Charlotte Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,438 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Waltz with Bashir
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1,438 movie reviews
  1. Punch-Drunk Love buries a terrific performance by Adam Sandler under a heap of faux cleverness, meaningless symbolism and irritating mannerisms.
  2. A three-hour-and-10-minute exercise in slight characterization, pointlessly showy editing and vapid plotting.
  3. Writer Guillermo Arriaga earns most of the blame. He played similar games with narrative in the vastly better "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams," jumping back and forth in time to show relationships among subplots and characters. But "Burials" barely has one plot.
  4. It's ploddingly directed, indifferently acted and insufficiently frightening.
  5. Here’s something I never expected to say, something I doubt I’d have believed if someone else had said it to me: Martin Scorsese can make a three-hour movie without one fresh perspective or compelling character from end to end. The proof, for three agonizing hours, can be found in The Wolf of Wall Street.
  6. Everything here has been done better in other books, other movies. The lone remarkable thing is the level of violence, which exposes the cowardice and hypocrisy of the Motion Picture Association of America's ratings system.
  7. The storytelling is inept and illogical.
  8. Hamlet has audacity, intelligence, a provocative visual and musical style, virtually no poetry, a garbled story line weakened by savage cutting of the play, and a great yawning hole where a Hamlet ought to be.
  9. Allen's laziness is startling, even in so mechanical a filmmaker. He uses a monotonous narrator to tell us what the characters think and do, though he then shows them performing the actions that have just been described.
  10. Whenever the music subsides and the characters speak the Coens' lines, the film turns back into mush.
  11. The problem isn't that Tarantino's in love with death; it's that he's deadly dull. Even "Natural Born Killers" made a stab at social commentary and satire of America?s celebrity-mad media. Kill Bill merely giggles through gore and asks you to smile at its style.
  12. It's "Braveheart" without historical significance and "Passion" without spirituality, though it dabbles in both, and it represents as brazen an act of career suicide as I can recall from a star director. If he were a first-timer, he'd never work again.
  13. It's a disconnected, implausible story that aims for a tone of magic realism and falls short on both counts.
  14. It's as French as a half-smoked Gauloise and, like a half-smoked Gauloise, it stinks.
  15. Spike Lee's films have been provocative, blunt, thoughtful, misguided, daring, sentimental, funny, honest and silly. But 25th Hour earns the director two new adjectives: irrelevant and tedious.
  16. The picture brims over with ideas - good ones, silly ones, maudlin ones, witty ones, absurd ones - and they bump up against each other like ingredients in a vast stewpot that never comes to a continuous boil.
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  17. Everything about the film seems to have been done on the cheap. The music sounds like it came from a high school band.
  18. Solaris is a film where people...often...speak... like... this, and the camera moves slowly across sterile interiors.
  19. I hope his life was less dull than the movie he's made from it.
  20. If you really must see Miami Vice (and you mustn't), buy a ticket to something better, then slip into "Vice" at the 95-minute mark and watch the last third of the movie. No one involved will profit by your curiosity, and you won't miss a thing of importance.
  21. Writer-director Coppola and her production team have gotten the look of the late 18th century right...But they've gotten almost everything else wrong.
  22. Angelina Jolie is definitely worth her salt as an action hero, but Salt is never worth its Angelina Jolie.
  23. "I didn't write this." In heaven, Graham Greene is mumbling those same words over and over right now.
  24. The year's least necessary and most unimaginative remake slogs half-heartedly to its pre-destined conclusion without making a ripple.
  25. Movies can certainly be worse than bad sitcoms, and this is one of them.
  26. The outcome is alternately unsatisfying, meaningless, contradictory and laughable.
  27. Ambiguity can enrich a movie, but artists abdicate their responsibilities if they don't take a stance of any kind.
  28. No movie this year will better embody Macbeth's description of life itself: "a tale ... full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
  29. Heavy-handed symbolism permeates the picture, down to the leading lady's name.
  30. The film is a saggy, oddly mean-spirited takeoff of "Walk the Line."

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