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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Score distribution:
1,519 movie reviews
  1. The new version by Harold Ramis trots out a load of bargain-rack gags, tarted up with pricey effects for the A.D.D. generation. Woe to those who cannot leave well enough alone.
  2. 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Notting Hill offers another example of moviemakers consoling themselves about how tough it is to be famous while congratulating themselves on how down-to-earth they really are.
  3. Like a half-remembered dream, the movie's often so overwhelming that even its dull, dead moments (of which there are many, unfortunately) leave you wondering what you're missing and what you've just forgotten.
  4. Banal sit-comedy masquerading as religious deepthink dolled up as boy-meets-goy love story.
  5. Unhampered by imagination and driven solely by libido.
  6. Sits before us like an exquisite platter of wax fruit, colorful, flavorless, and, if you eat it, very likely to come back up.
  7. Consistently fails to deliver the charm it presumes to have.
  8. Obnoxiously dull.
  9. 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.
  10. Forces its snuggly weirdo upon us and instructs us from the get-go to love him.
  11. That this mess should come from the hand of Istvan Szabo, the brilliant Hungarian director of "Mephisto" and "Colonel Redl," is the real shocker.
  12. Taken as a whole, the movie seems to be searching for a harmony it never really achieves.
  13. What keeps Love in the Time of Money from being truly awful is the fact that the actors give it their all -- they may be in contrived situations, but by golly they'll make the best of them.
  14. 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.
  15. Björk holds the movie together, her natural charisma and the overwhelming intensity of her emotions should blind a lot of viewers to the ludicrousness of the story and the intentionally rotten videography.
  16. This sort of thing is the problem with making stuff up as you go along.
  17. While the idea may be good, its execution is awful.
  18. A waste of a decent premise.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not too far from the version of "Serpico" staged by the Max Fisher Players in "Rushmore."
  19. It's time to run, screaming.
  20. Adequately breezy and sleazy -- a movie about the horniest man in the universe looking for a little one-night stand.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It doesn't help that the special effects aren't spectacular, the pace is numbing, and Bierko is an even less mesmerizing presence than Keanu Reeves.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    By the end the movie audience, like the electorate, is less satisfied than strung-out and exhausted.
  21. At its best (which isn't much), Le Divorce blusters along with the tolerable tedium of had-to-be-there home movies; at its worst (which is about 90 percent), it illustrates why the French went and invented the word merde.
  22. No doubt Fox wants to tap into those Latina dollars, but you've got to spend money to make money, and this shoddily cheap-looking product ain't gonna do it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are enough good scenes within the 94 minutes of The Guru to make an entertaining coming-attractions trailer.
  23. The pseudo-mystical nonsense in Brian Helgeland's supernatural thriller far outweighs its scare factor.
  24. LaBeouf's got the beef, and his inevitably bright future may be the only reason anyone will ever look back on The Battle of Shaker Heights.
  25. Plays like something Dr. Phil and "Sex and the City's" Carrie Bradshaw might have written during a commercial break, a feel-good fantasy that sounds deep but has no more depth than a kiddie pool drained for winter.

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