Village Voice's Scores

For 8,168 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 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Taxi Driver (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Silver Case
Score distribution:
8,168 movie reviews
  1. A lackluster screwball comedy.
  2. Gardos, an experienced film editor, has little narrative sense, and decent performances (except from Kinski, who just worries and huffs around) are left out to dry.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    As earnest as a community-college advertisement, American Chai is enough to make you put away the guitar, sell the amp, and apply to medical school.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Proves infertile in more ways than one.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Emily Mortimer and Robert Carlyle generate heat as criminal lovers, but most of the cast just engages in embarrassing scenery-gnawing.
  3. Despite some rocking bombast by Philip Glass and reliably wicked cello saws from Yo-Yo Ma, the whole thing plays like a tired Tyco ad.
  4. 15 Minutes settles into Richard Donner-style goulash.
  5. Too lazy to be a comedy, too conventional to be a head movie.
  6. The finale is a near-abstract mess (decapitation, impalation, "Alien" birth) -- in an empathic gesture, the filmmakers end it all with a few sticks of TNT.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    The story has too many characters, about whom we know too little.
  7. Overproduced as a Super Bowl soft-drink commercial, so much so that even its potentially insightful moments seem like movie fakery.
  8. Heartbreakers gives redemption a bad name, but gives conniving misanthropy a worse one.
  9. Isaac Eaton wrote and directed; he evidences little talent in either department.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    So busy rehashing rom-com clichés that it shirks the genitive, prelude to other flaws.
  10. Washington directs with proficient blandness charged only occasionally by organic acting moments.
  11. Often succumbs to the craven hysteria perhaps inherent in its hoary premise.
  12. The high-concept scenario soon proves preposterous, the acting is robotically italicized, and truth-in-advertising hounds take note: There's very little hustling on view, though McCrudden does arrange for his lead gym rat to be shirtless as often as possible.
  13. Requiring an enormous amount of suspended disbelief, the original Rings may be a culture-specific phenom; despite strenuous efforts to Americanize Nakata's field of bad dreams, the preview audience did a lot of cackling.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Though ample time is spent mingling Murphy's jabberjaw locutions and Wilson's curveball spaciness, the film leaves only the bitter reek of a botched chemistry experiment.
  14. Since the central odd couple have no rapport, their bond never seems to progress past mutual usury.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Gets sucked into a gravitational cesspool of sci-fi clichés.
  15. An inert and inept romantic comedy.
  16. Michael and Mark Polish's debut feature, "Twin Falls, Idaho," was a cloying oddball love story involving adult male Siamese twins; their follow-up, Jackpot, is another piece of whimsical Americana.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    The only possible surprise in The Tuxedo would be an extended demonstration of what was once Chan's trademark, the daffily choreographed kineticism forbidden of late by either his own age or the scruples of story editors.
  17. Thomas's fleet-footed approach suggests the anxious embarrassment of a director in an awful hurry to get it over with.
  18. Barely a movie.
  19. Stupefyingly benign.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Made with $980 and about as many brain cells, Cupid's Mistake is more cute than clever.
  20. Doesn't just look and sound like a car commercial. It is a car commercial.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Director Chuck Russell lacks the visual panache, the comic touch, and perhaps the budget of Sommers's title-bout features, which refined a historically grounded B-movie sensibility into pure, gasp-inducing entertainment.

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