Austin Chronicle's Scores

For 6,195 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Your Name.
Lowest review score: 0 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Score distribution:
6195 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Ultimately, no matter how fascinating the subject, there are only so many shots of rich people relishing amuse-bouche, especially when it never feels like the main course arrives.
  1. As a filmed drama, Mary Shelley is sorely in need of a jolt of electricity similar to the one that reanimated Frankenstein’s monster in the author’s novel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It all adds up for a tender and loving family portrait of growing up and letting go.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Those who just want to watch dinosaurs eat people in creative ways? They’re destined to get their money’s worth.
  2. Antwan "Big Boi" Patton appears in an entertaining role as Atlanta’s weaselly mayor. Atlanta may have dibs on Youngblood Priest this time, but even though the character is still fly in this reboot, it would be a stretch to regard him as truly superfly.
  3. Neville’s film isn’t making a case for canonization. But it is a call to action.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A hilariously silly comedy based on an absurd true story.
  4. Summer 1993 reveals itself to us as if it were a scrapbook of memories tumbling forth. Some are clearer than others, yet the movie retains a subjective, childlike point of view.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The action sequences are breathtaking, and the character-driven humor is, as per usual, top notch.
  5. It’s one of the few narration-dependent films in recent years in which the words don’t get in the way of the story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    American Animals is as much an exercise in objective truth – or the lack thereof – as it is the retelling of a single series of events.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The film’s quiet confidence in an evolved America only tells half the story; as a result, it already feels more like a prologue than a happy ending.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An exquisitely crafted box of nightmares, and once you realize that the lid has already closed with you inside, it will leave splinters under your skin.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While I was expecting a few more plot twists, Ocean’s 8 is a safe bet for some glitzy summer fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There's no attempt to anthropomorphize the rock and and glaciers, but they have never seemed more terrifying and alluring.
  6. This is one of the major delights of Hotel Artemis: a plot that posits a damaged, Medicare-aged woman as its central figure. And that the role is executed by a two-time Oscar-winning actress delivering her best work in many years makes this a rare treat.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Here’s the real kick in the pants. Action Point absolutely has a point, and definitely has its heart in the right place.
  7. It’s a daunting task to mount a stage production of the play these days, given the college-lit symbolism embodied by its hapless titular bird and the narrative arcs to which today’s audiences are accustomed, much less adapt it for the big screen and still remain true to Chekhov’s delicate dramatic sensibilities. Either way, it’s an uphill climb. This film adaptation of this seminal play (the fourth, by most counts) gets about halfway up the hill.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Quiet desperation, as Pink Floyd so adroitly observed, is the English way, and Ian McEwan's 2007 Booker short-listed novel On Chesil Beach is a soft-spoken but devastating reminder of that truth.
  8. Amazingly, it all works up to a point, although at approaching two hours in length, it could’ve easily shaved its bifurcated mohawk down by a good 15 minutes.
  9. While Kate Novack’s documentary suffers from a certain vagueness in the telling of Talley’s life, what’s clear is that it’s been an exceptional one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Hamm is also the only interview subject who touches on what I found to be the film’s most egregious flaw: Considering most people barely make a living wage and food insecurity is on the rise, it seems rather tone-deaf to make a film about a hotel that charges $4,000 to $20,000 per night.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Upgrade is a welcome excuse to put Marshall-Green through some delightfully complex fight choreography.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Let the Sunshine In has many pleasures for those seeking a languorous, provocative, and enchanting look at a woman who is trying to carve out something authentic.
  10. Like the peanut butter that serves as a primary source of sustenance in the film, Adrift can be devoured in smooth and/or crunchy modes: high-seas romance or cataclysmic adventure. There are commendable aspects to recommend each approach, yet the final result is an uneasy blend.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Pleasant. If you had to reduce this biographical documentary of the great violinist Itzhak Perlman to one word, it would be pleasant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A new film that takes an unflinching look at a nation’s anti-Semitism that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews.
  11. This knuckle-whitening depiction of a man of God toppling into his own spiritual abyss is one of Schrader’s finest and most excoriating films to date.
  12. What keeps Outside In interesting throughout is the nuanced work of its so very watchable leads – especially Duplass, who spent the first half of his career behind the camera writing, directing, and producing film and TV with his brother Mark.
  13. Even though Mrs. Hyde loses the trees for the forest, any movie starring Huppert (Elle, The Ceremony) is radiant, and it should be evident that tossing in a special effect or a message will be superfluous.

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