New York Daily News' Scores

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For 5,996 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 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
5,996 movie reviews
  1. If there were a Lifetime Channel for Men, Emilio Aragón’s unabashedly sentimental take on old age would surely wind up there.
  2. Phil Alden Robinson’s overheated dramedy feels disconnected from reality in every emotional way.
  3. Before you spend good money to see the purported comedy, Blended, watch the trailer. The entire movie is packed into those 152 seconds.
  4. The story itself is fairly straightforward, but lands with a thud.
  5. Polanski views things so mischievously that the naughtiness is neutered long before sniveling Thomas is tied to a pole. He’s a captive not only to Vanda, but also to all the dull, reductive mind games.
  6. If you're not an 11-year-old boy, or a grown-up in the mood to feel like one, the endless "wow!-that-car-is-now-a-deep-voiced-robot" scenes lack thrill. In fact, the action scenes, as in the previous films, are downright headache-inducing.
  7. The 6-year-old I watched it with summed it up perfectly: “It starts out fun but then it’s kinda sad and scary. And sorta boring, too.”
  8. The blatantly misogynistic treatment of the female characters, who exist solely to service Rob and his best friend (Craig Roberts), would have felt retrograde in a movie made decades ago.
  9. The movie’s ennui feels like so much posing, and the Bret Easton Ellis-lite characters are monotone. It’s rich in effort, but it all comes to diminishing returns.
  10. As for our leading man, he’s clearly just messing with us now. Who else would make a revenge thriller called Rage and then sleepwalk his way through it?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The film’s “What if?” scenario takes the germ of an interesting social-science idea and lets it rot in a nasty, ethically questionable cesspool of junk cinema.
  11. It’s admirable that writer/director Michael Walker wanted to make a socially conscious thriller. But surely he didn’t have to replace all the thrills with broadly moralizing messages.
  12. The Expendables 3 lets down its cast with a film that’s about as thrilling as the arrival of a monthly Social Security check.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is a washout lacking jokes or scares.
  13. The compelling Draper’s the creation of “Mad Men” mastermind Matthew Weiner, the writer-director of Are You Here. Which begs the question: how could Weiner make, as his debut comedy, a movie as amateurish and off-putting as this one?
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The Prince isn't just awful, it's depressing.
  14. Writer-director Carter Smith got his start as a successful fashion photographer. But you wouldn’t know it from the murky look of this generic thriller.
  15. There are no twists or even surprises, except the final realization that director Alan White is taking his culturally clueless, ineptly shot B-movie totally seriously. Judging from the uniformly underwhelming performances, he’s the only one.
  16. In a movie, nothing good ever seems to happen at a country house. And when it comes to this film, nothing very interesting happens, either.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Wallis is commendably restrained and Alfre Woodard adds class as Mia’s wise ally. But Annabelle is a vortex of visual clichés beyond rescue.
  17. This one has a screenplay by Stephen King, adapting his own short story. Unfortunately, that can’t save this low-budget thriller.
  18. As for Jackson, he strolls through the nonsensical story so casually, one suspects his mind is on other things — like what he’ll do with his paycheck. He has probably already moved on. We’ll happily do the same.
  19. Director Jake Paltrow’s stark sense of place fades as familiar genre elements are introduced. It winds up like “There Will Be Blood,” but with H2O, not oil. It’s food for thought, nothing more.
  20. There have been times when the right team has been able to transcend the gooey schmaltz of Sparks’ stories. This effort, however, sinks like a rock thrown into a sun-dappled lake shaded by magnolia trees sparkling under a sky of shooting stars.
  21. Cryer makes a likable sad-sack and Will Sasso provides balance as his narcissistic best friend. But both guys deserve better. As do we.
  22. Preposterous things are everywhere in this lethargic thriller.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The local angle offers a degree of flavor, but this is a dull tale, reminiscent of a hundred others. The dialogue is ludicrous, the video stock looks cheap.
  23. The result is a throwaway story hidden beneath a messy jumble of weird camera angles, worthless editing tricks and an ill-placed, obnoxious score.
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  24. With its amateurish performances and sloppy script, Hey, Happy! has the homemade feel of a cult movie, but very little of the charm.
  25. Less a movie than a very expensive display of Afro wigs and macrame wall hangings.

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