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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Dirty Pretty Things
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1,519 movie reviews
  1. A fascinating documentary by Bruce's longtime friend Rupert Murray, uses footage taken by both Bruce and Murray to document Bruce's harrowing, enlightening and occasionally hilarious experience. It's a wild ride.
  2. But except for a few missteps, the movie is so beautifully and sensitively rendered in its particulars, in its characterizations of soldiers and officers, and in its dramatization of a nearly miraculous event, that the result is an affecting piece of cinema.
  3. At first glance, Schizopolis may seem like no more than a grab-bag of tricks and gimmicks, but repeat viewings reveal a more coherent pattern.
  4. Inspirationalism wafts off the screen in little perfumed puffs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tough as it is, L'Enfant nudges both its protagonist and its audience toward unlikely affection. Tough as it is, L'Enfant commands our care by practicing what it preaches. No wonder the brothers call it a love story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neither a mock-heroic cockeyed success story like "Ed Wood" nor a "Walk the Line"-style hagiography, Mary Harron's facile but hugely entertaining black-and-white biopic seems most interested in its subject--a studious southern girl who became the world's most celebrated fetish pinup--as an object.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sweet-natured, immensely likable family film.
  5. A psychotic we can't help falling for, Edward Norton's beautifully drawn and richly nuanced dreamer could, in time, prove to be one of the most memorable movie characters of recent years.
  6. Not everything jells, but Click is funnier and more elaborately clever than anything Sandler's done in years.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Governess, a surprisingly luminous film that deftly stands somewhere between a Harlequin paperback and Jane Campion's "The Piano."
  7. My Kid Could Paint That's about art—and it IS art, among the best documentaries ever made about that elusive process of manufacturing something out of nothing. But it's also a must-see for every single parent who believes their children are special, when all they want to be is your children.
  8. If Steven Soderbergh taught Clooney how to act in "Out of Sight," then Reitman has taught him how to stop acting. This is the most vulnerable, the most playful, the most human performance of his career.
  9. Technically, the movie occasionally rises to become awe-inspiring, and while sometimes you can smell the acting (especially from Matthes), the performances are often soulful.
  10. May not have the best script in the world, but it brings Jet Li to the big screen in a way that all action junkies, not just the video-store geeks, will appreciate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A perfectly entertaining little French comedy that doesn't quite lodge in your brain in the way you hope it would.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Waters offers a worldview that's uniquely his own.
  11. As a musical feast, Groove works well. As a celebration of tribal ritual, it's even better.
  12. Flecked with delicious malice, and the kids, especially newcomer Coughlin, performs with verve and high energy.
  13. Since the narrative's destination is awkwardly obvious, and the tone occasionally melts into a sticky-sweet mess like cotton candy in the sun, the movie is most often saved by its generous helpings of clever dialogue.
  14. Smith has fashioned a complex, contemporary Bible epic on his own terms. By turns crafty and clunky, pious and profane, it's clearly a labor of love.
  15. O'Connor as Fanny is irresistibly appealing.
  16. As far from crowd-pleasing as you're going to get these days.
  17. Grand entertainment in the old-fashioned sense.
  18. A pensive, reflective movie, more or less equal in tone to Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm," yet, because of its temporal breadth and tight emotional focus, it packs a more intimate punch.
  19. A bleak, beautiful film.
  20. Makes good use of its actors.
  21. A solo "Thelma and Louise" crossed with a gender-reversed "The Fugitive" with a dry twist of "Fletch."
  22. The film's demands may be too perplexing.
  23. Deserves more than just a look.
  24. Part of the problem may be the use of non-actors in most of the roles. They look like real people, and they are entirely believable, but none has any kind of star charisma.

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