Village Voice's Scores

For 10,034 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Last Days
Lowest review score: 0 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
10034 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The movie exhausts its blast-in-the-face scares through repetition. A wasted opportunity-- especially since the events as reported scarcely need embellishing.
  1. Circumspect documentary.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    A looking-glass cover version of "The Truman Show," the maudlin Jim Carrey vehicle Bruce Almighty lets the comedian ply his rubber-limbed shtick as well as indulge his pursuit of sappiness.
  2. Following the clues, The Other Guys turns more hectic than antic, and somebody didn't pack enough comedy for this long trip.
  3. As a performer, he's best at the lectern and interacting with students who share his love of ancient Rome. But as a filmmaker, Doleac can't reconcile all his story lines.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Paramount Pictures and director Jay Roach would like to invite you to a dinner they're hosting, at which you are welcome to laugh at these poor jerks. That's a little messed up.
  4. As is to be expected from Green in his pensive mode, there are lovely images in Manglehorn... But Manglehorn is also the latest entry into the tiresome Sad Man Learning to Love Again genre.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It finally feels too cautious, as if digging a little deeper might compromise the prevailing tone of tentative uplift.
  5. No Escape, while cruel, is often uncommonly suspenseful. And by pitting its white leads against the citizen hordes of Southeast Asia, No Escape is also uncommonly honest about the fears and assumptions that fuel adventure fiction — here, the Other is not abstracted away to orcs or aliens.
  6. Machine Gun Preacher is the umpteenth onscreen iteration of a white savior aiding the most desperate in Africa.
  7. Women of a certain age will kvell, but the point might be better made for the rest of us by rewatching the autumnal Rampling in Ozon's "Under the Sand."
  8. The result often plays more like a satire of the fashion industry than a serious look at one of the humans inside it.
  9. Despite inventive moments between the performers, the central character, true to his type, is too casually drawn to sustain our interest in whether he loves or loses.
  10. Splendid vistas and sun scapes add mythic punctuation to the proceedings, but director Auraeus Solito (Tuli) generates too little of the magic that holds a story as tenuous as this one together.
  11. Even KST is left floundering as the misconceived, underwritten totem of today's amoral, power-mad executive, wearing flowing trousers and medallion necklaces not seen since Faye Dunaway demanded a meeting in "Network."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A borderline experimental, nearly silent film loosely based on Dante's "Inferno."
  12. Puncture is proudly "Based on a True Story." As is so often the case, this means an indifference to "true" human relationships in favor of crusading self-righteousness.
  13. Hopkins claims it's a comedy, and perhaps John Turturro's live-action cartoon of a mogul producer suggests so, but what does it all mean? That art can be just as shallow as Hollywood?
  14. Given that The Eye plays out without so much as a single new idea or real surprise, it's a testament to the Pangs' knack for composition and editing -- or Orange Music's merciless Psycho-tronic score -- that the movie goes boo as effectively as it does.
  15. Produced by his youngest daughter, Gina, this profile of Harry Belafonte, foregrounding the 84-year-old actor and singer's political activism, is a moving if occasionally wearying hagiography.
  16. All of this could be very funny, but while the film does deliver some strong comic turns, far too much time is spent watching an inactive Kofman whining about his lot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Lightly entertaining, but--not unlike the cheap action it chronicles--leaves one wanting something much more substantial.
  17. There's a certain gutsy allure to the wildly improbable proceedings.
  18. People Places Things crackles to life whenever the camera turns to one of Will's students, Kat (The Daily Show's Jessica Williams), and her professor mother, Diane (Regina Hall).
  19. All the while, Fisher and his kin's incessant, contentious bickering exposes the ongoing difficulty of reconciling with inherited trauma, though such squabbling's protracted prominence also, ultimately, suggests the need for a bit more editorial trimming.
  20. A sweet, dumb pup of a movie, not unlike its eponymous hero, The Wendell Baker Story frisks along sniffing the sidewalk.
  21. Given something as simple as Theseus's rousing prebattle speech, maximalist Singh is helpless, but when he gets whole armies in on the act, you've got something to behold.
  22. Martian Child certainly isn't much fun, unless you were desperately awaiting K-PAX with a kid instead of Kevin Spacey.
  23. Quek is compelling not for her ideas but the tangled path by which she came to them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Tristán Bauer's new war movie has an even more bitterly ironic title in Spanish: "Iluminados por El Fuego" or "Enlightened by Fire."

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