Village Voice's Scores

For 8,143 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: 55
Highest review score: 100 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 The Big Wedding
Score distribution:
8,143 movie reviews
  1. Leisurely yet streamlined film, brilliantly adapted by British filmmaker Terence Davies from Edith Wharton's most powerful novel.
  2. The real star of this film is the crowded, neon-lit byways of the city itself.
  3. Manages to turn a highly dubious concept into a subtle and deliciously mordant comedy.
  4. 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.
  5. Enriches a deceptively anecdotal plot with a combination of observational camerawork, strong narrative rhythms, and deft characterization.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. As chilly a spectacle as you're likely to see. It's like watching a comeback in an empty stadium.
  11. 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.
  12. The sense of continuing life is quietly remarkable.
  13. A film of rare tenderness and mystery.
  14. Clever, engaging, and cannily faux populist.
  15. From first shot to last, Dworkin's movie is a continuously absorbing, sometimes revelatory, frequently moving experience; as documentary filmmaking it's not only amazingly intimate but also characterized by an unexpected lyricism.
  16. May not be the movie of the year, but it is a seasonal gift to us all. Sweet and funny, doggedly oddball if bordering precious.
  17. Suzuki has made the ultimate meta-movie, a self-parodying, surrealist gangster daydream as intoxicating and insubstantial as an absinthe swoon.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devastating, artful, and intelligent documentary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Petri's visually flamboyant film turns into a heady mix of Marx, Freud, Wilhelm Reich, and Brecht, with a bit of Dashiell Hammett thrown into the blender.
  18. A scrupulous and impeccably acted account of the fallout from a family secret.
  19. Self-contained, enigmatic, illuminated from within, Huppert banks a performance that pays dividends throughout the film.
  20. The lead performances could hardly be better: Gosling, having stolen and propped up entire movies last year ("Murder by Numbers" and "The Believer"), crackles with the economical intensity of a young Tim Roth. Morse, who has racked up decades worth of idiosyncratic character parts, is monumental in this career-peak turn.
  21. Scorches the screen like a prairie fire.
  22. Norway's hallucinatory, edge-of-the-world beauty imbues the story with a woozy, alcoholic haze and a sense of the marginal spaces into which the messiest aspects of private life are shoved.
  23. Va Savoir has its own unhurried pace and unpredictable humor. This is the sort of comedy Robert Altman could only dream about.
  24. A tender and hilarious vision of female adolescence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Among the many pleasures are the lively intelligence of the artists and their perceptiveness about their own situations.
  25. As mystical as it is gritty, as despairing as it is detached.
  26. Unknown Pleasures suggests a coolly formalist reinvention of neorealism. The film is both distanced and immediate -- a fiction with the force of documentary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visual style has an expressionistic undertow, rich in shadowy chiaroscuro compositions.

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