Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,062 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Big Lebowski
Lowest review score: 0 Garfield
Score distribution:
5,062 movie reviews
  1. The actors do a fine, if unsoulful, job, but the real problem with A Love Divided is its unwillingness to unromanticize its heroes.
  2. Delivers sinister atmosphere but few shocks.
  3. The 3-D angle is the only one I can identify to justify Alpha and Omega not going straight to DVD.
  4. My advice? Grab Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine and recast with Jimmy Dean.
  5. Despite an A-list cast and director, it's astonishing how bad this movie is.
  6. A mildly entertaining reworking of the Farrelly Brothers' superior micro-sport parody "Kingpin."
  7. In short, the character is a lot like the way Stan Lee first envisioned him, but the trilogy's screenwriter Steve Ditko would probably loathe this new, unsatisfying, and hollow-feeling entry into the new cinematic Marvel Universe.
  8. Jawbreaker has all the heart and soul of last week's mystery loaf (a dish that made the weekly rounds at my alma mater, sadly). And like that unidentifiable bovine by-product, the film is a chilly, messy anti-treat, sweet on the outside, sickly on the in.
  9. Ultimately, it's a long, incoherent mess of a film, enlivened only by the sure knowledge that the great Will Eisner's original is available to one and all at your nearest comic-book shop.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An orgy of mindless violence, a random collection of bloody bodies, alien misanthropy, and slobbering carnage designed to bore straight into the pleasure centers of 13-year-old boys and leave the rest of us wondering when the movies got so damn loud.
  10. Neither as adroitly funny as Franken's comic routines, nor as notable as his conversion to the fine art of politics, this is a 90-minute "What If?" with no discernible answer.
  11. Breaks down before it gets out of the driveway.
  12. A dead-chamber misfire, a hollowpoint dud.
  13. There will be blood in the ultraviolent Rambo, a movie that depicts both heinous acts and righteous reckoning with equal degrees of flying body parts and arterial sprays.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Though well-researched and competently acted, At Any Price doesn’t risk much, having neither a thesis nor a resolution. Like an awkward hug between estranged relations, there’s a lack of confidence in the execution.
  14. What hath "The Sixth Sense" wrought? These days, it seems as if every psychological thriller has a surprise finish.
  15. Although it's great fun for the under-8 set and for those of us monitoring the chaos theory that is Nolte's career of late, this film is otherwise mediocre and features some of the most uninvolving 3-D CGI since "Clash of the Titans" earlier this year.
  16. Even at 82 minutes in length, Superstar feels uncomfortably stretched.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    All singing, all dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster spilling all over the place, rather than arching into the sky.
  17. A 119-minute trailer.
  18. The rescuing of our public schools is a national necessity. I just don't know that we are aiding that cause by sending out oversimplified and dogmatic messages about not backing down.
  19. Despite some briefly breathtaking, computer-generated special effects, Virtuosity is 95 minutes of unsubstantial firefights and meandering plot twists.
  20. It works only sporadically, and more as a comic outing than as a vicious battle of sexual predation.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    What's interesting about typical Hollywood Christmas movies is that regardless of how crass, vulgar, or mean-spirited they may be, by the last scene they will inevitably try to wrap viewers in a blanket of warm seasonal cheer.
  21. The title, The Last Song, may be wishful thinking for some, but the best they can probably hope for is the close of the era of Hannah Montana movies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The film is eventful and full of suspense, but also obvious and completely contrived.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The conventional plot and absence of character dimension will most likely get the better of even the biggest Uma fans.
  22. If LaBute wants to plumb the depths of human unkindness, have at it -– only dig deeper next time.
  23. Another casualty of the uncomfortable branding so common to the teen genre, the same branding one sees in a film starring Hilary Duff, or Amanda Bynes, or the next sweet but bland blond actress that comes down the assembly line.
  24. Spottily directed and lacking the dubious merits of even the Friday the 13th franchise, this is one slasher film that should die a quick and lonely box-office death.

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