Time Out New York's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,468 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The World's End
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
2,468 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    If Vincent Wants to Sea proves nothing else, it's that a moronically quirky take on mental illness is no more palatable when it's subtitled.
  1. Self-aware narcissism has rarely been this unjustified-or insufferable.
  2. Puiu offers zero insight into his character; only suckers will find the pose artful or nourishing. Skip it.
  3. This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's the dead-fish flop of the didactic dialogue that does them in once and for all.
  4. Lacking a single serious scare or sly idea, the movie dies in ways that merely mediocre horror films can't even dream of.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Fans of the spectacle of Kevin James falling over (nine times in 104 minutes!) and shockingly brazen product placement ("Is T.G.I. Friday's as incredible as it looks?") may dig this deranged comedy; everyone else will be scratching their heads.
  5. Smurftastic! Now where's that noose?
  6. Once AIDS rears its head, this nostalgic look back goes into melodrama mode - and quickly descends from bad to much, much worse.
  7. Based on a true story that culminated with the expulsion of 3 million Germans from Czechoslovakia, the film leaps through years with a rapidity that negates a good deal of its sweep.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    One only hopes that Ruby Dee, Michael K. Williams and the late, great Pinetop Perkins were paid well for their wasted time.
  8. This haphazard "exposé" only proves that hackery plus hot air [time] does not equal skillful muckraking.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Even by the broad standards of children's flicks, the film's prank-prone next-gen tween spy Rebecca (Blanchard) is one monstrous brat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Even as the subjects detail the processes of grieving, healing and moving on, Whitaker continually strikes a tone of reverent mawkishness, further contributing to the notion that 9/11's legacy continues to be one of easy, knee-jerk sentiment rather than wider understanding.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Director Matt Russell shamelessly pitches woo to the already converted with an unholy barrage of heavy-handed flashbacks and phony Christian uplift. If any film ever needed a mulligan….
  9. All Apollo 18 has to offer is endless radio crackle and visual incoherence. And what's out there, tormenting the astronauts? The answer is dumber than a box of moon rocks.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Paul Levesque's over-the-top acting may be ideal for the larger-than-life world of WWE, where he grapples and grunts under the nom de ring Triple H. Forced to mime grappling with demons more internal than external, however, the ex–wrestling champ proves disastrously out of his league.
  10. Outside of a few spirited celebrity cameos - Favreau seems convincingly affronted by Dax's ineptitude, Bradley Cooper gamely tussles with him on a suburban lawn - this meta-vanity project isn't funny so much as counterproductive. It's no less a work of wankery for winking at us.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This movie is dire, soul-crushing stuff.
  11. Only Kinnear manages to give his role some shades beyond the broadly farcical, though even he ultimately succumbs to his leading lady's toothy grin and Oprah-sanctioned bromides.
  12. This one barely musters a pulse.
  13. Twi-Hards shall attend en masse. Adults shall roll their eyes. And on our human comedy shall go.
  14. The "bumpkins are people too" message will certainly please the Appalachian Anti-Defamation League; midnight-movie fans, however, will recognize that this mess misses the mark by a country mile.
  15. The question remains: Exploitative films are a dime a dozen, but how low will two-faced art-film distributor IFC go?
  16. Jones may be a charismatic comedian, but no amount of her skilled mugging, Britpop tunes or help from supporting stars (Brooke Shields, Bill Nighy) can transform this derivative ugly duckling into a comic Anglophile swan.
  17. A completely incoherent mess.
  18. Dropping on top of the heap is Lucky McKee's barely competent domestic thriller, bound to make you groan more than think.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Wrestler turned actor (so to speak) Cena is built like a cinder block and has range to match; Embry compensates by capering like a blaxploitation pimp.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    An incredible physical comedian, Rowan Atkinson would seemingly do anything for a laugh except one crucial thing: hold out for a better script. This sequel to 2003's Johnny English has a few inspired gags, but most of the material is on the level of English getting kicked repeatedly in his thunderballs.
  19. By the time The Son of No One reaches its wanna-be-tragic finale, you'd like nothing more than to kick this bastard child to the curb.

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