New York Daily News' Scores

For 6,828 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% 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: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Sea Inside
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
6828 movie reviews
  1. It’s not just “Impossible,” it’s irresistible.
  2. Both charmingly retro (dig that swingin’ score!) and confidently modern (girls run the world!) it’s a hip heist movie with a few laughs and some lovely fun.
  3. Right now, he's the perfect "Avengers" antidote.
  4. It’s smart, funny and bursting with ideas about the joys and rigors of motherhood and reckoning with the past and the future. It’s too bad, then, that the final head-scratching stretch sinks what’s preceded.
  5. The script is surprisingly smart, pulling together all the subplots and cutting among all the locations. Chris Pratt’s Star Lord has some clever lines. Thanos is a far more complex villain than we usually get. And the movie ends on a stark and shocking note.
  6. Pike is terrific, and Hamm has a credibly bleary, weary look. The movie’s ambitions are worthy. But it rarely turns its action into real excitement, or moves past cynicism into insight. It’s the spy movie that leaves us in the cold.
  7. This may be a sci-fi fantasy about giant man-eating bugs, but it’s grounded in human facts and folly. Little here is safe. Nothing is predictable. It’s surprising how effectively the silence increases the scares, too.
  8. The movie is crammed with excitement and good humor.
  9. People who crave a movie about a secret agent with her own sexual agency — and a mission to give male predators exactly what they deserve — are going to want front-row seats. And a sequel.
  10. A lot of the jokes are surprising, and one gag...pays off terrifically. The two top stars are delightful, and a couple of cameos are nice surprises.
  11. Grumpy T'Challa may be on the throne, but it’s the women who rule. And Michael B. Jordan adds fire as Killmonger.
  12. Battle sequences on horseback are executed perfectly for maximum pulse quickening. It helps to have a few good men — with apologies to Army vets disgusted with the Marine reference — cast in the supporting roles.
  13. Diane Kruger’s raw, real-as-it-gets performance as a grieving woman bent on vengeance in the German thriller In the Fade grabs from the get-go and never lets loose its grip.
  14. Compared to a really great poker game, sometimes “Molly’s” comes up a little short. It definitely keeps you too long at the table. And there are times — like every Sorkin script — where it won’t stop talking. Really, buddy, shut up and deal...But when the chips are down, its stars come through. And in the end, we all walk away winners.
  15. True, sometimes director Steven Spielberg lays it on so thick you think he has a trowel. Inspiring scenes are flooded with sunshine. John Williams’ score swells and kvells. (Of course, Spielberg didn’t become America's most popular director by being its subtlest.)
  16. Scott and Plummer may deserve a standing ovation for taking a powerful stand amid the #metoo movement. If only the rest of All the Money the World was as powerful.
  17. The new movie truly passes the torch by making the next generation of Resistance heroes — Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and new addition, Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) — every bit as compelling as the old guard. Even more surprising, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) evolves from the whiny brat in “The Force Awakens” to a three-dimensional menace.
  18. It’s not top Woody, perhaps. What is, anymore? But on a cold day, it’s as welcome as the familiar smell of greasy fries, the feel of gritty sand, the winking of those far-off colored lights.
  19. It still marks Del Toro’s strongest work since “Pan’s Labyrinth” 11 years ago. It is an homage to classic cinema, albeit a slightly quirky one.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sex scene between the men is super sensual, just like the rest of the film, but still subtle.
  20. This is an extremely watchable and enjoyable film, but its compression of historical events does become a tad silly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pixar’s latest animated film may lack the volume of out-loud laughs of the “Toy Story” series, but the fantasy set in Mexico doesn’t skimp on the tears. It’s as if the studio turned the touching first seven minutes of “Up” into a nearly two-hour feature film.
  21. Kids may not notice or care, but the movie, which advocates kindness, comes with an irony. It’s a film about embracing differences and seeing beyond appearances, but it rarely bucks convention or gets more than skin deep.
  22. In the end, it's all about McDormand, who’s great at playing ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Greta Gerwig is spreading her wings as a filmmaker — and she soars with Lady Bird.
  23. Thor: Ragnarok, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is so delightfully funny that it’s almost a shame when the film reverts to its campy, melodramatic roots. Thankfully, that’s not hammered too hard.
  24. The pacing is slow and deliberate. Director Joseph Kosinski (“Oblivion”) knows that it takes time to build real relationships and feelings.
  25. Do androids dream of electric sheep? Maybe. But science fiction-loving cinephiles have definitely been dreaming of a movie like Blade Runner 2049 for years.
  26. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is built on its comedy — with jokes just for mom and dad that'll go straight over Jr.'s head.
  27. A film based on a true story should have three things — strong characters, fierce conflict and a fresh angle. Battle of the Sexes serves up all of them.

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