New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,197 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 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
6,197 movie reviews
  1. It's an old maxim that you can't make a good movie from a bad script. But with the suspense thriller Twisted, Philip Kaufman shows that you can make one that looks like it should be good.
  2. The humor is supposed to stem from the clash of kids who have been raised so differently and of partners with opposing views of child care. But there are just so many jokes you can make about who gets to use the bathroom when.
  3. The low-tech film looks like a kid's crude drawing, plays like entry-level Game Boy, and is about as nourishing as a Tootsie Pop.
  4. If you think you're tough enough, go ahead and sit through the endurance test that is Bad Boys 2, a brutal, 2 1/2-hour display of production overkill.
  5. The real trouble is at its core, with an over-the-top performance from Sedgwick that borders on Baby Jane campiness.
  6. A screamingly bad melodrama whose message seems to be that people who think they're talking to a deaf person admit things they wouldn't admit to themselves. Silence, please.
  7. Where the first film was a seminal forerunner of early stalker classics like "Halloween," this version feels as stale as old gingerbread.
  8. Striking naturalism and blatant dishonesty blend awkwardly in this bleak drama.
  9. There is just no tension built prior to the murders.
  10. Paul Auster's suffocating romance makes you feel as if you're helplessly stuck inside the head of the most pretentious person you know.
  11. The movie - with some gamy sexual references, a one-night stand and a long look at a stud muffin's naked buns - targets an older female audience. They may see it as unbearably cute, filled with ridiculous coincidences and laced with performances that - like the obnoxious soundtrack music - overstate the mood.
  12. Those who need little more than a car chase, gunplay, pretty girls and a solid soundtrack will be entertained. And Ice Cube fans won't be disappointed. Everyone else may want to think twice before shelling out hard-earned dollars.
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  13. This is clearly the Worst Performance by an Actress in a Death Scene since Sofia Coppola took a bullet for her dad in "The Godfather: Part III."
  14. Offers traditional cinematic gab about marital status, sexual orientation, nationality and degree of fulfillment.
  15. Their (Murphy/Wilson) exchanges and interplay are so campy and over the top that I kept expecting them to pull out frying pans and start bopping each other over the head with them. I Spy is one just Stooge short of homage.
  16. Though its PG-13 rating allows for much cruder sex humor, the movie version of "Dukes" is nearly identical to the TV series in its corniness, in its incessant car chases and in its ogling of the posterior of cousin Daisy Duke.
  17. The screenplay has no idea how to modulate the banter between the movie's talented stars so that it approximates affectionate and playful sparring.
  18. Gets too caught up in its escalating violence and strained-to-bursting moral subtexts. It's the blood of souls drenching the screen, and it's a hideous sight to behold.
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  19. To be fair, Sandler deserves some credit for bringing us the first mainstream movie about Chanukah. Too bad it's completely idioticah.
  20. The award for hardest-to-watch movie of the year.
  21. Falls short of the mark, content to shoot fish in a barrel.
  22. A jumbled composite of blurred images, poetic yearnings and metaphoric dialogue.
  23. A perfect example of an "art" movie that is so lugubrious and soul-sucking that it's hell to sit through.
  24. Ill-timed "Hands" has a very limited grasp of comedy.
    • New York Daily News
  25. Desperate for a slice of Spanish soap opera? You might try this misguided romantic melodrama.
  26. This is the kind of misfire that can take everyone down with it. It's not just bad, it's mean-bad.
  27. There's no story to speak of - three cohabiting bachelors are dragged into adulthood by the simultaneous pregnancies of their girlfriends - but Anderson, Imperioli and Eddie Griffin are amiable company and there's an earned laugh here and there.
  28. It's hard to say which is worse: The fact that 20th Century Fox believes this sour, sexist fantasy reflects anyone's actual experience or that Hollywood is so woefully behind the cultural curve.
  29. A personal documentary on a family member. The question is, who -- outside of friends and family -- would want to watch it? The answer...is ... beyond me.
  30. Clumsily merges fiction and reality, biography and musical fantasy, and breaks the fourth wall in a way that allows Spacey to lamely address his own miscasting.

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