New York Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 514 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Lowest review score: 0 The Divide
Score distribution:
514 movie reviews
  1. Sightseers is a morose, unsettling blend of pathology for sport and murder for laughs.
  2. All we know is that the only sure way to avoid the loss of any more I.Q. points in the world today is to stay away from movies like Erased.
  3. Despite the sight of so much cheesecake romping naked through the woods like the girls have never heard of poison ivy, it’s the usual disreputable grindhouse schlock.
  4. This disoriented drivel was written by — and marks the directing debut of — Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for writing "Precious." It’s weird, but not in a good way.
  5. As a nauseating variation on the home-invasion theme, The Purge is as sickening as it is dreary.
  6. Unfortunately, with only the bare outline of a script, no acting is required. The structure of the film is 89 minutes of brutality with a college degree. This is a warning, not a recommendation.
  7. An hour and 20 minutes into this two-hour-and-11-minute endurance test, a hungry Kaiju attacks the city of Hong Kong and eats the neon signs of every Cantonese restaurant in Victoria Harbor. It’s sort of worth waiting around for.
  8. Awkward music cues and choppy camera work add baggage to a film so overwrought that its excesses seem more unintentionally silly than bleakly disturbing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A vague and forgettable crime thriller that would have benefited from more character development or at least a grounding of the narrative in one central protagonist.
  9. What passes for a plot has been done a thousand times before — in much better films than A Single Shot.
  10. The script, by Melissa James Gibson, is as scintillating as a dead rodent.
  11. Big Ass Spider, lazily directed by Mike Mendez and unwisely written without a trace of necessary camp by Gregory Gieras, aims for satire and settles for stale shtick. It ends with the song “La Cucaracha,” leaving the door open for more insects to come. Cockroaches, anyone?
  12. This awful rehash, badly directed by Vincenzo Natali (Splice), reeks of stale, recycled ideas.
  13. The film has a restless, nomadic quality similar to Kerouac’s lifestyle, but there’s no there there.
  14. I guess I’ve seen worse teen sex comedies, but it’s rare to encounter one this stupid.
  15. Lamely directed by Brian A. Miller, who co-wrote it with Mr. Fairbrass, this is the kind of curiosity that used to fill the bottom half of a double feature in the day when we still had drive-ins. The real outsider is the movie itself.
  16. Movies get crazier and more incomprehensible every day, but you don’t know demented until you see Winter’s Tale.
  17. Incompetently directed by Scott Coffey and weakly written by Andrew Cochran, a rotten egg called Adult World is anything but.
  18. It’s nice to see a movie about kids that extols the virtues of intelligence over sex, sports, bad music, ugly clothes and tattoos, but aside from some nice autumnal shots of Ivy League college campuses, there’s nothing in HairBrained to sustain much interest.
  19. It takes just under two hours of tedium before you find out what’s in the bag, and you might be sorry you waited.
  20. I’ve had bigger scares from the windows at FAO Schwarz.
  21. The only reason to suffer through a grim wack job called McCanick is to see the late Cory Monteith in his last film role.
  22. I certainly wish Ms. Johansson hadn’t shown up at all. She’s never less than interesting to watch, but Under the Skin is a big waste of her time.
  23. A pointless nightmare of pretentious science fiction twaddle with no plot, no coherence and no heart.
  24. Mr. Franco must have had a very boring adolescence, because Palo Alto is a very boring movie.
  25. There’s nothing remarkable or even remotely intriguing about the dyspeptic gang of submental sad sacks in this dull, flat fiasco.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Mr. Williams’ performance is so grating that you may find yourself more infuriated than amused.
  26. The Moment is another in a long string of thrill-free psychological “thrillers” that fail from start to finish.
  27. A tedious exercise in tedium.
  28. Rage is another formulaic re-tread that needs its brakes re-lined.

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