Village Voice's Scores

For 8,414 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 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Lowest review score: 0 Come Out and Play
Score distribution:
8,414 movie reviews
  1. A cat-and-dog romantic squabbler so garbled you'd need a centrifuge to sort things out.
  2. Drama is minimal and character nonexistent.
  3. Plunging headfirst into mush at every opportunity, Marshall brings out the worst in his actors.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This plodding serial-killer procedural grafts hand-me-down malevolence onto a standard rookie-veteran police yarn, the results of which yield nary a fright, let alone a goose pimple.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Speedman's such a nonentity here I worried that the theater air-conditioning would blow him off the screen.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The filmmakers may have aimed for doc-like authenticity, but the result is more like a QVC fabulous fake.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Shot on crummy DV and told via flashbacks, the film largely plays out like a Reagan-era "Citizen Kane." Common sense wrecks even the film's funniest bit, and the director's nausea-inducing camera observes the hysteria in perpetual pan-and-scan.
  4. Green, saucer-eyed, cokey, frying in flop sweat, gives the viewer the shrill thrill of being in someone else's nightmare. But the songs? Swung, man, swung.
  5. With no irony and no plot beyond Girls Have Band, Voss reduces Kali and Fauna to earnest Janus faces of Hole's schizo aesthetic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Based-on-a-true-story kitschfest.
  6. Cryptic, pseudo-poetic asides come across as merely pretentious: Repeated cutaways to statues will not make your film "Contempt," nor will fleeting references to serial killers make it "Don't Look Now."
  7. A shallow Brazilian trifle.
  8. Shear away the film's pretensions, and it's a soap opera of assholes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Lamer than Tiny Tim on a damp London day.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The hapless goodfella-in-training is as unsuccessful at fulfilling his uncle's wishes as the star and co-director, Robert Capelli Jr., is at delivering punchlines.
  9. Even in the teen-flick "Sweet Valley" of 1987, there were few places outside John Hughes's brain where paying somebody to be your girl didn't look like prostitution. Yet somebody made the Slow-Times-at-Clueless-High stinker Can't Buy Me Love.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    "X is to Y, as this shit is to boring."
  10. The Allen persona has always blurred the distinction between his art and his life. Still, one would scarcely expect Allen's attempt to satirize daily life in the National Entertainment State to be this tired, sour, and depressed.
  11. The barf stream of gay jokes, pussy jokes, fat wife jokes, more gay jokes, and walrus penis jokes ends up making you pine for Lucy's gift of forgetting.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Havana Nights es mucho frío -- the only titter of excitement comes in a cameo from a strangely reptilian Patrick Swayze.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    No mystery here: Twisted is D.O.A.
  12. It's hard to despise a movie with the balls to posit that its Blair-look-alike PM has been brainwashed by a corrupt CIA operative, but Banks 2 is really pretty hateful.
  13. Very Bad Things is a guy film, and, as such, it's a dog. The gross-out humor lacks edge, the guilt never kicks in, and the outrages are predictable. It's one flat brewski.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The film's witlessness keeps any satirical potential submerged well below soap opera levels. Filiberti's self-casting exacerbates this already shoddy melodrama: Frequent come-hither stares beaming from his patently sub-marquee mug provide one too many non-ironic "Zoolander" moments.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The movie contains exactly two chuckle-worthy moments.
  14. So amateurish that its awkward Whoopi Goldberg cameo actually adds a touch of class, Showboy is an ill-conceived, often implausible hybrid of fact and fiction.
  15. The pivotal plot twist isn't hard to predict, and Brit theater vet Hamm and screenwriter Mark Bomback rely on jolts that date back to the silent era.
  16. Coming off a memorable supporting turn in Starsky & Hutch, Snoop Dogg is sadly underutilized as the stoner pilot.
  17. Wallows in the same affected retro stylishness as the earlier film (Croupier), suffers from the same lack of narrative focus, and is just as choked with clichés.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Holy Man's traipse through the wilds of consumerism and higher purpose must have seemed like a chance for the proverbial stretch, but not even Eddie can save this ill-conceived mess of a movie.

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