New York Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 585 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Lore
Lowest review score: 0 American Mary
Score distribution:
585 movie reviews
  1. Mr. Franco must have had a very boring adolescence, because Palo Alto is a very boring movie.
  2. The prevailing mood of Child of God, published in 1973, is filth, alienation and inertia. You can have it.
  3. As a movie, it's so tightly framed you gasp from claustrophobia. As a film of cryptic boredom, I cannot believe the actors were able to say their lines without cue cards.
  4. Halfheartedly, I give The Dark Knight Rises - the third and final Batflick in the Nolan trilogy - one star for eardrum-busting sound effects and glaucoma-inducing computerized images in blinding Imax, but talk about stretching things.
  5. Director Lloyd leaves it all to the imagination, but in a movie this slow and indecisive, the imagination is no longer enough when we've seen stronger stuff elsewhere.
  6. What to say about an uphill slog called Crazy, Stupid, Love? It's not nearly crazy enough to clear the clogged arteries of summer comedies, and when the love appears, it's in all the wrong places. Oh well, at least they nailed the stupid part.
  7. Congenial is the word for Larry Crowne, but it's as flat as an ironing board.
  8. The script, by Melissa James Gibson, is as scintillating as a dead rodent.
  9. The script is breezy, but neither of the two leads have the heft or charm to carry an entire feature-length film - separately or together.
  10. Artificial, irresponsible, filthy and forgettable, it knocks itself cross-eyed trying to make you roar with laughter at chemotherapy, with the nauseating Seth Rogen milking most of the yuks. But a stoner comedy about cancer? I don't think so.
  11. There’s nothing remarkable or even remotely intriguing about the dyspeptic gang of submental sad sacks in this dull, flat fiasco.
  12. I'd like to tell you just how bad Inception really is, but since it is barely even remotely lucid, no sane description is possible.
  13. A tedious exercise in tedium.
  14. A pointless nightmare of pretentious science fiction twaddle with no plot, no coherence and no heart.
  15. The result, in the case of Moonrise Kingdom, is what I call transcendentally brainless - an after school special aimed at asinine adolescents over the age of 40.
  16. He (Owen) doesn't fail the movie. The movie fails him. As his wife, the superb Carice van Houten has so little to do or say - so peripheral a relation to everything else in the movie - that she seems to be an intruder herself.
  17. 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.
  18. Jack Reacher is mostly grim, violent and stupid.
  19. I guess I’ve seen worse teen sex comedies, but it’s rare to encounter one this stupid.
  20. Movies like Sleeping Beauty are as sensual as cottage cheese, not to mention passé.
  21. Only the great Piper Laurie delivers dollar value. Otherwise, Hesher is to movies what graffiti is to a rotting fence.
  22. Rage is another formulaic re-tread that needs its brakes re-lined.
  23. Ms. Cardellini plays it like a zombie, and she isn't helped by all the loitering camera angles and repetitive close-ups of her head framed against car windows. It's a worthy subject, ploddingly explored in a film that is too modest for its own good.
  24. The movie knocks itself unconscious trying to be offbeat, but instead of cinematic heart, the director self-indulges in cinematic art, drowning the whole thing in freeze frames, slow-motion and color-coding, owing everything he knows to the worst of Jean-Luc Godard and Wes Anderson.
  25. It’s a romantic piffle stuffed with so much candy that your skin could break out.
  26. Even as a prime example of rotten summer silliness, this is a paralyzing experience.
  27. The movie doesn’t know if it wants to be a comedy, a morality play or a cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for. I wish for fewer disasters in my future like A Long Way Down.
  28. 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.
  29. Instead of originality, The Romantics recycles the same material with a lot of noise masquerading as style, and no substance whatsoever, producing a grotesquerie of caricatures from central casting that are dead on arrival.
  30. A vulgar, happy-as-cancer aberration that takes the dysfunctional family idea to a new low. Whimsical, yes. Happy, never.

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