The New York Times' Scores

For 9,267 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 Lone Star
Lowest review score: 0 You Again
Score distribution:
9,267 movie reviews
  1. One of the great movies of the 1960's, but it has been, in this country at least, maddeningly elusive. In spite of its bitter edge, Billy Liar is pure Ambrosia.
  2. Quite simply a treat for the ear.
  3. As La Ciénaga perspires from the screen, it creates a vision of social malaise that feels paradoxically familiar and new.
  4. Moves with fluidity and ease through brisk opening conventions to a perfectly poised and balanced endgame.
  5. Its effects seem more like those of a poem or a piece of music than a movie. Requires the reverent darkness and communal solitude of a theater.
  6. You probably won't feel comfortable when Humanité is over, but as you leave the theater you will feel more alive than when you entered.
  7. Beautiful and heartfelt, an oasis of humanity in a season of furious hyperbole.
  8. When you get the shivers watching this wintry tale unfold, it won't be from the cold.
  9. Such an accomplished piece of filmmaking that it interweaves enough characters and themes to fill three movies.
  10. Powerful and very bitter comedy.
  11. Even when it turns turbulent, the film sustains its warm summer glow, and makes itself a conversation piece about the moral issues it means to raise.
  12. The political implications of the film are manifest, as is the quiet courage of making it.
  13. It is, all in all, a rambunctious and inspired ride in which the Coen brothers' voracious fascination with the arcana of American popular culture and their whiz-kid inventiveness reach new heights of whimsy.
  14. One of the best entertainments this season has yet offered.
  15. Their comedy gives audiences that have never seen anything like it a hilarious window on a new world.
  16. So good it leaves you starved for more.
  17. Morris has fashioned a brilliant work of pulp fiction around this crime. [26 Aug 1988, p.C6]
  18. Something special.
  19. Jerry Maguire is loaded with them: bright, funny, tender encounters between characters who seem so winningly warm and real. [13 December 1996, p.C-1]
  20. This modest, enormously likable film, about love and temptation and ties that bind, is about brotherhood most of all. [9 August 1995, p.C9]
  21. A narrative path leading from the sincere to the ludicrous, and culminating in a final image of flabbergasting transcendance, gives Breaking the Waves its surprising power.
  22. You are left with an overall impression of a movie so full of life that it is almost bursting at the seams.
  23. When this hugely ambitious project began, it was a longitudinal study of class divisions among English schoolchildren. But time and persistence have turned it into much more.
  24. Melancholy little gem of a movie.
  25. One of the juiciest male characters to pop up in an independent film this year.
  26. The masterstroke of this small, heartfelt directorial debut (by Peter Care, from a screenplay by Jeff Stockwell) is its integration of animated sequences (by Todd McFarlane) in which action-adventure caricatures of the comic book characters parallel or comment on events in the boys' lives.
  27. It proves to be one of the more exotic blooms in the Disney hothouse, what with voluptuous flora, hordes of fauna, charming characters and excitingly kinetic animation that gracefully incorporates computer-generated motion.
  28. Recoing's performance is a sensitive portrayal of a man in the throes of an excruciating spiritual crisis.
  29. A rueful, warmly affecting film featuring a wonderful performance by Mr. Troisi, The Postman would be attention-getting even without the sadness that overshadows it. [14 June 1995, p. C15]
  30. This film has a conquering spirit. The dankness is replaced by an optimistic blast of sunlight at the end, a contrast to the earlier lighting dimmed with human misery. Mr. Frears blasts away the blight, though he doesn't have to work to restore Okwe's dignity. It shines through from the start.

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