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 Thelma & Louise
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
5853 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The actors, as a powerful and convincing ensemble, are equally understated and just as devastating.
  3. As good as it ever was, and improved slightly by hindsight, experience, and extra cash.
  4. 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.
  5. A big generational saga that woos the audience with its humor, spirit, style, and ability. Genius here is an evolutionary thing.
  6. Up
    We will be comparing Up with classics like "The Wizard of Oz" for years to come.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. This may be the first film to examine the intricacies of the Colombia-to-U.S. drug route in any detail.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. It's something of a Tiananmen Square face-off, minus the overt politics, which makes it all the more spellbinding.
  16. Proof that movies don’t always have to be busy to entertain and enrich, this tale of life at a bucolic Korean monastery is at once profound and simple.
  17. It’s an enchanting work, heartbreaking yet wryly amusing.
  18. Holy Motors is as individualistic a movie as you're likely to encounter – both in terms of the filmmaker's intent and the viewer's takeaway. Warmth and humor abide within its every frame but, like Carax's dreamer at the film's outset, you must find the key within yourself that unlocks the mysteries.
  19. Brooks’ early reputation as a film director rests with the success of this raunchy Western spoof. A great cast is eclipsed by the hilarious performances of Korman and Kahn, who plays a Marlene Dietrich-like chanteuse.
  20. As with all of Lee's films, there's much more going on beneath the surface than is immediately apparent.
  21. At once emotionally charged and genuinely, disconcertingly surreal...a marvel of subdued, genuine filmmaking.
  22. A stunning work of beauty, mystery, contemplation, and grit -- and like sands through the desert hourglass, these are the days of our lives.
  23. This drama-horror hybrid, set within a New York ballet company, strikes a tone more along the lines of the terrifying hallucinatories of Aronofsky's breakout film, "Requiem for a Dream," revisiting, too, favorite themes of monster mommies and female hysteria.
  24. Snap! That’s the crack of people teetering on the verge in each of the six segments in the perversely entertaining Argentinian film Wild Tales, a more-than-deserving recent Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film.
  25. A gripping presentation of a little-known true story and its historical lessons.
  26. It's a keeper, a tumultuous love story set against the backdrop of 24 hours of really, really inclement weather in the Oklahoma heartland.
  27. Co-directors Rubin and Shapiro deliver the rare documentary that totally entertains, informs, and inspires.
  28. The film is dignified rather than dour, full of rich imagery.

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