Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,601 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 Once Upon a Time in the West (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Prom Night
Score distribution:
5601 movie reviews
  1. Scores its ultimate coup de grace though its interviews. Macdonald has lined up an amazing collection of interviewees.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like the man to whom this film is dedicated, Ken Kesey, Gerry just wants to go "further."
  2. As things turn out, Clooney’s butt is just one of the many delights to be found on a trip to Solaris.
  3. At long, long last: the real thing.
  4. This is high fantasy of the best kind.
  5. Though the story is thinly conceived, Antal throws a fantastic curveball in the second act. Kontroll is a hot ticket.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The performances here are irresistible, thrilling in their invention and spontaneity, as is the mind-blowing, urgent cinematography of frequent Wong collaborator Christopher Doyle, which makes the most of Hong Kong's neon-drenched streets and cramped interior spaces.
  6. Screamingly funny. Like I said, terrific stuff.
  7. It's an audacious, affecting, and unexpectedly hilarious debut, and most definitely the most original film I've seen all year.
  8. Pollock is that rare breed, a biopic that makes you want to learn more about its subject, as much as you can, as fast as you can.
  9. The balance between the slight, near-mythic narrative and the eye-wateringly beautiful cinematography (courtesy of Bradford Young), as well as the aching, spare score by Daniel Hart, create a movie that’s a more lovingly crafted tone poem than anything you’re likely to see on Texas screens this summer.
  10. This is a dream cast for both Scorsese and the viewer, and everyone is working at the peak of their craft. Nicholson's flawless performance as the increasingly unhinged crime boss is a marvel of manic, paranoid ruination.
  11. This Romeo & Juliet is a rich visual feast, besotted with the fervor of its acrobatic camerawork and kinetic staging and its mind-bending aggregation of unrelated but resonant fragments of 20th-century iconography.
  12. The end result is a delightful, though a smidge too long, reminder of one of the reasons we so enjoy going to the movies: perchance to dream.
  13. The actors, as a powerful and convincing ensemble, are equally understated and just as devastating.
  14. As good as it ever was, and improved slightly by hindsight, experience, and extra cash.
  15. Substantive and imaginatively filmed but is not an off-putting art movie; rather, it's the kind of solid but accessible filmmaking that prevailed in Hollywood's golden age.
  16. A big generational saga that woos the audience with its humor, spirit, style, and ability. Genius here is an evolutionary thing.
  17. Up
    We will be comparing Up with classics like "The Wizard of Oz" for years to come.
  18. What makes Under the Skin such a mind-blower has everything to do with Johansson’s chillingly unempathetic turn as the, well, whatever she is, coupled with cinematographer Daniel Landin’s disorienting, hallucinogenic visuals.
  19. No talking heads here, just Marlon in all his magnificent complexity. For any cineaste, it’s a mind-blowing experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A folksy fable defined equally by its whimsy and wistfulness.
  20. Set in some sort of post-apocalyptic Parisian deli o' the damned, this lunatic's take on the future of man is so delightfully warped that it's impossible to shake it out of your head and go get a decent night's sleep.
  21. The movie gets goofy from time to time -- as when payola arrives in a vintage "Clash of the Titans lunchbox -- but the filmmakers and cast have the style and the swagger to back it up.
  22. This may be the first film to examine the intricacies of the Colombia-to-U.S. drug route in any detail.
  23. The film probably won't draw in audiences who aren't already fans of the quirky, subtitled pastoral, but it's more than worth a look.
  24. Cue the footage of Cockettes in spangles and glitter, high-kicking and belting out show tunes at the top of their lungs. Damn, it looks grand.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like all great screen performances, Mühe's magic comes out most in its tiniest moments: a raised eyebrow here, a slight upturn of the lips there. It's a triumph of muted grandeur; it's like watching someone being born.
  25. Room is ultimately not something you’d readily call enjoyable, but it is a cathartic and provocative reminder that life is full of possibilities and outcomes.
  26. It's something of a Tiananmen Square face-off, minus the overt politics, which makes it all the more spellbinding.

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