Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,853 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 Bad Education
Lowest review score: 0 Gods of Egypt
Score distribution:
5853 movie reviews
  1. Though Crumb is packed with information and telling details, the movie's objective is hardly art history or a survey of Crumb's place in the world of comics. The movie aims for broader subject matter, to discover something about the role art plays in the life of the artist, and about how the release of art may, indeed, allow the artist to function as a stable human being.
  2. So many things come together so beautifully in this movie based on the life of John Forbes Nash Jr. that you're likely to find yourself willing to benignly overlook its occasional biographical lapses and narrative sweetening.
  3. It's a mistake to confuse Zero Dark Thirty for "truth" – that would be a disservice to the high level of craftsmanship, from first-billed actors to below-the-line production crew, at work in this movie fiction – but there is admirably little fat on its bones.
  4. An unexpected classic.
  5. Mary Harron's movie turns out to be anything but a sensationalistic bio-picture; it neither sanctifies nor demonizes the shooter or her famous victim. What the movie accomplishes is something trickier: It treats its two principals, Solanis and Warhol, with respect and humanity.
  6. It's thrilling and lovely and sad and explosive in all the right ways, and it needs to be seen – on the big screen, in 3-D – to be believed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Saulnier and co. have crafted a gleefully merciless update on Deliverance, except instead of city folk vs. hillbillies, it’s punk rockers vs. neo-Nazis, and it is one of the most brutal, visceral films to come along in quite some time.
  7. Audition's take on the war between the sexes is bleak and almost entirely devoid of hope. --It's enough to make you give up dating altogether.
  8. A phantom of a movie whose beautiful flakes fall into the deep crevices of memory long after the seasons change.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The documentary has no narration, and uses excellent expository camerawork to say things that no narrator could equal.
  9. The overall execution add up to a film of beautiful, ultimately heartbreaking honesty.
  10. The film is a wonderful choice for older teens and has considerable crossover appeal for adult audiences.
  11. This modest French-language film follows the time-honored cinematic tradition of plot as spearheaded by a simple twist of fate.
  12. More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration.
  13. Mystic River asks plenty of questions but rarely if ever offers any answers, and certainly no easy ones. If this fine and sorrowful film is what can be expected from our aging cinema icons, here’s to the golden years, dark though they may be.
  14. Much has been made about the film's "humanizing" of Hitler, but he's only human here in the most prosaic of terms.
  15. Bahrani's small marvel of a film.
  16. As a documentary on the origins and backstory of the unfilmed film, Jodorowsky’s Dune is unsurpassable. More than that, however, it also allows audiences a rare glimpse inside the furiously creative mind of Jodorowsky, who still, at 84, is a wonderfully mad genius of the moving image.
  17. It is rich with ideas and contemplations and packed with the sort of existential jokes that tickle the Coen boys so.
  18. Cloverfield is the most intense and original creature feature I've seen in my adult moviegoing life, and that's coming from a guy who knows his Gojira from his Gamera and his Harryhausen from his Honda. Cloverfield isn't a horror film – it's a pure-blood, grade A, exultantly exhilarating monster movie.
  19. A masterful synthesis of generic conventions and creative imagination, a sublime amalgam of some of the best tendencies and talent our times have to offer.
  20. This is horror with a wink and a nod to drive-in theatres and sweaty back seats. This is how it's done.
  21. Love means being helpmates throughout all of life's stages. Death is part of love's bargain, and Haneke lays this fact bare.
  22. A rare achievement.
  23. This is a quest movie, with a lot of ground covered, and just as our heroes never stay long in one place or feel safe in their surroundings, neither does the audience.
  24. Thornton, who wrote, directed, and stars in Sling Blade, has created an unforgettable character and situation, a film that's sure to become an American classic.
  25. Piglet, your time has arrived. Sooth us.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    All those seriously interested in foreign cinema are encouraged to take a look at this atmospheric drama -- sure to be remembered as one of the key achievements of the Hong Kong cinema in the 1990s.
  26. Absolutely mandatory viewing for aspiring animators and filmmakers. (In terms of pacing, scoring, editing, and narrative, it's a film school unto itself.) For the rest of us, however, it's simply magic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The range of characters here is daringly broad, but Sayles is able to touch on the humanity of each (with considerable help from a gifted and eminently watchable cast), and the details of the region -- the heat, the beautiful but often unforgiving landscape, and especially the pride of the residents -- are vivid and true.

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