Time Out New York's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,042 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 I'm Still Here
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
3042 movie reviews
  1. The haphazardness of the film's structure mutes the power of the subjects' recollections.
  2. Depardieu and Cornillac's sibling rivalry, which segues between mostly verbal smackdowns and liquored-up bursts of merriment, is beautifully observed, as is the relationship between the detective and his devoted wife (the wonderful Marie Bunel). The thriller stuff, by comparison, is just a lot of perfunctory deadweight.
  3. An "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" retread told from a postoccupation vantage point, this adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s YA romance novel unfolds in a dystopian future when alien parasites have nearly won the battle for Earth.
  4. These artists are risking everything by playing Western-influenced music; that Ghobadi cheapens and cheeses up their subversion with Hollywood tricks makes for a seriously bitter irony.
  5. Yet after the actorcentric fireworks of Cianfrance’s "Blue Valentine" (2010), it’s impressive to see him going after a wider sociopolitical scope, one that would have been better served by a less repetitive structure.
  6. For 
the most part, you’re in the hands of a capable lunatic who has a tale to tell.
  7. The Aatsinki siblings never rise past a kind of rotely anonymous masculinity, and overall the film tends to lull rather than engage the senses.
  8. A too-pat ending also spoils Rubberneck (shorter: Mommy made me do it!), though it doesn’t ruin the steely pleasures of the filmmaking.
  9. The navel-gazing artist class that gave Williamsburg its character (now more of a marketable “brand”) has in Friedrich both a vigorous defender and, it must be said, something close to an angry parody of itself.
  10. With its engaging story, energetic soundtrack and slick production values, Nerve is an easy watch for restless young minds.
  11. Unlike a great Morris film such as "Gates of Heaven" or "Mr. Death," where the quirks of character feel connected to a larger, profoundly insightful vision of humanity, Tabloid never gets beyond its idiosyncratic surface.
  12. Circo zeroes in on the interpersonal strife within this collapsing clan - an angle that only occasionally lifts the film above confessional exotica.
  13. Though often funny, there’s a reverse narcissism in the way Karpovsky wallows in his “character’s” off-putting flaws.
  14. Berlinger is fully invested here, but a little distance might have helped.
  15. Redemptively, the cast goes a long way: Jean Desailly is perfect as a jowly literary celeb deep in midlife crisis, while the aloof Françoise Dorléac is magnetic as his airline stewardess and all-too-scrutable love object.
  16. As with 1999’s deceptively deep South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut and, more recently, The Lego Movie, the script works hard to invest its scenario with an existential and political dimension, crudely but effectively expressed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The movie's mundane account of moving on is ultimately more gripping than its wooden metaphors.
  17. Essential, if artless, baseball exposé.
  18. The dueling dirty tricks zing half the time.... But subplots involving naive volunteers getting their hearts broken feel like strands from a less ambitious movie.
  19. Long Shot confirms that achieving one's goals is rarely possible without the staunch support of others.
  20. Writer-director Tariq Tapa-who shot much of this vérité-style film by himself-does a beautiful job attuning us to Dilawar's drifting routine, but what's especially striking is how he gives equal weight to the supporting characters.
  21. No new ground is broken, and viewers will, not unpleasantly, get everything they expect. It’s apparently morning in America again.
  22. When the movie keeps its focus on retribution and Rambo-esque ambushes, however, this slice of Ozploitation doles out grind-house pleasures by the dozens.
  23. Only Dissolution's divine climax feels truly poetic. Having the stamina to not break down on the journey to that moment is half the battle.
  24. Swooning but shallow.
  25. What begins as gritty realism ends up as the usual made-for-cable melodramatics—an apple that’s always better left unbitten.
  26. The metafriction between these classic dupes and today's idiots chafes uneasily.
  27. No one would claim that director Lance Daly delivers an Emerald Isle version of "The Spirit of the Beehive," though this scrappy film does have a knack for capturing the elation and confusion of late childhood in their ragged glory.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Only Falco gets beyond being merely a symbol for suburban angst.
  28. You don’t have to be a filmmaker or a festival veteran to appreciate Sophie Letourneur’s tale of three women cruising for dudes at Locarno’s annual cinematic shindig, but trust us: It helps immensely.

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