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 American Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Road Trip
Score distribution:
1,519 movie reviews
  1. Stripped of every major scary moment and restructured in what feels like a deliberate attempt to remove all suspense, this "horror" movie is now a domestic soap opera.
  2. A problem with Park's naturalistic worldview is that it's hard to find anyone to root for. The movie is beautiful to look at, but hideous in its narrative.
  3. It's easily the ugliest film Gilliam's ever made, a movie shot with a lens someone forgot to wipe. It's also his loudest: Every scene is amped up to 11, and every line of dialogue is delivered as though it's a cry for help from the bottom of the well.
  4. 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.
  5. What's missing is romance. Despite the engaging friskiness of its two stars, the film is romantically vapid. Watching it is like trying to warm up to a hologram.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning work has been called "one of the major plays of our time." Moviegoers who aren't stage-struck may wonder, "What's the fuss?"
  6. It has but one thing going for it: a cast filled with Oscar nominees.
  7. This was a better movie back when it was called "Gossip" . . . oh, wait, no -- that one sucked too.
  8. Any goy, too, can fall for this tripe, especially if they've a fondness for mawkish cliché, sitcom pacing, popcorn psychology, and lousy cinematography.
  9. The final showdown between sole survivor and killer is sufficiently well done that you wonder why the rest didn't measure up.
  10. This highly sanitized, heavily costumed, dramatically inert nonsense makes last year's dreadful golf biopic "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius" look like a masterpiece.
  11. Less fun than "Cry_Wolf" and "Venom," if that's possible.
  12. As an actress, Madonna has to work on her vulnerability more.
  13. The Dying Gaul becomes so overwrought in the last act that it ends up as pure histrionics.
  14. 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.
  15. Witless, terminally irritating remake.
  16. If you really want to live life to the fullest, step one is to avoid wasting an hour and a half of your life in a theater showing Last Holiday.
  17. Its execution is stultifying, laughable and ultimately a little offensive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Instead of a gripping, conscience-bending thriller, Paradise plods along, determined to be some sort of master chess game ruminating on personal and cultural value systems and the complex and often contradicting facets of loyalty, honesty, friendship, love, responsibility, self-preservation, and exploitation.
  18. Too much attention to art-deco detail, a meandering story that hesitates whenever it wants to touch an emotional chord, then squanders the opportunity with an eccentric line-reading or an extravagant camera angle.
  19. A muddle—not amiably ambling, not affably shaggy, just a mess that gets messier till, at times, the whole thing looks improvised by amateurs more concerned with being clever than something resembling affectionate.
  20. Yes, the "Taxi Driver" parallels are intentional: Hill spells them out in the press notes, all but branding Observe and Report a Scorsesefied remake that reeks of stale Cinnabon.
  21. Standard revenge shenanigans ensue, with more boo-hoo numbers from Vin, who ain't up to it -- he hasn't been this lame since, uh, ever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    May find it hard to sit without embarrassment through this bizarre mixture of paleontology, preposterous anthropomorphism, and fuzzy-headed New Age myth-making in which the only thing missing is the show tunes. Thank God for small favors.
  22. Awful narration almost ruins the ghostly, gorgeous Running Free.
  23. Singleton's version is cynical and silly--one long set-up to a closing scene that promises, or threatens, a sequel.
  24. We're in for a long, unpleasant, reactionary ride.
  25. Doesn't work as comedy or drama or anything in between.
  26. It's too easy, but here goes: This movie's a Loser. Sorry.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Predictable and conventional and unadventurous. It can't really be defended, except that it's comfortably enjoyable.

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