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 The Twilight Samurai
Lowest review score: 0 Basic
Score distribution:
1,519 movie reviews
  1. Zhang deftly and quickly draws a half-dozen supporting characters, and his pacing never flags.
  2. A vivid double portrait of the artistic sensibility in its many weathers -- expressed by two fine actors clearly engaged in a labor of love.
  3. Willis gives a remarkable, wrenching performance: He is the most fragile indestructible man ever created.
  4. What's wonderful about director Claude Miller's adaptation of Ruth Rendell's novel "The Tree of Hands" is its grand capacity for compassion and complexity.
  5. The movies' time-honored old-man-and-boy theme has rarely been used to such great advantage.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a hilarious, dumb comedy that's smart enough to be something more. And all it does is make Sandler the most soulful -- and the funniest -- comic in the business.
  6. Eastwood provides more than an hour of easygoing fun, followed by 45 minutes of action and suspense.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This chamber drama is a deeply felt and oddly moving reverie on death and the process of taking stock of one's life.
  7. A fresh, intimate, gloriously unpolished performance film that measures up to the classics of the genre.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Keeping the mood dry, Ozpetek and his very resourceful leading lady keep the proceedings from turning into an Almodóvar version of Mary Worth.
  8. With more angst than you can shake a stick at, High Art sets a new course for the indie American film. Instead of the usual Scorsese-esque buddy confab, we have something closer to the funky Fassbinder world of marginalized, pansexual depressives.
  9. This infusion of warrior philosophy is the gas in Ghost Dog's tank, and Jarmusch pumps it up for maximum octane throughout.
  10. Rookie writer-director Dylan Kidd, late of NYU film school, knows how to get the best out of jittery, handheld camera shots, and he knows how to go for the jugular. Roger is the bleakest comic portrait of misogynist self-delusion we've seen in a long time.
  11. An adaptation that can rightfully be called brilliant.
  12. Gilroy has brilliantly played to his strengths in Spring Forward. With a story that has no room for big, obviously "cinematic" effects, he concentrates on simple staging, unobtrusive (though often beautifully evocative) visuals, and sheer performance. It's a decision that pays off.
  13. Audiences will leave the theater ready to sign up for some dance classes themselves.
  14. An engaging, family-oriented romantic comedy that should appeal as much to fans of the original movie as to viewers unfamiliar with the 1961 Hayley Mills version.
  15. The movie's diplomatic breadth compromises its thematic depth -- it basically repeats that fun conquers all -- but few movies will so generously rawk a crowd this year.
  16. This is not the easiest film in the world to untangle, but our attentions are soon rewarded.
  17. It's excessively quirky and a little underconfident in its delivery, but otherwise this is the best "old neighborhood" project since Christopher Walken kinda romanced Cyndi Lauper in "The Opportunists."
  18. Nolte’s charisma transforms Neil Jordan's The Good Thief from a vague, mildly exotic, character-driven caper flick to a soulful and engaging misadventure.
  19. The Guys is less a tearing open of old wounds than a balm to be applied over them. It doesn't wallow. It doesn't weep.
  20. Like "Fight Club," it's a brilliantly made film that will be despised for the right and wrong reasons; if you don't see the humor in it any time during the first half-hour, leave. If you stay, you've passed the test--sit back and enjoy one of the year's finest films.
  21. One beautiful piece of work--as alert and aware a survey of interpersonal relations as you're likely to find at the movies this year.
  22. What could have become a heinous TV movie instead delivers the moving and relatable experience of being an emotionally overburdened person stuck in a world that mostly sucks.
  23. Hoffman, though, is the real gas--the vet getting dopey and loopy and handsy because, hey, what the hell...The midnight cowboy rides again.
  24. The delight of this awesome thriller is simply that Schwarzenegger--an old hand at this sort of running-around-shooting-henchmen thing--could easily sleepwalk through the movie...but he doesn't.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Secrets & Lies is all about wounds and our tendency to embrace placebos rather than the harder courses of treatment.
  25. Charlie doesn't have a point, doesn't give a damn about giving a damn. It is what it is: a beautiful goof, a drunken supermodel in search of one more party before the sun comes up.
  26. The movie remains engaging, with a couple of sequences verging on stunning.

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