Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 6,345 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Thelma & Louise
Lowest review score: 0 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
6345 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Remember the eyeball-scrapingly unfunny "Gnomeo and Juliet"? Remember watching it and thinking, “Really? It’s 2011, and we’re still doing Borat mankini jokes?” Well, welcome to Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel seven years past its sell-by date, and 12 years after Sacha Baron Cohen made audiences cringe at his swimsuit choices.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Perhaps it’s just not-the-best-translation of "Taiyō no Uta," the title of the 2006 Japanese original, but I’m (unfortunately) not a language scholar, so I can’t be certain either way. What I can tell you is that this remake kind of sucks.
  1. Utter rubbish compared to its 2013 precursor. Enter with low expectations and you might just have some rock ‘em, sock ‘em, let’s-ravage-Tokyo fun.
  2. There’s a naivete about the film that only a teen at heart could love.
  3. When the movie shifts from psychological to physical terror, the film (like Sawyer) unravels and finally loses its bearings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It is beautiful, lyrical, tragic, redemptive, and focused down to the last tick on a dog’s nose. His animated characters have all the grace, quirk, and charm of any live-action performance.
  4. This new iteration of Ms. Croft, played in a far more realistic fashion by Vikander (of Ex Machina fame), is somewhat more serious in tone, but altogether more fun to watch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    All the action in Souvenir happens in such a dreamlike haze, that it’s my personal pet theory that none of it is actually real and Liliane has been sitting in front of the TV the whole time.
  5. It’s a cliched happy ending, one you’ve seen countless times before, but never in this way.
  6. The movie has a floppy vibe to it, teetering on lazy farce in its mixed marriage of dry humor and flashes of violence.
  7. For all the pratfalls, this is a grim, dispiriting work. It dares not to be liked, and there’s a lot to like in that daringness.
  8. There is no character development or psychology manifested in any aspect of The Strangers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The debut feature by writer/director Cory Finley began as a script for stage, not screen, and that shines through in the intricate dance of dialogue. There's a hint of David Mamet in his use of strictly defined silences, and flat statements as heavy implications.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It may owe much to viral shockers like "28 Days Later," but its political and personal insight elevates The Cured alongside the best of contemporary European realism.
  9. The opening act, I’m sorry to report, is a mess.
  10. The new Death Wish is unlikely to spark similar controversy, simply because the filmmaking is not as compelling as in the original film.
  11. Without preaching from the pulpit, A Fantastic Woman powerfully communicates the hostility and hatred that persons such as Marina encounter simply due to their otherness. In its way, it resembles those Hollywood-era message movies like "Gentleman’s Agreement" and "Pinky," but without the self-congratulatory importance that weighs those films down with all the subtlety of an iron anchor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Coming so close on the heels of another clumsy female-led spy adaptation, "Atomic Blonde" (which at least had the good grace to be stylish in its stupidity), Red Sparrow plummets to Earth.
  12. The peerless crew of actors playing the party guests present stinging dialogue and reactions with the precision of expert marksmen.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The stellar cast is uniformly great, but perhaps that speaks more toward the subject matter of grief and moving on, giving everyone a showcase to sink their teeth into acting.
  13. Why do I feel like a bummed-out tourist gone home with dashed hopes? “I was promised a new-millennium mindfuck, and all I got was this crummy pick-the-bodies-off horror.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The film owes what charm it has to a whip-smart script (heavy on double entendres – a delight for word nerds and game geeks alike), and the chemistry between its actors.
  14. The fact that Russians appear to have dash-cams as standard equipment in their four- and two-wheel rides is as foreign and fascinating as anything President Donald Trump could come up with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It wants so hard to be "Pulp Fiction," but it ends up "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag."
  15. You could say it’s toothless most of the time.
  16. 24 Frames is a classically Kiarostami work, indicative of his life’s curiosities and trademark inquiries, but far short of a culminating utterance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Yes, Black Panther is a moment. But in 20 years' time (or 100 more Marvel films), when this moment has passed, it will still be the kind of resonant, rip-roaring crowd-pleaser to which all smart action films should aspire.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Visually, this is a charming addition to Japanese interpretation of pastoral England, with the overall vision of manor houses and rural idylls feeling perfectly bucolic. There are moments when some elements of culture or set dressing ring a little false. It's in little details.
  17. Early Man is wanting: of a cleverer narrative, of memorable characters. It’s not bad, necessarily. It just feels like an early draft of a better movie to come.
  18. If you’re expecting "Paddington"-level profundity and whimsical adventure you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

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