Time Out New York's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,912 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
2912 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    At least Keanu Reeves brings a certain muddled gravitas to the role of an escort-service driver who spends his time idling with off-duty party girls.
  1. Cloyingly crude and dispiritingly typical ensemble Hollywood farce.
  2. The real scam was the filmmakers tricking Rebecca Hall (and a cameoing Amanda Seyfried) into participating in this blunt instrument of an indie.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Hecklers can take the night off; ripping on a movie this bad is as rewarding as shooting fish in a barrel.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Romance, tragedy, toned bodies, conservative values: It can only be the latest from Nicholas Sparks.
  3. This film will make you cry tears. They won’t be happy ones.
  4. The only aspects marking The Back-Up Plan as modern (not fresh) are its skanky wallowings in hormonal urges and an equally sour penchant for potshots at the target audience: women who want to be mothers.
  5. Probably the biggest sin in a movie filled with many is turning Fonda into a nymphomaniacal sight gag who makes Barbarella look like Gloria Steinem.
  6. Technically cruddy and tiresome in its we’ve-seen-a-lot-of-movies dialogue.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The film's horrifying experience looms over each well-constructed frame without anywhere to go.
  7. Director Michael Corrente has delivered decent petty-criminal movies before - see 1994's "Federal Hill" - but every aspect here smacks of faux-street toughness at its worst.
  8. This ludicrous CGI extravaganza, based on the comic horror novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, can stand proudly beside the best-worst of Ed Wood and Uwe Boll.
  9. Where, exactly, is Dario Argento? He’s up there in the title, but none of the horror maestro’s former genius (Suspiria) is evident in this silly, Stoker-by-numbers slog, rife with cheesy digital blood spurts but not a single moment of deep-red gorgeousness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) may be an occasionally interesting visual stylist, but storytelling-wise, his second English-language effort couldn't be more stillborn.
  10. Keep your coin far away from this toxic fountain of crap.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    In the first five minutes, a deer walks into the star’s bedroom and urinates on his face. It’s all downhill from there.
  11. A distinctly shameless and shoddily made family comedy.
  12. Self-aware narcissism has rarely been this unjustified-or insufferable.
  13. Only old pros James Brolin and Jane Seymour, as Eva's colorfully squabbling parents, occasionally rouse the film beyond its fate as fodder for a Snuggie-wrapped slumber.
  14. Those of us who dig the comedian's hyperactive persona may feel that the meter is now officially running on his amiable rocker-doofus act; everyone else will simply marvel that a Christmas season could produce such an unfunny, unentertaining lump of coal.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Writer-director Will Slocombe preaches the values of laying resentments on the table, but with no true wisdom or novelty to offer, he’s merely served an instantly forgettable slice of cinema de dysfunction.
  15. Russian-born schlockmeister Andrei Konchalovsky has flirted with the good kind of bad in the past (Tango & Cash), but here, he's finally made his disaster-piece. Unclean.
  16. Even supremely talented actors like Melissa Leo (as a confidently sexy trucker) and Brendan Sexton III (as a train-station beggar) are stifled by all the pseudo-redemptive mush.
  17. This smug and callous action-comedy is about nothing but teeth.
  18. Twi-Hards shall attend en masse. Adults shall roll their eyes. And on our human comedy shall go.
  19. No matter; this aggressively humorless farce would play like a dead rabbit pulled out of a hat, regardless of the casting choices.
  20. Fess up: You want to see Los Angeles get blowed up real good, and it's a measure of this movie's incompetence that it can't even deliver that vicarious thrill properly.
  21. This one barely musters a pulse.
  22. To call this a turkey would be an insult to poultry.
  23. As for parents: Are you cool with feeling like you're having artificial sweetener sandblasted into your eyeballs for 87 minutes?

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