Village Voice's Scores

For 10,312 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Kubo and the Two Strings
Lowest review score: 0 Marci X
Score distribution:
10312 movie reviews
  1. Ishii's rough-hewn film may be the nastiest entry in its dubious but resonant subgenre since "I Spit on Your Grave." It's a black pearl for anyone who likes a little existential psychosis with their semi-softcore exploitation.
  2. He's selling nonsense fantasy in a movie that's nonsense fantasy, but boy is Tatum the real deal.
  3. Shot Caller is Coster-Waldau’s show, and he’s up to the task.
  4. Passion is pretty good.
  5. Initially engrossing, The Dancer Upstairs slackens in its second half.
  6. Though not must-see cinema, it is entertaining and affecting.
  7. [A] quiet, somber film.
  8. A film in which many things seem to happen twice and others not at all.
  9. Unusually impassioned indie.
  10. Whether it was all a haunting or a hoax is left unanswered, but the film leaves little doubt that Amityville's greatest source of evil was, fundamentally, parental in nature.
  11. The athleticism on display shames much of Western action cinema’s quick-cut hand-to-hand editing, and the final swordfight between Qi and Japanese general Kumasawa (Shaw Brothers mainstay Yasuaki Kurata) ranks as high as any in recent memory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As intimate as a home movie, Instinct has only one flaw: its length.
  12. Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege. This is Carpenter's first all-female ensemble, and the inmates are uniformly well-played.
  13. Gray's brand of film-buffery manifests itself, simply and irresistibly, as ardent, uncynical movie love.
  14. Much more so than any movie actually about spiritual discipline, the new Chinese film Mongolian Ping Pong could be a meditational object-- if, perhaps, it wasn't a sneaky comedy and, to boot, one of the most breathtaking cinematic records of landscape and sky ever filmed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tremendously savvy in its stupid way, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is as eloquent as "Brokeback Mountain," and even more radical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Outsourced has all the charm and color of its made-in-India locations, yet it's crafted--well crafted--according to familiar Hollywood convention.
  15. The LEGO Batman Movie is entertaining, but it also sometimes feels less like a spin-off of The LEGO Movie and more like one of its targets.
  16. Absorbing enough, moving enough, and visually attractive enough to provide a perfectly acceptable night out at the movies.
  17. Dead flesh is a ruling motif, but Gleize's airy, observant personality makes even the graphic dismemberment of the bull, scored with flamenco stomps, buoyant and fascinating.
  18. The director's native warmth and sympathy are extended here to the store and the personalities that made it a billion-dollar, globe-bestriding colossus.
  19. The Founder slowly reveals itself as a don't-let-the-devil-into-your-house parable, one that uses all the techniques of inspirational moviemaking to disguise that devil's intentions, even from the devil himself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This poignant documentary champions the curative powers of rock 'n' roll — and also reminds us: Always know your exits.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mystery Men is wryly sentimental stuff, but it's also pretty sharp.
  20. Black Mass is a tightly wound piece of work, and Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) keeps its many small parts moving with ease. He's skillful at merging telling, minute details with bigger, looping schemes.
  21. Predicated as it is on Huppert's pensive, provocative blankness, the action moves a bit slowly, although, as is often the case with Jacquot, events make more sense after the movie is over.
  22. A bit disjointed but also vibrant and loving.
  23. A better-than-competent period evocation that allows the director to flaunt his knowledge (and perhaps vent some of his own bitterness) regarding Hollywood.
  24. Director Jay Lee (The Slaughter) delivers absolutely everything you could possibly hope for in a film called Zombie Strippers, with a consistently hilarious, brutal, and titillating mash-up of "Return of the Living Dead" and "Showgirls" that actually beats out Mark Pirro's "Nudist Colony of the Dead" for the unofficial title of best naked zombie movie ever.
  25. The narrative hinges at every turn on moments of human connection, scary confrontations other films would resolve with violence finding unexpected (and probably unlikely) detours into humor and empathy.

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