New York Magazine (Vulture)'s Scores

For 2,386 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 United 93
Lowest review score: 0 Fantastic Four
Score distribution:
2386 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Fun, touching, and expertly assembled.
  3. This tight, relatively low-key, step-by-step procedural has a stronger impact than any horror movie.
  4. I love when non-fiction filmmakers stretch the form and attempt, with as much honesty as they can muster, to put us in the middle of the events they describe. They give us stunning hybrids like "Waltz With Bashir," "Persepolis," and, now, Tower.
  5. Might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
  6. I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
  7. Something sacred passes between Trintignant and Riva. The actress's eyes signal deep awareness as the sounds coming out of her mouth become animalistic.
  8. 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.
  9. Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s masterful Best of Enemies leaves you with an overwhelming sense of despair. It’s not just a great documentary, it’s a vital one.
  10. This is a near-perfect film, and a heightening in every way of everything that was great about Baker’s last movie.
  11. Anderson says that as a child she dreamed of making something that had never been made before, and, with the help of some gifted artists and editors and camera-people, she has done it again — with bells on. The only thing that would make it more pleasurable would be Anderson narrating it in person.
  12. Hype would bruise Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, which is so delicate in its touch that the usual superlatives sound unusually shrill. It’s the gentlest, most suggestive of great films.
  13. The actors carry the music in their gait, their gestures, the rhythms of their speech, so that their singing and dancing is a small but exquisite step up from the way that they normally talk and walk. To rhapsodize about La La Land is to complete the experience. You want to sing its praises, literally.
  14. The most powerfully entrancing children's film in years. Of course, a true kid's classic is just as magical for adults.
  15. The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages.
  16. This is, no doubt about it, a tour de force, a work that fully lives up to its director's ambitions.
  17. The visually stunning Sin City has grit to spare and a thrilling undercurrent of morality.
  18. The movie is a slot machine that never stops spitting quarters.
  19. Jackson has a genuine epic gift: Few filmmakers have ever given gross-outs such resplendence.
  20. 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.
  21. Bird clearly knows the great silent clowns: The slapstick he devises is balletic.
  22. Lonergan is the master of taking a scene that starts off as something familiar, then sending it spinning off in another direction, and then pulling back at just the right moment, as the viewer’s imagination hurtles ahead to fill in the gaps.
  23. Anderson’s fearless, bighearted filmmaking is an antidote to the toxic cloud of Manifest Destiny. He has made a mad American classic.
  24. At times the movie’s small canvas feels momentous. They’ve found the inner tensions in people’s presentations of themselves in a way that’s positively Wallace-like.
  25. 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.
  26. The sci-fi chamber drama Marjorie Prime is exquisite — beautiful, intense, shivering with empathy.
  27. The vision is as hateful as it is hate-filled, but the fusion of form and content is so perfect that it borders on the sublime.
  28. For all the horror, it's the drive toward life, not the decay, that lingers in the mind. As a modern heroine, Ree Dolly has no peer, and Winter's Bone is the year's most stirring film.
  29. One of the greatest documentaries I’ve ever seen.
  30. 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.

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