Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,062 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 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 The Tuxedo
Score distribution:
5,062 movie reviews
  1. The film’s approach suits an audience broader than the usual documentary crowd, though it’s worth mentioning that those pictures can really stay with you.
  2. Seems more like a subtle, elegiac tone poem than an indictment of human banality and the evil that men do.
  3. The temporal jumps between the present and varying points in the past deprive the film of a sense of completeness; the transitions from scene to scene are largely disorienting, leaving you struggling to find your bearings.
  4. Ramsay is experimental, unconventional, and forever reaching at the gorgeousness in grief and despair. Her film moves slow as molasses, slow as paint drying -– and all the better to see the colors and the complexities.
  5. One of the most exciting movies of this, or any other, year. It's smart, funny, and wonderfully crafted and performed.
  6. Never inspires more than an interested detachment.
  7. One of the more surreal docs to come down the pike in some time.
  8. The film is a sure winner for arthouse audiences enamored of the new Argentine cinema, but it has crossover appeal for venturesome viewers in search of a good mystery, as well.
  9. A riot of sight and sound that, however baffling, has an irresistible, elemental pull.
  10. It's a short, sharp, shock to the cinematic system that's virtually impossible to dislike, and if you don't leave the theatre grinning your face off, then buddy, movies just aren't for you.
  11. It's a daredevil's ride that keeps you glued with fascination.
  12. Hopefully find the audience it deserves.
  13. Reiner abandons his previous movie's sense of farce and satire for much broader and more innocuous comedy.
  14. It’s bravura, classic Hollywood filmmaking, and you like to think that Hughes himself would have viewed it, if not appreciatively, then at least with a sense of kinship.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While the account of Walden's heroics doesn't necessarily move from legend to fact, it does push the bounds of truth and raise interesting questions about the function of truth for the survivors of war.
  15. Herzog outdoes himself with Rescue Dawn, making his most popularly accessible film yet and proving at the same time that he is among the most daring of all filmmakers and capable -- like his characters -- of almost anything.
  16. The constant singing and dancing throughout is charmingly presented, and the CGI recreations of Antarctica are stunning.
  17. Proves to be a wonderful reality check.
  18. The rush subsides, however, the minute the movie ends, and leaves the viewer with the faint aftertaste of a processed sugar high.
  19. Watching and listening to these two is a charming experience; their conversation has the ring of veracity, and rarely does the viewer's interest stray.
  20. It's a riveting, nail-biting, two-buckets-of-popcorn return to form for Howard.
  21. This artful documentary about renowned Tokyo sushi master Jiro Ono is not going to help save Charlie the Tuna one iota.
  22. There are so many terrific things going on in the film – rapid-fire wordplay, split-second visual gags, and some veddy, veddy British punning – that, frankly, Paddington deserves more than one viewing. Huzzah Paddington, and marmalade forever!
    • 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.
  23. It's too bad the language prevents this independent film from being rated PG-13 because this is the kind of movie that might be capable of realistically reflecting teens' lives to other teens.
  24. Fonda brings all of his childhood frustration and angst to the screen in one of the year's most unexpectedly brilliant acting performances.
  25. 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.
  26. What's fascinating is the depth of humanity Cruise finds within the character of Jerry and also Cruise's generosity toward the other actors in the story -- a generosity that allows all the other performers to shine and create vivid and memorable characters.
  27. The Dogme pedigree rarely distracts; there is too much emotional investment to care much about dogmatic fidelity.
  28. But even a rapper needs to punch things up a bit, and 8 Mile, for all its hip-hop braggadocio, is a pretty weak riff.

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