New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,729 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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Son of the Bride
Lowest review score: 0 Whipped
Score distribution:
6729 movie reviews
  1. This superb, cerebral film about unchecked belief is a fictionalized and cutting drama hinging on the origins of Scientology. Scratch around a bit, though, and its wider indictments become clear.
  2. If Lazarescu's experience is typical in the former Soviet bloc, democracy hasn't done much to humanize the bureaucracy.
  3. What Andersen does best is capture the sense of growing up and living among the landmarks of Hollywood's authentic back lot.
  4. Turgoose, in his first film role, is entirely convincing as the strong-willed but naïve Shaun, and Graham is a genuine fright as the feral prototype of the violent skinhead culture on the horizon.
  5. Compston, with Loach's uncanny guidance, gives a performance of such natural power you'd think you were watching a drama-class prodigy like James Dean rather than a moonlighting high-schooler.
  6. Amid all the high-speed action, this “Baby” is also spiked with humor. In large part that's thanks to Spacey and Foxx, as well as Jon Hamm, who makes the bank robber Buddy, one of his better movie roles. Having such strong actors also brings a gravitas to the story.
  7. This is crucial work, evidenced by a line on a wall of R.I.P. graffiti that reads simply, "I am next." This film of common folks fighting the seemingly inevitable is just as moving.
  8. A tart, funny and tremendously sobering movie about the deepest recesses of personal unhappiness.
  9. Consistently compelling and required viewing for anyone remotely interested in pop culture.
  10. Hou intends to celebrate the classic 1956 children's film "The Red Balloon," and he has done a beautiful job. In fact, he may well have created a future classic of his own.
  11. A personal eulogy, from one artist to another, and an indictment of all systems of government that deny people the right to free expression and the full realization of their talent.
  12. Bursting with so much amped-up energy, you may need to rest once it's finally done.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The movie is so entertaining it hardly seems right to say it's susceptible to holes being picked in it, but it is.
  13. Nichols approaches his subject with thoughtful empathy, and while his themes are enormous - he's addressing no less than the state of our nation - he wisely underplays even the most important moments.
  14. It's a compassionate story about what makes people tick and what really matters.
  15. The power of the arts to transcend cultural differences is presumably what moves the German to spare Szpilman, and, perhaps, is the key to Polanski's salvation as well.
  16. 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.
  17. First-time filmmaker Edet Belzberg may be the first person to assign any value to the lives of the homeless Romanian youngsters featured in her harrowing documentary.
    • New York Daily News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result may be depressing, but the performance footage balances it with rousing evidence of Winehouse’s eternal talent.
  18. The Savages is a TV movie made for the big screen - and it needs the larger venue to accommodate the huge performances of its stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.
  19. The combination of the ancient tinted footage and Butler's crisp, sweeping vistas of the same areas provides a breathtaking recap of one of history's most stirring rescues.
  20. Along the way, the movie documents a movement while deftly skewering a cynical media and ever-gullible public. So whether we're being had or just enlightened, Banksy's definitely found a new medium in which to create his own works of art.
  21. A love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound.
  22. A combination homage, living obituary and darkly moody piece of cinematic poetry.
  23. Director Jafar Panahi has long been an eloquent and passionate representative for Iranian women. But judging by this deeply poignant comedy, they may not need a mouthpiece much longer.
  24. What follows is an extreme case of reverse courtship, which begins at conception and works backward toward getting to know each other, and then moves forward to one of the funniest birthing scenes ever filmed.
  25. There's no refuge in this uncomfortably realistic movie, and that is its strength.
  26. A movie-movie of the first rank.
  27. Where Kim's best-known movie, "The Isle," was a stomach-churner, this beautifully composed canvas is the sort of film one falls into, resurfacing at the end with great reluctance.
  28. A raucous, riveting account of the greatest party you were never invited to.

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