Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 4,895 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Synecdoche, New York
Lowest review score: 0 A Haunted House
Score distribution:
4,895 movie reviews
  1. Its kooky hybrid of slapstick gender jokes already had whiskers on 'em in Shakespeare's day.
  2. Sandler is a post-Catskills goldmine of potential, he always has been, and when he's willing to break with tradition (a là Punch Drunk Love), he's downright revelatory. Not this time, though. This time he's just dying.
  3. The lengths to which a parent will go to save a child can be gut-wrenching stuff, but Waist Deep rarely hits you in the pit of your stomach. Blame it on the lame screenplay, which unwisely (and badly) gravitates more toward the crime-spree elements of "Bonnie and Clyde" than the fierce parental instincts of, say, "Kramer vs. Kramer" or "Lorenzo's Oil."
    • 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.
  4. Perhaps vice isn't what it used to be, or maybe Crockett and Tubbs just aren't all that interesting when removed from their appropriate time slot, but this may well be the dreariest and most monochromatic time you'll have at the movies all summer.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's a fine message, but, in the case of the film itself, a little originality would have gone even further.
  5. This could be a pilot for the WB. Hollywood choreographer Fletcher makes the jump behind the camera but displays a greater aplomb for staging than drama, and the movie is as fleeting as the last weekend of summer.
  6. It takes so long to get going and fails to generate the necessary suspense to keep viewers engaged, that the horrific final act is too little, too late, while at the same time nearly being much too much.
  7. There are moments in Idlewild that resonate with the painful "if only" of missed opportunity, and more than a few that just make you scratch your head. It's like some wildly overlong music video, minus the sexy thump 'n' grind. It's all blow, no pop.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Never manages to be either very funny or very compelling.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Despite an A-list cast and director, it's astonishing how bad this movie is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Little more than paint-by-numbers filmmaking, and it fails in the most important charge of any children's movie: to transport its young and impressionable audience to a world where anything is possible, rather than to one where everything’s been thought of already.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    School for Scoundrels varies between taking itself seriously and not, leaving the viewer alternately confused and disappointed.
  11. Co-writers Don Calame and Chris Conroy utterly fail to notice the wealth of black-comedy gold inherent in the very notion of sprawling supercenters and instead go for the dumbest gags they can find.
  12. Only good old Leatherface literally mirrors the festering cultural and political corruption of the era, and to the film's vast discredit, this hideous echo is never even noted.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fur dares the viewer to look into the eyes of Kidman and Downey Jr. and not see a whimpering housewife with a crush on Chewbacca.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The real problem with For Your Consideration is that it's just not funny.
    • 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.
  13. A movie designed without a proper foundation -- it feels as though it might crumble at any minute.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With a lazy, cliché, rabid plot and paper-thin character development, Because I Said So might as well have been directed by a trained chimpanzee.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Who would have thought mass murder and cannibalism could be so dull?
  14. Has all the sugar-injected horsepower of a 6-year-old on a Big Wheel.
  15. The filmmakers assume familiarity with the show's documentary premise and in-jokes (e.g., deputy Garant giving all his commands in French), which will make the movie even less accessible to novices.
  16. It's no "Dellamorte Dellamore," but neither is it "Uwe Boll," a smallish favor we should all be thankful for.
  17. A white-trash riff on Little Red Riding Hood, the oddly titled Freeway is a road movie that hits a dead end.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Grumpy Old Men is supposed to be about how love reinvents life and I'm not even really sure where it gets lost, but it ends up going nowhere.
  18. Pardon the pun, but audiences will reap little from this satanic backwoods juju thriller.
  19. The fishy smell that permeates Perfect Stranger comes from all of the red herrings flopping around this absurdly plotted Hollywood thriller.

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