Village Voice's Scores

For 10,364 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 War for the Planet of the Apes
Lowest review score: 0 8MM
Score distribution:
10364 movie reviews
  1. Perhaps Cage flipped a coin before Armstrong called “Action!” and decided to play this role straight. Alas, he has robbed the irony-attuned audiences of their only reason to go.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Too bad that when the filmmakers aren't busy accommodating cameo models and comedians, they seem to be dozing off at the handlebars. Luckily, we're watching from a different side of the highway.
  2. Has nice, pearly, black-and-white cinematography, but it also has the shocking temerity to run over 100 minutes. Sweet air is required.
  3. August seems to be missing something essential--a prologue? Or maybe it's not what's missing that's the problem, but what's here.
  4. Schaeffer can't be trusted or believed as a broken man - he's got no humility.
  5. As if written by a robot whose frame of reference wasn't human reality but merely fairy-tale romantic comedies, Love, Wedding, Marriage strips genre tropes down to their scrawny, brittle bones.
  6. Even calling the film a documentary feels deluded.
  7. So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.
  8. Mancini, who served as an executive producer, is glorified and exonerated, yet it's his inability to render either process interesting that ultimately sinks the picture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This plodding serial-killer procedural grafts hand-me-down malevolence onto a standard rookie-veteran police yarn, the results of which yield nary a fright, let alone a goose pimple.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This skin-deep flick is merely art-school sophomoric, unwittingly cornball, and counterrevolutionary.
  9. A wretched excuse for a comedy.
  10. The best that can be said about director Christine Lahti's feature debut is that it doesn't fall into any ready category.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately for Quaid, director Martin Guigui's pathetic thriller doesn't even have the pulse-pounding excitement of a second-tier Scooby-Doo mystery.
  11. Shear away the film's pretensions, and it's a soap opera of assholes.
  12. From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire.
  13. Not a single arresting image is found amid the sci-fi rubble, though unintentional laughs eventually arrive courtesy of a cornball motivational speech by Eckhart's hero.
  14. With a few exceptions, most of the laughs in Stardom are cheap...and worse, the ideas beyond platitudinous.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The movie contains exactly two chuckle-worthy moments.
  15. Every Thing Will Be Fine is torturously slow and hopelessly mannered.
  16. Fans of incessant flashbacks and endless whooshing zooms into close-ups will find much to love about Assassin's Bullet; less satisfied, alas, will be those with a fondness for lucid plotting, compelling intrigue, and credible performances.
  17. The dull Adventures of the Penguin King is definitely the laziest of the waddle-coms to win theatrical release.
  18. It’s all rote, dashed through, and somewhat detestable.
  19. This needlessly incoherent thriller treats its convoluted nonsense with grave seriousness. It's mawkish, maudlin, and tongue-tied — countless scenes end with characters excusing themselves to go to bed, and you may want to join them.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Sluggish, tonally uneven -- In fact, it doesn't even rise to the level of 1991's Soapdish, with the feverishly mugging Elisabeth Shue sending up TV's cesspool of sentimentality.
  20. Ledger's deadpan baritone pumps wit into his tepid one-liners like collagen into a wilted starlet's kisser, and the clumsy staging might not grate so much if the tone weren't so self-congratulatory.
  21. Repellent piece of garbage.
  22. Trivial, commercially calculated ensemble drama (porn! pot! rock music!), which plays like a non-musical "Rent," or a faux-edgy "Shortbus" for kids raised on "American Pie."
  23. An overaffected, preachy drama.
  24. This micro-budget amateur-acting exercise plays like "The Anniversary Party" without the frisson of marquee performers behaving badly. We get F-listers playing at being marquee performers behaving badly.

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