual circumstances, his story will feel familiar to anyone who's encountered Hollywood's particular brand of calculated sentimentality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Though Inch’Allah — which translates to “God Willing” — has good performances and fine location photography, its irresponsible attitude towards terrorism goes too far.
  17. With Australia, Luhrmann obviously intends to stage a grand romance against the epic backdrop of World War II. But what we get instead is an unwieldy mess that needed another six months in the editing room.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    That’s the problem with Law’s submarine skipper, Robinson, in the action thriller Black Sea. He’s driven and dynamic enough, but he can’t keep the sensitivity from his eyes.
  18. Another nicely understated performance from Jesse Eisenberg anchors this shambling drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even Ramírez cannot liberate this movie from a clichéd script.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Kevin Spacey works heroically to overcome the flaws in Father of Invention, but Trent Cooper's flaky indie does depressingly little to earn its star's commitment.
  19. The author of "Naked Lunch" and his words were funny, freaky and sometimes just Out There. Yet as "there" became "here," Leyser shows, Burroughs seemed to be everywhere.
  20. “Um” winds up as empty as its mean streets are phony.
  21. Cusack and Jane look like they’re improvising much of the time, and while that doesn’t lead to a better movie, the off-the-cuff approach is the best thing in the film.
  22. Though the film’s untested cast struggles with the drama, and the sketched-out story is often banal (there are several amateurish calls-to-mom scenes), the presentation of a specific city subculture is etched from the heart.
  23. The movie wants to say something significant about the excitement and alienation of life in a strange — which is to say, new — place. The film never gets there, but its aims are honorable, and the lovingly shot Shanghai scenery does enhance the trip.
  24. Ferrera's shaggy tone, which fits the iconic building, gets irritating. Still, if you come for the stories, you'll stay for the company.
  25. There's less to Beastly than meets the eye - and what meets the eye is no great shakes, either.
  26. Narratively static and morally banal. That may be par for the course, however, when half the movie is spent watching shallow kids try on other people’s clothes.

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