New York Magazine (Vulture)'s Scores

For 1,655 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 United 93
Lowest review score: 0 Arthur
Score distribution:
1,655 movie reviews
  1. One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
  2. 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.
  3. So intimate and sensual and funny and psychologically self-revealing that it makes most of what passes for sex in the movies look like cheap hysterics.
  4. A hushed, small-scale masterpiece that moves into the shadowlands of tragedy.
  5. Jackson has a genuine epic gift: Few filmmakers have ever given gross-outs such resplendence.
  6. An astounding, one-of-a-kind movie.
  7. A rare example of first-rate filmed opera.
  8. You've seen the rest; now see the best.
  9. A love affair between performer and filmmaker. The director shows off his ardor by eliciting from his actors aspects of their gifts that they themselves may not have known they had.
  10. The most visceral and cumulatively powerful account of civil war since Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers."
  11. The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages.
  12. It has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
  13. The most joyously cinematic movie I've seen this year. Chomet's astonishing imagination conjures images you could swear you've seen in your dreams.
  14. Jackson is rare among the makers of epic movies in that he knows how to do the small stuff, too. The Return of the King has “heart”--how else could it pump out all that blood?
  15. The most powerfully entrancing children's film in years. Of course, a true kid's classic is just as magical for adults.
  16. Sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sleek beauty, crafty wit, family warmth, and impeccable slapstick suffusing The Incredibles immediately vaults it to a new, higher level of entertainment.
  17. The visually stunning Sin City has grit to spare and a thrilling undercurrent of morality.
  18. Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny--another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliant, tightly focused, and momentous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most realistic documentaries I've ever seen--and, dry as it is, one of the most devastating in its implications.
  19. 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.
  20. You should see Happy Feet--not only because it's stupendous, but also because it features the best dancing you'll see on the screen this year.
  21. Bird clearly knows the great silent clowns: The slapstick he devises is balletic.
  22. For all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet. In some ways, it improves on J.K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.
  23. Might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
  24. 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.
  25. The film is a masterpiece in which “locked-in” syndrome becomes the human condition.
  26. Anderson’s fearless, bighearted filmmaking is an antidote to the toxic cloud of Manifest Destiny. He has made a mad American classic.
  27. The new Pixar picture Wall-E is one for the ages, a masterpiece to be savored before or after the end of the world.

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