Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,636 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 Carol
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
5636 movie reviews
  1. Synecdoche is the kind of movie that rewards repeated viewings. But sometimes, as Van Morrison sings, it's just best to "sail into the mystic."
  2. Even though we're aware of the tragic trajectory of the singer's life, for a while it almost seems as if reality got it wrong and Curtis might just squeak past the reaper's scythe with no more than a shave and a haircut.
  3. A riot of sight and sound that, however baffling, has an irresistible, elemental pull.
  4. Not only is it a film about a poet, Paterson transcends its story to become a work of poetry itself.
  5. It's the most compelling American movie to come around in a long, long time.
  6. Winter's Bone never hits a false note.
  7. Harrowing and important documentary.
  8. Repulsion's depiction of a young woman's dissolution into madness is one of the most harrowing mental descents ever depicted onscreen. (Reviewed 11/24/97)
  9. 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.
  10. A movie that amply delivers on the epic promise of its title, entertaining, enlightening, and emboldening viewers with its deceptively simple premise and execution.
  11. I can think of no other movie that has dared to analyze grief and its aftermath with such naked honesty and precision.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most intelligent crime-thrillers to come along in years.
  12. 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.
  13. It’s almost criminal to have to stay in your seat when the contact high of La La Land is goosing you to grand jeté in the aisle. The heart, at least, is at liberty to swell to bursting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Minnelli and Grey sparkle, and the Fosse flash is everywhere in evidence.
  14. 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.
  15. Ran
    One of the 10 best films ever made, period.
  16. 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some movies are like Dorothy's twister; they just pick you up and whisk you away from the commonplace world you know to a world wondrous and astonishing. Days of Heaven is such a movie. [27 July 1998]
  17. Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
  18. An additional treat is seeing Hollywood good guy Henry Fonda playing one of the nastiest curs in the West. Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the great films in cinema history. (8/30/2000 Review)
  19. Michèle is a daring, complicated character – one that Isabelle Huppert brilliantly creates in concert with the director, Paul Verhoeven.
  20. A marvelous achievement that refuses to avert its gaze from the poetry and the insane savagery of the hopeless.
  21. Everything about its scale is epic.
  22. The peerless actors match and elevate Lonergan’s artistry beat for beat. And the film’s greatest gift of all may be that it declines to tidy up after itself, prettifying life’s messiness with a finishing bow. In the end, it’s the package that counts, not the wrapping.
  23. 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.
  24. The film gets its biggest laughs – and there truly are some grandly bleak belly-shakers here – by upsetting the apple cart on traditional gender roles.
  25. Ingenious in its simplicity.
  26. With Bad Education, the great Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career.
  27. Unstoppable and righteous, it roars across the no-lane hardpan like the four-iron horseman of the kinetic apocalypse, amped up on bathtub crank and undiluted movie love. Oh, what a movie. What a lovely movie!

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