The New York Times' Scores

For 9,417 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 Somewhere
Lowest review score: 0 The Abduction of Zack Butterfield
Score distribution:
9,417 movie reviews
  1. Much more than a perfectly realized vignette about seduction. It is the latest and most powerful dispatch yet from Ms. Breillat, France's most impassioned correspondent covering the war between the sexes.
  2. Eminently likable...a splendid performance from Alec Baldwin in a far cry from his usual roles.
  3. Praise will stick with you. It's more than worthy of its title.
  4. Essential viewing for anyone who desires a sense of the finer human grain of a war that now commands the attention of the world as never before.
  5. What appears on the screen has a starkness that is almost indelible.
  6. 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.
  7. Quite simply a treat for the ear.
  8. As La Ciénaga perspires from the screen, it creates a vision of social malaise that feels paradoxically familiar and new.
  9. Moves with fluidity and ease through brisk opening conventions to a perfectly poised and balanced endgame.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Beautiful and heartfelt, an oasis of humanity in a season of furious hyperbole.
  13. When you get the shivers watching this wintry tale unfold, it won't be from the cold.
  14. Such an accomplished piece of filmmaking that it interweaves enough characters and themes to fill three movies.
  15. Powerful and very bitter comedy.
  16. 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.
  17. The political implications of the film are manifest, as is the quiet courage of making it.
  18. 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.
  19. One of the best entertainments this season has yet offered.
  20. Their comedy gives audiences that have never seen anything like it a hilarious window on a new world.
  21. So good it leaves you starved for more.
  22. Morris has fashioned a brilliant work of pulp fiction around this crime. [26 Aug 1988, p.C6]
    • The New York Times
  23. Something special.
  24. 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]
    • The New York Times
  25. This modest, enormously likable film, about love and temptation and ties that bind, is about brotherhood most of all. [9 August 1995, p.C9]
    • The New York Times
  26. 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.
  27. You are left with an overall impression of a movie so full of life that it is almost bursting at the seams.
  28. 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.
  29. Melancholy little gem of a movie.
  30. One of the juiciest male characters to pop up in an independent film this year.

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