Village Voice's Scores

For 8,600 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Festival Express
Lowest review score: 0 Followers
Score distribution:
8,600 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Gary Winick's flat direction does the material no favors: If Egan and Seyfried have any chemistry, it's framed out of their awkwardly staged climactic kisses.
  1. The ambitions are so paltry that our response should be too: Wolf Creek is unimaginative, light on the grue and heavy on the faux-serious desperation.
  2. The directors demonstrate confident technique in most of the scare scenes, but their uncertain touch with actors and dialogue makes a cock-up of the climax.
  3. Saving Mr. Banks, a fictionalized account of two weeks Travers spent on the lot in Burbank, is proof that Walt has thawed and secretly reclaimed Disney's reins.
  4. Throughout, Knife Fight feels like TV, like a half-season of some promising cable show stuffed into a 98-minute film that never really builds or surprises.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Homies can make good hubbies, goes the moral of this January dump job, a tired send-up of hip-hop-isms that also aspires to be a Waiting to Exhale for men.
  5. As directed by John Lee Hancock, it's dull, talky, and sometimes maudlin.
  6. There's enough mumbo jumbo about space and time and cellular division to allow Lucy to feign depth, but what lingers is Besson's regressive belief that even the most intelligent woman on earth can't figure out how to get her way without a miniskirt and a gun.
  7. Gilsig's transformation is quietly convincing, but the film itself is flatter and less cinematically gratifying than most television dramas.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Dynasty is less interesting as a film than as a winking gloss on hip-hop's assembly line of beats, beefs, and B-list lyricists. That said, Capone does a killer dancin' Dash, James Toback's Lyor Cohen is a riot, and multi-credited comedian Kevin Hart should have his own Chappelleian series.
  8. The movie is more effective as sports fantasy than as theology.
  9. Blind Mountain forces its way through numerous illogicalities and several plot lapses to a violently abrupt ending.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For better and for worse (at least for a story about a man struggling to behave like an adult), Full Grown Men feels and thinks with the heart and mind of a child.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This sketchily conceived and executed space yarn is one missed opportunity after another.
  10. This is an almost scene-for-scene remake — but not a shot-for-shot remake, which likely would have been more enjoyable.
  11. The doc is only about as revealing as a middling magazine article on the subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Ultimately everything feels one-sided and sanitized.
  12. Hilary Brougher's YA-ish horror satire/romance/whatzit Innocence, adapted from Jane Mendelsohn's novel, boasts a wicked setup, some strong performances, several gloriously bloody spook-out images, and a movie-wrecking hypoglycemic listlessness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The film vividly portrays the obsessive landscape of Japanese table tennis, but the endless ping . . . pong of that teeny ball bouncing over that teeny net gets tiresome, especially in slo-mo.
  13. There's basically only one reason to see Olivier Assayas's self-consciously hypermodern, meta-sleazy, English-French-Chinese-language globo-thriller Boarding Gate, and her name is Asia Argento.
  14. Arriving just after the best year for animated film in recent memory, Fantasia 2000 doesn't play like a celebration. In its sentimental yearning for a golden age when another one's upon us, it feels a little like a rebuke.
  15. This showbiz Rashomon has continuity, as well as credibility, problems.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The seasoned actresses are grand enough, but what a waste: Rather than elevate the material, they amplify its banalities.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Lights in the Dusk derives scant excitement from its melodramatic plot, which satisfies a dismal, ineluctable formula with stultifying efficiency. Nor is it enlivened by the airless performances.
  16. A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sporadically entertaining and utterly shallow, Steve + Sky answers the age-old question of whether a star's blinding beauty can justify an otherwise bland movie.
  17. It's hard to fathom why anyone would voluntarily endure a holiday family reunion movie -- a genre devised solely to demonstrate how grotesque and how heartwarming families can be--when actual holiday family reunions already exist for those very reasons.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As much as the film would like to blow the lid off immigrant misery, it deals only in caricatures.
  18. Self-Medicated reveals itself as a narcissistic fantasy about the misunderstood kid with a heart of gold who finally figures out how to get his shit together: "Good Will Hunting" with a side of Capracorn.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From the tax debate, the documentary suddenly gets scattershot, going after the Patriot Act, laws against vitamin sales, election fraud, and Hurricane Katrina response (apparently a plot to grab people's guns), building to the standard New World Order line, which discredits any valid points Russo may have.

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