Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 4,932 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Pulp Fiction
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
4,932 movie reviews
  1. How the Dardennes, time and again, turn gritty, mundane subjects into transcendent moments of honesty and truth is one of the great cinematic wonders.
  2. Part 2 is something else altogether. Such digital effects as the marauding giants that squash baby wizards like bugs or the inky terror that is the Death Eaters – acolytes to the mad, bad wizard Voldemort (Fiennes) – are magnificent and experienced in one long, clutched breath. But what's missing is what has been the chief pleasure of the series: the chemistry between its young leads.
  3. Sweet-spirited and sometimes meandering but always working in the service of its young protagonists’ perspective, We Are the Best! might come off as slight if you aren’t paying attention, or you pay too much attention to the too-cute closing credits montage.
  4. Sometimes people grow up sane despite the best efforts of society to drive them mad. This is the case for filmmaker Jonathan Caouette.
  5. Co-directors Rubin and Shapiro deliver the rare documentary that totally entertains, informs, and inspires.
  6. If, at times, Shine's luster reveals more elbow grease than internal radiance, the movie is still a moving tribute to the human capacity to overcome all odds.
  7. A truly provocative essay.
  8. It's filled with marvelous performances, fabulous wit, and some dizzying images.
  9. Feels brief and dreamlike. Waking from its spell, you touch your face, and it's wet, but you're smiling anyway.
  10. Moneyball is a smart, funny, and thoughtful baseball movie.
  11. It's also a deeply moral antiwar film, if one chooses to view it that way.
  12. 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.
  13. A tour de force of modern cinema.
  14. His (Spielberg) is an old-fashioned style of moviemaking that can produce soaring entertainment or, alternately, a fussed-over theatricality. Minute to minute, Lincoln moves between these extremes.
  15. No doubt some viewers could find fault with the slack pacing, though it's hardly inappropriate for a film that's fundamentally about emerging from frustration and stasis into a state of grace.
  16. Though the story played out in the national media, this documentary makes effective use of commentary by Tillman's survivors, who resent the way the military lied to them and exploited the memory of their loved one to serve an ulterior purpose.
  17. Like Mumbai, Slumdog pulses and throbs with raw, unadulterated life and the hope for a better Bombay, today. It's brilliant.
  18. Kidman inhabits the lead character of Suzanne Stone (yes, Suzanne Stone) with such sly and delicious zest that we can only wonder why this aspect of her acting has been buried under blonde dramatic ambitions.
  19. A living artifact that does what movies do best: exist in time.
  20. Its simplicity belies an emotional complexity that will linger in your mind like a gentle dream.
  21. Filled with brilliant, stand-out performances.
  22. Unlike other filmmakers in the autumn or winter of their careers, Eastwood doesn't seem content to rest on his laurels and give his audiences the tried and the true. For that reason, among many others, he and Million Dollar Baby are true champions.
  23. The Kids are All Right, a grin-cracking great portrait of a modern American family in minor and then major crises.
  24. An amazing work, a film that seems to gurgle up from the American heartland, resonant and fully formed, ripe with possibilities.
  25. Definitely catch this movie in its 3-D iteration, as Herzog practically schools filmmakers in the technique's proper use.
  26. A far cry from his earlier films sex, lies, and videotape and Kafka, Soderbergh skillfully pulls off what could have ended up as a sappy glob of treacly nostalgia. Instead, the director populates his young hero's chaotic world with genuinely disturbing people, images, and events.
  27. Fonda and Hopper’s now-classic film hit the old guard with the force of a rifle shot to the head. [Review of re-release]
  28. The actors, as a powerful and convincing ensemble, are equally understated and just as devastating.
  29. It's something of a Tiananmen Square face-off, minus the overt politics, which makes it all the more spellbinding.
  30. One of the most suspenseful films of all time, its wartime action setting makes it easy to forget it's also one of the most spiritually righteous. [Director's Cut]

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