Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 4,820 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Hours
Lowest review score: 0 Gentlemen Broncos
Score distribution:
4,820 movie reviews
  1. Barry Sonnenfeld's stunning cinematography and the sharply etched characterizations make this film one for the ages.
  2. It's huge and bewildering and it hurts to watch, but it hurts so good it's gorgeous.
  3. In this magnificent, profoundly tragic film, Nolte and Coburn each turn in career-best performances as a father and son who embody the ancient, seemingly ineradicable male pathology of violence, retribution, and the slow death of the soul.
  4. I can think of no other movie that has dared to analyze grief and its aftermath with such naked honesty and precision.
  5. This is a movie to love, that touches you in places you never suspected, that shows you that the road less traveled is the road to your dreams.
  6. 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But in the genre, as both a movie and a conscious addition to the ongoing celluloid Western mythology, the film is a masterpiece, a stunning and awe-inspiring statement.
  7. One of the 10 best films ever made, period.
  8. Such gorgeous explosions, such a terrible vision, such an amazing work of art. Go. Now.
  9. An amazing work, a film that seems to gurgle up from the American heartland, resonant and fully formed, ripe with possibilities.
  10. Amy Heckerling’s portrait of high school/shopping mall life in Southern California is still just about as good as it gets...The panoply of teen types and turmoils is dead-on accurate.
  11. Everything about its scale is epic.
  12. Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
  13. As sad and poignant and potentially hopeful as it is amusing. The movie is our story as much as it is Schmidt's, no matter if it's viewed as a self-reflection or cautionary tale
  14. It's paved with delightfully irregular and unanticipated bits of business that stimulate the viewer to stay fully alert, while renewing our faith in the sheer joy of watching movies.
  15. As disturbing as it is well-made, this low-budget indie is a thoroughly original piece of work.
  16. A movie that amply delivers on the epic promise of its title, entertaining, enlightening, and emboldening viewers with its deceptively simple premise and execution.
  17. Ingenious in its simplicity.
  18. One of the most exciting movies of this, or any other, year. It's smart, funny, and wonderfully crafted and performed.
  19. 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most intelligent crime-thrillers to come along in years.
  20. By the end of the movie, it’s no longer possible to know anything with certainty -– so convoluted, contradictory, pathological, and long ago have the events become. It’s a movie that will have you talking and thinking for hours.
  21. Very satisfying. Classic storytelling, modern techniques. And the images: This movie has embedded so many strange and new mental pictures in my head that I'm not able to shake free. Yet, neither would I want to be free.
  22. A marvelous achievement that refuses to avert its gaze from the poetry and the insane savagery of the hopeless.
  23. A chilling classic, the movie is a scabrous satire about human deviance, brutality, and social conditioning that has remained a visible part of the ongoing public debate about violence and the movies.
  24. A wildly inventive, unrelenting thrill that amazes us with its visual and intellectual treats and dazzles us with its ongoing ingenuity.
  25. 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.
  26. Ghost World resists convenient closures and summaries and some may take issue with its open-endedness. But anything else would have been phony, and Enid would never have stood for it.
  27. Near-perfect in every way, The Hours is a compelling meditation on making the most of what we're given in life. For some, it may be too cerebral a film experience, but for those who blissfully fall into its finely tuned modulations, The Hours is timeless.
  28. 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.

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