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 The Big Lebowski
Lowest review score: 0 Garfield
Score distribution:
5,069 movie reviews
  1. This year's entry in this lowly subgenre is Four Christmases, a D-list comedy with A-list actors.
  2. This time out, the action is in 3-D, which amounts to a few shots of flaming motorcycle parts comin' at ya, but little else.
  3. It is funny at times – the teams for dodgeball break down into "popular" and "unpopular" – but Chicken Little is painful to watch for all ages.
  4. It seems nothing is left out, and the movie makes us begin to feel as though we've witnessed every swing the man ever swung.
  5. Fans of the video game will doubtless love it all but for true fans of the gnashing dead – and we count ourselves among them – this is strictly second-tier terror.
  6. A less cohesive action-comedy than its predecessor, Full Throttle is instead a freewheeling collection of random action sequences strung together with little or no discernible rhyme or reason.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Where Young's book was a slap in the face, this movie is a kick on the backside, all hokey humor and quaint lovability.
  7. The finished product is as predictably dull as a newborn's soft spot.
  8. The film feels about as genuine and spontaneous as its evident lip-synching.
  9. There's an interesting story here, but Joffe never firmly wraps his arms around it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    So yeah, the great man is welcome on our screens any day. On the other hand, Carpenter's comeback packs very little of his usual cinematic flair. It's not even all that scary.
  10. Sitting through the film was an exercise in confusion.
  11. Remains little more than a briefly fascinating curiosity, a travelogue for those of us who can't actually attend.
  12. Unlike its multifaceted director, the film never stretches its boundaries.
  13. It's confused and confusing, by turns hilarious and off-putting. In short, it's awfully hard to love I Love You Philip Morris.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, after those first 10 minutes it’s all downhill for I Am Legend, as the film descends into a monster-movie malaise starring a horde of balding CGI monsters that look like refugees from a video game and that will scare absolutely no one, save those who worry that green-screening is ruining the movies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's fascinating how an innocuous film can suddenly flare up into offensive claptrap.
  14. This might not matter so much to the youngest members of the audience, but for anyone over the age of 10, it’s strictly a colorful bore.
  15. House has a few moments that ring genuinely eerie, but the cluttered, unconvincing dialogue – not to mention Moseley's ongoing penchant for crazed overacting – make it more of a genre curiousity than anything the "Fangoria" gang would likely want to sit through.
  16. Director Munroe (TMNT) is clearly a fan and attempted his best on an admittedly limited budget, but some things just don't translate that well. Throw this dog a bone? No need, he's already got a closetful.
  17. Isn't teen heartache confusing enough without adding into the libidinal mix a bunch of buff scullers nicknamed the Queerstrokes?
  18. It's a pleasure to watch, but I found myself wondering if having a story here even mattered to the director at all.
  19. Learn from the Evers family: The Haunted Mansion is not worth the detour.
  20. As cold and unseemly as that stiff found in the shower.
  21. There is a new definition of the term, "critic-proof movie," and it goes by the name Pokémon: The First Movie.
  22. 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.
  23. There’s only the faintest glimmer of Rock’s talent for piercingly funny humor here, a shortcoming for which the comic can only blame himself, given that he also produced and directed the movie.
  24. The Nines is the feature-film-directing debut from screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish), but it feels much more like some Bizarro World collaboration between Jean-Paul Sartre and Charlie Kaufman, and not in a good way, either.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This film slips and sloshes around in such ways that you really can't figure out its take on the unfolding and ill-fated story.
  25. How many screenwriters does it take to screw in this dim bulb? Five – no joke – and another one credited with “story by.”

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