Charlotte Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,502 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 Her
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1,502 movie reviews
  1. Scorsese in his prime might've made better use of this hamming, but this picture feels like an exercise by a Scorsese clone who has tackled the master's themes - without his energy and economy of style.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What does it say about a picture when the highest praise must go to impressive scenery?
  5. Somewhere inside "School" lurks a heartwarming or hilarious movie, perhaps both.
  6. King Kong, a labor of love that's visually stunning and moving in its best moments, is also bloated, shallow, clunky, full of illogical scenes and at least an hour too long.
  7. The story’s unbelievable, end to end.
  8. Deals with emotional concerns for half an hour. Then it turns into a mindless bloodfest, where it's impossible to care which characters end on the zombie gore-gasbord.
  9. Everything about this film, from the title to the metaphors, remains cloudy. And you can watch clouds only so long before you realize they don’t have any weight at all.
  10. Outdated before it opened today.
  11. Superbad simply isn't. It isn't super, as it intersperses crudely funny gags with an equal number of dry spots. It isn't ever truly bad, because even the lame segments pass quickly.
  12. Besides its title, the movie has retained the book's outline...But the film throws away the point of the book completely.
  13. Leaving the book aside, how well does the picture fare? Middingly, and in fits and starts.
  14. For all its flashes of emotional honesty and mordant humor, is nonsense at its core.
  15. I'll sum up my reaction in a word: Yawn.
  16. Nick Schenk's well-intentioned script employs the creaky old Hollywood device of reversing everything set up in its first half.
  17. Mature folks may wonder why a simple and simply beautiful story from their youth has been buried under layers of emotion Woody Allen's psychiatrist might want to pick over.
  18. The writing is self-consciously literary in a way that probably worked better on the page.
  19. I can say only three good things about his latest martial arts picture, the incoherent The Curse of the Golden Flower: 1) Gong Li deserves better roles, 2) The costumes are astonishingly beautiful, and 3), how about those costumes!
  20. You can approach it as a surreal story -- you'd have to, to find value in it -- but happy chuckles are miles away from the point.
  21. A well-intentioned but obvious, often clumsy picture.
  22. The dangers in the lives of these Catholic teens are self-made; they spring from small-town boredom and lead to a conclusion that's meant to be emotionally crushing but is only slightly affecting.
  23. Infamous, which mines almost the exact same ground as "Capote," comes up 300 days late and artistically close to bankruptcy.
  24. His (Spielberg) The Adventures of Tintin jettisons character, back story, plot, depth and emotional ties to deliver 100 minutes of beautifully shot mayhem. It's handsome, hectic, heartless and hollow, a shiny Christmas box with nothing but glitter inside.
  25. Critics starved for thoughtful movies will often mistake the will for the deed. A serious film about an important subject seems like an important film, even if the effort falls far short of the target. So it is with We Need to Talk About Kevin.
  26. After concocting one tense crime at the beginning, the writers can't do any better than to imitate it later.
  27. Watching the film is also wearying, like assembling a puzzle from a box into which a sadist continually pours new pieces. I was still processing details when the abrupt ending snatched the puzzle away.
  28. The surprising thing about Michael Moore's polemic is not one-sidedness, which was a given: It's his failure to find devastating new weapons of mass destruction to aim at Bush's head. The smoking guns he holds up often fire blanks, and the ones that don't are mostly derringers.
  29. The filmmakers try to make us sympathize with Barney by surrounding him with even more annoying types.
  30. A well-intentioned but overlong Czech drama that comes apart completely in the last 20 minutes?

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