New York Post's Scores

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For 7,431 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest review score: 0 Irrational Man
Score distribution:
7431 movie reviews
  1. No description can do justice to The Mill and the Cross, which must be seen to be fully appreciated.
  2. It's an underdog story with teeth.
  3. You want to hate his characters? Go ahead. You want to feel sympathy for them? That's OK too. In either case, you'll be shaken by Drama/Mex.
  4. In one of Hugh Hefner’s least creepy moments ever, he describes how they became friends later in life; with his help, she finally obtained the legal rights to her rampantly used image.
  5. Wajda, who lost his father in the purge, gives the film an awful silence and mystery at its core.
  6. It is beautifully shot, with impeccable acting and visual detail.
  7. As we learn, delightfully so, in Jeffrey Fox Jacobs' documentary A Sidewalk Astronomer, the Peking-born Dobson promotes the building and use of small, inexpensive telescopes to study the wonders of the sky.
  8. Pink Ribbons, Inc. viewers looking for an evenhanded discussion may be disappointed.
  9. It’s a feel-good film with a somewhat curdled legacy: You could clip just about any piece of sexist dialogue here, label it 2017 and pass it off as plausible.
  10. A fascinating snapshot of contemporary teenagers.
  11. Some of the year's most arresting female performances justify White Oleander, a highly episodic melodrama.
  12. The camp runs for a week in a warehouse in Oregon. What the girls might lack in musical talent and experience they make up for with infectious energy. Watch your tattooed butt, Amy Winehouse!
  13. A real old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.
  14. Mendoza gives a heart-tugging performance as Mariana.
  15. Unknown actually has enough of a sense of humor to admit what it is: hybrid corn. But it's been crossbred from Hitchcockian stock.
  16. Jigsaw is a wickedly fun villain, if you can put aside the implausibility of a guy who likes to saunter away from his deathbed to kidnap younger, stronger people and devise medieval torture chambers.
  17. Working from a 1982 novel set in Quebec City, director-writer Jacob Tierney provides enough thrills and surprises, even a little satire, to keep viewers' attention.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Everything is still mostly awesome.
  18. A serious, wrenching and oddly poetic documentary.
  19. The Pianist recalls "Schindler's List," even down to its weakness: Just as Spielberg's film turned sentimental in its final half hour, Polanski's work, too, has a schmaltz coda. But that doesn't make The Pianist any less effective.
  20. Wind Chill is very much Blunt's show - there are no other major characters save Holmes - and she even gets to climb a telephone pole in her Prada heels. Brava!
  21. Funny is not a word often used to describe von Trier's output, but "Boss" definitely is that, thanks to a breezy script and a bright cast.
  22. Mixes fact and speculation in a way that's already raised the ire of some on the right as well as on the left.
  23. Black was already the world's biggest little kid, and he might be the only actor who could have made this movie such nimble fun.
  24. This indie, female-centric riff on “Deliverance” is spare, smartly written and shot through with moments of twig-snapping tension.
  25. The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work.
  26. It's a bit less good than McCarthy's earlier films -- Jeffrey Tambor has a large, superfluous role that abruptly disappears, and Ryan, a fine actress, makes a less than entirely convincing spouse for Giamatti. This one is a crowd-pleaser nonetheless.
  27. The house itself - which walks down the street in one impressive scene - is memorably voiced by Kathleen Turner.
  28. The film's most memorable performance is by Eamonn Walker, who is scarily good as the singer known as Howlin' Wolf.
  29. Dutch-born Lotte Verbeek is solid as You, a role that won her the best-actress prize at the Locarno Film Festival.
  30. Delivers plenty of smart dialogue and devises a number of excellent reasons to photograph his cast in situations that suggest the working title for the film might have been "Women in Underwear."
  31. Cross “Dog Day Afternoon’’ with “The Big Short’’ and throw in a dash of “Network’’ and you’ve got Money Monster, a clever financial thriller with comic overtones that’s a solid investment of your time thanks to stellar work by George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
  32. Satisfying, well-acted drama.
  33. The film is a loopy, family-friendly jaunt, with a perfect "Wizard of Oz" finale that isn't in the book, but like the book, it suffers from a chronic plot malfunction.
  34. Better than decent. But if Stallone (who wrote and directed the flick) had pulled a few punches to the heart, it could have been truly worthy of that first, glorious movie.
  35. The lyrical The Road Home is less political and less flashy than some previous films by Zhang Yimou.
  36. It would be a crime in itself to reveal the surprises of Nine Queens, which provides two solid hours of corking entertainment.
  37. Exploitation pure and simple. But it's artistically redeeming exploitation. If you can handle it, see it.
  38. The Agronomist uses archival footage and music to tell a moving story that's all too common in the Third World.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Following the start of the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in The Hague, the release here of the political thriller Storm couldn't be more timely.
  39. At once, a joyful celebration of female friendship and an unusually honest look at newly responsible young women wistfully saying goodbye to the dreams of their youth.
  40. Martin's most adventurous film in many years, may be next best thing to a quick shot of nitrous oxide.
  41. In an effective touch, Kisses opens in black and white, changes into color for its Dublin scenes, then returns to monochrome.
  42. Unpretentious and unexpectedly moving.
  43. The filmmakers wisely avoid the temptation to be cutesy (remember that penguin movie?) and sentimental.
  44. There are moments of brilliance, like a claymation sequence that manages to simultaneously send up '60s holiday cartoons and "Ghostbusters'' (with Frosty the Snowman instead of Marshmallow Man).
  45. It's a tribute to the sheer professionalism of this crossover charmer that it holds your interest for two solid hours.
  46. The real star of The Son isn't lead actor Olivier Gourmet. It's the back of his neck, which the camera obsessively focuses on throughout this difficult but rewarding Belgian drama.
  47. Besides terrific performances, it boasts terrific cinematography by Giles Nuttgens that contrasts stunningly beautiful and grimly ugly Scottish landscapes - complementing the hunky Joe's ugly soul, which manifests itself in a truly nasty sex scene involving pudding, catsup and Cathie.
  48. A solid documentary that examines the art's roots, from ad-libs by black preachers to "toasts" delivered by Jamaican immigrants over instrumental tracks in the '70s South Bronx.
  49. Forget the plot of Ocean's Twelve - you will by the time you leave the theater, if not sooner. This slickly entertaining sequel is all about savoring eye candy.
  50. The three are appealing characters, and you can't help but root for them in their quest, which gives a whole new meaning to the term "family values."
  51. Kosashvili's clear-eyed approach to the cultural tradition of arranged marriage balances respect and scorn, and he reconciles the comedy and tragedy inherent in Zaza's tug-of-love with finesse.
  52. Movies don't come any more charming than Mongolian Ping Pong.
  53. The gimmicky title is doubly misleading: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is neither a mystery nor Beatles-themed, but it is an elegantly wrought tale of anguish.
  54. While it is obvious that the filmmakers went into this project with an agenda, they did try to give each side a chance to have its say.
  55. While this slow-starting update of "Private Lives" has plenty of laughs, the incredibly expressive (and too-seldom seen) Stevenson turns Julia's romantic dilemma into something genuinely moving. She makes A Previous Engagement something special.
  56. Weatherford and Murphy lead a young and bright cast. All in all, Money Buys Happiness shows that Lachow is a director worth keeping an eye on.
  57. Be warned: The Tree is slow-moving, but if given a chance, it will (pardon the pun) grow on you.
  58. It's clever, cool fun and it looks great.
  59. Night Watch may be derivative of American movies, but when our ideas ooze out of the dank Russian filter they're weirder, crazier, grimier.
  60. A stunningly intelligent look at how the founder of psychoanalysis and modern psychiatry developed his ideas.
  61. Director Catherine Gund most successfully depicts the visceral impact of Streb’s work with her footage of the 2012 Olympics.
  62. An unexpectedly disarming, extremely well-cast little variation on "E.T."
  63. Isn't as sharply directed as "Jessica Stein," but it's still a formidable crowd-pleaser.
  64. Highly entertaining - but far from classic.
  65. Who gets to say what art is? Does honest emotion count for more than cold abstraction? If Andy Warhol likes it, does that make it OK? Big Eyes toys with some amusing ideas, and that’s enough.
  66. Sister Helen don't take no bull.
  67. John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill give such wonderfully satisfying, full-blooded performances in Cyrus that it seems almost churlish to wish this creepy little Oedipal comedy were a little more well-thought-out, and handled its wilder shifts in tone with more finesse.
  68. Like an early Almodovar movie transported to Moscow.
  69. Hamer’s style is what might happen if Ulrich Seidl liked people, with immaculate balance in each shot, but the emotions in focus, as well. 1001 Grams is wise about both grief and the need for romance.
  70. Morbidly funny art-house horror tale.
  71. The inspiring story of Chely Wright, the first major country singer to come out as gay. Her decision was a brave one since the world of C&W music is notoriously homophobic.
  72. It's a worthwhile film both for history buffs and people who are still learning.
  73. Gut-bustingly funny -- perhaps this waning summer season's ultimate guilty pleasure.
  74. Finally, a post-“Bridesmaids” film that lets Kristen Wiig shine — and brilliantly taps into co-star Bill Hader’s vulnerable side, too.
  75. If you're able to check your brain at the popcorn stand, you'll stand a much better chance of enjoying this crowd pleaser.
  76. Nasty but compulsively watchable.
  77. Killing Bono begs to be remade with A-list stars but, given Neil's history of near-misses, probably won't be.
  78. Sam Rockwell's films are almost always worth watching be cause of this indie stalwart's taste in offbeat projects -- and his refusal to play to the audience's sympathy.
  79. Dialogue, we seem to have forgotten, matters, and the words — by the brutally funny screenwriter of “The Departed,” William Monahan — are electric eels, slithering and sinister and nasty. They sneak up and sting you, or sometimes tickle your toes. Lowlifes don’t actually talk this way? Yeah. But if only they did.
  80. Patient viewers will be rewarded, as long as they pay attention. Lots of what at first seems inconsequential is actually of great import - but Ceylan isn't letting on. And yes, the cinematography is impressive.
  81. This isn't a performance film, and it is far from a definitive portrait of the androgynous performer.
  82. As for Grant, who hasn't been this sharp since "Love Actually" six years ago, he is once again the prime minister of cute comedy.
  83. Shaft is what summer action flicks should be... thanks to superior writing, acting and direction.
  84. Love is Strange is very well worth seeing for its two stars, who acutely convey the pain their characters feel over their separation as well as displaying their considerable comic chops to keep things from getting too grim.
  85. Though it's being dumped in the wastelands in February, Breach is better than many of the pack of so-called prestige movies that were released at the end of last year.
  86. LUV
    Candis gets some wonderful performances from his impressive cast.
  87. Who needs a big budget when you have a quirky script, an energetic cast and a soundtrack that features Union 13, the Blondes, Future Pigeon and Omega Man?
  88. Beautifully photographed by Dean Semler, Appaloosa is the best Western since "Open Range" and shows there's still life in this most unfashionable of genres.
  89. Veteran character actor Dennis Farina gives one of the best performances of the year in a rare lead part as an aging, down-on-his luck small-time hood in The Last Rites of Joe May.
  90. A triumph of intelligent adaptation. It shows again how well the great Victorian storyteller translates to film, and makes enjoyable use of a generally first-rate cast.
  91. A startling look at the devastating human cost of China's newfound embrace of capitalism.
  92. Disney's best comedy in years.
  93. It would seem no easy task conveying the essence of a bigger-than-life figure like Ellison in a 96-minute film. But Nelson, producer of Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man," makes it look easy.
  94. Perhaps the most fascinating vintage footage...depicts what happened in 1961 when the city sent police into Washington Square Park to stop the longtime Sunday practice of singing without a required permit.
  95. Pacino demonstrates considerable comic chops in The Humbling — which has some interesting similarities to “Birdman.’’ It loses some momentum in its third act, but provides plenty of juicy material for a terrific cast.
  96. Letters could be dismissed as a soap opera, but that would be unfair to this beautiful work. It features tender performances by Kaarina Hazard (Leila) and Jukka Keinonen (Jacob), as well as beautiful cinematography by Tuomo Hutri.
  97. The Outskirts, handsomely directed by Petr Lutsik, will grab people's emotions. The dark and bitter comedy deals with a corrupt, post-communist Russia.
  98. Chan at his high-kicking best. Some sequences are simply amazing.

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