Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,965 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Boys Don't Cry
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
5965 movie reviews
  1. It's one of those period dramas about upper-crust Europeans in vacation resorts, which at first we think we've seen a million times before.
  2. Green, who looks like a chinless, hollow-eyed pederast at the best of times, is simply out of his league here, and the fact that the film drags interminably when it's actually a very average 90 minutes long betrays its essential emptiness.
  3. Adults may discover, however, that when they get to the center of this particular world, they find no real there there.
  4. As much romantic fantasy as it is social satire, but more to the point -- it is gloriously and tear-wellingly funny.
  5. There's no denying it's a tragic film from start to finish, but equally undeniable is the endless stoicism displayed by the women, and Panahi's crisp, meandering direction.
  6. There's an oddball quality to the ensemble that might even be lovable if the movie weren't so glib and perfunctory.
  7. It's a silly, goofball romp, sure, but this newfangled Josie rocks far harder than her predecessor.
  8. A succession of shrill overacting jobs.
  9. Amibitiously mediocre.
  10. We've just been to this party before and we know how it ends, again and again and again.
  11. An efficient, if overly mechanized, delivery system of thrills 'n' chills.
  12. The film is dignified rather than dour, full of rich imagery.
  13. Plot and character development are scarce; the film is more an abstraction than an absorption.
  14. A movie about life and death; its underpinnings are soaked in the perfume of artistic expression.
  15. This is a scattershot affair, though fans of Reno should find it engagingly loopy.
  16. Do yourself and your kids a favor, parents, and head to "Spy Kids" instead.
  17. The most delightful segments are those which observe new audiences experiencing the motion picture phenomenon.
  18. It's a humorous film, to be sure, but there's also a stringent vein of giddy realism to it.
  19. For those willing to submit to its terrible charms, it may be the single most important debut to come out of the Americas in years.
  20. There is a whole lot to be said for fun -- especially fun that can be shared by all -- and in this regard Spy Kids saves the day.
  21. File this one under What Were They Thinking?
  22. It's cheap and it's lowdown, and to those responsible for this exercise in devolution: Honestly, I'm not sure I want to know someone like you.
  23. It's an admirable, if clunky, attempt, and though it never quite jels in the way that, say, "Waiting to Exhale" did, it's good to know someone's making the effort to portray black urban males as something other than criminals or crime-fighters.
  24. It's an obvious effort through and through, but that doesn't seem to dampen its ridiculous charm one bit.
  25. It's a dull, unremarkable comedy.
  26. In Seagal's movies, the interesting stuff never derives from what happens, but rather from how it happens. Exit Wounds is certainly one of his best efforts, although the distinction is a dubious one at best.
  27. The obvious thing is to say that Keep the River on Your Right has unfortunately bitten off more than it can chew -- but not more than we can digest.
  28. Enemy at the Gates is a disappointment primarily because it seems so rich with possibilities.
  29. Once you've seen it all once I bet you'll wish you were watching "Groundhog Day" -- again.
  30. Utterly charming.

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