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 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 Road Trip
Score distribution:
1,519 movie reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deeply engrossing and deep in numerous other ways that one scarcely encounters at the movies anymore.
  1. Kubrick's comic gem sparkles with enduring relevance.
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  2. It would be a masterpiece in any language.
  3. This astonishingly gritty film maintains its strong niche between Roberto Rossellini's "Open City" and Paul Greengrass' "Bloody Sunday" as a pinnacle of war-torn neo-realist drama.
  4. For the most part, Sideways is a great movie--impeccably written, directed and acted--that takes its characters on a journey toward something new.
  5. This film is a miracle, an extravaganza equal to its predecessors and in some ways more stunning. It is a profound testament to the extraordinary power of moving images and sound.
  6. So enchanting it takes your breath away.
  7. It's not easy to pull off a good morality tale. That's why Moolaad, the new film from 81-year-old Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembene, feels like such an exceptional success. Its moral center is painfully clear, but so is its humanity.
  8. An animated extravaganza of Gallic wit and soul that delivers more wild humanity than many of the year's live-action features. In a word: go.
  9. It was Melville's second-to-last feature, and it shows him in top form, with a more generous dose of humor than usual.
  10. Spielberg can never top this. Period.
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  11. He (Spielberg) commemorates the soldiers in that vast Normandy cemetery in the most absolute and honorable way possible.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He's (Hanson) never before generated the kind of heat inside a picture--and out of it--that he has with L.A. Confidential.
  12. Amazingly, almost every note of every performance in Bloody Sunday rings true.
  13. A masterful film about the magic of performance and the foibles of the artists behind it.
  14. Smart people will relish its temerariousness, average people will smile awkwardly and comment that it's "kinda different," and dimly lit people may mistake it for the Elmo movie and drool quietly in the back rows. It's a movie for everyone.
  15. Yes, yes--The Incredibles is beautiful to look at, but even more lovely beneath the computer-generated surfaces.
  16. The first relevant film about rock and roll and the music industry, the first film that lets you in on the secret.
  17. A gentle, frank, and often hysterical love story about two people destined, and occasionally doomed, to be together forever. Some of us should be as lucky, as blessed, as Harvey Pekar.
  18. May be the most wrenching, profound and perfectly made movie nobody wants to see.
  19. Its exquisiteness can overwhelm in a single sitting.
  20. Feels like something entirely brand-new; such are the gifts of Kaufman and Gondry, inventors and magicians.
  21. How often does one see a masterpiece about a masterpiece?
  22. The year's greatest adventure, and Jackson's limited but enthusiastic adaptation has made literature literal without killing its soul.
  23. Gleefully blurs the line between species. Vive la révolution!
  24. In this bolder, longer new cut, characters are allowed to finish scenes previously left as DVD extras, effects are creepier, and the theories of "the Tangent Universe" are explored in greater depth. Friends and neighbors, this is a Great American Movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It respects its characters, its source material, and its audience, and its inherent melodrama is ennobled by the scrupulous intelligence of its director.
  25. If, in its groundbreaking assault on the mythology of the American West, Brokeback Mountain gets a lot of people into a furious lather, so be it.
  26. One of the most remarkable things about Murderball, which is easily among the year's best movies, is how little of its time is filled with the playing of the game.

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