The New York Times' Scores

For 9,298 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 A Haunted House 2
Score distribution:
9,298 movie reviews
  1. From first frame to last, not a second of the film has a grip on reality. Structured around a series of blackouts and gross-outs, it is one long free fall through icky surrealism and underlighted nightmares. It takes us to the sort of world where hell is round the corner, secret doors abound and faux-blond policewomen outfit themselves in skin-tight leather.
  2. The film, which Mr. Rodger directed, wrote, produced and photographed on location in nearly two dozen countries, is the documentary equivalent of a spiritually angled coffee-table book of world travels
  3. Straining to find a correlation, even metaphorical, between teenage hedonism and economic collapse, Affluenza never coheres.
  4. Ludicrous, impenetrable and headache-inducing.
  5. "Queen" is a movie that stoops to jokes like calling Lestat's CD "a monster hit"; the movie is just a plain old monster.
  6. The sledgehammer message is clear: Best friends can help when you need a McMansion, but only God can help when your husband needs a man.
  7. Putrid comic stew.
  8. A moody thriller with more emphasis on mood than thrills.
  9. The burlesque take on high school has some fine, ridiculous moments and lets the movie get away with more than a serious drama might.
  10. A film worthy neither of Mr. Keaton's talents nor even a desperate horror fan's attention.
  11. As tightly plotted as a standard French farce.
  12. The risible dialogue, the bulging eyeballs, the heaving bosoms, the digitally rendered hyenas and squirming maggots, the movie fails to achieve the status of the instant camp classic. That's partly because the vibe of the film is too torpid.
  13. These cinematic feats are accomplished with meat-cleaver editing and awkward, jittery computer-generated imagery. The well-cast voices for the expressionless animals are at least good for a few smirks.
  14. After barely stirring to life, Night Train to Lisbon mercifully expires.
  15. Most of this is old news. And the filmmakers never make a coherent case, at least not to the layperson. As a result, the film, which runs about 90 minutes, seems painfully long.
  16. Mostly, though, "Kitty Galore" is a grind, as well as proof that "What up, dog?" isn't any funnier when a pigeon says it to a dog.
  17. So lacking in shame that it finally seems laughable.
  18. It doesn't get worse than Grown Ups, Adam Sandler's sloppy entry into this year's man-child-comedy sweepstakes. Lazy, mean-spirited, incoherent, infantile and, above all, witless.
  19. The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue (the repeated warning that "Jumby wants to be born now"), that it's hard to know if Mr. Goyer wants to make us howl with fear or laughter.
  20. A washout.
  21. Far from a future cult classic, it turns out to be smarter and more diabolical than you could have guessed at the beginning.
  22. Juvenile comedy targets a gallery of imperfect women.
  23. As the film loses its grip on its multiple stories, the title begins to suggest an overheated stew bubbling out of its pot. By the end of the film, the intersecting dramas and histrionic performances have spilled all over the floor, so to speak.
  24. Buried somewhere under the gross-out jokes and the wet-lipped ogling at an endless parade of jiggling bikini-clad flesh in Grind is the kernel of a cheerful little movie about the world of competitive skateboarding.
  25. Inhabited by a genuine spirit of cruelty, both toward its characters and its audience.
  26. Sure, Smurfs are blue, but who knew that they actually work blue?
  27. Except for the usual double entendres in which titles of mainstream Hollywood hits are twisted into salacious puns, Finding Bliss (Bliss is the name of the company's resident star) isn't especially funny. Nor is it sexy, despite flashes of nudity and fleeting glimpses of Grind's works in progress.
  28. Although the film starts off somewhat amusingly, the first-time feature director Katrina Holden Bronson (who also wrote the unbalanced script) seems to have spent more energy assembling the overbearing soundtrack than expanding on her characters' fractured relationships.
  29. Having established a downbeat, even stoically plain tone, this economical affair feels like a canvas prepped for, and awaiting, further detail (or straight-to-video-on-demand sequels).
  30. When it comes to father, sons and mob life, stick to "The Godfather."

Top Trailers