New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,200 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:
6,200 movie reviews
  1. The most compelling and least partisan of all the Iraq documentaries.
  2. The battle it documents is both a cornerstone of the past and a reflection of ongoing struggles. DuVernay infuses Selma with that dichotomy, never forgetting how Selma, the place, was a pledge to march ahead.
  3. A masterpiece? Probably. Ingenious? Absolutely! Unforgettable? I'll see you at the 10th-year anniversary.
  4. "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.
  5. Funny, insightful, unpredictable and blessed with pitch-perfect performances, Ghost World is one of the year's best movies.
  6. Like watching an American teen-sex comedy through a glass darkly.
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  7. Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Winter Sleep won’t appeal to action lovers, but if you like endless verbal warfare, this is a joy.
  8. Even those who've long noted Polley's intelligence on screen will be amazed by the perception she displays as a filmmaker.
  9. 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Funny, even thrilling.
  10. Despite being about a royal family at a critical moment in history, The King's Speech doesn't shout about its many strengths. Rather, it urges you to lean in close, where its intelligence and heart come through loud and clear.
  11. With its agile, clever script and winning characters, Toy Story 2 is that rare thing -- an excellent children's movie with no upper age limit.
  12. Powerfully uplifting precisely because it's so horrifying.
  13. Inordinately clever, sprightly romantic comedy.
  14. Exhibiting the same sort of patience as his sensible hero, Philibert has created an extraordinarily humane portrait of a partnership between one adult and his very fortunate charges.
  15. 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.
  16. Gently unfolds into an epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.
  17. Tarnation represents a breakthrough in the possibilities of the personal film as a mix of poetry and journalism. It's also harrowing as hell.
  18. When it comes to sports movies, there's nothing like the real thing, and there's never been anything quite as real as the documentary Murderball.
  19. The irony is that Ebert famously lost his actual voice. Yet as the extraordinary documentary Life Itself shows, that couldn’t quiet one of America’s most beloved critics and cultural commentators.
  20. A sublimely uplifting movie.
  21. Almodovar is adept at weaving together strands you'd never guess would match.
  22. A brilliant if slow-paced movie about one man's unwitting journey into adulthood.
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  23. Mary's search drives The Tillman Story, and throughout this taut, true epic, we see a smart, sometimes angry, always loving family find their destiny: to speak truth to power, to call wartime myths what they are and to show how the American character is not about blind obedience.
  24. If there is any justice in the world, Farnsworth will be remembered at Oscar time.
  25. One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.
  26. Million Dollar Baby is a knockout. It is Clint Eastwood's baby in every respect — a movie that approaches the level of great boxing films, like "Raging Bull," by using sport as a metaphor for human nature.
  27. 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.
  28. A powerful, deeply moving tale, immeasurably facilitated by the performance of relatively unknown Hilary Swank as Brandon...smartly shot and edited, and the performances are dead-on.

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