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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Dirty Pretty Things
Lowest review score: 0 Coyote Ugly
Score distribution:
1517 movie reviews
  1. A movie that leaves you wondering what the fuss was all about when its end credits appear; it's a mish-mash of a dozen other, better films ground up and watered down--Seven, Silence of the Lambs, and Manhunter, to name a few of the usual suspects.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    May find it hard to sit without embarrassment through this bizarre mixture of paleontology, preposterous anthropomorphism, and fuzzy-headed New Age myth-making in which the only thing missing is the show tunes. Thank God for small favors.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It poses as an unblinkered look at the hangups and hypocrisies of the bourgeoisie. In reality it's an empty, narcissistic tantrum.
  2. Proof of Life kidnaps the audience, then tortures it to a slow death
  3. Rent a porno instead; it'll be less exploitative. God help us, two more of these things are planned.
  4. A wobbly Basinger and a feeble screenplay doom I Dreamed of Africa.
  5. May steal from the best, but it does it so badly and obviously that it has to depend upon gratuitous shock-cuts and soundtrack stings to elicit any kind of reflex-action fright from the viewer.
  6. This ain't no movie. It's a very long, very tedious infomercial for Phantom Menace action figures, on sale now at a Target or Toys "R" Us near you.
  7. Think "My Best Friend's Wedding," subtract gay best friend, dorky karaoke scene, charm, and any hint of malice or conflict, and you've got it.
  8. If Big Momma's House isn't as bad as you imagined, then you've no imagination at all.
  9. Every bit as pathetic and unfunny as it looks.
  10. The fourth installment in the Batman franchise is one long head-splitting exercise in clueless cacophony that makes you feel as though you're being held hostage in some haywire Planet Hollywood while sonic booms pummel your auditory canal.
  11. An ambitious, frustrating drag.
  12. Connie and Carla doesn't just do violence to the memory of Wilder's brilliant sex farce (Some Like It Hot); it's so clumsy, it might give cross-dressing itself a bad name.
  13. It's a self-satisfied, self-loathing mess that demands you adore and cheer for the very person you come to hate well before its 105 minutes are up. Little Black Book will leave you feeling skuzzy.
  14. It doesn't add up to much more than a trifle that might have been more impressive as a short.
  15. Disappointing only because its best moments are transcendent; its worst moments, sadly, are just so ordinary.
  16. September Tapes, with its torturously high-minded narration and ludicrously low-road shenanigans, uses the terror attacks of 2001 as the setup for an infuriating gotcha finale.
  17. One presumes the only thing worse than making this disaster is actually watching it; wouldn't wish either on anyone.
  18. Bernal can't decide if he's making a Tarantino homage or an Almodovar riff or an Albert Brooks tribute...and the wobbly sensibility finally knocks the movie's legs out from beneath it altogether.
  19. This lame hostage movie doesn't even deliver for Seagal fans.
  20. Freedomland manages a seemingly impossible feat: It's both turgid AND overwrought, eliciting the shriek that fades into a yawn without anyone ever noticing. It's a wholly dreary piece of work.
  21. The Punisher would be almost offensive were it not so inconsequential. There's just something terribly off-putting about a movie in which every gruesome death is a punch line, where a villain's homosexuality is used to lure him to his death and dozens of innocents are gunned down just to launch a film franchise.
  22. Bearable only because, unlike the recent spate of teen films, it's so breezy it barely even registers.
  23. Doesn't work as comedy or drama or anything in between.
  24. Awful narration almost ruins the ghostly, gorgeous Running Free.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The performances of the Anglo cast are closer to catatonia than Catalonia.
  25. Really, what women want is what all of us want: a decent movie, something vaguely insightful and occasionally funny. This isn't that movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Are there really legions of postboomers out there sighing nostalgically over the happy hours they spent watching Inspector Gadget?
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It could be said that Reeves is one of the great manifestations of the mysteriousness of stardom. He gives the worst performance in Sweet November, and he's the best thing about it.

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