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 Welcome to Sarajevo
Lowest review score: 0 Bewitched
Score distribution:
1518 movie reviews
  1. Basic really brings to mind a Travolta film from 2000, "Battlefield Earth," in that it's so astonishingly awful it becomes a sort of kinky pleasure; just when you think Travolta has fallen to the bottom of the barrel, he pulls out a shovel and dons his miner's helmet to see what lies beneath.
  2. An utter drag, a tepid and sterilized telling of Susann's life.
  3. Feels like a quirky sitcom -- "Arrested Development" without the development.
  4. 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.
  5. D is for Dreadful. And Duchovny.
  6. 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.
  7. As worthless a piece of garbage as we've seen this year.
  8. Lackadaisical feel of the film; Freundlich is unable to generate much suspense.
  9. 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.
  10. Doesn't work as comedy or drama or anything in between.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Is there anything more tedious than the guy who complains and complains about something he knows nothing about? Danish cinema auteur Lars von Trier has never been to the United States because he's afraid of flying, yet he seems determined to keep making movies about how horrible this country is.
  11. 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.
  12. If Big Momma's House isn't as bad as you imagined, then you've no imagination at all.
  13. Indeed, this is the very kind of lame-brained folly Levy and his SCTV cohorts used to mock on their old show; now it's how he makes rent.
  14. The movie's so unfunny, it almost appears to be that way on purpose, kind of like an Ingmar Bergman film.
  15. A wobbly Basinger and a feeble screenplay doom I Dreamed of Africa.
  16. Highly commercialized teenybopper fluff, likely to please the tweenie girls but sorely lacking in anything original or even interesting.
  17. 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Rarely has one movie seemed so predestined to reduce any and all attempted criticism to so many column inches of impotent gibberish.
  18. 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A road movie trapped in a cul-de-sac.
  19. Penned by Rock and a handful of his pals, is such an utter disaster it seems to go out of its way to avoid comedy. It's the very definition of oxymoron: a crowd-pleaser that doesn't.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Predictable and conventional and unadventurous. It can't really be defended, except that it's comfortably enjoyable.
  20. They do it up big, but their frame of reference -- mostly old sci-fi movies and TV shows -- is pint-sized.
  21. It's like an amateur theater production. Reiner rushes through the setup in such a mad dash that it feels like a cartoon.
  22. Rent a porno instead; it'll be less exploitative. God help us, two more of these things are planned.
  23. 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.
  24. It's a mess, but it isn't as bad as you think.
  25. 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.
    • 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.

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