Village Voice's Scores

For 8,871 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 Quadrophenia (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Followers
Score distribution:
8,871 movie reviews
  1. Christopher Felver's stumbling hagiography Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder does no wrong by its celebrated subject-- but it never illuminates him, either.
  2. The seriocomic Growing Up and Other Lies, written and directed by Jacobs and Darren Grodsky (Humboldt County), offers strained male bonding from a quartet sorely out of tune.
  3. Striking the right balance between interior and exterior can mean the difference between compelling drama and accidental melodrama. Writer-director Ron Morales just misses equilibrium in the visually arresting Filipino thriller Graceland.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Though a few scary skeletons (and one doll) rattle in and out of the film's closet, Bardwell is a slave to television lexicon, allowing Bryan and his lawyer buddy (Tom Arnold) to brave the banter of shrill detective comedies, and framing his images with all the brio of your average "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" episode.
  4. 42
    The movie sugars up Robinson's story, and like too many period pieces it summons some vague idea of a warmer, simpler past by bathing everything in thick amber light, as if each scene is one of those preserved mosquitoes that begat the monsters of Jurassic Park.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Due to Conspiracy's TV-movie simplicity, it's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler.
  5. There's satiric comedy to be mined from the conflicting messages society still sends about pregnancy, motherhood, and women's worth, but the script isn't smart enough to explore them.
  6. Noah is here not to set the record straight, but to set it on its head. This isn't a lavish work of mad genius, it's a movie designed to be a lavish work of mad genius, and there's a difference.
  7. As the seductive and conniving Angelica, Cruz is luminous, albeit not enough to compensate for Marshall shrouding virtually every major set piece in nighttime fogginess.
  8. After a hoot of an entrance by Bernadette Peters showboating a tune from the rafters at a church wedding, Coming Up Roses takes a nosedive into despair and stays there.
  9. Java Heat's title refers not to hot coffee but to the Indonesian island, though caffeine is certainly recommended to make it through this tepid buddy-cop action flick.
  10. Vertical Limit's real problem is its digitized sheen. Every shot seems to have been CGI-enhanced, so the movie has an overpasteurized, Velveeta-like glow -- processed movie food.
  11. Tepid lesbian comedy.
  12. A ridiculous deus-ex-machina "wrong man" story.
  13. A diverting pulp time-waster.
  14. What was very funny in print becomes serious and occasionally dour onscreen, with fewer laughs than you would expect from a Sedaris project.
  15. Without its topical pretext and overzealous patriotism, Allegiance would be just another generic action film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Durst and Elkoff deliver a nuanced scenario of class assimilation and resentment, then flub the ending.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The stats relayed at the movie's end...almost have more impact than the narrative.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Less a documentary than a glowing two-hour infomercial for Sarah Palin, Presidential Candidate To-Be.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The directorial choices are, for the most part, so lazy, the blockbuster engineering so blatant, that Robin Hood often falls into self-parody. All the more reason for Sarah Palin to love it.
  16. The movie is typical Hill-pulp: modestly scaled and efficiently cheesy.
  17. Falcone’s film is an unsteady mix of broad comedy and indie heart, asking us first to roar at Tammy’s ignorance and outrageousness and then to be moved at this lovable misfit muddling toward love, maturity, and a better life.
  18. A time-killing kid-flick whose title is an exact summary of its plot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The film's true focus is the friendship between the two girls, although this tends to get lost between Elizabeth Allen's jittery direction and the screenplay's contrivances.
  19. There are too many vaguely defined interpersonal dynamics and marginal characters (hi, Liv Tyler and Judy Greer!) that distract needlessly from the earnest tone of an outrageous set-up.
  20. Occasionally, the film rouses into something thoughtful, even daring.
  21. It sustains its purplish, epic sweep by thrusting broadly etched characters into extravagantly hokey situations, and registers mainly as a flamboyant joke.
  22. Star/writer Mike Myers and director Jay Roach struggle visibly with exhausted possibilities and diminishing returns.
  23. A gorefest of epic proportions.

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