Village Voice's Scores

For 7,732 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)
Lowest review score: 0 Miriam
Score distribution:
7,732 movie reviews
  1. Merely an indulgent vehicle for Mrs. Ritchie -- and Madonna is so spectacularly convincing as a hateful, self-absorbed, nouveau riche ogress that her character's third-act transformation is as preposterous as her overmuscled physique.
  2. The movie's mode is brutal and excremental.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Too bad that when the filmmakers aren't busy accommodating cameo models and comedians, they seem to be dozing off at the handlebars. Luckily, we're watching from a different side of the highway.
  3. This modern-day vampire story is purposefully shocking in its eroticized gore, if unintentionally dull in its lack of poetic frissons.
  4. The script is worse than slack, and despite its lurid premise, Bully doesn't have "Kids" tabloid immediacy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A mess of a film.
  5. As matinee probations go, the movie's tainted by too many bad songs and too much of Bruce Willis.
  6. The movie is trite like the ocean is big.
  7. Writers are only interesting for what they've written, and for that you'll have to go read.
  8. The loud, musty production design -- steeped in lime greens and tangerine oranges -- smells of recirculated air and enervated ambition, but unfortunately, so does the movie itself.
  9. The Phantom Menace is simply a billboard for itself. Anyone who sees it will be experiencing it for the second time. The hype was not about the movie, the hype was the movie.
  10. Figgis's frenetic and grossly self-aggrandizing adaption of Strindberg's worse-for-wear two-hander about the battle between the sexes and the classes.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Washington is in default dignified mode here. He capably embodies the hero's transformation from doughy dad to man of action, amid the movie's shameless button-pushing and cheap religious overlay.
  11. Another mystery that gives up its secrets all too quickly, Till Human Voices Wake Us is named for a T.S. Eliot line -- and it proves a woefully evocative title for this snoozy supernatural pastoral.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Affleck and impressively amazonian Alias star Jennifer Garner (as the ninjitsu-savvy daughter of a wealthy tycoon) are lankier than "Spider-Man's" Maguire and Dunst, which is good if you like lanky, but their relationship substitutes cliché for chemistry.
  12. Though a relatively sober essay on criminal organization, Tycoon is also thoroughly pulpy -- that is, crass, unimaginative, corner-cutting, and simplistic, with the visual vocabulary of daytime soap.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Li barely has enough lines to qualify for a SAG card.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The humor is even more geriatric than the cast.
  13. Sodden mess, a mutation-invasion movie that passes "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!" going south.
  14. This movie doesn't just kill time but tortures it.
  15. A mishmash of life-insurance commercials and Ronald Reagan campaign spots, this sexless orgy of self-congratulation is designed to make you feel good about Hollywood, America, and Jim Carrey -- not to mention the nation's motion picture exhibitors, who are praised at one point as the antithesis of Soviet Communism.
  16. May
    The flavor is textbook '90s indie -- self-regarding quirk with an occasional spasm of Solondzian incorrectness.
  17. For those who care, Madonna has found her match in Guy Ritchie, whose absence of talent when it comes to the film medium is equal to her own.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Cookbook banks on the humor of its caricatures and the heft of its moral dilemma, but because it never develops its characters beyond types, it comes off as flat and forced throughout.
  18. So pandering and pebble-brained you'd guess it had been test-screened on barnyard animals.
  19. Indifferently written, passably acted, resourcefully shot in video with enlivening splashes of local color.
  20. Dreary adventure. Parents, be forewarned: No talking equines means more songs, and the viselike soundtrack might be someone's idea of a cruel joke: hoarse whisperer Bryan Adams.
  21. Despite a couple of inventive CGI effects (one involving mass evisceration), the results are more predictable and less frightening than a Con Ed bill in mid August.
  22. The best that can be said about director Christine Lahti's feature debut is that it doesn't fall into any ready category.
  23. Going through the motions of a liberal-Hollywood polemic with the sweaty, mounting hysteria of a bad liar, The Life of David Gale is foremost an overheating gotcha machine, scripted by first-timer Charles Randolph with seams showing and red herrings stinking up the joint.

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