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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Fargo
Lowest review score: 0 Coyote Ugly
Score distribution:
1518 movie reviews
  1. This sort of thing is the problem with making stuff up as you go along.
  2. It's barely a movie at all, more like a thousand car commercials spliced together in an hour.
  3. Pretentious yet devoid of poetry, left-of-center yet artless, this well-intentioned trudge does not exist to be enjoyed or appreciated so much as to be coddled and patronized as one would a retarded child.
  4. What isn't hard to say is that Noé really isn't a very talented filmmaker.
  5. Director Marcus Raboy hasn't made a bad movie, exactly -- just one that seems to have forgotten its own jokes, much as those who watch it will forget everything about it a week later, stoned or not.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are enough good scenes within the 94 minutes of The Guru to make an entertaining coming-attractions trailer.
  6. To damn Herbie: Fully Loaded as soporific crap, as lazy profiteering, as yet another needless and cynical remake in a season populated by such con artists, would be as pointless as the movie itself.
  7. Means to be heavy in terms of psychology, provocation and the examination of emotion, but it sinks like a stone the minute it hits the surface.
  8. It's unfortunate that, nudity and all, this is one of Toback's absolute worst efforts.
  9. Sits before us like an exquisite platter of wax fruit, colorful, flavorless, and, if you eat it, very likely to come back up.
  10. Russell, a former student of Buddhist monk-philosopher Robert Thurman's, is reaching too far, straining too hard, saying too much that adds up to so little after all the mumbos and jumbos tallied up by film's end.
  11. Every situation, every bit of dialogue, comes straight out of the Big Book of Movie Clichés.
  12. Has all the charm of a canceled CBS sitcom.
  13. Silly, misguided, formulaic and largely a piece of trash, but it's not quite a disaster. There's the dancing and the music and the sunlight.
  14. Here is the horror-action genre at its silliest and most uninspired.
  15. The most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better.
  16. This compression of logic--coupled with two hours of ham-fisted delivery--guarantees that Antitrust won't jangle your nerves but will intermittently split your sides with laughter.
  17. As an actress, Madonna has to work on her vulnerability more.
  18. Banal sit-comedy masquerading as religious deepthink dolled up as boy-meets-goy love story.
  19. If a movie is going to be so totally derivative, it should at least do a better job of it.
  20. Get out your hankies and weep for the heart-tugging disaster Message in a Bottle.
  21. Rent plays as a very long joke with no punch line, an exercise in mawkish sentimentality that's embarrassing to watch. Kudos to the actors for truly committing to their roles, but with this material, it might have been better if they hadn't.
  22. It's flapping its wings so desperately in pursuit of artistic heights that it nosedives directly into the ground. The relentless exertion makes the film a chore to watch.
  23. There's no reason to see this film in a theater -- you'll hate yourself for paying full price. Plus, you'll need beer, and lots of it, to appreciate the movie properly.
  24. The pseudo-mystical nonsense in Brian Helgeland's supernatural thriller far outweighs its scare factor.
  25. The final showdown between sole survivor and killer is sufficiently well done that you wonder why the rest didn't measure up.
  26. Any goy, too, can fall for this tripe, especially if they've a fondness for mawkish cliché, sitcom pacing, popcorn psychology, and lousy cinematography.
  27. Feels like a quirky sitcom -- "Arrested Development" without the development.
  28. A dismaying dearth of romantic chemistry -- during their brief scenes together, the two (Pitt, Roberts) actually seem afraid to touch each other -- and we end up with a Frankenstein's monster of a movie: lots of interesting pieces cobbled together with all the stitches showing.
  29. Not that there aren't funny moments in the film, but they're cobbled together so awkwardly that you'd never suspect the director had made a film before.

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