Village Voice's Scores

For 7,732 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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Only Lovers Left Alive
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
7,732 movie reviews
  1. It does best when it leaves behind hothouse literary discussions and closes in on these two legendary behemoths, battling for sexual supremacy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Family goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life.
  2. A first-person doc assembled largely from footage taken in the course of the five features they made, being madmen together.
  3. As documentary filmmaking, it's cheap and suspect. As advocacy, it's necessary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Last Dance is riveting when it focuses on the challenges of crossing a generational divide --The movie loses steam toward the end.
  4. Hilary and Jackie tries far too hard to dictate emotional involvement right out of the gate, and you're left counting off the doom-laden cues for things that are sure to return full circle.
  5. Although a marked improvement over Algrant's nightmarishly whimsical debut, "Naked in New York," People I Know is perfumed less by the sweet smell of success than the musty aroma of the Miramax vault.
  6. Seinfeld's cool professionalism is almost cruelly juxtaposed with the tortured narcissism of heel-nipping tyro Orny Adams, who illustrates the mirror-image view from below. Comedy is pain, whether you're top- or underdog.
  7. A documentary to make the stones weep -- as shameful as it is scary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Writer-director Bose shows depth when he deals directly with Xen's loneliness. The scenes that show him after-hours, as he gazes yearningly at the nightclub patrons across the street, are especially moving.
  8. Solid middlebrow entertainment, a vast period epic with an almost DeMillean taste for excess.
  9. Stevenson's performance is at once clueless and fiercely committed, a volatile combination that pays off in the best scene: the mother of all PFLAG meetings.
  10. There's plenty to enjoy -- in no small part thanks to Lau.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The dialogue, by Walsh and Cynthia Kaplan, is sharp and nimble.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    The leads smooth over the plot holes endemic to all 4D fables, making the movie more than mere déjà vu.
  11. Baltasar Kormákur's wacky version of "King Lear," set in an Icelandic village where virtually everyone plays the fool.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In her role as Becky the half-assed tiki girl, Stiles's left-footedness can finally be named, only one of the many pleasures tugging this girl-snatches-guy-from-altar comedy a notch above standard.
  12. Virtually plot-free, the movie's organic cultivation of Argentina's economic tension and ethnophobic woes is smooth as silk.
  13. Consistently wacky and sometimes nearly surreal.
  14. Betty sustains her character, the movie fails to maintain its own.
  15. An enjoyably glib and refreshingly terse exercise in big beat and constant motion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    The adventure-book pace and topsy-turvy English setting evoke the feel of Stephen Sommers's "Mummy" films.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Adept and generally enjoyable.
  16. The poised Vega and pleasingly phlegmatic Sabara are resolutely uncute performers, and the reach-out-and-touch-it gadgetry carries a homey scent of proactive nostalgia. Spy Kids 2 is an island of lost Circuit Cities.
  17. Anyone expecting the decorous serenity of the Ang Lee film should be aware that Iron Monkey strives for no more or less than comic-strip thwack and thump.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Placing blame sorta misses the point in a world of matrixed self-interest where all is equally just and unjust.
  18. There's a palpable avoidance of risk as this new mythology is wheeled gingerly into the marketplace and carefully positioned to zap your pre-sold brain...Solid but uninspired, Harry lacks brio. It's respectable and a bit dull.
  19. Acting is the strongest element in Stephen Frears's Liam.
  20. I'd have welcomed more archival footage (Pennebaker did, after all, document Otis Redding's epochal performance at the Monterey Pop Festival), but that would be asking for another movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately sacrifices nuance to tidy epiphanies about personal growth.

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