Time Out New York's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,561 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Attack the Block
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
2,561 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Galella's real crime goes conspicuously unmentioned: feeding the cult of celebrity while stoking a public appetite for empty gossip as news.
  1. This is the kind of autumnal sentimentality that the Academy goes wild for-a (rightly) venerated performer acknowledging his own mortality by pandering to cheap-seat emotions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Americanized version reconfigures the plot as both a hazing ritual for corporate-ladder-climbers and a lazy hook to hang cheap jokes on.
  2. Cue those weepy violins. Indeed, you get everything you'd expect from this mostly saccharine melodrama.
  3. The movie you were hoping to avoid.
  4. So it's the story of a down-and-out bigwig vindicating himself by revising his crowning cultural moment. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.
  5. Only jackanapes and jackasses would deny that the experience of war can cause psychic damage, but does that mean we have to sit through such a schematic, dogmatic melodrama about the subject?
  6. A proper profile of Hefner would start and end with sex, and not merely glance on casualties like Dorothy Stratten (and even the loveless Hef himself). The movie can't seem to get it up.
  7. This highly fictionalized look at the Wild West early days of Internet porn is off-putting in almost every way, with sledgehammer stylistic flourishes (incessant shaky-cam; a Rolling Stones musical cue as ironic comment) and dialogue that sounds like it was written in a testosterone-fueled haze.
  8. From the moment Joel Schumacher's dour teens-in-crisis melodrama establishes its group of spoiled (and so, so unloved) Manhattan silver-spooners, you long for anything to leaven the tsk-tsk prurience.
  9. You get the "girl," but little else; even as a tribute to one woman's determination, this semibiopic screams botched opportunity
  10. There's inherent drama in watching a person amble up a mountain, but it's an act of bad faith to oversell a stunt.
  11. Adding hot naked men to a predictable narrative doesn't equal titillating or taboo; it just means you've dressed up a messy melodrama
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    How Göran and his new charge bond (party boy Sven quickly splits) is the stuff of time-tested trite melodrama.
  12. The thought behind this body-splattering nostalgia trip is unformed and stagnant.
  13. It's supremely annoying to see the ups and downs of romance reduced to archer-than-arch line readings and bloodless mortal kombat. What's more frustrating is that the film, adapted from Bryan Lee O'Malley's popular comic, is an endless visual delight.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The gallery of eccentric ex-lovers provides a few yuks, but the fact that the film's trajectory sees going from sexuality-owning independence to conventional respectability as a quantum leap is remarkably depressing, even if Angela's final resolve complicates such an easy progression.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Luisito (Perez) is the only vegetarian butcher working in the Dominican Republic-which may, alas, be the only original aspect of this well-intentioned, well-worn revenge saga.
  14. Impassioned, but wearisomely didactic, diaspora drama.
  15. The performance sequences feel intimate and exhilarating-but in the end, Li's journey is compelling only when he's onstage.
  16. Marvel at the desperate spectacle of three comic leads-Aniston, Bateman and Watchmen's Patrick Wilson as the original donor-being outperformed by the wide-eyed Robinson, a quiet collector of silences. These stars will never be as young as he is; you wish they'd all stop trying.
  17. There's no sense of the oppression France felt under Nazi rule. It's all just play-acting in period-specific attire. You can almost hear the AD calling lunch.
  18. Notwithstanding Brown's occasional half-baked critical comment about the sport's corporatization, the film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over.
  19. At the very least, this mush pot reminds us that countries other than ours also produce melodramatic mediocrities.
  20. Just because you tart up a typical romantic comedy with trash talk doesn't make it edgy or real.
  21. The girls are worth rooting for, but their pursuit is secondary to one sorry-ass dude's redemption. That's a win?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's one crucial lesson that Baker hasn't absorbed, however: Don't get too caught up in plotting, especially when it involves a man warming to an unwanted child.
  22. Despite the subtitles, it's basically a slice of formulaic Hollywood-style mythmaking, writ large and woefully empty.
  23. Here's a film that definitely wants to play Hollywood dress-up.
  24. The stylistic conceit of keeping us entirely with the clones (so that we are as ill-informed as they are and never get to meet their powerful oppressors) only reveals what an empty-headed abstraction this tale was from both page and frame one

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