Village Voice's Scores

For 8,414 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 Repo Men
Score distribution:
8,414 movie reviews
  1. Unstintingly funny -- far more so than the wince-worthy trailer -- owing to Chan's pairing with droll indie eccentric Owen Wilson, as his would-be gunslinger sidekick.
  2. Rich in detail, vivid in characterization, leisurely in exposition, this 207-minute epic is bravura filmmaking -- a brilliant yet facile synthesis of Hollywood pictorialism, Soviet montage, and Japanese theatricality that could be a B western transposed to Mars.
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  3. An impressively coordinated enterprise that lasts three hours, manages a large cast, and covers a period of 30-odd years while successfully unfolding as a series of scenes from the life of a single character.
  4. A wondrously perverse movie that not only evokes a lost moment in time but circles around an unrepresentable subject. Mood is the operative word. A love story far more cerebral than it is emotional.
  5. One of the best titles in movie history and a cast to match.
  6. A brilliant appreciation of the last great Soviet director, Andrei Tarkovsky.
  7. A fairy tale that presents love as a case of mutual enchantment, Two Family House is not only uniformly well acted, superbly designed, lovingly lit, and sensitively scored, it's as romantic as it is funny.
  8. A must-see for opera lovers and a snappy diversion for cinephiles.
  9. The lovability quotient is as high as the altitude.
  10. Karine Vanasse, as the protagonist Hanna, is perfectly cast because she has the body of a woman and the sweet, sexless face of a child.
  11. Filled with vivid and likable characters, The Opportunists could be the basis for a TV series as captivating as "The Sopranos."
  12. The movie is as eloquently uninflected and filled with quirks as its star.
  13. As smooth and powerfully packed as its protagonist.
  14. The film's ephemeral, semi-evasive lyricism ultimately works as a modest frame for Bardem's tender, deft portrait, which is in turn suitably expansive and rooted in the most concrete details -- Arenas's pride and anger, his unsentimental wit and defiant vitality.
  15. Although dense with incident and motif, the movie has an effortless flow.
  16. However familiar, it delivers like a shorted slot machine.
  17. As fascinating as it is discomfiting and as intelligent as it is primal. From first shot to last, France's foremost bad girl has made an extremely good movie -- and maybe even a great one.
  18. Leisurely yet streamlined film, brilliantly adapted by British filmmaker Terence Davies from Edith Wharton's most powerful novel.
  19. The real star of this film is the crowded, neon-lit byways of the city itself.
  20. Manages to turn a highly dubious concept into a subtle and deliciously mordant comedy.
  21. More concentrated and svelte than its precursor, Once Upon a Time II also has the benefit of fights staged by Master Yuen Wo-Ping that show Jet Li -- another camera-age hero -- to even greater advantage.
  22. Enriches a deceptively anecdotal plot with a combination of observational camerawork, strong narrative rhythms, and deft characterization.
  23. As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop— it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread...[It's] an extremely credible thriller and an affecting brother-story.
  24. Redoubtably hilarious as always, Zahn also lends his character unpredictable flashes of anger, pathos, and faint psychosis, even when the movie jumps the median from ticklishly discomfiting black comedy into by-the-numbers horror jolts.
  25. Downey, who radiates more energy doing nothing discernible than most other actors do when they let it all hang out, takes the film to another level.
  26. At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future.
  27. As chilly a spectacle as you're likely to see. It's like watching a comeback in an empty stadium.
  28. The 7Up series is thus one of the rare documentaries to have had a positive practical effect on the life of at least one of its subjects.
  29. The sense of continuing life is quietly remarkable.
  30. A film of rare tenderness and mystery.

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