Dallas Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,519 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 American Pie
Lowest review score: 0 Road Trip
Score distribution:
1,519 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That's possibly Peirce's best trick of all, telling a true story so well that you can't remember how it ends. And when you remember, you hope that you were wrong.
  1. While the movie is frequently sharp and funny and weirdly relatable, the material feels too much like reality.
  2. The final product is great populist entertainment and may even leave audiences with a feeling of comfort, however fleeting, in the knowledge that corrupt corporations don't always win
  3. (Coppola) understands the crisp, oblique horror and wistfulness of Eugenides' narrative, plunking down five enchanting princesses into an environment that is anything but magical.
  4. This valentine to Trekkiedom (produced by, who else, Paramount) doesn't go in very deep--probably doesn't intend to--but it's also not quite the promotional piece the studio may have envisioned.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The movie felt fresh and resonant in spite of its overall familiarity.
  5. The story is just as funny and touching. The only problem is the inevitable one: The freshness -- the novel delight -- is a little faded now.
  6. For those with a taste for epics that integrate the historical and the intimate.
  7. Touching, frequently hilarious.
  8. One of the glories of the film is that Ramsay keeps us rigorously to Morvern's point of view without ever being explicit about what's going on in her head.
  9. If Junge's first-hand recollections aren't always visually stimulating, they're still more illuminating than most cinematic re-creations of the era.
  10. The bulk of the film showcases some of the best direction of actors this year.
  11. Hilary Birmingham -- makes an impressive feature directorial debut with this rural drama. She gets first-rate performances.
  12. In her first major role, Ferrera is amazing -- It is a wonderfully natural performance. To top it all off, she and Ontiveros are completely believable as mother and daughter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These filmmakers have taken a historical figure and made him into a hot-blooded romantic hero. Shakespeare did that a time or two himself.
  13. There are no hearts and flowers in Loach's hard-edged world, no kindly interventions, no signs from heaven. Instead, he gives us the unvarnished facts about working-class exploitation and the failure of ambition in low places.
  14. Indeed heartwarming, though not simplemindedly so.
  15. The unfettered comedy of life bubbling up from the Spanish unconscious continues to be proudly liberationist, gloriously extreme, and achingly human.
  16. The resulting piece resonates upon the American condition, deliciously detailing the whimsy, violence, intolerance, and shallow fantasies that fuel this nation. Oh yeah, and it's funny.
  17. Taymor moves Titus completely out of time and into all time.
  18. Tamahori pumps a tremendous amount of energy into his Bond movie, and it's an electrifying ride.
  19. At last Dreamworks has given us the stuff of nightmare.
  20. It's a powerfully ersatz experience, but at least it's powerful. There's a lot to like here: At three hours and 14 minutes, the film takes longer to watch than the Titanic took to sink.
  21. Overall, Dillon has scored at the helm. Wholly engrossing his film is not, but a valiant first feature it is.
  22. Breezy and easy to swallow. Its maker, Steven Spielberg, hasn't had so much fun in two decades.
  23. No matter how restrained the direction or unsentimental the performances -- and White Oleander scores points for both -- there is no escaping the semi-trashy but oh-so-life-affirming ring of the plot.
  24. Smart, sassy and much more fun than most political diatribes.
  25. Sly and corrosively funny political black comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of it--ranges from very funny to hilarious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Creates a sense of understanding that crystallizes the essence of the drug subculture with startling clarity.

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