Charlotte Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,461 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1,461 movie reviews
  1. The film could hardly be less American in tone: It has no villains. It provides complete and comfortable closure for none of its relationships.
  2. Keeps its sense of humor while dealing with serious issues.
  3. The result is a film that has "Masterpiece Theatre" production values but not an ounce of dust upon it.
  4. I never thought I'd crack up watching a family mourn the death of a beloved daughter. But I've never seen a film quite like The Host, and that's far from the most bizarre thing in it.
  5. It gives such a down-to-Earth view of the joys, terrors, boredom, anxieties and camaraderie in a war zone.
  6. Like all his movies except "Badlands," a taut 1973 debut, "Tree" looks gorgeous, has philosophic ambitions, meanders wherever Malick's imagination takes him and stays dramatically inert.
  7. A Kafkaesque series of interwoven stories that depict the hopeless lives half the populace there (Iran) must lead.
  8. It depicts a world close enough to our own to be terrifying, yet different enough to rouse curiosity.
  9. Whatever you think of gay people (or politicians), you may find the movie compelling viewing.
  10. Begins and ends quietly, like stirrings of thunder from a distant storm. In between comes a tragedy that rolls over us like a compact hurricane.
  11. A wild, self-indulgent but completely captivating extravagance.
  12. A handsome tribute to an era as quaintly distant as tail-fin Chevrolets and A-bomb scares.
  13. The grandest presence here is Eastwood. His directing, like his acting, is minimal: unhurried, spare, unforced, rather somber.
  14. The leads blend as seamlessly as any young-old character coupling I've seen. The prosthetically altered Gordon-Levitt, unrecognizable at first, really resembles Willis.
  15. It's possible to groan, chuckle, wince and be moist-eyed, sometimes in a span of seven or eight minutes.
  16. As usual, Almodovar finds unusual camera angles to break up the straightforward storytelling. But for the first time I recall, not a single male character is crucial to his story, and no actor has a leading role. You won't miss them.
  17. At bottom, all Payne's films make us smile, often ruefully but hopefully.
  18. Atmosphere is the main virtue with which this "Devil" can tempt us.
  19. Greene's words haunt us like a prophecy from half a century and half a world away.
  20. Breathtaking masterpiece.
  21. If we admire anything about him, it’s entrepreneurship; there’s something uniquely American about a guy outrunning his own death by turning suffering into profit. And as a judge asks, why shouldn’t a dying man be allowed to try any remedy for his disease?
  22. The real joke is that the picture's most conventional elements, the superbly acted entanglement between the complicated Orlean and the boastful but unexpectedly thoughtful Laroche, would have made a compelling movie all by themselves -- if written by someone other than Charlie Kaufman.
  23. This isn't a cheerful movie. But director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga tell these stories with authority and verve, making 2½ hours zip by.
  24. Corpse Bride had me at the maggot.
  25. The film is visually sumptuous, morally ambiguous, dramatic and dreamlike, with a narrative as engrossing as any live-action movie of 2013. It’s easy to follow yet hard to shake.
  26. Yet for all the fun the sequel provides, the series shows signs of wearing out quickly, unless characters get developed thoroughly and in unexpected ways.
  27. Most documentaries put us inside people's heads. The dazzling, experimental Pina puts us inside people's feet.
  28. As we bounce over rough seas on the Maersk, we know just what will be lost if the Somalis don’t keep their trembling fingers off their triggers. As the title suggests, this is not a movie about an incident: It’s a movie about a man who stays very real to us.
  29. Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes.
  30. This Oscar-nominated documentary does everything you want a documentary to do. It introduces us to a compelling character and, by the finish, allows us to feel we know him well. It makes larger points about the human toil and suffering he shot for most of his career, before he turned to nature to refresh himself.

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