Village Voice's Scores

For 9,165 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 Red Hook Black
Score distribution:
9,165 movie reviews
  1. Someday, a wise and potent film will be made about the Holocaust's legacy on succeeding generations. Posing as a study in evil, Death in Love is claptrap that confuses bile with art.
  2. Unable to capture either its wit, psychological acuity, or formal rigor, the movie essentially reduces the schematic, seesaw narrative to doomy clichés.
  3. Green, saucer-eyed, cokey, frying in flop sweat, gives the viewer the shrill thrill of being in someone else's nightmare. But the songs? Swung, man, swung.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    At least the title's accurate: This is a viewing experience that feels like it will never end.
  4. A shapeless, uncritical documentary.
  5. Ten interviews with 10 "name" American and European directors--including Todd Haynes, David Lynch, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Catherine Breillat--diced into a documentary as asinine and fawning as its title suggests.
  6. Even caped do-gooders couldn't save Supercapitalist, a dramatic dud whose title refers not to some big-business hero but rather to wheelers and dealers living lives of swank suits, fast cars, loose women, plentiful drugs, and goofy corporate-espionage spy games.
  7. Director Gary Fleder seems to sometimes suspect Homefront could pass as comedy.
  8. It's nauseating, unfunny stuff, unmitigated by the revelation that Griffin's mom physically abused him.
  9. As a film, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men is a disaster.
  10. A misguided tale of sentimental education.
  11. Amid much overacting, Kaige addresses the subjectivity and unreliability of images through this-isn't-what-it-looks-like scenarios that would make Jack Tripper groan.
  12. Unfortunately, no amount of softcore titillation can compensate for all the cheap special effects and faux-profundity dispensed by this superhero-self-help dud.
  13. Might've made for a progressive film if director and co-writer Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar) hadn't pandered to the lowest common denominator with brainless screwball laughs.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Strong performances are marred by a script whose dialogue ranges from cheesy to unspeakably bad.
  14. Lazy, schmaltzy, and on-the-nose from its Hallmark-friendly production design to its rancid pop-music cues and naive dialogue.
  15. Henry Jaglom's latest study of contemporary female obsessions among a noxious clan of West L.A. bourgeoisie is of more pathological than cinematic interest.
  16. Hamming shamelessly as Berowne, Branagh is overseasoned for his part ... he's as desperate as a veteran social director at a Catskills hotel about to fold.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Westby never provides a reason you should pay to spend 70 minutes with Scotty, but he offers at least a dozen compelling ones not to.
  17. Just when you think it can't get any worse, Maze rams home a body blow -- equating the involuntary spasms of Tourette's with the ungovernable impulses of the heart.
  18. Hovers between mythic poetry and earthbound grit; the result is an inert, drably florid spectacle.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Cookbook banks on the humor of its caricatures and the heft of its moral dilemma, but because it never develops its characters beyond types, it comes off as flat and forced throughout.
  19. Even in the teen-flick "Sweet Valley" of 1987, there were few places outside John Hughes's brain where paying somebody to be your girl didn't look like prostitution. Yet somebody made the Slow-Times-at-Clueless-High stinker Can't Buy Me Love.
  20. A mushy concoction that's not only unfulfilling, it's gag-worthy.
  21. Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn's vision of the Mafia comes filtered through a needlessly complex screenplay, as if the creators felt the need to prove they've seen a few Arnaud Desplechin films alongside Goodfellas.
  22. Attempts to offer the white-knuckle gratifications of a studio procedural with a conspicuous lack of production values, screen talent, plausibility, originality, or a lick of aesthetic flair.
  23. The tense prologue of writer-director Bryan Ramirez's Mission Park...evokes a tactile, scary reality utterly betrayed by the following 90-minute string of hackneyed, basic-cable plotting and dialogue.
  24. It marks an unfortunate low point in the history of recent American comedy. There goes Steve Carell's perfect game.
  25. It is plodding, lazily filmed, gassy with James Horner's score, and pads its runtime only by way of tolling repetition.
  26. Self-serious as an after-school special, subtle, and nuanced as a kick to the face, Around the Block is an exercise in banality -- remarkable only for the sheer number of hokey clich├ęs that it fits in its 104-minute running time.

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