Village Voice's Scores

For 8,600 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Only Lovers Left Alive
Lowest review score: 0 Happy Tears
Score distribution:
8,600 movie reviews
  1. Brown's saga, like many before his, makes for snappy prose but a stumblebum of a movie.
  2. It's hardly a novel idea, but at least when Kaufman, David Lynch, or Michel Gondry invites us on a tour of his chaotic subconscious, it's a fascinating place to visit. Plunging into August's gray matter is more like a season in vacation hell.
  3. A largely mind-numbing experience.
    • 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.
  4. A shoot with Fassbinder actress Irm Hermann signifies Tillmans's desire--and the desire of every high-profile German-speaking artist (hello, Fatih Akin)--to huff the fading smell of RWF's genius. Like the rest of the film, though, it does little to convince the unconverted of Tillmans's own.
  5. Dishwater-dull period melodrama.
  6. The endless hidden connections and coincidences eventually become ridiculous.
  7. There's no type of documentary as shallow as those covering modern music festivals, a fact reconfirmed by Made in America.
  8. Time and again words fail Weber. He's a loquacious but unilluminating host.
  9. That even the criminal class has gone sensitive and finicky eco-conscious has some potential for comedy-or drama, as in Oliver Stone's undervalued Savages-but there's no single detail that might convince a viewer that the characters played by Dax Shepard and Bradley Cooper might ever have been compelled to steal for a living, and this alienates the crime picture from any social context or sense of actual danger, making it essentially a celebrity goof-off.
    • 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.
  10. Analeine Cal y Mayor's bland, faux-quirky dramedy's most distinguishing set piece is a kitschy historic house museum dedicated to an erstwhile Mexican crooner named Guillermo Garibai.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A Letter to True could provide a corrective reminder that bad taste emerges in high-class forms as often as low. The film's failures cannot be faulted to inexperience.
  11. It's hard to say if this devastating, nakedly exploitative work has a larger point beyond the evocation and infliction of trauma. A repeat viewing might clear that up, but it's an experience I'd rather not relive -- and one that I cannot in good faith recommend to anyone.
  12. Has little to offer beyond muzzy kismet and generalized amnesia, a bit of National Geographic and a lot of cocktail jazz.
  13. Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title.
  14. Costner himself is the doggedly humorless heart and soul (and brains?) of this monumentally maudlin picture.
  15. Remains simplistic and gimmicky in the context of Iranian cinema.
  16. Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work.
  17. The most that can be said for Slackers -- aside from the unqualified pleasure of Schwartzman's unfaked, puppyish weirdness -- is that it doesn't abandon its putrid ideals for the sake of a neat finish.
  18. Smartly written, unevenly executed.
  19. The ultimate cliché of plot-twist implausibility, the crucial revelation is so outlandishly fatuous it might have given Donald Kaufman pause.
  20. A tedious exercise in filling in historical blanks through exhausted tropes.
  21. Franco is a fine reader, but ultimately the film adds little more than his handsome face and trite confessional origins to Williams's experiential vernacular. When the words are so direct, powerful, and inviting, who needs Franco's books on video?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The only thing more inexplicable than the loathsome score is the story's determination to impregnate all its major female characters. Fuggedaboudit.
  22. There's no guiding power at work here; it's Evolution without a shred of intelligent design.
  23. Beneath exhausts the appeal of its thinly sketched characters almost as soon as they're trapped together in the mine's emergency bunker, and it isn't long before Ketai, tiring of human drama, turns instead toward the supernatural.
  24. The scenery looks just fine, however; it's the performances and dialogue that wobble and creak.
  25. Dreadful excuse for an unromantic comedy.
  26. This film is numbingly dull.

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