Village Voice's Scores

For 10,255 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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Palo Alto
Lowest review score: 0 Western Religion
Score distribution:
10255 movie reviews
  1. Stuck is both darkly comic and disgusting; the name alone reduces the crime to a sick joke.
  2. Blandly engaging sequel.
  3. It's genuinely elemental, embarrassingly sincere. You can't accuse Gallo of pandering to anyone but himself. Not just a one-man band, he is his own entourage -- and likely to remain so. And that anguished solipsism seems to be, at least in part, the movie's subject.
  4. The resulting portrait is a cautionary rejoinder to typical sports-movie uplift, elucidating how athletics remain a dangerously precarious foundation upon which to construct lasting peace.
  5. A script that consistently finds fresh outlets for its running gags makes for a sufficiently rollicking pleasure cruise.
  6. The plotting is two-dimensional, but in the tormented visage of Taloche (James Thiérrée)-a clichéd holy simpleton enlivened by irrepressible physicality-the film seethes with full-bodied fury and anguish.
  7. Farnsworth brings a smidgen of scary energy to the social hellfire, and his newbie cast often out-act the pros.
  8. Beneath the clichés of prestige filmmaking beat the hearts of a couple it's a privilege to get to know.
  9. Former "Frontline" producer Brian Knappenberger's fascinating, incisive social history of the online network known as Anonymous.
  10. A lightly comic slacker drama that takes the desperation of teenage tedium seriously.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wisely, director Gilles Bourdos keeps the pace slow, what with all the tensions beneath the surface: Oedipal conflict, career choices, even class struggle.
  11. This film is valuable on account of its singular vantage point, and not just because of the firsthand description of the jihadist group’s brutality, which is unsurprising.
  12. Winningly over-the-top Korean gangster drama Asura: The City of Madness is what you'd get if you combined The Wire with a really good soap opera.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Antal smartly adheres to the no-frills demands of B-movie horror, eliciting impressive chills from old-fashioned suffocating dread rather than the now usual gore. And Wilson and Beckinsale superbly execute everything that's required of their characters--namely, yelling and running.
  13. Kung Fu Yoga is a proudly silly cultural melting pot in which kung fu and Bollywood meet amicably.
  14. Surprisingly -- and pleasantly -- restrained in its delivery, Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York is the sort of picture that withholds judgment of its protagonist so that viewers have space to make their own.
  15. Taken altogether, the Pie movies offer a cohesive worldview, showing each of life's stages as the setting for fresh-yet-familiar catastrophes, relieved by a belief in sex, however ridiculous it might look, as a restorative force.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    The multiple story lines can feel choppy, but the dialogue has snap, and the pants' powers never distract from the teenagers' emotions.
  16. Thorny issues regarding patient-caregiver relationships, cost-vs.-care tensions, and morality-vs.-rules dynamics are handled with a minimum of didacticism by Lilti, whose handheld camerawork provides a measure of immediacy without calling undue attention to itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A viewer's patience with some of Safety's more rote stretches is rewarded in the film's final 15 minutes, when the plot takes a truly unexpected turn. As a DIY answer to the Spielberg generation's nostalgia for movie magic, the film's fully earnest, fantastic climax beats something like "Super 8" at its own game for a fraction of the cost.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A refreshingly mean-spirited breeze through both the holiday movie and romantic-comedy checklists.
  17. Inexplicable as it is, the Joan of Arc story encourages contemplation of ourselves as a species. The Messenger is more apt to prompt meditation on the nature of show business.
  18. The filmmaking is fresh and unemphatic, and the acting is generally gripping.
  19. Wilson is a charismatic and underused actor, perfect here as a guy with a talent for convincing others of his virtue. Headey, as Sam's wife, creates a surprisingly complex portrait of a woman shattered by her husband but hungry for higher social position.
  20. Come for the cult of personality, stay for the nostalgia of a dirtier, dodgier, far cooler scene.
  21. An unassuming, unadventurous, but likable dramedy about dying and grief.
  22. In much the same fashion as Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin", Auraeus Solito's feature debut confronts the taboo of pre-teen sexuality with a startling mix of openness and sensitivity. No less than precocious Maxi, the film is alarming, endearing, and utterly unflappable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In this lively and affecting documentary, filmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez show that Detroit is burning. Literally.
  23. The Transfiguration gradually reveals itself to be a coming-of-age tale, one whose central figure reaches a point at which he’s forced to reckon with the evil lurking within himself.
  24. The performance and filmmaking are invigorating.

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