Village Voice's Scores

For 8,234 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 Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Lowest review score: 0 Another Year
Score distribution:
8,234 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A family film that's about as fluffy as fresh powder.
  1. The viewer is left to ponder the number of levels on which this counts as a pointless exercise -- a parody of parodic movies, a deconstruction of transparent genres, a self-negatingly knowing example of camp.
  2. Costner himself is the doggedly humorless heart and soul (and brains?) of this monumentally maudlin picture.
  3. So formulaic and predictable that you're bored even when you're scared.
  4. A progressive but not very funny comedy of manners.
  5. Amid the complacent a bizarre reactionary bent.
  6. Appallingly violent.
  7. Denying Reality, more like. John Keitel's first feature is impossibly naive, even as smoothed-over coming-out tales go.
  8. Apparently reassembled from the cutting-room floor of any given daytime soap.
  9. An epidemic of solipsism breaks out among four lifelong African American friends when one of them announces his impending nuptials. Cringe-inducing slapstick jockeys for screen time with undermotivated high-volume confrontation.
  10. Remains simplistic and gimmicky in the context of Iranian cinema.
  11. The neophyte director has a tendency to pose his actors and musically overscore each new dramatic development. The combination can border on the ludicrous.
  12. It lacks the coherent internal logic that distinguishes the best mockumentaries.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Reviewed by
      Ed Park
    Less effective in dramatizing the choices facing second-generation Indian Americans than as a showcase for Sheetal Sheth's terrific hair.
  13. Indiana Jones has never been so missed, but instead this shaggy God story hones in on the faith dilemmas of Banderas and a sputtering Derek Jacobi, so Sunday-hammy you want to rivet him with cloves.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Cop is an energetic portrayal of mean-street ghetto life.
  14. Logic, motivation, suspense -- anything that might make the film frightening or resonant -- is buried under Dolby blams, medulla-shaming dialogue, and a rain of overdubbed hunting-knife schwings that grate like a 3 a.m. car alarm.
  15. The absurdity floods the banks of the filmmaker's intentions.
  16. Time and again words fail Weber. He's a loquacious but unilluminating host.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Doesn't so much titillate as irritate.
  17. It's Rambo with a split hero -- Morse absorbing punishment and Crowe wreaking vengeance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A clumsy labor of love with unforgivable lapses...key footage is missing, and it fails to show why Salerno-Sonnenberg's controversial interpretations are so original and valid.
  18. Yim's film is kneecapped by its soundtrack twice over.
  19. An overtly saccharine fairy tale of abandonment that is subverted by its own comic brutality. It's oddly affecting...which is to say, sad in a way that its maker might not have intended.
  20. So committed to its by-the-numbers banality you wonder why it isn't part of the fall TV lineup.
  21. This is more than self-amused irony; this is kitsch as religion.
  22. It's not easy to endure, despite -- or due to the embarrassment of -- an all-star cast.
  23. Detached performances and a murky sound mix further the sense of suspended animation.
  24. It'll make you cyberlaugh, it'll make you cybercry, just like cyberlife -- One thing is certain: your boredom
  25. Mesmerizingly bad filmmaking.

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