Village Voice's Scores

For 10,616 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 56% 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: 57
Highest review score: 100 Leave No Trace
Lowest review score: 0 Poolhall Junkies
Score distribution:
10616 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crisply shot on a lightweight camcorder, Last Stop for Paul leaves the prevailing impression of an amiable, homespun travelogue done in the style of Bruce Brown's "Endless Summer."
  1. A savvy nod to 1980s action comedies, down to the Huey Lewis original that plays over the end credits. But its greatest achievements lie in the tossed-off non sequiturs, the pop-culture (and Scott Baio) allusions, and the unexpected respites in the midst of all the bang-bang-boom.
  2. The movie should have been more like Rickman: sparkling and light, with just a hint of acid. Instead, it's a huge gulp of vinegar.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    109 mostly black-and-white minutes of punk's wet nurse floating through the modern world while endlessly ruminating on mortality, art, and the occasional bodily function. Problem is, there's nary a hint of context, even with biographic essentials.
  3. Blandly engaging sequel.
  4. Strange how dreary it all is, and how tired Fraser seems.
  5. You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate its genuine fondness for the claustrophobic warmth of family life among working-class people apprehensively inching their way toward upward mobility.
  6. Holdridge's film oscillates wildly between low-key romantic comedy and antic slapstick and doesn't always hit the mark, but it has charm to burn.
  7. The scattershot America the Beautiful recapitulates vintage "Beauty Myth" trumpery.
  8. If there's one thing this movie gets dead right, it's the desperation of impoverished single mothers trying to fend for their children.
  9. Not to wax too serious here (since this is, after all, a movie in which two nearly middle-aged men beat each other over the heads with blunt instruments on their front lawn), but ticking away just beneath Step Brothers' freely associative surface is a fairly astute commentary on how we define such abstract concepts as "growing up" and "making something of yourself."
  10. Even when it's ripping off "Juno" and "The Hills," American Teen is fascinating in the way of every good documentary--the more time you spend with anyone, the more they surprise you.
  11. It's an indie about indies--meta, right?
  12. Though I can imagine Waugh rolling his eyes at the very idea of Brideshead Revisited as "a heartbreaking romantic epic," this remake is, often inadvertently, closer to the novel's spirit than the sepulchral television series, albeit still not half as waggishly Waugh-ish as "Bright Young Things," Stephen Fry's delightfully naughty interpretation of "Vile Bodies."
  13. Engaging, elegantly made surf documentary.
  14. Writer-director Akihiko Shiota's dramatic strategies are limited to the point of monotony.
  15. The film's mishmash of news footage and concert reviews threatens to devolve into a CSNY wank-fest.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While largely lighthearted, Petit's walk and Marsh's film take on new meaning post-9/11. Man on Wire never mentions the events of that day, but the Trade Center's collapse continues to weigh on Petit, as if its destruction was every bit as tragic as the human lives lost that day.
  16. A tiny, specific film admirable in its focus, competent digital cinematography, and lack of sentimentality. Too bad it turns into Extreme Korean Romance.
  17. Quietly shocking, The Order of Myths is a deft, engrossing cross-section of Mobile life, heavy on local color and insight.
  18. The film's both smart and devastating as it unthreads interwoven questions about redemption, justice, and the pivotal role of history in shaping an individual and his actions.
  19. The Dark Knight will give your adrenal glands their desired workout, but it will occupy your mind, too, and even lead it down some dim alleyways where most Hollywood movies fear to tread.
  20. It's little more than droopy ditties draped around a threadbare plot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    MacIntyre's control over his material is assured at times, particularly when he focuses on Dom's young son, Bugsy, and the other troubled boys who float around the periphery of the Noonan gang.
  21. Exquisitely sad, idiosyncratic film à clef about an aging gay gigolo grasping at the embers of memory before they--and he--turn to ash.
  22. Not until the goofy closing credits does the film hit its tonal stride and nail what could have been its saving, salient theme: the absurd lines that fancy people draw (and obey) to make themselves feel special on a Saturday night.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Harold Perrineau gives unintentionally comic expression in Felon to the delineation between his character's public and private scruples.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A concert film by technicality, a cinematic trance in practicality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Apart from its inventive depiction of the weaknesses that tough guys try to hide, Mad Detective is a slight work from the wildly prolific To.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Take has the audacity to excuse its bad cinematic habits as figments of both Saul and Ana's imaginations.

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