Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 5,814 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 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Bad Education
Lowest review score: 0 Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Score distribution:
5814 movie reviews
  1. A crowd-pleasing blockbuster if ever there was one, features as its centerpiece a jaw-droppingly vivid re-creation of the Japanese attack on the U.S.'s fabled (and extremely vulnerable, as it turned out) Pacific fleet.
  2. Visually, The Jacket has a lot of flash, but it hardly compensates for the fuzzy story.
  3. Still, every generation deserves its own coming-of-age cinematic snapshot; if this is that, though, things are tougher than I thought.
  4. It makes you wonder, ultimately, how the carbon footprint created by the film will stand up to the test of time.
  5. There is great material here and ample food for thought, but the presentation is lacking.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Turturro-Nelson-Smith come across as nothing more than three strangers with an out of synch, watered-down routine that flounders as a pale imitation of their hallowed predecessors.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Won't ever be accused of breaking new ground; it's too busy entertaining to worry about being original.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The plot of Kidnap is bizarre and frustrating.
  6. "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" meets a considerably tamed Van Wilder for a mediocre romp in the Hamptons.
  7. Director Siri has a stylish eye that makes this film resemble a film noir outing, but the script (by Doug Richardson) is at first routine before growing increasingly outlandish.
  8. From the ad campaign, we pretty much know how things are going to turn out, and her pedestrian attempts at subplots are even more transparent than those in "Awakenings."
  9. This is meat-and-potatoes (and bullets) action filmmaking, although, really, that title's got to go.
  10. The film tries so very hard to be The Movie of Summer '93 that it almost makes you sick for what could have been, what should have been, and, in the end, what it is: soulless sound and fury -- action in a vacuum.
  11. Adults may discover, however, that when they get to the center of this particular world, they find no real there there.
  12. Not only is Kikujiro sweet and funny, it is, no doubt, Kitano's experimental "art film."
  13. Rollicking is the term that best sums up Plunkett and Macleane, not in itself a bad thing, just, I think, not a very good thing.
  14. Schepisi underscores each emotional note by pulling the camera away from his actors and pointing it at family photographs, a saccharine conceit that becomes more irritating each time it appears.
  15. The result is a vacuous feel-good movie that leaves you feeling nothing at all.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    One glance at the title shows you just where Brooks's head is these days: in his pants, specifically, in the area immediately below the belt. The one-time master parodist (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) seems so focused on this universe bounded by the ass on one end, so to speak, and the groin on the other, that he forgets to do anything at all original to spoof Robin Hood or the swashbuckling films Hollywood has made of him.
  16. It's a mess alright, but it's easy on the eyes. Like phone sex is for the ears. Only not as much fun.
  17. This Hangover is a doozy, not quite as much fun (or well-written) as the original, but neither does it lack for lunatic plot complications that could only spring from the minds of writers Phillips, Craig Mazin, and Scot Armstrong.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is interesting and fun to watch, but not so much for what it reveals as for what it hints at. Cantinflas just doesn't provide enough for getting a handle on the man, but will have me, at least, doing further reading and watching as it really whets the appetite to know more about this great talent.
  18. A gothic little slip of a film, beautiful to behold but with less substance than the shadowy tendrils of fog that blanket nearly every scene.
  19. Just sputters along, albeit pleasantly, while revisiting the realm of the abundantly familiar.
  20. Like most dreams revisited with eyes wide open, this one's content dissolves into a transparent puddle of inchoate thoughts and predictable iconography.
  21. Everything Reeves has done since always has the whiff of "Ted" about it. Party on, dudes.
  22. Of course, the film is critic-proof, but as a longtime comic book (and film) nerd, I can say with some surety that Snyder has crammed too much of a great thing into his film, resulting in a super-slog that has just too much of everything.
  23. Although the transvestites’ plight – mishandled, misunderstood, and/or misappropriated – is meant to supply Connie and Carla's emotional core, one never gets the feeling of anything stronger than an at-shoulder-length's sympathy from this film.
  24. Final verdict: Cast is excellent; movie is OK; men and women are soooo different.
  25. Two Eighties genre staples – Disease-of-the-Week and Poppin' the Cherry – meet, shake hands, and mostly play nice in this sweet, if overly earnest feature.

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