New York Magazine (Vulture)'s Scores

For 1,958 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story 3
Lowest review score: 0 Arthur
Score distribution:
1,958 movie reviews
  1. No other concert film has ever expressed so fervently the erotic root of rock. Seeing it is the opposite of taking a trip down memory lane; it's more like a plunge into the belly of the beast.
  2. The film is a masterpiece in which “locked-in” syndrome becomes the human condition.
  3. It has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
  4. A hushed, small-scale masterpiece that moves into the shadowlands of tragedy.
  5. Fruitvale Station will rock your world — and, if the life of Oscar Grant means anything, compel you to work to change it.
  6. Pi has designed his own terrarium to keep from staring directly into the abyss. It's not denial. It's faith in something else: the transformative power of storytelling. The film is transcendent.
  7. The Deep Blue Sea is not a showy or pronounced movie. Open yourself up to it, however, and it might destroy you.
  8. Once the action starts - and it starts very quickly - The Raid is relentless, breathtaking in its sheer propulsive majesty. But it's also shot through with moments of bleak poetry amid the carnage.
  9. One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
  10. Spielberg has been ridiculed for shooting his actors from below against impossibly Spielbergian skies and a denouement that lays the love on copiously. But there's nothing simpleminded about how he uses movie magic, as a spell to dispel nihilism, to save us from the worst of ourselves by summoning up the best.
  11. Everything he did in live-action movies with rolling boulders and runaway convoys he does bigger and better - by a factor of ten - in every frame. At the end of two hours, my jaw ached from grinning.
  12. One of the most realistic documentaries I've ever seen--and, dry as it is, one of the most devastating in its implications.
  13. A rare example of first-rate filmed opera.
  14. It’s true that the number of whales in captivity isn’t huge. But they’ve now become the mightiest symbols of our cultural hubris — of our inability to manage creatures we have the power to capture and imprison. It’s a metaphor for the ages.
  15. The Queen is the most reverent irreverent comedy imaginable. Or maybe it's the most irreverent reverent comedy. Either way, it's a small masterpiece.
  16. Fun, touching, and expertly assembled.
  17. Might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
  18. I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
  19. Something sacred passes between Trintignant and Riva. The actress's eyes signal deep awareness as the sounds coming out of her mouth become animalistic.
  20. The LEGO Movie is the kind of animated free-for-all that comes around very rarely, if ever: A kids’ movie that matches shameless fun with razor-sharp wit, that offers up a spectacle of pure, freewheeling joy even as it tackles the thorniest of issues.
  21. The most powerfully entrancing children's film in years. Of course, a true kid's classic is just as magical for adults.
  22. The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages.
  23. This is, no doubt about it, a tour de force, a work that fully lives up to its director's ambitions.
  24. The visually stunning Sin City has grit to spare and a thrilling undercurrent of morality.
  25. The movie is a slot machine that never stops spitting quarters.
  26. Jackson has a genuine epic gift: Few filmmakers have ever given gross-outs such resplendence.
  27. The self-satire of The Kids Are All Right is so knowing, so rich, so hilarious, so damn healthy that it blows all thoughts of degeneracy out of your head.
  28. Bird clearly knows the great silent clowns: The slapstick he devises is balletic.
  29. Anderson’s fearless, bighearted filmmaking is an antidote to the toxic cloud of Manifest Destiny. He has made a mad American classic.
  30. Above all is Langella, achingly vulnerable under layers of flesh. In one scene, alone, he eats peanut butter intensely, thoughtfully, and nothing he could do as Hamlet would seem deeper or more poetic.

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