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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Road Trip
Score distribution:
1,518 movie reviews
  1. Ryan never quite convinces us she's seen the inside of a fight gym, much less that she's worthy to be Rocky in a miniskirt. On the other hand, her director here was not Campion but actor Charles S. Dutton, whose behind-the-camera skills, developed via cable TV, tend toward the cartoonish.
  2. If Alfred Hitchcock were retarded, lobotomized, and freshly dug up, he might possibly c--- out a movie like this one.
  3. The fact that Romance was written and directed by a woman doesn't make the film any better; it simply makes it objectionable on other grounds.
  4. If you were ever in marching band, you'll love this; if not, stay far away.
  5. It's not really a kids' film, nor it is particularly funny, by either design or execution. It is, rather, Columbus' latest attempt at a comically tinged tearjerker.
  6. No one is more blameworthy than Witherspoon...With her newfound clout and charm, she could make better films; instead, she strolls up to the audience standing in line at the ATM and demands we fork it over or else.
  7. The film is often unintentionally silly, and it might have been better if it tried to be.
  8. It's the solipsistic, obvious, misogynistic, and occasionally redeeming tale.
  9. One can only assume all the, ah, good stuff landed on the cutting-room floor, because it sure as hell didn't make it to Mars.
  10. Once the terror ends and the credits roll, we finally get to the best part: a merciful escape.
  11. 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.
  12. Some of this stuff should give you some good laughs. Unfortunately, the film's not a comedy, and once the conservative-bashing wears off, the alleged thriller elements kick in. Too bad that for you, the viewer, there's still another hour to go.
  13. This sort of thing is the problem with making stuff up as you go along.
  14. It's barely a movie at all, more like a thousand car commercials spliced together in an hour.
  15. 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.
  16. What isn't hard to say is that Noé really isn't a very talented filmmaker.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. It's unfortunate that, nudity and all, this is one of Toback's absolute worst efforts.
  21. Sits before us like an exquisite platter of wax fruit, colorful, flavorless, and, if you eat it, very likely to come back up.
  22. 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.
  23. Every situation, every bit of dialogue, comes straight out of the Big Book of Movie Clichés.
  24. Has all the charm of a canceled CBS sitcom.
  25. 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.
  26. Here is the horror-action genre at its silliest and most uninspired.
  27. The most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better.
  28. 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.
  29. As an actress, Madonna has to work on her vulnerability more.

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