New York Daily News' Scores

  • Movies
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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 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Reign Over Me
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
6,111 movie reviews
  1. One of those factors must have settled upon the unlucky shoulders of Stephen Frears, who certainly has the pedigree to go all the way. And yet, he stumbles so badly with Lay the Favorite, his comic adaptation of Beth Raymer's memoir, that one is left wondering what could possibly have gone wrong.
  2. A documentary with too much dead time between the arduous tasks at hand, never grabs a viewer because -- sad to say -- it's too dull.
  3. Unfortunately, its positive attributes are thrown out of balance by its abundant negatives - including chintzy effects, lumbering storytelling and an overstylized, earnest incompetence that evokes "Speed Racer."
  4. The one crime a B-movie should never commit is boring its audience. By even these low standards, Shark Night 3D is dead in the water.
  5. With all the talent on tap — including screenwriter Buck Henry, who worked with Michal Zebede to adapt Philip Roth’s 2009 novel — you’d think we’d get something better than this outdated indulgence.
  6. Unless your own horoscope recommended wasting two perfectly useful hours of your day, take a pass.
  7. Hardworking Oscar winner Harden and beguiling Spanish star Watling do nothing for this haphazard film, which belatedly decides it wants to be a stage satire as the women lark into a ridiculous avant-garde production of “MacBeth.” Bloody awful.
  8. With the most growling and grunting of any movie this summer - and that includes those apes perched atop the box office - Conan the Barbarian seems at times to have actually been made by barbarians.
  9. Jonathan, who was so great in "Roll Bounce," deserves better. It'd be overly generous, however, to say the same about anyone else involved.
  10. This lumbering, ha-ha-look-what-we-remade action-comedy is a high-concept disaster.
  11. With a bit less grisliness, it could have been a mystery dinner-theater performance.
  12. Unpleasantly icy film based on a true story.
  13. Points for niche audaciousness, but that’s all.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The tragic Balkan conflict of the 1990s is due for a sweeping, important and engaging cinematic remembrance. Twice Born wants to be that movie — a Bosnian “Doctor Zhivago” — but falls short.
  14. Will Smith may have run through every trick in his bag. In Focus, the one-time fresh prince and former box-office champ looks tired, bored and, even worse, uninspired.
  15. It is likely to become an unintended camp classic, something we haven't had since "Showgirls."
  16. Despite the revved-up start and a suitably dusty setting, the movie stalls almost immediately. The story is uninspired, Lyons looks lost, and Booth makes for a bland femme fatale. Clarke tries to inject some energy into the action, but even he seems to realize this ride’s going nowhere.
  17. Is it an exaggeration to call The Women the worst movie of the year? Well, yeah, probably. But it may be the most disappointing, given all the effort that went into it.
  18. Why would you watch a bad movie about better movies, when you could just rent the originals instead?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    For all the star’s efforts, the movie itself ends up little more than an exploitation item, a sad place-holder until the real thing comes along.
  19. Terminally silly, even more so for being "inspired by actual events."
  20. There probably is an interesting story in Van’s rags-to-riches tale. But all we get in this extended publicity stunt is clichéd filmmaking, stilted performances and a self-aggrandizing hero.
  21. She's (Heigl) disastrously miscast as a character beloved by fans of novelist Janet Evanovich.
  22. The amazingly awful dramatic thriller Red Riding Hood could, with tweaks, be enjoyably bad in a "Plan 9 From Outer Space" kind of way. Instead, it's M. Night Shyamalan-style bad, which means despite all the unintentional snickers, you feel trapped.
  23. So that's three snickers, not counting the Bush quote, 'cause including that one ain't fair, man.
  24. This is perhaps for Shakespeare completists only.
  25. Alas, this learned woman of letters - her expertise became the work of Dostoyevsky, whose major novels Geier nicknames "the five elephants" - is ill served by a trudging approach and dry-as-dust, procedural style.
  26. Has warmed-over chills and a muddled, zombie-like execution.
  27. The problem with this hyper-verbal comedy is in the title.
  28. Well-intentioned but as earnest as a college freshman discovering campus politics.

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