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 Masculine Feminine (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 88 Minutes
Score distribution:
7,732 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the film's view of female self-loathing and girl-on-girl exploitation is woefully reductive and painful.
  1. It's hard to tell whether Spielberg and Lucas are trying too hard or trying at all--the thing's such a mess, such an unmitigated disaster, that damned is the scholar stuck with the unfortunate task of deciphering this cynical, clinical gibberish in decades to come.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A tawdry nighttime soap that marvels without insight at its characters' despicable behavior: It squanders a major performance by Moore.
  2. Now and again some pungent writing leaks through to poke fun at the excruciating banality of guru wisdom. But mostly it’s dreary dick jokes and elephant poop, slack directing by Marco Schnabel, and, of all fatal errors, Mike Myers, shooting for cuddly.
  3. If the 3D here is better than average, SLIGHTLY, the rest of the movie brings it way, way down--not quite to the center of the earth, but at least a good six feet under.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A once-great director's near-worst work passes through its funhouse plumbing and emerges from the crapper as intentional mischief: self-sabotage explained away as mad genius.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Nobody can reduce tawdry material to doddering quaintness like the British, but this staggeringly inane joint effort of U.K., Belgian, French, German, and Luxembourgian film financing represents a true coalition of the witless.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tamar Simon Hoffs's bland-as-boiled-cabbage adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's play finally hobbles into theaters.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's nothing to fill up the 88 minutes of the film except for the idle bitchery spewed by nearly every character.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Strange how dreary it all is, and how tired Fraser seems.
  4. It's an indie about indies--meta, right?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Two and a half hours of this will try anyone's patience.
  5. The fanboys will find room in their heart to forgive the desecration. Everyone else won't care at all.
  6. They explain and explain again the genesis of Victor's demons, to the point where the novel and movie play almost like parodies of novels and movies in which a character has to get in touch with his feelings in order to become a better man.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As if only made for ignoramuses who get nervous around brown skin, nearly everything on-screen is condescendingly telegraphed--from its plodding dialogue jammed with black-or-white morals to its lingering reaction shots, one-dimensional racists and radicals, obvious mood music, and thriller clichés.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The movie serves up gory killings and kinky peripheral shenanigans without any satirical thrust, blunting its death-equals-profit subtext with a snickering tone better suited to an afternoon of Clue.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The only things missing from this unfunny Campbell love fest are a passable script, Sam Raimi's inventiveness, and a level of sophistication beyond nose-picking and ass grabs.
  7. How, though, to resent a work of such deliberate inconsequence?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    And so it goes, with Kramer--who doesn't really seem to like people very much--failing to muster even the superficial empathy the makers of the similarly programmatic "The Visitor" and "Rendition" showed toward their own cardboard-cutout imperiled illegals.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Added to the general torpidity and twangy tropes of this Southern family drama is the discomfort of watching a natural actor (Garity) force it.
  8. Clumsily wedged in like a TV commercial between deafening stunts, the emotional storytelling sinks without trace, leaving you with only one flawed character to cling to.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston relegate Marley to a lifestyle accessory in his own biopic.
  9. It's Garcia, Molina, and Tomlin who give you momentary hope that the film might settle into a witty, irreverent romp. Unfortunately, their efforts are ultimately defeated.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Seems to have been made up as it was being filmed.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This means that for one ticket price, you get three shoddy Friday the 13th movies packed into one, which might constitute entertainment value if any one of them constituted entertainment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Both actors (Owens and Watts) seem mildly aggrieved (and not at all convincing) at having to play characters considerably less intelligent than themselves in a movie that plays even dumber.
  10. Fast & Furious reconfirms that car-chase movies--good, bad, or mediocre--all assume the future employment of the quaint old fast-forward button.
  11. Plays like something out of an indie-film paint-by-numbers.
  12. With all due respect to Leo Tolstoy, all unhappy film families in which someone ascends those "12 steps" are exactly alike.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In the realm of domestic horror, The Haunting in Connecticut is about as scary as a shower that suddenly changes temperature when someone flushes the toilet.

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