New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,203 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 Life Itself
Lowest review score: 0 No Good Deed
Score distribution:
6,203 movie reviews
  1. Smith's gleeful, touching documentary records the agony and the ecstasy of realizing your dream, and intangible ways that such dreams help keep people alive.
  2. 42
    Boseman is watchful, winning and confident, but never saintly. Yet he keeps Robinson’s moral spine aligned with his skill and self-respect, showing how he needed all of those to succeed.
  3. Redford will surely earn a well-deserved Oscar nomination for this role, to which he commits with unerring dedication. But the real star is writer/director Chandor, whose painstaking approach is exquisite in its spare integrity.
  4. Powerfully uplifting precisely because it's so horrifying.
  5. There’s a great fever-dream quality to David O. Russell’s American Hustle that instantly reels you in.
  6. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has perfectly wedded form to function by filming Boogie Nights in a style suggesting the grainy texture of porn and the ambivalence of the era.
  7. Crucial viewing for realists and alarmists both.
  8. These three films (adapted from David Peace's novels by different directors), each a singularly gripping work, together form a towering and emotionally complex achievement.
  9. Hudson, taking over the role of Effie played on stage by Jennifer Holliday, is in charge of Dreamgirls from her opening scene, blowing away Grammy-winner Beyoncé Knowles, Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx and anyone else who gets in her way.
  10. The result is an often-anguished monologue built on pride, despair and self-defense. Accuracy aside, Tyson does work hard to analyze his own, clearly complex character. So while we only get half the picture, it makes for consistently compelling viewing.
  11. The Two Towers moves faster, covers more ground, has more action and -- with the introduction of the marvelous character Gollum -- packs some much-appreciated laughs.
  12. Argo is movie magic. Ben Affleck's third directorial outing, is an entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move.
  13. There’s never a false moment.
  14. It's impossible to imagine how the action genre would have developed without Akira Kurosawa's watershed 1954 movie Seven Samurai.
  15. A great movie -- and the best movie ever about the '70s rock era.
  16. Gorgeous, fascinating and surprisingly suspenseful.
  17. One of the most emotionally devastating movies of the decade.
  18. Joachim Trier's energetic, inventive debut takes such a novel approach to well-worn themes that it makes most movies look downright lazy.
  19. "Letters" isn't about numbers or the battle or even the morality of war. It's about the sanctity of life and how we value our own.
  20. The most gorgeous movie of the year. This smashing martial-arts romance from Chinese director Zhang Yimou is stunning in other ways, too, like the eroticism that ripples just beneath the surface.
  21. With his rapid-fire delivery and big heart, Rockwell makes Owen his version of “M*A*S*H”’s Hawkeye Pierce, but the film’s layers of well-observed truths go deeper than that.
  22. Every scene has its highlights, from amusing observations about sex to poignant truths about parenting and partnerships. But what you'll remember most is the exquisitely lovely final scene, in which Cholodenko reminds us that all we need is a single moment of perfection -in a family, or even in a film - to believe that somehow, things will always be all right.
  23. This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.
  24. Delpy and Hawke, who’ve invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
  25. The vastly divergent paths of Assange and Manning make up the most fascinating aspects of this relentlessly compelling film.
  26. A critic trots out the word "masterpiece" at his own peril, but there it is.
  27. As joyously energetic now as the day it arrived.
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  28. As tough-spirited as fans would hope for - and exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are.
  29. Twisted, tortured, terrifying - and terrific.
  30. A gorgeous, wonderfully inventive computer-animated comedy.

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