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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Superman
Lowest review score: 0 Coyote Ugly
Score distribution:
1,518 movie reviews
  1. A superb and piercing documentary.
  2. The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
    • Dallas Observer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fargo is a concert performance--an illuminating amalgam of emotion and thought. It glimpses into the heart of man and unearths a blackly comic nature, hellishly mercurial and selfish, yet strangely innocent. If it weren't so funny, it would be unbearably disturbing.
  3. One of this year's best films--a classic, even, like a C.S. Forester "Hornblower" story on steroids.
  4. The result is a vivid anthropological document suffused with plenty of emotion and a touch of ancient magic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Winterbottom has never before done such potent work; he's created a fiction film about the siege of Sarajevo that bristles with the raw, unnerving textures of a battlefield documentary.
  5. Its exquisiteness can overwhelm in a single sitting.
  6. A gorgeous, emotionally rewarding masterpiece that invites compassion, reflection and, at least from this reviewer, a great deal of admiration. It's no wonder that it won 12 Japanese Academy Awards.
  7. It is a remarkable achievement in filmmaking, a beautiful and brutal work.
  8. Smart people will relish its temerariousness, average people will smile awkwardly and comment that it's "kinda different," and dimly lit people may mistake it for the Elmo movie and drool quietly in the back rows. It's a movie for everyone.
  9. Spinal Tap is still on the right side of the fine line between stupid and clever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Director Barry Levinson has given this swift, sure-footed film a matter-of-fact, improvisational look and feel. To appreciate its brisk, confident, wild comedy, all you need is a funny bone and a BS meter.
  10. It's the best thing Wong has done in years--perhaps ever.
  11. If, in its groundbreaking assault on the mythology of the American West, Brokeback Mountain gets a lot of people into a furious lather, so be it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The movie has tremendous scope and charge and a dense period fabric, along with a volcanic performance by Djimon Hounsou, the West African actor who plays Cinque.
  12. This roaring crowd-pleaser also boasts hilarious bits of business, insightful observations into the human condition, and geysers of kitschy computer-generated blood.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It respects its characters, its source material, and its audience, and its inherent melodrama is ennobled by the scrupulous intelligence of its director.
  13. Amazingly, almost every note of every performance in Bloody Sunday rings true.
  14. Virgin is astoundingly astute but also wondrously clever, written with more care and joy than any hundred comedies to come out of Hollywood in years.
  15. That's what directors do when they have nothing new to say: They go back and rewrite the past, if only to avoid facing the future
  16. The acting is remarkable across the board, undoubtedly a combination of a strong script, gifted actors and exceptional direction.
  17. There have been other films dealing with the Jewish ghettos during the Nazi occupation of Poland -- some very good -- but The Pianist, the latest feature from Roman Polanski, may be the best.
  18. In short, Just Say Yes.
  19. Craven's other accomplishment here, besides resuscitating the genre, is the way he keeps things scary even when they're at their funniest. The grand finale, while thoroughly bloody and tense, has some genuinely hilarious shtick.
  20. A fluent, intelligent piece of work whose sex and violence are anything but gratuitous, and exactly the kind of highly personal, no-holds-barred vision of life on the ragged edge that independents always aspire to but rarely have the goods to achieve.
  21. As is common in a Frankenheimer picture, the plot lines get a bit tangled in Ronin, but the atmosphere is tense, the style impeccable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The writing-directing team of brothers Larry and Andi Wachowski has chosen as its filmmaking debut a tightly constructed, stylishly (but rarely self-consciously) executed, gripping little noir parable that couldn't be more firmly grounded in American movie tradition if the filmmakers created a wacky romantic farce about mismatched paramours.
  22. In the end, what Minghella has wrought is a nearly perfect drama of love and war (still the great subjects, after all), an epic that's fluent, frightening and beautiful all at once, that lifts the heart and dashes our dreams in about equal measure.
  23. A six-year-old masterpiece, never-before widely seen in the U.S., is still a masterpiece.
  24. Not just great fun but high art.

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