Time Out New York's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,629 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
2,629 movie reviews
  1. Diced into hash, the action sequences are unusually painful: poundingly loud and punctuated by Liam Neeson's bark, Bradley Cooper's manic heehawing and a total lack of clarity.
  2. Kilcher makes the slog worthwhile--her face gleams with possibility, even in the character’s darkest moments--though one prays she escapes the typecasting trap ASAP.
  3. But while you can’t fault this labor of love’s conception, you can take issue with its leaden execution.
  4. Although convincing as athletes, neither Miller belongs on a movie screen; personal parable or not, this feels like a too-familiar trip around the bases.
  5. The big question isn’t whether middle-aged romance will bloom, but rather, how much sub-Jarmusch deadpan humor and pathos can you take?
  6. It takes more than a few good actors playing bad apples to sustain such familiar romps through regurgitated material. There’s no bounty to be plucked from Perrier’s Bounty. The treasure chest has long since been emptied.
  7. The sequences in Micmacs are contorted too: impressive and bendy and aggressively shallow.
  8. No viewer goes into this movie expecting John Cassavetes's "Husbands," least of all from soft-serve director Denis Dugan (You Don't Mess with the Zohan).
  9. The film blows up a minor aspect of the New Wave to foolishly apocalyptic proportions, substituting gossip for gospel.
  10. Merely a paint-by-numbers condemnation of social intolerance. It's a slog of a sermon.
  11. It’s a 60-minute documentary that feels like days of watching paint dry.
  12. It’s truly a milquetoast Scooby Snack for pet-friendly families who thrill to computer-generated mouth movements on real-life four-legged critters.
  13. Convention plays like 11 cameras in search of drama.
  14. It’s a neurotic treatise that simply adds to our cultural dementia instead of illuminating it.
  15. Kutcher is surprisingly anticharismatic as a star. A smarmy grin and looking good while shirtless does not equal screen presence, dude.
  16. There’s little of the Church’s perspective in this doc, but you can’t really fault the filmmakers--Mormon leaders refused several overtures to participate. Read more: http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/film/86550/the-mormon-proposition-film-review#ixzz0r2j38wUF
  17. Wah Do Dem simply mopes along before aimlessly stumbling to a halt.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Nygard’s mildly insipid, occasionally condescending tone makes you long for the bombast of early Michael Moore.
  18. A tepid rom-com, replete with a nostalgic Bangles tune.
  19. Only "Slumdog Millionaire's" Dev Patel, as the bastard prince of the villainous Fire nation, truly gets jiggy with the fantasy. Everyone else stares off into green-screen space and waits for lunch to be called.
  20. Jolie must eventually become a comic-book supergirl impervious to explosions and bullets, all the better to set up a "Bourne"-like franchise by the final fade-out.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You brace for a certain amount of hand-wringing, lip-biting and pinup posing aimed at middle-schoolers; given the way that Eclipse initially suggests a potential for reaching beyond a preteen audience, you just wish the beefcake and cheese didn’t eventually overshadow its better qualities.
  21. Other than the Pottersploitation and presence of current It nerd Baruchel, this fantasy-action-comedy might have been spat out into multiplexes any summer over the previous two decades, yet it would seem like forgettable abracadabra filler regardless of the date.
  22. Never is the material excited into the kind of playful uncertainty that Rivette all but trademarked; the inertness of the performances robs the movie of spirit.
    • 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Cue those weepy violins. Indeed, you get everything you'd expect from this mostly saccharine melodrama.
  25. The movie you were hoping to avoid.
  26. 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.

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