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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Score distribution:
1518 movie reviews
  1. The most offensive movie of the year.
  2. An utter drag, a tepid and sterilized telling of Susann's life.
  3. Prochnow rocks; nothing else does.
  4. It wears out its welcome well before its halfway point, by which time you're either so tangled up in plot points you're strangling, or so bored you just wish you were being strangled.
  5. Happily stuck between a rock and the deep blue sea.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Experiencing this movie is a little like watching a manic-depressive's medication wear off.
  6. D is for Dreadful. And Duchovny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Screwball mistaken-identity crapfest...it's just utterly plain, a confection so bland you don't even care that it doesn't really make any sense at the end.
  7. It's too easy, but here goes: This movie's a Loser. Sorry.
  8. The only thing worse than second-generation Guy Ritchie is fourth-generation Quentin Tarantino, and this movie has the musty smell of 1995 all over it.
  9. Comes across as artificial.
  10. Alas, the film has good intentions, but it's a failure. Just try to stay awake.
  11. Aspires to be a "Beach Blanket Bingo" redux with a gangbang Grease finale, but it plays like junior high Neil LaBute filmed by an elementary school AV squad.
  12. In short, let nothing deter you from staying home.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It's not until the plot surfaces that Bring It On really begins to suffer.
  13. Isn't any fun at all, which is ultimately the most damning thing you can say about a Bruckheimer movie.
  14. So utterly awful, you're tempted to build a time machine, then go back in history and try to make sure Ward's parents never meet.
  15. It's too bad, then, that Anderson (whose only other major credit is "Mortal Kombat," but of course) and first-time screenwriter Philip Eisner felt so compelled to do away with suspense and turn Event Horizon into a big-budget slasher film.
  16. The entire enterprise was directed by first-timer Christopher Erskin like a would-be Max Bialystock; one can only assume it's supposed to be this bad, because nobody sucks this hard on accident.
  17. Hang out at a frat house or sports bar, and you can hear this kind of talk for free.
  18. Shoddy and ridiculous.
  19. Stay away: Everything about the movie is rinky-dink, from its phony, lifeless dialogue to its drab, shabby sitcom look to its choppy editing, all of which can wear on you after 95 minutes that come to feel like an eternity.
  20. With a sneer and a wink, Drowning Mona plunges us into a fresh deluge of idiotic Americana .
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Wild Things reaches such dizzying heights of wretched dialogue, creaky contrivances, and panting performances, you're forced to wonder if the filmmakers realized how bad their script was and switched gears into pure camp at some point during the shoot.
  21. It will linger like a foul odor or the taste of tinfoil between the teeth.
  22. A stunning piece of work--stunningly inept, stunningly incoherent, stunningly awful in every single way imaginable.
  23. Welcome to Mooseport... is intended to be a comedy; that hypothesis is a generous leap of faith, given the fact that "House of Sand and Fog" contains more moments of mirth than this rather joyless exercise in waste and torpor.
  24. A football film made by a man who apparently has seen little of the game outside of movies, and not very good ones at that.
  25. It's absolutely awful, and even Gene Hackman can't carry it across the goal line.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A road movie trapped in a cul-de-sac.

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