Charlotte Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,480 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
  1. Once, for no reason, Franklin whirled the camera around 360 degrees while two people were having an ordinary conversation. I suspect he must have been as bored by then as I was.
  2. The movie feels not only calculated but tired.
  3. The rest of the film couldn’t convince a sixth-grader it might happen. CIA agents search a home for evidence but leave the front door unlocked and unguarded, so Devereaux sneaks in and knocks them out.
  4. What do you get? A reboot of "The Lone Ranger” that metaphorically drags this noble story – and literally drags its title character – through a steaming heap of horse droppings.
  5. It’s hard to stay connected to a disaster film where the biggest disaster is the script.
  6. Totally underwhelming.
  7. It's as French as a half-smoked Gauloise and, like a half-smoked Gauloise, it stinks.
  8. Goes awry within moments and never gets on track. The scripters and director Harold Ramis have no idea whether to aim for cynical humor, film-noir romance or post-crime tension, so they miss all three targets completely.
  9. "I didn't write this." In heaven, Graham Greene is mumbling those same words over and over right now.
  10. A three-hour-and-10-minute exercise in slight characterization, pointlessly showy editing and vapid plotting.
  11. Once again, something that might have been a faintly amusing sketch on "Saturday Night Live" -- maybe even a tolerable 30-minute short, had the writing been more clever -- gets tortured into the shape of a feature film.
  12. You won't see a single joke here you haven't encountered before, all in funnier forms.
  13. Even if we leave aside the obvious time travel paradoxes, we can have a good horse laugh at the rest of the plot's inanities.
  14. Self-respecting filmgoers will find this a "Walk" to dismember.
  15. Campion has no clue how to sustain suspense and no actress of the caliber of Holly Hunter, Nicole Kidman or Kate Winslet (her recent leading ladies) in the main role.
  16. Messing may simply be one of those actresses who's the right size for TV and the wrong size for the big screen.
  17. Like the Big E himself. It starts out fast, dangerous, sexy, confident, funny with an edge. It ends up confused, bloated, unable to leave the stage when it should.
  18. Writer-director Reverge Anselmo has created a movie of ineptness so perfect and unified as to boggle the mind.
  19. Studios can release movies even more insultingly dumb, crudely assembled and cheaply produced than this one, though such an achievement will require some effort.
  20. Many movies require us to turn off our brains, and many rely on clichés and/or coincidences. It takes a special kind of shamelessness to do both, and Into the Storm has that in spades.
  21. Affleck simply wasn't meant to play action heroes or tough guys. He's about as tough as tapioca pudding.
  22. Designed to appeal to people who thought "She's All That" was too mentally demanding.
  23. Its main feature is incessant, unimaginative profanity...Take out the cursing, and you're left with a plebeian drama about angry, aimless potheads, sloppily directed by the man who wrote it.
  24. Slater narrates as if reading a restaurant menu. Reid seems to have learned each long sentence in segments, so she wouldn't be overtaxed.
  25. Represents everything that over-budgeted Hollywood can possibly get wrong in a period piece: It feels both long and slow, it's unfocused and self-contradictory, its generic characters are played too broadly, it's anachronistic..
  26. I don't know if Nispel and Scott Kosar, who make their feature film debuts here, are the worst director and writer in the world, though they might well represent the United States if anyone holds a competition. I do know they deliver a total of zero laughs, scares or surprises in this remake of the infamously creepy 1974 picture.
  27. Birth, which should never have been conceived, is obscure in every way: visually, philosophically and psychologically.
  28. It's the cheapest looking, least exciting, least funny Chan project I've ever seen.
  29. The most frustrating thing about the movie (as with “Cloud Atlas”) is that it could’ve been memorable, had the Wachowskis turned their vision over to more talented storytellers.
  30. The plot's as thin as a debutante's cigarette case.

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