Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,069 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 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 0 The Virginity Hit
Score distribution:
5,069 movie reviews
  1. Certain scenes play as if Reiner forgot to show up on the day of filming, so the actors and cameraman just winged it. Perhaps his embarrassing (and pointless) turn as Leah’s clueless accompanist with the bad toupee distracted him from his principal responsibilities behind the camera. What a Meathead.
  2. Can barely limp to its final CinemaScope sunset shot.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The only thing saving Lake City from total ridiculousness is Spacek.
  3. Ultimately sinks under the weight of its good intentions. It’s like watching Univision or Telemundo on the big screen.
  4. The result is a goofy-weird mishmash of some pretty swell CGI creatures and some downright lousy screenwriting.
  5. Although I'm generally a fan of movies that choose to star girls (of any age) as their lead subjects, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer simply strikes the same whiny chord over and over.
  6. Fumbles on so many levels it's just plain silly. To paraphrase the film's tagline: The Thirteenth Floor: You can go there, but why would you want to?
  7. 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.
  8. Director Irwin Winkler and his cast obviously hope to shed light on the boundaries of love, and instead come up with a walloping case of the preachies.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    They are all part of a great American tradition. Hate them if you want to, but you might as well hate gated communities, "The Real World," and the war on terror while you're at it.
  9. The kind of film that will be suitable for all-ages entertainment once the family runs out of conversation after devouring all the turkey, but it's unlikely to expand its audience beyond these captives.
  10. From the start, Need for Speed smells like a movie in search of a franchise. On that count, it’s somewhat fast but seldom furious.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There actually is some clever dialogue in the film, especially early on between Roadblock and Duke (Tatum). But this fades over the course of the film, and too much of what the characters say sounds as though it’s been lifted verbatim from 1930s and 1940s serials.
  11. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey isn't much of a trip. In a word...NOT!!!
    • 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.
  12. By the time the chorus of churchgoers end the film with a spirited rendition of Stevie Wonder’s rousing “As” following a demonstration of the healing power of forgiveness, you’re ready for a closing number. Hallelujah.
  13. Like "Reservoir Dogs" by way of Ned Flanders, Mercy Streets is as earnest as Vacation Bible School and somewhat more cinematic.
  14. The comedy is often harsh and cruel.
  15. A character-driven piece with a character who seems somewhat hollow.
  16. You don’t have to be a cynic to find Radio naive for suggesting that high school is a good place for emotionally fragile misfits, that racism is not a problem, that caring for someone is all it takes.
  17. I've always said, "If you've seen one god, you've seen them all," and Wrath of the Titans only serves to underscore my point.
  18. The worst thing about Bounce isn't that it's bad but that it just isn't interesting.
  19. On the not-much-of-a-plus side, at over two hours long, sitting through The Book Thief engenders in the viewer some serious sympathy for the interminable plight of poor, sickly Max, concealed below stairs in a dank, dark corner of the house on Himmelstrasse.
  20. A godforsaken (possibly literally) mess.
  21. The Happening is both too incoherenly weird and too narratively ambitious for its own good.
  22. Ends up as little more than a recursive footnote to the infinitely better up-all-night teen comedies of, you guessed it, John Hughes.
  23. The creature’s big reveal is masterfully handled and a final revelation is exceptionally memorable, but the characters, unsurprisingly, remain interchangeable with those of any number of other teens-in-peril pics.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If sex, gangsters, and killing Nazis are three of the most enlivening topics in the movies, then let us count friendship as one of the most tiresome, right up there with grooming horses and sharing for sheer thrills.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s not a movie. It’s a two-hour infomercial for biodiesel.
  24. Crucial to the nature of the disaster film -- and something that Irwin Allen knew so very well -- is that films of this sort depend on an emotional hook, a peg of normalcy to hang the chaos from. Volcano offers no such hook, and as a result it plays like some La Brea dinosaur risen from the tar, all effects and no heart.

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