Village Voice's Scores

For 8,059 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: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Act of Killing
Lowest review score: 0 Deuces Wild
Score distribution:
8,059 movie reviews
  1. Each anecdote builds upon the next to create that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.
  2. This stellar, incisive slice-of-life doc centers on the kind of crowd-pleasing competition story that lures in audiences and then lays bare heartsick truths about small-town America today.
  3. There's little sense in trying to resist the film's relentless boogie-woogie party vibe, its tumultuous visual banquet, its unpredictable sense of switchblade satire, its fools' parade of modern grotesques, or its river of startling melancholy, turning from a wary trickle to a flash flood by film's end. Sorrentino's vision is the size of Rome itself, and his confidence is dazzling.
  4. This is a film to see and then see again, to soak in and marvel at and -- like its director -- try to keep up with.
  5. Although the Coens are consummate craftsmen, they don't always show the lightness of touch or the depth of feeling they do here.
  6. Bolstered by performances that convey profound grief and remorse without look-at-me histrionics, The Past is steeped in the believable micro details of its scenario while also expanding to universals.
  7. Devastating in its simplicity and honesty, The Selfish Giant is a colossus of feeling.
  8. It's charming, gently humorous, and beautifully attuned to the interior lives of children.
  9. Stranger abounds with precision and detail, evinced not just in the spectacular visual composition but also in the observation of behavioral codes in carnally charged spaces.
  10. Levinson follows the ups and downs of bringing that beast of a collider online, but the movie's deepest thrill lies in what these men and women will theorize next, and how they will test it.
  11. This film, a great one, demands a follow-up.
  12. Ernest & Celestine -- a contender for this year's best animated film Oscar -- is pure delight.
  13. It Felt Like Love is brilliantly, brutally tactile.
  14. The Missing Picture is so immediate, so vital, it practically breathes. Not all memoirs need to exist. But the gentle urgency of Panh's story is right there in the filmmaking. This is a story that had to be told. Even in its stillness, it moves.
  15. Very little in Under the Skin is clear at all. Its secrets unspool in mysterious, supple ribbons, but that's part of its allure, and its great beauty.
  16. Only Lovers Left Alive is silly and deeply serious at once, an elegy with a light touch and more than a dash of hope.
  17. Among the many remarkable qualities boasted by Manakamana, perhaps the most surprising is its humor.
  18. Surprising, challenging, and never less than thrilling.
  19. As an action film — which in small bursts it is — Blue Ruin is disquieting and raw, like Commando turned inside out.
  20. Kieran Turner's Jobriath A.D. is an exceptional example of this subgenre, a cubist portrait of an unknowable man and a dramatic whodunit about an artist-victim who died by a thousand cuts.
  21. The movie perfectly captures the vibe of late high school, in a way that's both of its time and timeless.
  22. Chris Teerink's superb film documents the work of artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), whose legacy lies not only in past accomplishments, but in the work he left for others to complete.
  23. But the directors elevate the picture to a level of emotional genius by filming the children's play as a full-on cinematic adaptation, shot and edited with seriousness and polish.
  24. Gray has a knack for wrapping big themes into an intimate embrace, and The Immigrant feels both epic and fine-grained.
  25. Patient, observational film demands you surrender to it, that you keep your phone in your pocket, which means that movie theaters now sometimes offer a more unmediated look at the world than modern life itself.
  26. A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their hearts.
  27. Brash and sweet, We Are the Best! captures perfectly the aimlessness of adolescence, the waiting to become something that's so often intertwined with the desire to make something, to leave your mark on the world in some small way.
  28. The stirring new documentary The Case Against 8, showcasing the lawyers and plaintiffs who challenged California's 2008 gay marriage ban, is the best kind of popular history, a film that trembles with tears and hope, and I dare you to get through it without bawling some yourself.
  29. Subtle emotional intelligence has always distinguished Bellocchio's filmmaking, and Dormant Beauty is constructed from fine-grained layers of it, the filmmaker's equivalent of a master cabinetmaker's craft.
  30. The film, while wrenching and audacious, is crafted with that humane and observational mastery of great Iranian cinema of recent decades.

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