Village Voice's Scores

For 8,136 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Spring Breakers
Lowest review score: 0 Scary Movie 5
Score distribution:
8,136 movie reviews
  1. It's a uniquely lonely film, and one of the year's most memorable.
  2. A vivid exercise in hokum that more or less invented the idea of French film noir...and not just for Americans.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Two hours fly by -- opera's a pleasure when you don't have to endure intermissions -- and even a novice to the form comes away exhilarated.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Succeeds as the rehumanizing of a near mythical figure.
  3. In a remarkably subtle, assured debut performance, Compston evokes Billy in Loach's "Kes" and, in the heartbreaking final seaside shot, Antoine in Truffaut's "400 Blows."
  4. As straightforward and plot-driven as any movie about life imitating art imitating life could possibly be.
  5. The greatest of all pulp fantasies.
  6. It could be described as the most gripping political thriller to hit the big screen in many years, although given the events it depicts through interviews, photographs, and news footage, the words "gripping" and "thriller" have inappropriately frivolous and commercial associations.
  7. There are long stretches in Sexy Beast that are so exhilarating it feels churlish to dwell on its flaws.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    A horror story, told with Dickensian compassion, permeating outrage, and little hope.
  8. Ten
    Conceptually rigorous, splendidly economical, and radically Bazinian.
  9. A fierce dance of destruction. Its flame-like, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.
  10. A movie of cutting humor, near-constant talk, and one show-stopping dance routine.
  11. Bloody Sunday doesn't surrender its grip on the viewer even after the action shifts from the streets of Bogside to a local hospital where the weeping masses are still under the guns of the war-painted British soldiers.
  12. Thrilling and ludicrous. The movie feels entirely instinctual. The rest is silencio.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hirsch edits segments together to merge disparate voices, showing how for this movement, music was no universal language -- it was specific, pointed, and almost paranormal in its power.
  13. I've seen only a few films in my lifetime that so potently express the golden hopes of childhood and parenthood, as well as the inevitable decimation of that hopefulness -- that forward-looking bliss -- at the hands of catastrophe, or merely age, spite, and exhaustion. Or, as for the Friedmans, all of the above.
  14. Traffic is not just an ultra-procedural--it's the Big Picture, the Whole Enchilada, complete with a complicated war between two Mexican drug cartels.
  15. A sustained immersion in gorgeously austere street photography and casual portraiture, the images punctuated by bits of black leader and gnomic intertitles, the action propelled by sweetly pulverized music and an effortlessly layered soundtrack of enigmatic conversations. Poetry is really the only word for it.
  16. I can't remember a teenage romance this engagingly offbeat since "Lord Love a Duck."
  17. This lusty, heartfelt movie has a near Brueghelian visual energy and a humanist passion as contagious as its music.
  18. For all its quasi-documentary materialism, The Son is ultimately a Christian allegory of one man's inchoate desire to return good for evil. The movie requires a measure of faith, and like a job well done, it repays that trust.
  19. A very nutty fruitcake, Spirited Away is characterized by wonderfully detailed animation, packed with incident and populated by all manner of comic creatures.
  20. Adaptation's success in engaging the audience in the travails of creating a screenplay is extraordinary.
  21. Keep your "Lara Croft" and your "Shrek": For me, the summer's reigning icons are Enid, Thora Birch's geek goddess in Ghost World, and her action-movie analogue.
  22. Compare it to what passes for sophisticated filmmaking in this country and the movie becomes a living instrument of cinematic humanism: lovingly intent on observing, not judging; concerned with sympathy, not control; accepting the inevitable ambiguities, not denying them.
  23. A supremely intelligent pastiche.
  24. It's an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film's -- and maybe the year's -- most inspired turn.
  25. The video stores are filled with examples of retro-noir and neo-noir, but Christopher Nolan's audacious timebender is something else. Call it meta-noir.
  26. Grounded in Fessenden's handheld camera, stuttering montage rhythms, and time-lapse photography, the engagingly primitive animated special effects contribute to a mood that's sustained through the surprisingly somber conclusion.

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