Village Voice's Scores

For 8,726 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 Revenge of the Mekons
Lowest review score: 0 And Now a Word from Our Sponsor
Score distribution:
8,726 movie reviews
  1. Par for the course in blowout CGI adaptations, a great deal of detail and bustle is gained at the expense of charm - for all the miracles these armies of animators can achieve, they have yet to successfully reproduce a humble artist's line.
  2. With some focus and critical perspective, The Source Family might have documented more than a spectacle of its time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Perhaps Pearl Jam's arc too closely resembles Crowe's own, and he can't see what's so uniquely poignant about dimmed but enduring stars.
  3. Directors Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado present a study of two eccentrics without pushing too hard against their premise.
  4. Mostly, its unearned funnier-than-thou smugness plays like a DIY dorm-lounge homage.
  5. It should be mentioned that Garriott's father, Owen, was himself a Skylab astronaut, a fact of which much is made - but that only more obviously shows Man on a Mission for what it is: a puffed-up home movie.
  6. An overemphatic, would-be wacky, ultimately tedious sex farce.
  7. Undercut by uninspired direction, car-commercial art direction, and a lack of grit that makes the hidebound nature of the genre stand out like an episode of "Matlock" on HBO.
  8. Wang mistakes affectless storytelling and character conception for rigor, and as a result huge portions of Beijing Bicycle are dull and repetitive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    As hackneyed as they come, but the overall mood is less cynical than affectionate.
  9. A vanity project riding the waves of a socio-political moment, Two confirms just as many stereotypes as it attempts to dismantle.
  10. Saddled with an improbable plotline and an incoherent character, Garity demurs on the invitation to overact.
  11. At first, Hoffman appears to be juxtaposing the savoir faire and genuine deprivation of the Depression society with the spoiled, consumption-crazed world we have now, but then he merely lapses into a vague Occupy-ish indictment of the 1 percent and the collapse of community as a cultural foundation.
  12. What's more disappointing is how filthy Invincible is with missed opportunities for Herzog to be Herzog.
  13. Far better as a family drama than as a gangster picture, the film's muddled attempt at marrying the two distracts from its emotional center.
  14. Bad Milo! meets your expectations right where you left them.
  15. Carefully lit and designed, with a moody and muted color palette, the film effectively conveys the feel of Aila's hardscrabble existence. But the horrific behavior of Popper, who does little other than threaten, beat, and try to rape Indians, becomes problematic.
  16. An air-conditioned bus tour of Punjabi ritual. Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.
  17. Messina's performance has a lived-in, emotional messiness, but the film is nothing but clichés.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The movie has more lags in action than either of the previous episodes, and somehow the dialogue is even more daft
  18. With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work.
  19. Virtually every documentary cliché from the past decade finds its way into this account of director Joe Cross's weight-loss odyssey, a retread-reversal of "Super Size Me" right down to the cheesy animation.
  20. Raging Dove can't avoid the biodoc pitfall of fixating on its subject's personal saga to the virtual exclusion of all else; by the end it's essentially blaming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Abu Lashin's professional demise.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Most of Mask's cast and crew return, but they forgot to bring the last film's romantic aura and dry sense of humor with them; Anthony Hopkins is deeply missed. Instead, the picture is beset by typical sequel problems like awkward slapstick and allegedly adorable kid sidekicks.
  21. It's too bad that Allouache's insurgent Islamists, into whose clutches Yasmine falls for a time, come off like Indiana Jones villains.
  22. The film veers into the narrow channels of the bare-bulb courtroom melodrama and then the rapids of the lurid conspiracy thriller before washing ashore in pieces.
  23. Like many similarly twisty tales, Reversion's narrative logic is undermined by its characters' irrational behavior.
  24. Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas.
  25. Man, British heritage cinema can be dull when assembly-lined for the export market.
  26. Aspires to be both stylish and coarse, camp and vulgar -- which is pretty much how Bette Midler plays it.

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