Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,048 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Score distribution:
5,048 movie reviews
  1. The film, however, is short on genuine scares and ingenuity.
  2. What goes most wrong is the casting. Every facet of Faris' performance feels off.
  3. An effective sound design enhances several of the film's sudden frights, and Sutherland, who appears in almost every scene, is a predictably solid presence.
  4. To be sure, Hitman is a lousy film, but like the video game that inspired it, it's also great fun, drawing as it does on everything from James Bondian Eurotrash panache to Vin Diesel's moribund XXX character.
  5. It's a nice, friendly kind of love, but hardly an inspiring one.
  6. Neither as good as its direct ancestor (Michael Schultz's great 1976 hood masterpiece Car Wash) nor as clever as the original Friday, this is, to put it bluntly, all seeds and stems.
  7. Has all the sugar-injected horsepower of a 6-year-old on a Big Wheel.
  8. Unbearable.
  9. Still, once you accept Paul W.S. Anderson's entirely unnecessary adaptation on its own terms (nonsensical, underachieving), it has its limited charms, which include a snigger-inducing alphabet soup of accents, a standout rooftop swordfight, and British comedian James Corden as the Musketeers' put-upon manservant.
  10. Just plain dismal, an inexplicable mining of old, mid-level programming that has all the raging excitement of continental drift.
  11. There is a new definition of the term, "critic-proof movie," and it goes by the name Pokémon: The First Movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The film is so flat and tired it really doesn’t deserve the vehemence of this review. It’s like chastising a completely airless tire for not rolling.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    This movie is a mess: It keeps doubling back on itself – a twisting pretzel of a plot that doesn’t really make sense.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The film boasts an insistent and unquestioning patriotism. What begins as a drama devolves by the halfway point into an overly long chase film, which only grows more and more boring.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it is as though this is a Disney film – The Princess and the Doctor – not a real life biopic.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Who would have thought mass murder and cannibalism could be so dull?
  12. De Palma's film is a mess from its anxious start all the way through to its new-agey end, relying heavily on cribs from Kubrick and Cameron and even the recent "Apollo 13."
  13. It is truly one of the year's dumbest movies.
  14. I loved this movie. Or perhaps I should say the 15-year-old boy in me -- the dreamy, disaffected misfit with his head in the stars and a stack of Bantam sci-fi paperbacks as his sole defense against small-town boredom -- loved it.
  15. This isn’t Nicole Kidman’s first dalliance with witchcraft, and it is one of Bewitched’s unfortunate achievements that it actually makes one pine for Kidman’s 1998 dud, "Practical Magic." That witch at least had some sass; this cardigan-clad witch, alas, is an altogether more benign being, and by "benign" I mean boring.
  16. Part unfunny sitcom, part post-"Gigli" career resurrection strategy, and all bad.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 11 Critic Score
    The cast, particularly Liotta, walk around with befuddled expressions on their faces, perhaps wondering what on earth they’re doing in this movie and how they can find a new agent ASAP.
  17. This spook story is a surprisingly mediocre Hollywood debut for Hong Kong's Pang brothers.
  18. Ghosts indeed: This romantic comedy by name alone attempts to make funny – not to mention culturally relevant – the kind of swinging-dick misogyny that went out of fashion years ago.
  19. Without better material, Bullock’s talents will remain undercover.
  20. Instantly forgettable.
  21. All ends happily for everyone in the movie, but for those in the audience, the experience is so hackneyed that they'll come out feeling like they're wearing shirts that say, "I went to the Acropolis, but all I got was this lousy T-shirt."
  22. The Happening is both too incoherenly weird and too narratively ambitious for its own good.
  23. Herzfeld also wrote the screenplay, and so its leaden and obvious tone and the resulting dearth of delicacy rests squarely on him.
  24. Learn from the Evers family: The Haunted Mansion is not worth the detour.

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