New York Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 900 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 Oldboy
Score distribution:
900 movie reviews
  1. This remarkable movie — factual and funny, always surprising and unconventionally written, directed and acted — sets the record straight with an adrenalin rush that overwhelms the senses.
  2. Vile.
  3. It may not be one of the best, most inspired and fully realized classics in the master director’s oeuvre, but it towers above almost everything else in the junk pile of 2017 year-end releases.
  4. A pretentious load of swill made in Portugal that should have been buried in a locked vault without a key.
  5. Even though it does so through a dull and talky haze of cigar smoke, it is always Gary Oldman’s phenomenal performance that keeps the film airborne.
  6. So skillfully directed, photographed and acted that it sucks you into its powerful emotional storyline from the start and holds interest to the finish. Despite its length and intricacy, you can’t call this one boring.
  7. Call Me By Your Name is a masterpiece of subtle emotions, intense sensuality and breathtaking beauty.
  8. A mixed bag of dumb jokes and unspeakable violence that is a big improvement over his (McDonagh) other work (it towers over Seven Psychopaths, which was one of the worst movies ever made) but not good enough to write home about at today’s inflated postal rates.
  9. The new, inferior and totally unnecessary 2017 re-make is a sorry disappointment in which nothing measures up to the Sidney Lumet movie, including the train.
  10. The best thing about Last Flag Flying is that Ethan Hawke is not in it. Otherwise, it’s business as usual, and the business is excruciating to get through.
  11. LBJ
    Woody Harrelson in the title role has enough spice to keep the viewer alert and attentive. That’s more than I can say about most of the junk that greets the year-end 2017 holiday season.
  12. It’s not for the squeamish, but required viewing for anyone with a conscience and the need for justice.
  13. Lady Bird is that rare movie in which everything astonishes and leaves you charmed, breathless, and anxious for more.
  14. Part social melodrama, part violent crime drama and part send-up of family values gone haywire, it’s a curiosity that stubbornly fails to come alive until it’s almost over, and then it’s too late.
  15. You learn things from it that should be required viewing for the screening room at the Pentagon.
  16. You can call Novitiate divinely inspired and mean it.
  17. A benign thriller that fails to thrill is like a wet match that fails to light: frustrating and pointless.
  18. It’s so sincere and admirable that it seems churlish to voice objections, but the fact remains that it isn’t very good.
  19. It’s quite a story and a cinematic task writer-director Angela Robinson is not always up to. But I wasn’t bored, and in this anemic year that’s saying a mouthful.
  20. A gallant performance by that wonderful and versatile young actor Andrew Garfield.
  21. Labored and boring, The Mountain Between Us is a soap opera in the snow that fritters away the time and talents of Kate Winslet and Idris Elba for all the wrong reasons.
  22. Eventually The Florida Project (the working title Disney gave to his dream in its planning stages on the drawing boards) sucks you into a world you would never otherwise know anything about.
  23. Walking Out is a skillfully made thriller with a pair of very talented actors who knock themselves out, in more ways than one, to guarantee that it never becomes boring.
  24. Shot is sobering, suspenseful and exemplary.
  25. Hack director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) is lucky to engage Cruise’s box-office appeal for a tale that otherwise would never have seen the light of day.
  26. The movie is so carefully observed and quietly calibrated as the old man moves from one scene to the next, as unobtrusive as a lap dissolve, that you can’t tell Harry from Lucky, or vice versa, and it doesn’t take long before you stop trying.
  27. A trite little comedy so jumbled, disconnected and bad you can’t believe it doesn’t star James Franco. Instead, it fritters away the talents of the charming Justin Long, a seasoned and resourceful actor who deserves much better.
  28. Grim and hopelessly despondent, but superbly acted and strangely effective as crime on the screen goes.
  29. Judi Dench can do no wrong, and playing Queen Victoria for the second time in the richly satisfying Victoria and Abdul is an acting lesson par excellence that proves how rapturous it is to watch this great artist do everything right.
  30. The movie, as relevant now as the story was then, lacks the same spark as live tennis, but the two stars are equally dynamic and unforgettable as the original players. You won’t be bored.

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