Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,853 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 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil Inside
Score distribution:
5853 movie reviews
  1. Synecdoche is the kind of movie that rewards repeated viewings. But sometimes, as Van Morrison sings, it's just best to "sail into the mystic."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Thing is paranoid, bleak, uncompromising, and thankfully devoid of a traditional Hollywood happy ending. Led by Russell, the ensemble cast is outstanding, but the real star of the film is Rob Bottin's imaginative creature effects.
  2. Even though we're aware of the tragic trajectory of the singer's life, for a while it almost seems as if reality got it wrong and Curtis might just squeak past the reaper's scythe with no more than a shave and a haircut.
  3. A riot of sight and sound that, however baffling, has an irresistible, elemental pull.
  4. There isn’t one false move in Tomàs Aragay and Cesc Gay’s beautifully modulated screenplay. Es perfecto.
  5. Not only is it a film about a poet, Paterson transcends its story to become a work of poetry itself.
  6. It's the most compelling American movie to come around in a long, long time.
  7. Winter's Bone never hits a false note.
  8. Harrowing and important documentary.
  9. Repulsion's depiction of a young woman's dissolution into madness is one of the most harrowing mental descents ever depicted onscreen. (Reviewed 11/24/97)
  10. This modern cult classic is a triumphantly dark comedy directed by one of the film world's truly original visionaries, Terry Gilliam. "Imagination" is this futuristic film’s middle name.
  11. A movie that amply delivers on the epic promise of its title, entertaining, enlightening, and emboldening viewers with its deceptively simple premise and execution.
  12. I can think of no other movie that has dared to analyze grief and its aftermath with such naked honesty and precision.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most intelligent crime-thrillers to come along in years.
  13. It’s a movie made of moments, the antithesis of "plot-driven," but the sum of these moments is magnificent, the culmination of so many elements: acting, scripting, score (by locals Michael Linnen and David Wingo), and cinematography.
  14. It’s almost criminal to have to stay in your seat when the contact high of La La Land is goosing you to grand jeté in the aisle. The heart, at least, is at liberty to swell to bursting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Minnelli and Grey sparkle, and the Fosse flash is everywhere in evidence.
  15. More lethal than a nuclear waste dump, Kubrick's komedy at least kills us with laughter... It's one of the greatest - and undoubtably the most hilarious - antiwar statements ever put to film.
  16. Ran
    One of the 10 best films ever made, period.
  17. One of the cinema’s very best car-chase sequences – set amid the hilly, windy San Francisco streets – caps this quintessential Steve McQueen policier.
  18. Just about as great as a movie's ever gonna be... As for the storytellng, The Godfather is an intricately constructed gem that simultaneously kicks ass.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some movies are like Dorothy's twister; they just pick you up and whisk you away from the commonplace world you know to a world wondrous and astonishing. Days of Heaven is such a movie. [27 July 1998]
  19. Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
  20. An additional treat is seeing Hollywood good guy Henry Fonda playing one of the nastiest curs in the West. Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the great films in cinema history. (8/30/2000 Review)
  21. This sentimental perennial is a holiday chestnut.
  22. Michèle is a daring, complicated character – one that Isabelle Huppert brilliantly creates in concert with the director, Paul Verhoeven.
  23. One of the sharpest prison dramas ever, although it's graced with some very humorous portions as well.
  24. A marvelous achievement that refuses to avert its gaze from the poetry and the insane savagery of the hopeless.
  25. Due more to how it makes you think rather than to what it shows, Night of the Living Dead gets under your skin and burrows into your blood and psyche.
  26. Everything about its scale is epic.

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