Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,887 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Big Lebowski
Lowest review score: 0 Gentlemen Broncos
Score distribution:
5887 movie reviews
  1. Transformers is about as clever as an unplugged blender.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    And like most women in bromance comedies, Jones does exactly what she's supposed to do by doing almost nothing.
  2. Brooklyn’s Finest is mo’ wrong than right.
  3. There is great material here and ample food for thought, but the presentation is lacking.
  4. Of course, the selling point of this movie is the boy wonder Culkin, making his first screen appearance since the inexplicable megahit Home Alone. Relegated to a supporting role, Culkin is natural and appealing, a picture of blue-eyed innocence. What a more interesting movie you'd have if it were entitled My Guy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The plot of Kidnap is bizarre and frustrating.
  5. It's amazing the filmmakers never really concern themselves with satisfying the audience's rules of engagement.
  6. Utterly pointless remake.
  7. A poor man's "Excalibur," but the fact of the matter is that the film displays far too little of the incisor-sharp wit and out-of-control mayhem readily available in the other two films. It just doesn't work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Though the characters are unique and occasionally fun, they're paper-thin.
  8. Tom Arnold and Anthony Anderson become an official comedy duo as they deliver an extraneous (and questionably funny) comedy riff, as they did in "Exit Wounds" over the film’s closing credits.
  9. Inoffensive and sporadically engrossing.
  10. Seems as though its reach is always exceeding its grasp...partly because Kasdan spreads himself a bit thin amongst the nine major characters he's working with.
  11. The movie's third act begins a baffling and not-very-believable character turnabout.
  12. Hollow, predictable, and too glitzy for its own good, The Fan never even makes it to first base.
  13. The end of the film edges toward camp, and the sudden arrival of surreal dream sequences threatens to push it over the side. The movie is more sophisticated when it’s not trying to be complex.
  14. Despite its best intentions, The Lost City of Z never finds itself, doomed to aimlessly wander to an unsatisfying conclusion of a dream that betrays the best of men.
  15. Amiable and proficient, this indie romantic comedy is never more or less than reliable.
  16. Its vague stabs at moralizing and goofball shenanigans are an odd mix. It's not the high school experience I had, nor is it probably like yours.
  17. Staged and stagy, this adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play about family dysfunction and the "anti-Camelot" is a muddled, middling mess, despite a witty, top-drawer performance from Posey and a surprisingly comic turn from Spelling.
  18. Fails to create a seamless and believable web of measured performances and period color.
  19. A muddled, gimpy mess, filled with the worst sort of Trek clichés and ill-timed humorous outbursts.
  20. The film gets there eventually, but one wishes it weren’t so timid about embracing the inherent schlockiness of the genre.
  21. If you want to see a good comedy about a couple’s marital problems getting worked out through the course of a home invasion, check out "The Ref."
  22. The actors are all charged up, too; there’s just nowhere in this script for them to go.
  23. Julien may be a donkey-boy but it's Harmony Korine, this film's director, who is a horse's ass.
  24. Don’t come to this documentary expecting to learn more about the girl named Malala.
  25. Sleepless is a passable thriller, but it won’t keep you up for nights.
  26. While Chloe may seem reminiscent of Egoyan’s outlandish thriller "Where the Truth Lies," it also calls to mind another would-be thriller about marital infidelity that starred Neeson and was utterly ludicrous: "The Other Man."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Patrick leaves no scenery unchewed, and, in doing so, he gives life to an otherwise by-the-book script and proves once again that in Hollywood, it’s usually the bad guys who turn out to be the best characters.

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