Village Voice's Scores

For 8,252 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 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 Swearnet: The Movie
Score distribution:
8,252 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The plot is so absurdly perfunctory that preview audiences snickered at its TV-drama slapdashness; the producers should have pushed the straight-camp potential much further and retitled this weak bruiser Sporting Wood.
  1. Director Vicente Amorim's dramatic instincts evoke after-school specials (most of the drama entails the clan's brooding teenager chomping at the parental bit), and his visual ideas are restricted to aping "City of God's" fish-eye ambience and hectic editing.
  2. The movie's idiotic fascination with the senselessness of its central act is scarily close to a fetish.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    All the stylistic flourishes can't hide the lack of an actual plot, character development, or point. Like Gerardo, we wait, hoping something will happen, knowing nothing will.
  3. Willing's confused procedural -- derived from a novel by Madison Smartt Bell -- is a hasty throwback to the sado-medieval Exorcist descendants of the turn of the millennium (Stigmata, Stir of Echoes, Lost Souls). The somnolent cast can't keep the faith.
  4. As one five-year-old critic at the press screening astutely observed during a would-be sensitive moment: "Boooorrring!"
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    In Van Helsing, the orgy of morphing, shrieking, lightning-cracking, and habitual rope-swinging quickly turns oppressive.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The threadbare plot gets considerable padding from alternately psychotic, lecherous, and greedy Caucasians.
  5. No amount of fidgety editing and anxious soundtrack atonality can distract from the creakingly implausible scenario (Marsden's Dan is an almost comic exemplar of uncharacteristic hostage behavior).
  6. An overwhelming portion of Saved! is wall-to-wall Jesus-Jesus-Jesus talk, closer to dead air than social spoof. At times, the screenplay (including Mary's voluminous narration) has the monotonous cadence of a recruitment sermon.
  7. Fraught with sophomoric lost-innocence metaphors and schematic oedipal tensions.
  8. No one can accuse Garfield: The Movie of infidelity to its source: It faithfully conveys the banality of Jim Davis's cartoon.
  9. Overwrought and often hysterical, filled with distracting montages and portentous drumbeats, the documentary feels as cheesy as its subject.
  10. Repeatedly assuring us that its titular subject is really "a metaphor for life," Swing attempts unsuccessfully to liven up a tired scenario with a touch of Twilight Zone fantasy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Nussbaum's attempt to capture the 'tween zeitgeist fails: The Spice Girls–infused soundtrack is dated, and the feel-good progressiveness forced.
  11. A stifling chamber piece laced with Repulsion-style foreboding and an undercurrent of kink.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    The acting is deliberately bad, directed to an ostensibly dreamlike flatness; and it's also just plain bad.
  12. If you see it, the sequel will be your fault.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Devolves from opaque mystery into boring melodramatics and incoherent contrivances.
  13. Like the action movies of yore (you know, the 1980s), Catwoman is simultaneously overstuffed and undernourished.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In its attempt to diagnose a problem, it ends up serving more as a symptom of the left's current, and sadly warranted, anxieties.
  14. Director Lee throws cold water on his own overheated fantasy scenario by having Mackie mope through every scene. What's fascinating is how She Hate Me perversely trumps its own perversity.
  15. As the dapper Lady Penelope, Sophia Myles tries to infuse the enterprise with some "Charlie's Angels" verve, but she's only one life vest, and the movie is a downed plane.
  16. The screwiest yarn yet from Shyamalan's metaphysical-Limburger career project, a non-horror horror film.
  17. A mondo product placement in search of a screenplay, the conscious "Working Girl" homage Little Black Book makes the mistake of banking on Brittany Murphy, a Melanie Griffith look-alike with none of Griffith's gawky charms.
  18. Blends past and present to draw some utterly stupefying parallels.
  19. Open Water is simply a stunt--hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Scenes end abruptly, laughs are as rare as yetis, and the overarching question seems to be: Can we turn this into a franchise?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Moore created a movie; Greenwald gives us a cinematized blog.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Slowly devolves to the inept "warm bodies shine together in the darkness."

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