Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,606 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 2046
Lowest review score: 0 Camp
Score distribution:
5606 movie reviews
  1. If you like "Maxim," you will love The Island. It is glossy. It is expensive. It has lots of slick ads for Aquafina and Cadillac.
  2. The bottom line with the film is that there's just no damn mystery about it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    23 Blast is a well-acted inspirational sports drama that never quite rises above the treacly mire of cliches that seem inherent to the genre.
  3. The most distressing thing is the complete lack of accountability for Tripp and Creech’s destructive joyride, which results in a significant amount of vehicular damage and possible human injury.
  4. It's an intermittently amusing parable about an outcast's ascension, as performed by a pack of digitally manipulated dogs. Next.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The real problem with For Your Consideration is that it's just not funny.
  5. When this stereotype masquerades as a storyline, it needs to have a unique spin or radical narrative disruption for it to stand out from all the other self-made movies about white male artists with girl problems and self-worth issues. In Stereo is not the movie that stands out from the rest.
  6. The handful of redeeming moments in Jayne Mansfield’s Car belong to Duvall in the role of a septuagenarian who finds himself more and more at odds with a changing world.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The result is about as memorable as an evening spent shitfaced at your local Applebee’s.
  7. What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through.
  8. Much more "Splish" than "Splash."
  9. The movie's suspense derives from figuring out how wide the evil net has been cast. But in terms of suspense, this Net is full of holes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The best thing you can say about The Perfect Guy is that it plays out like a gelded version of Fatal Attraction, lacking anything dark or dangerous. It plays it too safe, and who wants a guy like that?
  10. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone isn’t as exploitive as some recent Christian-based films – for that, check out 2014’s truly offensive "Heaven Is for Real" – and while it’s got its charms, it’s far from likely to bring in any new converts.
  11. From "Hands on a Hard Body" to an 89-minute ogling of another hard body: It boggles the mind that 11 years after his engrossing documentary about an endurance competition to win a truck in Longview, Texas, filmmaker Bindler has channeled his talents into this regrettable comedy.
  12. I’m told Bella’s helplessness is true to the spirit of the novels, but so what? It’s almost 2010 – let’s get hip, people.
  13. Pan
    Ill-conceived from any number of angles, this Peter Pan origin story, scripted by Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift), plays topsy-turvy with J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters.
  14. When a human joke like Tony Robbins is the only one who comes away from your movie smelling like a rose, there's a real problem in Farrellyland.
  15. Barely even worthy of a straight-to-video release, as simplistic and silly as it is.
  16. Seems more like an amateur revue, perfectly all right for what it is, but not meant to be seen beyond an audience of friends and family.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There might be a glimmer of a theme in the film concerning faith, but it all drowns in too many tangents and dull minutiae. Recommended for die-hard fans only, Australia's Lost Gold is not worth its weight in much of anything.
  17. Images seem to be grafted into the film that have little to do with the actual story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Never manages to be either very funny or very compelling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    School for Scoundrels varies between taking itself seriously and not, leaving the viewer alternately confused and disappointed.
  18. Could have used a touch of Madea’s down-home, self-reliant wisdom to spice up the marital doldrums of these four buppie couples.
  19. Maybe taking a cue from his namesake dish, that much-maligned Scottish pudding concoction made with sheep innards and root vegetables, Haggis presents a mishmash of genres in this redo of Fred Cavayé's 2008 French film "Pour Elle."
  20. There's not much more to this poorly scripted thriller than exactly one well-done shock moment and Michael Keaton's eyebrows, but, to be fair, Keaton's brows have carried three Tim Burton films nearly on their own, so don't let this dissuade you from seeing the film.
  21. Aloft’s characters exude a certain impregnability, and the story’s structure only further distances us from them.
  22. Herzfeld also wrote the screenplay, and so its leaden and obvious tone and the resulting dearth of delicacy rests squarely on him.
  23. It’s really just a tortuous series of blackout sketches hung together with the flimsiest of threads.

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