Charlotte Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,604 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Alien
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1604 movie reviews
  1. Whitaker’s performance reveals a man who unobtrusively changes white people around him – perhaps without trying or even knowing it – through his demeanor and ability.
  2. Now comes director Baz Luhrmann, who’s incapable of taking anything literally, and what do we get? The “Gatsby” that, of three I’ve seen and two I’ve read about, seems most faithful to the spirit of Fitzgerald’s superbly sad book. His audacity pays off in a way that may not exactly reproduce the novel but continually illuminates it.
  3. Career Girls is a chamber piece: intimate and direct, two voices performing monologues and duets of irony, despair and hope. [29 Aug 1997, p.11E]
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  4. This may be yet another variation on the usual coming-of-age/sisterhood themes so familiar in Disney movies, but who does those better?
  5. Eastwood has directed five war movies and acted in others, and he knows there’s no single truth to convey about combat.
  6. Miller’s not interested in character development, plot twists or social commentary, with one possible exception. He wanted spectacular stunts, which he achieves with tremendous skill, and a bad-guys-vs.-less-bad-guys pursuit that goes through countless exciting permutations.
  7. Yet nothing in their visually stimulating film registers as strongly as Jolie’s enigmatic, ever-changing face.
  8. “22” merits a B grade. The long final credits, in which Dickson imagines dozens of future scenarios for the undercover boys, kicks it up one notch.
  9. Keaton reminds us what a fine actor he could always be.
  10. This sequel is, by design, entirely absorbing and satisfying without being one whit memorable.
  11. The movie ends so abruptly you might wonder if a piece is missing, and it relies on one extraordinary coincidence I couldn’t swallow. Yet scene by scene, I found people I knew or wish I knew: Ben’s romantic advice to the straight but awkward Joey would give any boy confidence about himself.
  12. Overall, Noah represents a respectful take on an old story by filmmakers who pose a pertinent question. The Creator promises never again to wipe humanity off the face of the Earth, signing that covenant with the cheering image of a rainbow. Does that mean he won’t let us wipe ourselves out millennia later, if we’re hell-bent on doing so?
  13. The result is one of the most honest recent comedies about romances that flourish, marriages that totter and the difficulties of raising children with the right blend of respect, discipline and support.
  14. Virtually all science fiction functions as metaphor, and I took this film to be a metaphor for the act of becoming fully human.
  15. Whedon has more on his mind than he did in the last one. The Avengers seem not just contentious toward each other but weary, sick of their brutal responsibilities.
  16. Winterbottom has darkened the tone: The final scene takes place during a golden sunset that brings no closure to either man.
  17. For now, the franchise has enough zip and humor to be worthwhile.
  18. Anderson leavens the lunacy with a few acts of sudden and extreme violence or avert-your-face sex, which seem as extravagant as the rest of his notions. Perhaps they’re in there to change the flavor of the humor, the way Mendl might put a bitter coffee bean in a chocolate torte to keep it from cloying us.
  19. Like many horror directors, Flanagan felt he could build a feature-length film around his brief idea. Unlike many, he was right.
  20. All three leads give effective, low-key performances. (I don’t remember a single character raising a voice.) Their acting fits the tone of this movie and all the ones Reichardt directs: Her camera moves slowly, and she accumulates tension by showing detail after detail.
  21. I spent The Kids are All Right wondering whether director Lisa Cholodenko was affectionate toward her self-absorbed characters or gently mocking them. In the end, I thought she was both and liked the film more.
  22. Writer-director Caroline Link (who did the Oscar-nominated "Beyond Silence") adapted Stefanie Zweig's expatriate memoir gracefully, languidly and with full understanding of its heroine.
  23. Super 8 takes its place among the best B-grade science fiction movies of this generation by copying the best of the past 50 years.
  24. It’s the first Pixar effort that feels less like a creative outpouring and more like an obligation met to satisfy a distribution schedule.
  25. The movie seemed a disappointment at first, until I decided I was missing the point: It’s actually a drama about the way people treat a celebrity – with fear or reverence, as a source of income or reflected glory– and the way their own personalities change around him, while his stays the same. In that way, the film’s a small triumph.
  26. Madden has the wisdom to give most of the heavy emotional lifting to Mirren, who continues to shine at the age of 66.
  27. Reflective, deliberate, building gradually to a climax that left me touched.
  28. Roger Deakins, probably the best living cinematographer never to win an Oscar (he’s 0-for-10), was behind the camera. So the picture never lets us down visually, even when the story occasionally strays.
  29. Like "Shattered Glass," the other picture Billy Ray directed, Breach probes a guilty mind and reveals how he baffled people. We get a Hitchcock-like pleasure from knowing the protagonist is guilty and watching other shocked characters realize his wickedness.
  30. The film seems like a loose and uncredited updating of "The Great Man Votes," a more serious 1939 entry.

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