Village Voice's Scores

For 7,991 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 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Tulpan
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Lincoln
Score distribution:
7,991 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Fuu . . . cryin' out loud, this movie's dumb.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A hellish and unconvincing celebration of badda-bing-ness.
  8. This witless satire dares to take on the culture of--get ready for this--reality TV! Arriving a stupefying five years out of date, Surviving Eden is a not particularly rigorous attempt at mockumentary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Bojack has a talent for finding the worst possible angle from which to shoot scenes, and though he claims to want to gauge the resilience of his main character, he only succeeds at testing ours.
  9. Coming from the strangely vacuous Graham, in a Manhattan this preposterous, the staid social message is as ludicrous as its surroundings.
  10. Swibel can't keep his HD camera still enough to find poetry in this profound hunk of nothingness, his observational in-and-out zooms as meandering as co-writer Becker's on-screen attention span.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Cindy Crawford is not the worst thing about Fair Game. Her fully poseable action-figure performance is about what you'd expect: studied and empty at the same time. Far worse is Fair Game's script. [14 Nov 1995]
  11. This smoothly odious piece of work, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom, posits the self-consciously repellent Plummer as a sort of Valerie Solanas-inflected version of the Florida serial killer Aileen Wournos. [7 May 1996]
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    The formula has stayed the same, but Murphy isn't the Foley of 10 years ago. The only thing that remains is his patented Chic-let grin. [7 Jun 1994]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    The film has that made-for-UK-TV-but-theatriucally-released-inthe-US look, The shots are claustrophobic and grainy for no reason. [27 Dec 1994]
  12. The film isn't short on ideas, it's just that those ideas are dumbfoundingly pretentious and trite.
  13. The Pillow Book's pretentions are boundless, for all its desperate fashion and layered imagery, it's a staggering bore-as vacantly petulant as Kate Moss's stare. [10 Jun 1997]
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Silk isn’t just bad. It’s utterly mad. It stutters and hiccups from scene to scene, from country to country, but never once does it make narrative or emotional sense.
  14. A spastic, indecipherable, unholy, and altogether unwatchable mess.
  15. Bishop's jumbled, wholly unexciting throwback has very little on its mind beyond mythologizing its maker as a bad-ass biker named Pistolero.
  16. Weide's big-screen version is sitcom-drab.
  17. Plays like something crafted in a lab by 54-year-old hucksters trying to sell shit to the kids under the cheerless guise of "alternative." The only thing it's an alternative to? Good.
  18. Sum total of scenes that deserved to stay in the final cut: Thandie Newton doing a little shimmying frug.
  19. The grim finality of the ensuing pietà suggests the last act of Hamlet or, rather, Hamlet 2--so embarrassing that, for the first time, I wanted to avert my eyes from the screen, although that might have also been because Repo! appears to have been shot with a cell phone.
  20. The movie doesn't offer a single surprise within its scant 82 minutes, which feel like at least twice that.
  21. With everything so wrong, how can there be anything right about Cadillac Records?

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