Charlotte Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,501 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
1,501 movie reviews
  1. It's tense, strangely funny in a lot of spots and – if you grew up loving old-fashioned, seat-of-the-pants baseball, as I did – the most depressing movie of the year.
  2. You may not realize the imprint it has left until its last season comes to a close.
  3. The writer-director waited until he had the clout, budget and prestige to attract a top-flight cast, then turned Colored Girls into a movie with a little less darkness but plenty of heart and guts.
  4. The best war movies don't preach against war: They remind us of the costs for soldiers and families and ask us to consider whether those costs are worth paying. The Messenger does that without firing a bullet or putting us on a battlefield.
  5. Fierce, fast and funny.
  6. Evans makes a terrific raconteur, imitating voices and putting us behind the scenes.
  7. In an era when most scripts are written by committees of monkeys, hearing one man's intelligent voice is an almost forgotten pleasure.
  8. It's an approachable film that handles a serious topic deftly and offers a fresh take on a familiar subject.
  9. McNamara's too mentally adroit to let Morris pin blame or guilt on him, and the director's not interested in shaming him.
  10. Writers Rasmus Heisterberg and Nicolaj Arcel are known in America for the original version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." This film is the exact opposite: stately instead of propulsive, emotionally warm instead of chilly, lit by candles and sun instead of flashlights and neon.
  11. The two male leads, bulwarks of the Danish film industry for more than a decade, play off each other like the veterans they are.
  12. Bizarrely entertaining and brilliantly designed.
  13. You can say nothing of Castle-Hughes except that she's already a movie star: The camera loves her and we do, too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Duplicity sparkles with wit.
  14. Plays out like a sprinter competing in his first distance race: It bursts forth with tremendous energy, sustains itself for quite a while, loses steam near the end but finishes ahead of most of the pack.
  15. The best action movie of the month contains chase scenes, fights, a love story, exotic locations - well, one exotic locale, snow-blasted Antarctica - and a battle for survival against long odds amid brutal conditions.
  16. Supplies the three key elements of the best political thrillers: suspense, credibility and the feeling that you're really sitting in the Oval Office.
  17. Whatever you think of gay people (or politicians), you may find the movie compelling viewing.
  18. Every time it starts to feel like something we have known, we realize how unlike us these Iranian characters are.
  19. But as cynical as I may have been going in, I came out a believer.
  20. British director Stephen Walker approached this project with wide-eyed good humor.
  21. Why on earth didn't Warner Bros. release this movie in time for Oscar consideration? Sure, it's bleak, depressing, sometimes painful to watch. But it would have been one of the best pictures of the year, and Nicholson (who hasn't done work of this caliber since "The Crossing Guard") might have been on the podium again.
  22. When I first heard about Wordplay, I assumed I wouldn't have an ort of interest.
  23. Zero Dark Thirty, like the mission that inspired it, commands respect, admiration, even awe in places for the logistical nightmares that had to be overcome to get it done. But it's a hard movie to love.
  24. [I] enjoyed McQuarrie’s ingenuity in construction, smiled occasionally at the jokes and admired Ferguson’s performance as the most interesting femme fatale in the series.
  25. Raymond Wong, who has become Chow's favorite composer, iced this cake with music that sounds like Beethoven, Henry Mancini's jazz and all the James Bond themes run together in a blender.
  26. Crowe gave Kate Hudson one pointer while making Almost Famous: Her character simply had to light up every room as soon as she walked into it.
  27. The most violent scene is dreamlike, and more direct killings are often seen at an angle or from a distance. The camera placement is thoughtful and effective, never titillating.
  28. Gibney also made the Oscar-nominated "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," and he gets remarkable access to people you wouldn't expect to talk to him (including U.S. interrogators charged with crimes at Bagram).
  29. The result is one of the twistiest thrillers in recent memory.

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