Dallas Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,518 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Basic
Score distribution:
1,518 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sling Blade is perhaps the year's most impressive debut because it is an uncompromisingly told tale with a minimum of frills.
  1. That he (Hetfield), and his band, still lives is astonishing enough; that you get to see how and why in a movie so painfully intimate is nothing short of extraordinary.
  2. Happily, North Country is not all social-realist grit or straight sermonizing. Not only is Theron achingly real, the fine supporting performances here lend even more dramatic reach and human scale.
  3. What makes Crash so gripping--so terrifying in spots, so moving in others, and even a little funny at times--is how nothing happens as we think it will.
  4. In this modest but brilliant little movie, we find ourselves immersed in life itself.
  5. It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent tribute.
  6. For the most part, Sideways is a great movie--impeccably written, directed and acted--that takes its characters on a journey toward something new.
  7. Radford has made a gripping, highly cinematic adaptation of a gorgeous work of theater.
  8. It was Melville's second-to-last feature, and it shows him in top form, with a more generous dose of humor than usual.
  9. A gentle, beautifully realized tale of love and intimacy...It moved me to tears.
  10. One of the most remarkable things about Murderball, which is easily among the year's best movies, is how little of its time is filled with the playing of the game.
  11. An ideal film for movie buffs, who are bound to delight in each new misfortune even as they sympathize with the documentarians' sometimes inflated vision of a tortured genius at work.
  12. Ought to gain some viewers here with its dark sense of humor and stylish cinematography by Jan Malir. Director Jan Hrebejk names Mike Leigh as an influence, but frankly he's way cooler.
  13. Mostly, Wild Parrots is a great, important, and unforgettable movie.
  14. If you're a fan of C.S. Lewis' Narnia books, all you need to know is this: Disney has done right by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It's impossible to imagine it done much better, in fact.
  15. This lovely movie, simply and beautifully shot in Brazil's northeastern countryside by cinematographer Breno Silveira, is satisfying from start to finish.
  16. Pure joy to watch -- and an invaluable documentary record of a bygone era.
  17. It is that rare find: a film that is as emotionally truthful as it is satisfying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Because of the supremely artful way Shear and Reitz have pitched the story, it reaches into places few films, gay or straight, have gone.
  18. A delicious little thriller about an uptight, ill-humored English mystery writer who becomes enmeshed in murder, Swimming Pool is at once comical, contrary, resourceful and ambiguous.
  19. Yes, yes--The Incredibles is beautiful to look at, but even more lovely beneath the computer-generated surfaces.
  20. The work of an obsessive who has developed a light touch--though some of his more outright themes and pronouncements can be heavy-going.
  21. By boiling the characters down to the most basic emotions and eliminating lifestyle-specific idiosyncrasies, we can enter the world of the story with ease.
  22. Part homage and part demolition job, Mars Attacks! is perhaps the funniest piece of giddy schlock heartlessness ever committed to film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unpretentious, funky, fast-moving work every bit as enchanting as the book.
  23. Emotionally gripping from start to finish, the movie presents an electrifying and unforgettable look at life in a place that God has all but forgotten.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the scariest horror picture of the '90s, a movie that can take a place among the most potent and inexorable of modern shockers.
  24. It's vibrant and verdant and heartbreakingly inviting, begging you to escape into a lovely tale in which children, through a simple act of faith, find their own heaven on earth.
  25. A big gob of fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seductive from the start, the film grows more stimulating and involving as it goes along because these three are original people who mate and recombine unpredictably.

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