Time Out New York's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,535 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 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 World on a Wire (1973)
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
2,535 movie reviews
  1. Nature smiles upon Alamar, just as it did on the simple, unfussy charms of "The Black Stallion" some 30 years ago.
  2. Life During Wartime slices deeply into its characters' weaknesses.
  3. Filmmaker Victor Nunez pairs evocative locales--beatnik Bay Area, bucolic rural New Mexico--with fleeting asides of poetry (penned by the Santa Fe–based writer Joe Ray Sandoval); these meditative detours both elevate a routine story arc and tap into tangled, twisted familial roots.
  4. It's a contemporary movie musical that makes you feel genuinely sky-high.
  5. Very little gets in the way of Lebanon's apocalyptic mood; if it turns its audience even slightly away from barbarism, it might have done its job.
  6. The strength of Animal Kingdom is its slow-building fatalism; the criminals' luck runs out, but then finds depressing extension via an out-of-left-field collaborator. It's a movie that has very little faith in authority, not even in Guy Pearce's righteous detective. The only law here is Darwin's.
  7. Interviewing residents from across the spectrum, Neshoba reopens the debate: How was this allowed to happen? How do we move forward? Some questions, this compelling movie reminds us, still require answers.
  8. All of the performances are knockouts, especially The Visitor's Richard Jenkins as a damaged Texas spiritualist who steeps the movie in intimacy.
  9. His (Fatih Akin) new movie, an occasionally shouty comedy, is easily his most fun.
  10. Thompson's imagination-she's also the screenwriter-knows no bounds, and she does a brilliant job of connecting the fantastical elements to the sobering realities of life during wartime.
  11. It will test your faith in humanity, but Hersonski's film is nonetheless a brilliant reminder of the importance of bearing witness.
  12. The Tillman Story balances cynical and inspirational aspects in equal measure. Pat's demise-and the media debacle around it-seems that much more tragic and enraging.
  13. Roger Corman could only dream of producing a movie this stupefyingly gory and loaded with exposed flesh, making the updated Piranha that most unlikely of remakes-an improvement.
  14. Taken on its own fun-over-philosophy terms, this is an exercise in tone-shifting virtuosity.
  15. A worthwhile portrait of a genius who made beautiful music, and a case study for how to tragically, epically self-destruct.
  16. It's Gruber's own remembrances (and a wealth of accompanying archival photos and film footage) that best mark her life as a case study in pioneering feminist courage, ambition and individualism.
  17. Movies about children fending for themselves are predicated on pushing prepubescent despair into viewers' faces, which only makes this Swedish film's graceful mixture of terror and transcendental girl power that much more impressive.
  18. It isn't the first time death has figured in an Allen movie, but the way he grapples with it here (leaving each character at a moment of irresolution comparable to staring down the man with the scythe) is much more potent and direct.
  19. The movie's real asset is Reynolds himself, utilizing his comedy chops for unexpected levity.
  20. A strong contender for both the artiest drug movie and the druggiest art movie ever made, Gaspar Noé's tour de force of forced perspectives and free-form grief is, in every sense of the word, a trip.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The stars here are not the moms, but the kids-and they are truly amazing.
  21. The new Let Me In does more than merely preserve the original's mood; it actually improves on it.
  22. All ye searching for Primal Fear redux, abandon hope. The character-driven drama he (Curran) offers viewers instead is something far more complex, cracked and unique for an American movie boasting big-name stars: an unblinking glare into the abyss.
  23. While the director doesn't hide her sympathies, she leaves remarkably few stones unturned in a dogged search for answers.
  24. This muted mobster story reminds us that the ties that bind can also gag you, garrote you and slowly deaden your soul.
  25. And by the time Thornton has deftly flipped the script regarding the titular Biblical parable's misogyny, you'll feel as if Aussie cinema has indeed discovered its next great voice.
  26. Both a baroque thriller set in New York's ballet demimonde and a portrait of artistry as schizoid perfectionism, Darren Aronofsky's new film percolates parallel lines of fine madness-but then, doubling down on duality is this movie's raison d'etre.
  27. It's a juicy story, though that doesn't excuse Jarecki from fixating above all else on the tabloid-ready twists and pop-psychological turns of Durst's story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than treat its subject as the sort of martyr to democracy that makes good copy in the West, Bhutto digs deeper.
  28. The first part of Deathly Hallows has plenty of invigorating imagery alongside the pro forma narrative elements.

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