Charlotte Observer's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,615 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1615 movie reviews
  1. Pearce, who's in every scene except the Sammy flashbacks, dominates the picture through his feral performance.
  2. The result is a film that has "Masterpiece Theatre" production values but not an ounce of dust upon it.
  3. A spruced-up version has been re-released after 22 years, and the addition of 43 minutes means the story really has room to breathe.
  4. An experience as tender and troubling as any you're likely to get - or not likely, if this subject puts you off.
  5. The title comes from the memoir by Mariane Pearl, wife of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. It applies equally to Winterbottom, who has made the rarest movie among this summer's releases: a taut police procedural that examines all sides of an issue and forces us to re-think our own.
  6. To talk more about the movie's layers is to risk giving away too much. I'll say only that this film confirms Nolan's status as the director whose work I look forward to more than any other.
  7. You can’t exactly call Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity the best film of its kind, because it has no kind: It stands alone as an extraordinary balance of 3-D effects, heroes-in-jeopardy storytelling and emotional depth.
  8. Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the all-time great horror films. [22 Oct 2004, p.11H]
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  9. Jackson surpasses the expectations anyone might have had for him with The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of his trilogy devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork.
  10. The film is visually sumptuous, morally ambiguous, dramatic and dreamlike, with a narrative as engrossing as any live-action movie of 2013. It’s easy to follow yet hard to shake.
  11. A gently spellbinding drama that captures the old-fashioned enchantment of Roald Dahl’s book.
  12. U.S. geography doesn't matter to Payne. He always charts the terrain of the human heart, and he's among the wisest of mapmakers.
  13. The Big Short, which he directed and wrote with Charles Randolph from the book by Michael Lewis, jumps off the screen in every scene and pins an elusive subject firmly in place.
  14. Has an honesty few movies seek or achieve these days.
  15. David Fincher obsesses about obsessive people.
  16. This meditation on spirituality, loneliness and accountability could touch your heart's core.
  17. As we bounce over rough seas on the Maersk, we know just what will be lost if the Somalis don’t keep their trembling fingers off their triggers. As the title suggests, this is not a movie about an incident: It’s a movie about a man who stays very real to us.
  18. I haven’t seen a movie this year with a more brilliant combination of imagination, emotionally moving moments, witty writing, visually interesting details and psychologically accurate behavior than Inside Out.
  19. To call it a masterpiece is premature: That's a title to be earned only in retrospect. But I've seen it twice now and can't imagine what I would change. It fits together tightly as a suspenseful puzzle, yet it's also emotionally rewarding and sardonically funny.
  20. The most atmospheric thing in the movie is Farnsworth's face.
  21. One of the most uncompromisingly bleak films I've ever seen.
  22. Breathtaking masterpiece.
  23. One of the most heartbreaking, unforgettable dramas in years.
  24. Its uniqueness lies in its juxtaposition of happy faces and unhappy realities, of fleeting expressions of art and culture undone by daily brutality.
  25. Most documentaries put us inside people's heads. The dazzling, experimental Pina puts us inside people's feet.
  26. A dark comedy that's as emotionally honest as any picture of 2002.
  27. It's encouraging to see a nation so aware of its public image and defensive about its military decisions examine a dark day in its history.
  28. Jackson had the vision, persistence, insight and patience for this mighty job, plus the smarts to shape stage veterans and overlooked film actors into a seamless cast. He's made himself as immortal as a movie director can be.
  29. Ran
    All that matters is that emotions be real, and so they are: wracking grief, harrowing madness, unquenchable hate. Composers have tried and failed to turn "Lear" into a workable opera, but Kurosawa has found the visual equivalent. Yet the last image of a man, solitary and silent, is more haunting than all the destruction. [10 Aug 2001, p.7E]
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