Village Voice's Scores

For 8,882 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 58% 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: 55
Highest review score: 100 Festival Express
Lowest review score: 0 Come Out and Play
Score distribution:
8,882 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. The bigger problem: Quincy Rose, the opaque actor in nearly every scene, and the writer, director, and editor who doesn't distinguish between cinematic intimacy and revealing a character's inner life.
  2. This is an almost scene-for-scene remake — but not a shot-for-shot remake, which likely would have been more enjoyable.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A slick piece of pro-life propaganda, it has relatively luxe production values, painfully earnest performances, and a drippy "inspirational" score.
  9. Sleepy domestic-abuse/coming-of-age melodrama Phantom Halo never goes anywhere memorable because its two main characters don't consistently act like they're afraid of their big bad dad.
    • 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Too bad that Ardor's arrhythmic editing and glacial pacing make it impossible to get lost in its jungles — or to invest in its pseudo-mystical ambiance.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Pretty much everything here -- tow surfing, hydrofoil boards, token bit on women surfers -- already appeared in this summer's equally halfass "Step Into Liquid."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With just enough art-lack and speak-for-itself whiz (call me cheesy), this doc understands the famoustorical Philly park's appeal: Hot girls sunbathe there, and the bums are ka-razy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Only true opera diehards will appreciate the backstage psychodrama, a catalog aria of the singer's multiple neuroses.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The only joy to be extracted from Sun Kissed is voyeuristic: watching Teddy and Leo's taut bodies as they frolic in the sun-drenched surf. To music you like.
  13. Initial strangeness inexorably gives way to rote sentimentality and mystical tenderness becomes narrative expedience.
  14. Jig
    Bourne's lengthy chronicle of the World Championship is severely under-contextualized, leaving us in the dark about the competition's structure and frustrating our efforts to take a rooting interest in the proceedings.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Lucky Stiff shoots for "zany" and lands at "attention deficit disorder," but the songs aren't bad.
  15. The feature itself remains a grotesquely enjoyable turn through the pulp-cinema wringer; hell, it could prove to be Mansfield's most enduring work.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Only Noah Wyle, as Adam's unreadable dad, rises above the muck; he deserves his Tarantino-aided resurrection sooner rather than later.

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