Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,632 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Affliction
Lowest review score: 0 The Back-up Plan
Score distribution:
5632 movie reviews
  1. For the most part, this is strictly kiss kiss, bang bang, yawn yawn.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    White-bread storytelling made by, for, and about people who think joy and meaning can be acquired by simply taking a step or two out of life’s comfort zones and into African-safari packages and skydiving excursions.
  2. About as thrilling as cleaning out your garage.
  3. Why remake Craven's original at all? Oh, yeah, I forgot: Reheated depravity sells. To avoid existential despair, keep repeating: It's only a remake; it's only a remake; it's only a remake.
  4. There’s nothing especially offensive about the actress (Hudson); if anything, it’s that lack of offense, her overwhelmingly benign vibe, that has become increasingly repugnant with every picture she puts out.
  5. The film restages the greatest hits of the show's many musical numbers, to greatly diminished effect, with lackluster choreography and all the narrative appeal stripped away.
  6. It's a mess, and one that even the pickled cowboys behind me found yawningly tedious, and that's not something I ever thought I'd be saying about a Sam Raimi movie with the word “dead” in the title.
  7. This is the kind of movie in which every other line of dialogue feels like a metaphor – and from there on, the film seesaws between the uncomfortable extremes of glum and twee: an overwrought dirge keyed to a xylophonic ping.
  8. Home may be where the heart is, but I kept wishing this poor silly girl would up and move.
  9. Although the original Red Dawn was far-fetched, the remake offers little but vicarious thrills.
  10. It’s hard to take your eyes off Walker in his penultimate film appearance, cognizant of his mortality and the way he was gracefully aging much in the same way as another fair-haired, blue-eyed actor named Paul.
  11. The religious charlatans who are the primary characters in Don Verdean are ripe for comic deflation, but the film’s unsteady tone has no discernible target.
  12. Spotlessly dull.
  13. Sporadically funny, the film seems weighted down, literally, with bulging, bulbous Murphys flatulating endlessly.
  14. The fishy smell that permeates Perfect Stranger comes from all of the red herrings flopping around this absurdly plotted Hollywood thriller.
  15. It's not a great action dust-up by any means.
  16. The Collector feels like the final, welcome nail in the bizarrely popular torture-porn coffin.
  17. Has all the sugar-injected horsepower of a 6-year-old on a Big Wheel.
  18. It’s Brisseau's penchant for the flamboyantly perverse and the perversely flamboyant, however, that might have been best left secret.
  19. Saw
    Saw has its moments, and most of them are brutal in the extreme, but ultimately it's one tremendous misfire that will either leave you laughing or, possibly, gagging. Not what I'd call a winning combination.
  20. Forty-five minutes in, I was already glancing at my watch and wondering why the only lively actress in this film was playing the dead girl. Go figure.
  21. The emotions are turbocharged and the topic is eternally relevant, but that's not enough to save Two Girls and a Guy from being a whiny, snoozy bore.
  22. All together, it is a wearying display of defensiveness from a man who – by any barometer, not just his own – is wildly successful.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A flat and tedious action film that elicited the most lethal response possible when I asked my movie date what she thought after the credits rolled: “boring.” Agreed.
  23. The film lacks any undercurrent of believability.
  24. There's little to recommend this movie, which is part and parcel with Marshall's schlock-dominated body of work.
  25. Posey and Sheen appear to have a blast playing oversized characters so obnoxious that it's obvious they belong together.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Christmas Candle is not only as picturesque and beautiful as a holiday card but also just as two-dimensionally flat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Kids who can stomach mixed holiday fare should be able to ride out this stereoscopic superstorm of snowglobes, Easter eggs, magic portals, enchanted crystals, moon worship, fruitcakes, matryoshka dolls, and lost teeth. Others may be confused.
  26. Head Over Heels whitewashes the originality and, well, weirdness Waters showed in his first film, although it's impossibe to imagine anything starring young poster-pups Potter and Prinze Jr. could be particularly edgy.

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