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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Basic
Score distribution:
1,518 movie reviews
  1. Demme's film is as inspiring and moving as its subject, a man who brought critical news and information to the people of Haiti even as a series of dictatorships sought violently to shut him down.
  2. Generous in spirit and fearlessly observant, this tale of an outcast Vietnamese man's journey to freedom deserves a place of honor among the great films portraying emigrant tenacity.
  3. 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.
  4. Zhang deftly and quickly draws a half-dozen supporting characters, and his pacing never flags.
  5. What about Ronny Yu's 1992 masterpiece "The Bride With White Hair," of which Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a decent facsimile?
  6. 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.
  7. On one level it is highly intimate, yet it is also universal, a modern metaphor for the human condition and the precariousness of life itself.
  8. It's bright and spry, giggly and bouncy, but also cuddly with occasional touches of cruelty--a movie in which best friends, when let loose in the wild, suddenly realize one's a little higher on the food chain.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These filmmakers have taken a historical figure and made him into a hot-blooded romantic hero. Shakespeare did that a time or two himself.
  9. Provides Hoffman with what he's long deserved: a movie of his own.
  10. Maugham's signature wit and tragic colorations are well served by director Istvan Szabo (Mephisto) and screenwriter Ronald Harwood (The Dresser).
  11. Mrs. Henderson hits all its marks, well-worn though they be, and Dench fans will once more find themselves glorying in her reckless spirit.
  12. An adaptation that can rightfully be called brilliant.
  13. The movie remains engaging, with a couple of sequences verging on stunning.
  14. May not seem to be your typical Wes Craven movie. It's not really horror, there are no marketable monsters, and unlike "Cursed," "Scream 3" and other recent Craven offerings, it's actually an enjoyable time at the movies.
  15. Ryan's performance burns with a rare and passionate veracity. The other half of the delight comes from director Jane Campion, whose sensualist eye and scabrous heart infuse In the Cut with guts and glory.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is escapism, pure and simple. And few know the power of such purity better than Terry McMillan.
  16. His most thoroughly surreal work since Eraserhead, this two-hour-plus fever dream is more of one piece than Fire Walk with Me and less desperate and jokey than Wild at Heart.
  17. The entire cast is right on the money, a special word must be said about Seth.
    • 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.
  18. Sly and corrosively funny political black comedy.
  19. Smart, sassy and much more fun than most political diatribes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This subtly entrancing paean to seasons earthly and emotional is to the developing male psyche what "Whale Rider" is to the female, and deserves equal acclaim.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the strongest--and sure to be controversial--films of the year, The War Within goes places that other films wouldn't dare go.
  20. Herzog is primarily interested in Treadwell the filmmaker, but you'll likely be fascinated with him as a human being.
  21. Thankfully, Emily Watson comes to his rescue with her spot-on portrayal of the killer's blind girlfriend; her rich performance works wonders in the absence of Jodie Foster. Now, if only they could remake Hannibal before they assemble that boxed set.
  22. If Allen owns The Upside of Anger, she is generous enough to loan it to Costner, who, despite the dim, glazed eyes, is more alive here than he's been in years.
  23. Tamahori pumps a tremendous amount of energy into his Bond movie, and it's an electrifying ride.
  24. Hopkins' beautifully detailed, deeply felt acting remains a joy to watch...But an even greater pleasure, at least for my money, is Kidman's dark turn as Faunia Farley.
  25. In the grand scheme of things, Goblet of Fire is perhaps closest to the original "Sorcerer's Stone."

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