Dallas Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,517 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 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Terminator
Lowest review score: 0 Road Trip
Score distribution:
1517 movie reviews
  1. For all the affection Mangold feels for Cash and Carter, the movie feels oddly dispassionate.
  2. Match Point may well be a return to form but only for those who love "September" and "Interiors," movies populated by Bergman evacuees too inert and dreary to even crack a smile.
  3. 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.
  4. It's during the shift to seriousness that The Ice Storm makes its missteps. The intrusion of tragedy, while altogether believable, still seems like a device, a calculated tug at the heart strings. It is, in short, a once-effective ploy that now feels like a cliche. A near-miss might have been more effective.
  5. Some won't appreciate the mix of tones, but none of the humor cheapens the film's final blow, nor is it designed to condone terrorism in any way.
  6. The film is about how much you're willing to give up for love--a tune that has been played many times before, but never with quite this much slacker brio.
  7. If the Star Wars movies have taught us anything, it's that waiting 20 years for a new sequel by a guy named George can lead to disappointment.
  8. An affecting piece of work.
  9. The striking graininess of the film stock, the near-documentary style of the setups, and Michael Nyman's attentive score add up to a relatable and ultimately hopeful experience.
  10. It's funny and exciting on enough levels that adults are likely to enjoy it just as much as the rug rats.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's sometimes tedious viewing, the film proves the perfect complement to this year's hyper-explained "The Day After Tomorrow;" it's utterly free of cheap melodrama and visual razzle-dazzle, concentrating instead on the souls of plausibly human sufferers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With the exception of Murphy . . . the rest of the cast Oz has assembled acquit themselves only adequately or worse.
  11. The first half of Intolerable Cruelty is more than tolerable; it's a dopey kick full of goofy jokes tossed off so quickly you're reminded less of bickering-bantering Grant and Rosalind Russell than Groucho and Chico Marx.
  12. Props to translator Nigel Palmer for keeping the subtitles witty instead of blindly literal.
  13. 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.
  14. Once Connell finds his feet, he just may stride forth with his Important American Movie. Until then, The Opportunists is simply a whiff of great unwashedness yet to come.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Film critics are put in a difficult position when they see a movie that's well-made but features characters so unbelievably odious you wouldn't want to spend two minutes with them in real life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's nothing more than pleasant matinee fodder with some jarring tones and clunky stretches.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    That Thing You Do threatens the shameless stereotypes it constructs with cats' claws, but when the deserving targets present themselves at their most vulnerable, the movie rolls over and expects audiences to stroke its tummy.
  15. Singleton may spend the rest of his career chasing the kind of critical and commercial success he won at an early age with "Boyz N the Hood". But even if Rosewood fails to meet that standard, it is a film that reaffirms that depth of his talents.
  16. For all of its turgid self-importance, its anthropocentric theater of classical music and sound effects, Deep Blue is a gorgeous film with scene after scene of incredible footage.
  17. It's not hard to see why actors love working with Penn, even in the smallest roles; he lets them speak monologues even when they're saying nothing at all.
  18. In her first major role, Ferrera is amazing -- It is a wonderfully natural performance. To top it all off, she and Ontiveros are completely believable as mother and daughter.
  19. If you're after some family-friendly classic lit at the multiplex, here 'tis.
  20. Wildly enjoyable look at the fifth-grade ballroom dance competition held annually in New York City.
  21. O'Connor as Fanny is irresistibly appealing.
  22. While too many things about the story don't ring true for the film as a whole to work, there is enough in Next Stop Wonderland to keep the viewer wide awake and entertained.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, you'll likely find you have nowhere to place your sympathy, no character worth rooting for.
  23. Without question, Shadow of the Vampire is a stately and elegant horror film, interwoven with delicious strands of black comedy.
  24. Such a funny mess that it keeps you laughing even when you realize it's not much better directed than a cable-access talk show.

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