New York Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 544 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 The Sessions
Lowest review score: 0 This Means War
Score distribution:
544 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Movies get crazier and more incomprehensible every day, but you don’t know demented until you see Winter’s Tale.
  3. Incompetently directed by Scott Coffey and weakly written by Andrew Cochran, a rotten egg called Adult World is anything but.
  4. 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.
  5. It takes just under two hours of tedium before you find out what’s in the bag, and you might be sorry you waited.
  6. I’ve had bigger scares from the windows at FAO Schwarz.
  7. The only reason to suffer through a grim wack job called McCanick is to see the late Cory Monteith in his last film role.
  8. 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.
  9. A pointless nightmare of pretentious science fiction twaddle with no plot, no coherence and no heart.
  10. Mr. Franco must have had a very boring adolescence, because Palo Alto is a very boring movie.
  11. 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.
  12. The Moment is another in a long string of thrill-free psychological “thrillers” that fail from start to finish.
  13. A tedious exercise in tedium.
  14. Rage is another formulaic re-tread that needs its brakes re-lined.
  15. 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.
  16. Pretentious (it thinks it’s a comedy but descends into depression faster than you can fill a Prozac prescription) and self-indulgent (whole scenes are thrown in for no reason except to stretch a five-minute sitcom pitch into nearly two hours of phony, contrived tedium), it’s a mess begging for coherence.
  17. It simply turns into another slash-and-dice horror flick, replete with enough screams for three more installments of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise.
  18. This movie is so staggeringly violent and stomach-souring disgusting that when it screens, it is occasionally greeted with boos and almost always accompanied by massive audience walkouts. Don't say I didn't warn you.
  19. The prevailing mood of Child of God, published in 1973, is filth, alienation and inertia. You can have it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The One I Love, Charlie McDowell’s debut feature, can’t decide what kind of film it wants to be. Atonal and aimless, it zigzags clumsily from mood to mood, without any clear direction.
  20. A pointless, pathetic and profoundly boring send-up of universally acknowledged anti-social author Philip Roth, Listen Up Philip is a juvenile experiment in pretentious idiosyncrasy by amateurish writer-director Alex Ross Perry. He calls his miserable protagonist Philip Friedman, but who’s kidding who?
  21. An unrecognizable Michael Keaton seems to have aged 40 years since the last time he appeared on the screen, but he’s still the best (i.e., only) reason to suffer through a miserable load of deranged, deluded crap masquerading as a black comedy called Birdman.
  22. The latest calcified bore by Sofia Coppola is less pretentious than "Marie Antoinette" but every bit as inertly stupefying as "Lost in Translation."
  23. We all know how rotten today’s movies can be, but even at the bottom of the slag pit, you won’t find a load of garbage any smellier than From Paris With Love.
  24. With so much junk littering the screen these days, the movie business looks like a garbage strike, and it’s beginning to smell, too. The latest pollution from the celluloid dumpster is sub-mental horror called Cop Out.
  25. What some critics praise as astute and compelling, I find juvenile and fraught with hysteria. There's no arc here, no real pathos, and the direction is like watching snow melt on the side of a road.
  26. Lena Dunham makes a 98-minute home video seem like 98 days of hard labor.
  27. Not only disgusting and unendurable, but filthy and boring, too.
  28. Quite the most appalling piece of junk I have seen lately, Hobo With a Shotgun just lies there like an autopsy.

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