Village Voice's Scores

For 8,180 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 Quadrophenia (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Unthinkable: An Airline Captain's Story
Score distribution:
8,180 movie reviews
  1. From the end to the beginning--or is it from the inadvertently ridiculous to the would-be sublime?--Noé's stunt is an exploitation movie with a gimmick, not to mention a vacuous philosophy.
  2. As this clueless, bulimic debacle madly regurgitates ideas and iconography from Lang to the brothers Wachowski, Leni Riefenstahl to L. Ron Hubbard, Ray Bradbury to Susan Faludi, it's not just Bale who has a hard time keeping a straight face.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    The situations begin tamely, but escalate to drunken vomiting and drugged rapes—all played for yuks. Or is it yucks?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Barely elevated telenovela.
  3. A stale, overbudgeted, child-empowerment fantasy that's every bit as excruciating as the director's previous work.
  4. The "Humanite" director's Death Valley void is the real "Lost in Translation."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    One suspects Vardalos's movies aren't written as much as up-chucked, the result of all-night binges on SnackWells and Oxygen network reruns.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    In an era of wall-to-wall "CSI," Mindhunters' ghoulish forensic hubbub not only feels tiring but hopelessly redundant.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    If only there were drugs strong enough to make it all bearable: This never ending Learning Annex K-hole provides damning proof that independent film distribution has grown far too accessible.
  5. With its lukewarm gender politicking and clumsy performances, Make a Wish achieves only one real distinction: It has to be the dullest lesbian campout movie ever made.
  6. Those looking for a smarter précis on sex and shame with one-thirtieth the running time are encouraged to seek out the other Madonna's "Open Your Heart" video on VH1.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    As predictable as a segment of "MTV Spring Break," which at least doesn't try to hide its voyeurism, Burning looks more like a travel-agency video targeted at people who like to ride bikes topless and roll in the mud than a worthwhile glimpse of independent-community guiding lights.
    • 6 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Uses brutality, booze, and boobs to sell its social commentary; it's as drunk on fake blood as Friendly is on police power.
  7. Filled with all manner of tawdry tricks.
  8. Indulges something of a number obsession, amounting not exactly to a movie but rather a tallying of atrocities.
  9. An embarrassingly unscary monster mash, is desperate to frighten its laughing audience any way it can.
  10. Avoiding this lump of low-camp lion poo couldn't be easier, what with MGM dumping it into a lone Manhattan venue, but if you're in the mood for some unscripted belly laughs or a catnap, Fascination should do the trick.
  11. As theory, Sexual Dependency is no worse than a tinny artist's statement, but as moviemaking, it's brutally embarrassing, inexcusable.
  12. Cloying dreck.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Overwhelmingly poor camerawork helps obscure the deficiencies in the dialogue but can't conceal a sparse plot stretched to feature length by an endless parade of lame sketches.
  13. An ugly, amateurish film that champions mediocrity in a meta-attempt to justify its own ineptitude.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror gives muckraking journalism a bad name. Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy's DV assemblage of talking heads and footage shot in Iraq after the cessation of primary hostilities is low-rent Michael Moore, a poorly argued piece of agitprop.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    British bliss czars, the doughnut-loving LAPD, and bitchin'-hot Spanish profs, no matter how many, how fat, or how bitchin' hot, can't make up for easy double entendres and zero character development.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Assassin is the listless signature on her career-long comedic suicide note.
  14. Fuu . . . cryin' out loud, this movie's dumb.
  15. May be Jordan's wildest mis-shot yet, so dense with dying fizzle and limp ideas that I began to wonder if Jordan has an evil twin, or if there are in fact several Neil Jordans, among them at least one literate stylist and one humor-handicapped village idiot.
  16. Curiously, Blackmail Boy's alternate title is "Oxygen"--and by film's end, you'll be gasping for it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Unfabulous, unfunny, and unwatchable.
  17. It's as if on some semiconscious level, Shyamalan, who I do not doubt is a serious and self-serious pop-creative original, is calling his own success into question and daring his audience to gulp down larger and spikier clusters of manure, just to see if they will. Or he's lost his mind.
  18. Whatever the target demographic was in the pre-production phase, now it's limited to sexually active 14-year-olds still retaking the sixth grade.

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