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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
1,655 movie reviews
  1. When the film shifts to Shanghai and the club Casablanca, there's too much lustrous-hued loitering and too few martial­-arts set pieces.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With the transformation of Al Franken from comedian to activist, Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus stumbled onto a good subject, but in the documentary Al Franken: God Spoke, they stumble around in it.
  2. With a million times more computing power at its disposal than its 1982 predecessor, Tron: Legacy still looks like Disco Night at the jai alai fronton.
  3. It makes the same misstep that Allen's comedies often do: It assumes that the lives of these people are only about sex and love, and so that's all we ever see of them. This one-and-a-half-dimensionality wears thin.
  4. The lesson of this is that there’s no easy way to dramatize the story of Julian Assange and that trying to turn it into a conventional melodrama is not just politically irresponsible but dull-witted.
  5. Part of the pleasure in watching The Best Offer is the elegant, unassumingly suspenseful way it unfolds. You never quite know where it’s all headed, in part because it never quite tells you what kind of movie it is. I called it a “romantic thriller,” but there’s a lot more movie here than that.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As usual, it's Banks, who's turning great performances in lousy movies into some kind of brilliant career strategy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is a movie that's alive in its own way, and a welcome surprise in a genre sorely lacking in them of late.
  6. The only reason to check out Big Bad Love is Debra Winger, last seen onscreen in 1995.
  7. Von Trier has said he wanted to make a genre horror picture, but he couldn’t even come up with a decent metaphor: The climax is out of a Grade C hack-’em-up with people chasing each other through the woods with axes and knives.
  8. I think the movie works best if you know the original and have a taste for goofy revisionism.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As a result, we get relatively little insight into the other characters as they react to Riddick. Without an unknown force to spark our own imaginations, the result is mostly dead air.
  9. The hang-loose grodiness of these films has its charms, and the Ray-Banned team of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, at its best, is good vaudeville.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a stilted thing--overstylized and inexpressive, like high-school kids playing dress-up, or bad Kabuki.
  10. Jake Paltrow's comedy takes familiar male-angst material and turns it into a painful--but fun--string of jokes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Stagedoor features unremarkable rehearsal footage (exhibitionists make poor subjects for vérité documentaries) and thoughtful but unsurprising interviews with camp counselors and parents.
  11. This is an extraordinary film.
  12. While the imagery in this retelling is impeccable, the story is strangely lifeless.
  13. A movie like Hart's War, for all its realistic trappings, is essentially escapism. And yet it inadvertently pushes the 9/11 button. The real world is going to intrude a lot this year at the movies. Better get used to it.
  14. Spacey is turning into another Robin Williams: Between this film and "Pay It Forward" he cops the prize for the Sappiest Performances by an Actor Previously Known to Have Great Talent.
  15. Gets points for oddness. Excellence is another matter.
  16. You wish Rio 2 had the smarts and the inventiveness to match its scattered bursts of ambition.
  17. Watching Spike Lee’s decent but unmemorable remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 revenge picture "Oldboy," I kept trying to figure out why he’d done it.
  18. Writer-director Billy Morrissette doesn't have much feeling for satire -- or for Shakespeare. This is a comedy for people who couldn't make it through the CliffsNotes.
  19. I wouldn’t believe that Run, Fat Boy, Run was co-written by Simon Pegg (of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) if he weren’t up there on the screen in teeny briefs and with his gut stuck out, trying to endear himself to the American audience in material maybe a notch above Rob Schneider’s.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The first Allen picture since "Sweet and Lowdown" that doesn't leave a bad odor in its wake.
  20. It doesn’t always work as drama, but as a musical, it’s often fantastic.
  21. The best way to kill the spirit of the sixties is to sanitize it with preachiness, which is what happens here. That rock-cock collection might as well be a box of baseball cards.
  22. So relentlessly giddy and hyperactive that it doesn’t really need a movie review--it needs a prescription.
  23. The only reason to put yourself through Guy Ritchie's overblown, inelegant Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows is to see Jared Harris, who plays Professor Moriarty, in a chilling low key.

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