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 La La Land
Lowest review score: 0 Escape from Planet Earth
Score distribution:
5853 movie reviews
  1. No doubt this effort will find its fans, as it should, but there's a lot of lost potential.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite some clever writing (Widespread Panic jokes never go out of style), a game cast, and a funny critique of the ethics of documentary filmmaking, I Do … Until I Don’t never rises above the trite characters and well-worn scenarios it depicts. Best to get the annulment papers ready.
  2. There's something good-natured, even sweet about this well-meaning affair.
  3. Were it allowed to be dark, Duplex would probably be more interesting, possibly even with cult appeal. Call it a fixer-upper with potential.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Some of the gags seem a bit too labored, and by the time the rather charming ending unfolds, these weaker moments in Hotel de Love may force some viewers to check out early.
  4. The well-chosen voice cast helps make this a fairly engaging tale, even though the film is riddled with a wealth of head-scratching anachronistic errors.
  5. Transformers is about as clever as an unplugged blender.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    And like most women in bromance comedies, Jones does exactly what she's supposed to do by doing almost nothing.
  6. Brooklyn’s Finest is mo’ wrong than right.
  7. There is great material here and ample food for thought, but the presentation is lacking.
  8. Of course, the selling point of this movie is the boy wonder Culkin, making his first screen appearance since the inexplicable megahit Home Alone. Relegated to a supporting role, Culkin is natural and appealing, a picture of blue-eyed innocence. What a more interesting movie you'd have if it were entitled My Guy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The plot of Kidnap is bizarre and frustrating.
  9. It's amazing the filmmakers never really concern themselves with satisfying the audience's rules of engagement.
  10. Utterly pointless remake.
  11. A poor man's "Excalibur," but the fact of the matter is that the film displays far too little of the incisor-sharp wit and out-of-control mayhem readily available in the other two films. It just doesn't work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Though the characters are unique and occasionally fun, they're paper-thin.
  12. Tom Arnold and Anthony Anderson become an official comedy duo as they deliver an extraneous (and questionably funny) comedy riff, as they did in "Exit Wounds" over the film’s closing credits.
  13. Inoffensive and sporadically engrossing.
  14. Seems as though its reach is always exceeding its grasp...partly because Kasdan spreads himself a bit thin amongst the nine major characters he's working with.
  15. The movie's third act begins a baffling and not-very-believable character turnabout.
  16. Hollow, predictable, and too glitzy for its own good, The Fan never even makes it to first base.
  17. The end of the film edges toward camp, and the sudden arrival of surreal dream sequences threatens to push it over the side. The movie is more sophisticated when it’s not trying to be complex.
  18. Despite its best intentions, The Lost City of Z never finds itself, doomed to aimlessly wander to an unsatisfying conclusion of a dream that betrays the best of men.
  19. Amiable and proficient, this indie romantic comedy is never more or less than reliable.
  20. Its vague stabs at moralizing and goofball shenanigans are an odd mix. It's not the high school experience I had, nor is it probably like yours.
  21. Staged and stagy, this adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play about family dysfunction and the "anti-Camelot" is a muddled, middling mess, despite a witty, top-drawer performance from Posey and a surprisingly comic turn from Spelling.
  22. Fails to create a seamless and believable web of measured performances and period color.
  23. A muddled, gimpy mess, filled with the worst sort of Trek clichés and ill-timed humorous outbursts.
  24. The film gets there eventually, but one wishes it weren’t so timid about embracing the inherent schlockiness of the genre.
  25. If you want to see a good comedy about a couple’s marital problems getting worked out through the course of a home invasion, check out "The Ref."

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