New York Post's Scores

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For 7,412 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 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Venus
Lowest review score: 0 Pan
Score distribution:
7412 movie reviews
  1. The twists are executed superbly, right up to a climax that fits the David Mamet definition of what makes for a perfect ending: It is both surprising and inevitable.
  2. Not many people are making silent horror serials these days, but Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin pushes his love of lurid melodrama to the limit in his latest demented treat, Brand Upon the Brain!
  3. Bryan Singer’s whip-smart and witty time-travel romp X-Men: Days of Future Past blows a breath of fresh air through the musty Marvel universe.
  4. A yellow dog of a movie that delights in offending the offendable. It's also a whitesploitation classic, from its menacing sideburns to its demented laughter.
  5. Desplechin draws uniformly superb performances from his young cast, making the coming-of-age genre seem fresh and vital.
  6. One of the best films released so far this year, At Any Price signals the arrival of Iranian-American Ramin Bahrani in the ranks of major US directors.
  7. Gentle, simply told love stories are as rare in documentaries these days as they are in narrative film. That alone makes Yi Seung-jun's Planet of Snail a standout.
  8. Utterly delightful.
  9. At some point in her 50-year career, Rampling became one of the world’s great actresses. Driven by her and Courtenay’s work, and by director Andrew Haigh’s limpid style, the film is devastating.
  10. Mud
    Mud runs over two hours, climaxing with a shootout that belongs in a different movie. It’s a rare misstep in an art-house movie that will pull mainstream audiences along as inexorably as the Mississippi River. Go see it.
  11. Showing the personal toll that produces a star in any field could be a soggy, predictable drag, but the documentary A Man's Story never slides into easy sentiment or bromides.
  12. The Good, the Bad, the Weird may owe a lot to other films, but it is always fresh and never boring.
  13. You don't have to know Chile's bloody history to be moved by the poignant new film Machuca, the first movie made by a Chilean about the country's 1973 military coup.
  14. Like Roald Dahl's book, Tim Burton's splendidly imaginative and visually stunning - and often very dark and creepy - new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is squarely aimed more at children than their parents.
  15. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel do some of the best work of their careers playing longtime friends navigating their twilight years in Paolo Sorrentino’s witty, wise and swooningly beautiful dramatic comedy Youth.
  16. The film is less violent and bloody than much of the director's work, but the absurdity level is sky high. Takashi Miike is at the top of his game, loving every minute of his surreal visit to the twilight zone.
  17. Between D-Day, the sheer ambition of Paul Thomas Anderson's historical epic and Robert Elswit's dazzling cinematography, this is a must-see movie - even though its emotional temperature rarely rises above freezing and the climax goes way, way, way over the top.
  18. A grim, challenging movie that will amply reward audiences willing to go along with its ride into the dark depths of its characters' souls.
  19. Sweet without being sticky and funny without getting silly, Whip It introduces Barrymore as a director with a keen eye, a good ear for tone and an inspired touch with actors.
  20. After seeing Everybody's Fine, Paul McCartney offered to write a song that plays over the closing credits. That may be because the whole movie is like a celluloid McCartney tune: warm and playful and sweetly earnest, but lightly funny, too, and crafted with consummate skill.
  21. [McCarthy] marries beautifully spare compositions with comically abbreviated dialogue to craft something magnificent from a vaguely precious premise that could easily be the foundation for a parody.
  22. You may or may not connect Brinkley to a certain presidential candidate, but, either way, this is one of the most entertaining documentaries to come along in some time.
  23. Like the paintings of the master, Renoir is beautiful to look at, but it would be a mistake to call the film (or its subject) shallow.
  24. The most devastating spoof of reality TV since Albert Brooks' 1978 "Real Life."
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  25. Walken was largely typecast in quirky roles as a result of playing the title character's brother in "Annie Hall," so it's something of a delightful irony that 35 years later, Walken finds his most rewarding role leading a terrific ensemble in what amounts to one of the best Woody Allen movies that Allen wasn't involved in making.
  26. As for Hoffman, the shambling Everyman naturalism he shows here gives God’s Pocket an added elegiac layer that makes its bitter ironies that much more painful.
  27. Duvall and Spacek are so in tune with each other's rhythms -- despite their 20-year age difference -- that it's hard to believe they've never acted together before.
  28. There’s an exhilarating sadness to it all that amounts to cinematic poetry.
  29. Emotionally honest, feel-good saga with a universality that stands out in a season of singularly depressing and cynical Hollywood product.
  30. A remarkable accomplishment, an absorbing documentary about the joy of reading that's also a positively gripping literary mystery.
  31. An enthralling 3-D IMAX documentary.
  32. It's a sharply written, unforgettably directed character study with brilliant performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams - far more intimate but no less intense than director Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning last film, "There Will Be Blood.''
  33. A crowd-pleasing baseball movie for people - like me - who don't like baseball movies...Probably the finest baseball movie since "Bull Durham".
  34. Thanks to his (Oldman) mastery, and Alfredson's, no film this year left me hungrier for a sequel.
  35. Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.
  36. Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration”) directs with restraint that makes the story all the more affecting.
  37. There is no shortage of indie movies about economically challenged women. This one is different, in that the women actually do something besides just talk about it.
  38. Morales’ spin on the old ransom plot is fresher and more gripping than most big-budget Hollywood products.
  39. A fantastically entertaining biography.
  40. This exhilarating brain-twister is a nonstop visual, aural and intellectual delight, steeped in movie conventions and yet fizzing with freshness. It’s what happens when film noir goes out to a rave.
  41. The Martian is a straightforward and thrilling survival-and-rescue adventure, without the metaphysical and emotional trappings of, say, “Interstellar.’’ It’s pure fun.
  42. The quirky High Fidelity really deserves being called the first must-see movie of the century.
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  43. White God has been compared to “The Birds,” but there are also echoes of “Lassie Come Home” and even “Dirty Harry.” Director Kornél Mundruczó goes big with allegory, violence, drama and sentiment, and the results are riveting.
  44. After years of diminishing returns, Woody Allen spectacularly returns to form with Vicky Cristina Barcelona, his funniest movie in years and arguably his sexiest.
  45. Hilarious from first frame to last.
  46. Thebest sports movies aren't really about sports. Dreamer has a few thundering horse races, but its finest moments are beautifully still ones, like the one in which a little girl peeks through a fence to give a lame filly a Popsicle.
  47. It's an even rarer pleasure to see a film that combines exciting action with a smart, well-informed script and vivid yet restrained performances.
  48. I still can't believe I Melt With You went there. Over the top, off the hook and just plain bonkers, it makes its mark.
  49. I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my cheeks.
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  50. It's a positive hat trick by John Cameron Mitchell.
  51. Astonishingly sharp and stunningly beautiful images of galaxies as far as 100 billion light-years away.
  52. Censors in Iran must have been smoking weed when they approved I'm Taraneh, 15, a sympathetic portrait of an unwed mother.
  53. This is a compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history.
  54. A documentary that exerts a car-wreck fascination as it follows the icon through her 75th year (she's now 77) while looking back over her tumult-filled life and career.
  55. Jack Black gives the performance of his career in the title role of Bernie, under the pitch-perfect direction of his "School of Rock'' director, Richard Linklater, who expertly crafts a black comedy with a deceptively sunny surface. It's the best movie I've seen all spring.
  56. Norton, returning to cracking form, doesn't try to make the selfish and smug Monty sympathetic -- but he lights up the screen, especially in two fantasy sequences.
  57. As hip, funny and truthful a sleeper as has ever flown under Tinseltown's radar.
  58. Panh’s technique achieves things a conventional documentary could not, as when he pans across dozens of the clay figures jumbled in a box, in a shot that calls up both the toys of childhood, and graves.
  59. A stunning achievement, every bit the equal of the classic moun taineering book which inspired it.
  60. Showcases a brilliantly realistic performance by Abbie Cornish as Heidi. She's a provocative mix of naivete and ripe, unbridled sexuality.
  61. Andersson has a one-of-a-kind style that not all viewers will appreciate. His humor is not at all like Hollywood’s. His is leisurely and cerebral — two words never heard in La La Land.
  62. One of the most original and stylish films to come along this year.
  63. A gorgeous and witty piece of stop-motion animation.
  64. Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young amounts to the most hilarious Woody Allen movie in forever.
  65. Timothy Spall, a character actor best known as Wormtail in the “Harry Potter’’ series, delivers an Oscar-caliber tour de force as eccentric British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in the exquisite Mr. Turner.
  66. A summery confection crammed with fresh young talented faces that's hard not to love.
  67. Helen Mirren outdoes even her Oscar-winning performance in "The Queen" with her tour de force as Countess Sofya Tolstoy in Michael Hoffman's delightful The Last Station.
  68. Despite its themes, Oslo, August 31st is an exhilarating film, with impeccable direction and pitch-perfect performances that make the bleakness worthwhile.
  69. Meant to evoke filmmaking of a bygone era, but this time the director is more restrained visually, while making use of a more conventionally structured script than usual. And he has a real, honest-to-goodness star in Rossellini.
  70. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is the first must-see film of Hollywood’s summer season, if for no other reason than its jaw-dropping evocation of Roaring ’20s New York — in 3-D, no less.
  71. In his own twisted way, Lou is just as much a bloodsucker as Dracula, in a horror story that this tabloid veteran can attest is not as far removed from reality as you might assume.
  72. Like Father, Like Son has earned its right to reduce a person to a sobbing wreck.
  73. There's style and panache to spare. Mournful jazz adds to the mood.
  74. There’s something strange and dreamlike and delicate and beautiful about Anomalisa, an animated film for grown-ups that takes a long while to make its point, but does so with a dark brilliance.
  75. It's a stirring reminder of a time when anything seemed possible - these American heroes boosted morale eroded by the Vietnam War, as well as bringing the whole world together to celebrate their success.
  76. It's got more imagination than half a dozen movies combined; there's nothing else out there like this, and to me that's a very good thing.
  77. If Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he'd be making movies much like this one.
  78. An indie gem.
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  79. Sequels don't get much better - or smarter - than the action-, drama-, romance- and comedy-packed Spider-Man 2, which miraculously improves on the webslinger's hugely popular first screen adventure in every imaginable department.
  80. Director Grímur Hákonarson excels at building tension through long takes, and the actors are excellent.
  81. Jersey Boys tells a familiar story, yes — but rarely told this well and with this much heart and soul.
  82. Veers between mystery, comedy, philosophical inquest and medical/psychological drama.
  83. Lassie is a dog movie even non-dog lovers will lap up.
  84. This is a beautifully acted chamber piece --especially by the magnificent Blake, who is married to Norris in real life.
  85. Theron is very good as a woman struggling for respect in a sexist environment. There are also small but telling performances by Susan Sarandon as Hank's worried wife, and Frances Fisher as a topless bartender who aids in the investigation.
  86. The highest praise I can give a superhero movie is that it makes me forget about its 10-cent-comic-book soul.
  87. Nuclear Nation is likely to attract those who already oppose such power plants. But supporters should see it, too, if only to hear the opposition’s arguments. The film raises issues that aren’t going away.
  88. What this means is that at times the pace of Beyond the Hills is nerve-wrackingly slow. But Mungiu has his own way of creating suspense, and he has a gift for making a known outcome as shocking as a twist.
  89. With Japan facing a new nuclear crisis, this beautifully composed and acted heart-wrencher -- couldn't be more timely.
  90. An intoxicating, heartbreaking Turkish-German drama that's already won a slew of awards from international film festivals.
  91. Its many pleasures derive from the way this drama unfolds unexpectedly from the characters rather than imposing itself on them.
  92. The White Ribbon is one of the finest films that ever repelled me, a holiday in the abyss.
  93. If they were still making Looney Tunes, they'd look a lot like Over the Hedge.
  94. A good documentary uses judicious editing to make an important addition to your knowledge of a subject, and Mitt does so in a big way.
  95. The flick brings two hours of great big sloppy buck-wild laughs by morphing into a cross between "Meet the Parents" and "Some Like It Hot."
  96. One of the 10 best American movies released so far this year, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is the surprisingly satisfying first theatrical film inspired by a long-running series of historically themed dolls.
  97. A thoughtful, rousing and beautifully crafted epic.
  98. I’d like to see a sequel about her freshman year at college, please. There were still a few items on that list left unchecked.
  99. It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.
  100. 2046 is a bit overlong and not for all tastes, but fans of "In the Mood for Love" will relish this second helping, which is more emotionally substantial than the first.

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