The New York Times' Scores

For 9,439 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Army of Shadows
Lowest review score: 0 Cupid's Mistake
Score distribution:
9,439 movie reviews
  1. Is, in the end, a boisterous love song -- a funny valentine to London, to chaos and to human decency.
  2. The raw intimacy of some of the scenes -- whether they take place at a diner, in the death house or in the bedroom -- is breathtaking.
  3. An almost unbearably powerful documentary.
  4. One of the most subtle and inspired comedies you'll see this year.
  5. One of those films that create a mix of erudition, pageantry and delectable acting opportunities, much as "Shakespeare in Love."
  6. Documenting war is a small, partial but indispensable step toward its eventual eradication. Mr. Frei's quiet, engrossing film is a sad and stirring testimony to this vision and to the quiet, self-effacing heroism with which Mr. Nachtwey has pursued it.
  7. This dream of a movie is set in such a place; with its delicate shifts of tone, it could be a fairy tale by Faulkner
  8. A refreshing movie that's so good natured, so confident of its ability to provoke not queasy awe or numb exhaustion but pure delight.
  9. Ms. Zellweger accomplishes the small miracle of making Bridget both entirely endearing and utterly real.
  10. Fastidious and smart, and Ms. Swinton's fixated intensity isn't ever remote; we're always aware of how deeply she's feeling. Her work is magnificent.
  11. Experience filmgoing joy.
  12. Every shot seems measured for maximum effect, and when the pace suddenly quickens in a late action sequence on a deserted subway train, it results in a moment of pure Hitchcockian panic that reverberates like thunder in the fretful, melancholy air.
  13. Smoothly directed and acted with glee... showing quick-witted comic spirit.
  14. She (Varda) plucks images and stories from the world around her, finding beauty and nourishment in lives and activities the world prefers to ignore.
  15. This movie operates in the limbo between memory and oblivion that we recognize as daily life. It bears courageous and stringent witness to the impossibility of bearing witness.
  16. A Grin Without a Cat is a work of extraordinary journalism, but it is also a work of deft and subtle poetry, visual (in the rhyming of gestures and shapes across images and sequences) as much as verbal.
  17. Ultimately lacks the epic dimension of "Y Tu Mamá También," but its vision of that awkward age when sex threatens to overwhelm everything else is acute enough to make everyone who has been there squirm with recognition.
  18. It tells a finely nuanced tale of right, wrong and the gray area in between.
  19. A strange and funny film, smart, complex and difficult to shake.
  20. Even better on a second viewing because the film is such a pure expression of the director's love for the music, a love so infectious it should leave you elated.
  21. The purity and breadth of this meticulous study are all the more gratifying in view of its unprepossessing style.
  22. A fine and loving memorial that preserves his charm, his intellect and his splendid body of work.
  23. At once admirable and deeply unsettling.
  24. Propelled by a captivating, wrenching performance by Karine Vanasse as Hanna, a 13-year-old girl adrift in a sea of powerful emotions in Montreal in 1963.
  25. It's not one of Kurosawa's great films.... But it is, within its own proportions, nearly perfect.
  26. An unexpected delight, a film that weds the humor and magic of a folk tale with a very modern feel for the psychological dynamics between men and women and for the subtle politics of male rivalry in a macho culture. It has been made and acted with intelligence and evident love, which deserves to be requited.
  27. Has enough going on to make it a classic. You'll want to own it.
  28. The concert scenes find the stage awash in such intense joy, camaraderie and nationalist pride that you become convinced that making music is a key to longevity and spiritual well-being.
  29. Mysterious, poetic and allusive, The Werckmeister Harmonies beckons filmgoers who complain of the vapidity of Hollywood movie making and yearn for a film to ponder and debate.
  30. If you have any affection at all for traditional American music, the movie itself -- is pretty close to heaven.

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