New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,630 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Metropolis (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
6630 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The movie elevated the basic gangster picture into what became known as the niche genre of poetic realism. And, aside from Garbo, never have key lights on a star's face caused so much swooning among fans.
  3. Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean.
  4. Features an absurdist sensibility that ultimately melts your heart. It's certainly one of the stranger movies you'll see.
  5. You can't look away, not only because the carnage is so masterfully photographed, but because the director sucks you into his bleak, poetic, even sensible vision of cosmic brutality. Not for the faint-hearted!
  6. An immensely uplifting movie whose final, unforgettable frames come as close as anything to answering the big questions about why we bother in a dog-eat-dog world.
  7. Everyone involved can claim credit, but it's Dinklage, in an understated, outstanding performance, who turns this unlikely tale into art that will strike a chord with any open-minded audience.
  8. The Trials of Henry Kissinger serves as both a prosecution brief on the above charges and an unauthorized biography.
  9. If "The Godfather" movies were based on real gangsters and some of them were still around to talk about the good old days, they might be as fascinating as the characters in Billy Corben's documentary about the cocaine import business in 1970s Miami.
  10. Even the hardest heart must melt in the face of The Story of the Weeping Camel.
  11. Does a meticulous job of summarizing these notorious events, but it is the stories of Liuzzo's five children that gives it fresh emotional power.
  12. For the initiated, the third time's a charm. For everyone else, it's just a scream.
  13. Everything you might want in a road movie: an off-the-cuff sense of adventure, a winningly scruffy charm and a whip-smart sense of humor.
  14. It's an amazing slice-of-life story that will make you want to rush home and hug the kids.
    • New York Daily News
  15. As inventive as "Being John Malkovich," as psychologically quirky as "Ghost World" and as honest as the day is long.
  16. If you're in the mood for a horror movie, this ought to do you.
  17. It turns out that puppets can tell us more about who we are as a nation than the most meticulous documentary. In Team America: World Police, the potty-mouthed, crazily brilliant musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the result is hilarious, shocking and bound to offend nearly everyone.
  18. Berry gives a riveting performance, but as a deeply decent man trapped in a hell of his own making, Del Toro gives the kind of career performance Berry gave in "Monster's Ball."
  19. Showing as much courage and talent behind the camera as he has while acting in front of it, Roth has crafted for his first film one of the most bluntly graphic and disturbing movies ever done on the subject.
  20. Eastwood's sepia-toned combat scenes are as graphic, if not quite as jolting, as those in "Ryan." And without a Tom Hanks-size star in the cast, "Flags" is not likely to do "Ryan's" blockbuster business. But "Flags," a true story directed by someone with far more faith in the audience's ability to empathize, is the better movie.
  21. Wrenching performances and painstaking visual and thematic compositions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A sensational oddity. It sheds light on the creative process, on filmmaking and on the durability of friendship and professional respect despite the odds.
  22. A shocking and hilarious triumph.
    • New York Daily News
  23. Some of the artists appear ecstatically transported as they play. Others are just having one hell of a good time. Believe me, it's contagious.
  24. If only there were a surefire way to describe Guy Maddin's films without scaring off viewers. The quirky Canadian is a genius who produces haunting, exquisitely droll movies that defy explanation.
  25. The perfect sci-fi movie for a post-9/11 world, in that it tells us we're afraid of threats hiding in plain sight.
  26. Breathtaking.
  27. The white-knuckle center of the movie is Sean Penn, who gives an utterly raw performance as Jimmy, father of the dead girl. It's one of the few times that a parent's grief has felt real on the screen through all its ugly permutations.
  28. A perfect blend of summer action, a big movie with a deeply personal story.
  29. Heartbreaking and hilarious.
  30. "Songs" is a delight. It's a visual feast and often hilarious.
  31. Whether this reserved, hypercautious widower can deal with the arousal she creates in him - let alone be physically able to act on it - is one of the many layers of tension that drive this unusual and absolutely riveting dance.
  32. What fans want are good movies. This one isn't particularly funny or romantic, but it's gripping and tragic. It asks some nasty, yet profound, questions about human desire and behavior.
  33. When director Stephen Frears worked with (Jack Black), he must have yelled "Let 'er rip!" instead of "Action!"
  34. Surges forward with barely a respite. It's like watching a propane factory burn, waiting for the tanks inside to explode, and when they do, we're right in the middle of it.
  35. As gorgeous and gripping as it is faithful to the spirit of Patrick O'Brian's celebrated series of historical novels.
  36. The movie is over in a breezy 112 minutes, but it may be another half-hour before your sides quit aching.
  37. What stands out, not surprisingly, is the work and passion that goes into the shows. But seeing all this from the inside creates an extraordinary level of empathy for those involved.
  38. Funny and masterfully inventive.
  39. One of the best indie films of the year, Humpday is a lighter descendant of "sex lies and videotape," yet burrows just as deep into the male psyche and the human capacity for self-deceit.
  40. This is a movie about the transcendent bond between partners who can communicate without speaking a word, so it’s only fitting that the gorgeous cinematography perfectly captures the movie’s emotional depths.
  41. If you've birthed a tiny human or know someone who has, it's time to find a babysitter, call the girlfriends and get to Bad Moms — the raucous, sexy and crass comedy packed with loads of mother-funny jokes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A film that's simultaneously heart-wrenching, hilarious and horrific.
  42. The film will stay with its audience long after the closing credits — and inspire a deep hope that a film of its kind never has to be made again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No movie could capture all the alarming incidents and contradictions that make up the complete N.W.A. story. But in order to stress the group’s most righteous side, the movie downplays their youthful excesses as well as their flagrant sexism.
  43. Thematically tough and emotionally rough, Starred Up is the kind of movie you might enter into with some reluctance. But because everyone involved does such an outstanding job, it's also the kind of movie you won't want to see end.
  44. Zootopia is so well done I forgot it was animated.
  45. Crucially, Cruise knows just how to pace Cage’s shift from cowardly to courageous. Yes, we get cool effects and impressive machinery. But he and Liman add unexpected humor and genuine tension to the seasonal thrill of blowing stuff up.
  46. This is boilerplate rom-com fare with few plot surprises. But thanks to witty dialogue, strong performances and sure-handed direction, the movie’s also smart, hilarious and an absolute delight.
  47. 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.
  48. The spirit of the series remains true: cheerfully random jokes, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them references and, above all, a silly, stubbornly sentimental streak that only the crabbiest cynic could dismiss.
  49. It’s so much fun you may want to put a few bucks aside for a sequel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cloudy 2 is loud, weird and chaotic — just as kids like it.
  50. Kind of like all the other characters Annette Bening plays, year after year - never to nearly enough applause.
  51. An usually insightful rendering of an ordinary family, Hirokazu Kore-eda's contemplative Japanese drama is the sort of movie that makes its greatest impact long after you've seen it.
  52. This extraordinary hybrid of a movie lives and breathes the game, yet its achievement is bigger than that. There's a touch of old-fashioned romanticism here, but more crucially there's strategy going on inside Bennett Miller's movie that turns it into something cool and special.
  53. The gristle inside this movie is one of the things that save it from being simply a series of challenges.
  54. A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.
  55. One of the sharpest satires in years.
  56. Rotates around a rusty little robotic hero who's built, as the movie is, with such emotion, brains and humor that whole universes exist in his whirring tones and binocular eyes.
  57. It's a stunner.
  58. Entertaining and smart, with a great, career 2.0 performance from Ashton Kutcher.
  59. The finished "Ring" cycle, a combination of "myth, science and legend" made to order as Wagner imagined it, was unique to every viewer's eye. The making of it will be spellbinding to everyone.
  60. Corporate inhumanity Berlinger ferociously exposes.
  61. There's a wonderfully steely spine inside of Tom McCarthy'sWin Win," but it's hard to see at first because it's inside the doughy, everyman person of Paul Giamatti.
  62. Michael Cuesta's perfectly-pitched indie captures the pain of arrested development with so much empathy and insight, you can't help but root for the unmoored, overgrown adolescent at its center.
  63. There's no bells and whistles here, no 3-D or useless grey fluff, just Pooh as he's always been, silly and true.
  64. There are laughs in Magic Mike XXL.... But the real eye-openers are the moments of sex-positive, woman-positive and emotion-positive contemplation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This version feels a lot less like a long advertisement for Lego products than the original, which featured multiple "here's how to build something cool" segments. And "LEGO Batman" uses pop culture better than the original.
  65. This terrific film certainly contains the spark of discovery.
  66. Rory Culkin’s turn in the deeply felt and haunting Gabriel is so powerful you can’t look away.
  67. There are two types of superhero movies: the ones that brood and the ones that swing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is proudly the latter, filled with high-energy action.
  68. The latest collaboration between Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") and Johnny Depp is sharp-edged, surreal, and often astonishing in its giddy creativity. What it is not, however, is a family film.
  69. If this lovely tribute sends viewers in search of the real thing, that would be a neat trick indeed.
  70. The comedy of discomfort that runs through Cyrus is often about several things at once. But the most prevalent emotion in this quirky yet genuine movie is the awkwardness that comes with trying to fit into someone else's life.
  71. Director de Aranoa keeps things moving, though, with a firm sense of pace and a rough, punk-edged soundtrack.
  72. Gideon’s Army does what the best documentaries have always done: It makes us think about something we’d rather not.
  73. This dramatic thriller finds a spot somewhere between your brain and your stomach, and drills in.
  74. It's always a pleasure to find a family film that respects its audience all the way up the line.
  75. Entertaining, inventive and old-fashioned in the best way.
    • 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.
  76. Both Rourke and Tomei bring a tender, lived-in honesty to their sad roles.
  77. Maguire’s portrayal of Fischer’s volatility, disconnect and inner demons is gripping. It’s his best performance since “Wonder Boys” (2000). Schreiber hardly says anything, yet he’s gloweringly good. He acts with his jowls and brow and swept-back hair, making the sort-of rock-’n’-roll Spassky a polar opposite, but strategic equal, to Fischer. Saarsgaard is also terrific, lending a quiet air of solemnity and thoughtfulness.
  78. A delirious, manic, push-the-limits comedy of gaudy amorality that tests the audience’s taste. But it’s a gamble that works, since you leave this adrenaline trip wasted, but invigorated.
  79. Anyone awed by 1996's "When We Were Kings" - and really, that should be anyone who's seen it - will consider this vivid companion piece essential viewing.
  80. Belafonte still finds ways to address injustice - and now we have over 50 years of his example to follow and his music to enjoy.
  81. Speaking of committed: Duvall, at age 83, nearly steals the show. Always the most inscrutable of the great ’70s actors, Duvall uses his great, unassuming American face to convey pride, confusion, pain and compassion — sometimes all at once.
  82. Gorgeously photographed, and as loosey-goosey as its hero, Captain Fantastic takes some unexpected turns. Is Ben eccentric or irresponsible? Is he raising free-thinking iconoclasts — or training a new generation of Unabombers?
  83. A kind of historical detective story made up of haunting montages, including a theater performance featuring a heartbroken musician that's absolutely chilling.
  84. With his second film, Alvarez has mastered the tension of Hitchcock and the misdirection of a magician, proving himself to be a filmmaker of merit even when dealing with more realistic horrors.
  85. Directed by, and starring, Don Cheadle, it's more about truth than facts. Did this all happen just the way it's laid out? Definitely not. But if the notes are wrong, the themes are right.
  86. By the time Barney gets one final, heartbreaking chance to screw things up, this rich, satisfying film has you hooked.
  87. What makes Southside With You work so beautifully is that it could be a romantic comedy about two strangers, but because the characters are based on two people we feel we know pretty well, it adds another layer to the unfolding relationship drama.
  88. Washington isn't a visionary director, something he's proved before in "The Great Debaters" and "Antwone Fisher." But he is a fine actor, and if nothing else Fences preserves his career-best performance, as a loving, bullying, wounded, roaring bull of a man.
  89. This is - allegedly - the final chapter in the series, and everyone involved appears invigorated.
  90. The easily offended will be appalled. The rarely offended may be appalled. But they'll have to stop laughing long enough to realize it.
  91. This is the kind of movie "Trolls" set out to be and with this kind of innovation in animation, it succeeds on far more levels as well. There are just so many laughs to be had but there's also plenty of warmth with a lot of focus put on each contestant's family.
  92. For the uninitiated, this fun French documentary detailing the camaraderie and division between filmmakers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard reveals a time when "the cinema" was something to get excited about and literally fight over.
  93. This incredibly moving, touchingly honest and transcendent chronicle of how a handful of people coped after Sept. 11 is not only one of the best distillations of that day, but a monument to humanity lost and gained.
  94. Layering his film with the songs that made his subject an icon, Tillman is aware that Biggie connected with his audience because he told stories others instantly understood. Notorious does that, too.

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