Village Voice's Scores

For 8,739 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 Followers
Score distribution:
8,739 movie reviews
  1. Brimming with fatuous "clever" dialogue and gorgeous women swooning over Schaeffer-played boors, the like-sounding titles denoted a vain, smarmy Woody Allen acolyte drowning in his own reflection.
  2. Plunging headfirst into mush at every opportunity, Marshall brings out the worst in his actors.
  3. Too bad Pappas limits any critical perspective on this project to brief, superficial discussions with a handful of wealthy "artists" at their Hamptons homes whose connection to the filmmaker or the documentary's subject remains unspecified.
  4. In this visually malnourished film, quirks substitute for character.
  5. Worse than the goofy premise, Shelton fails to enliven the incredibly talk-heavy (but subtext-free) inaction with any sort of visual flair.
  6. Director Daniel Barber's lame handwringing about the root causes of youthful alienation forms a thin veneer over the real purpose of this self-important piece of rubbish--to hold us hostage to the director's bottomless appetite for spurious depravity.
  7. Doesn't try to be anything more than a soft-serve pull of treacly pandering.
  8. Watching the hopelessly vapid get taken out, one by one, has never been more depressing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Buried somewhere in Zwick's film might be a topical modern romance, maybe even a health care satire, but you'd need to dig past layers of creative desperation to find it.
  9. Between the cast's modern hairstyles and attitude, and the paint-by-numbers set design and period costumes...the action comes across as a prolonged, dreary game of dress-up. That director Danny Mooney shoots his material like a TV show doesn't help.
  10. If the recurring gag about Grandma's suicide attempts doesn't have you rolling in the aisles, there's always the domineering aunt whose husband sits at the kiddie table.
  11. The World Famous Kid Detective is a poorly written, acted, and directed kid flick with one cool idea: It's chock full of snippets from old detective noir flicks.
  12. Can't surmount its own ineptitude.
  13. Hammer betrays a tiresome attachment to cross-cutting ladyporn with antiquated educational filmstrips, to no real end but snarky giggles.
  14. Earthsea seems to be a stupendously dull place. It would try the patience of any kid.
  15. Energetic and thoroughly brainless.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This would-be comedy about a thirtysomething family man (Attal) and his foray into infidelity is probably the worst in the putrid bushel of recent Gallic imports.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Cruella is once again bent on collecting enough puppy skins to fashion the frock of her dreams. And once again, yawn.
  16. Manages to be as toothless as he (Boll) is tasteless. Poorly framed, tone-deaf, and nonsensical (yet still Boll's best!).
  17. A cat-and-dog romantic squabbler so garbled you'd need a centrifuge to sort things out.
  18. Burt Reynolds turns up as scruffy mountain man, sparking unfulfilled expectations of some primo Deliverance jokes.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The characters are as leached of tone as the film's chiaroscuro sets and grisaille paintings, although Langella is certainly game.
  19. This modern-day vampire story is purposefully shocking in its eroticized gore, if unintentionally dull in its lack of poetic frissons.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A bloated, intermittently coherent mess.
  20. In the crass, endless Mind the Gap, Schaeffer dares to ape "Magnolia," telling five barely connected stories with all the grace of a juggler tossing open bottles of Drano.
  21. A respectable cast and much noisy boisterousness isn't enough to generate a single laugh.
  22. Blackboards is both shrill and soporific, and because everything is repeated five or six times, it can seem tiresomely simpleminded.
  23. the film's occasional fits of comic inanity — locals ranting about aliens, conversations about two-headed dogs — are certainly embarrassing. But its attempts at melodrama are outright repugnant.
  24. A mishmash of life-insurance commercials and Ronald Reagan campaign spots, this sexless orgy of self-congratulation is designed to make you feel good about Hollywood, America, and Jim Carrey -- not to mention the nation's motion picture exhibitors, who are praised at one point as the antithesis of Soviet Communism.
  25. The charms of what might charitably be called Silver Circle's homemade look and feel are limited.

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