Dallas Observer

Dallas Observer is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andy Klein, Bill Gallo, Jean Oppenheimer, Luke Y. Thompson, Robert Wilonsky
Rating Title/Year Author
Event Horizon (1997) Robert Wilonsky In space, apparently, no one can hear you direct. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Boxer (1997) Peter Rainer The Boxer is very observant about the ways in which women are enlisted in the IRA cause. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2013
Chicago (2002) Bill Gallo As the show has always taught us, the public is fickle and fame is fleeting. But some things turn out to be timeless. Chicago looks like one of them. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
Wolf Creek (2005) Luke Y. Thompson Greg McLean, who has many shorts and commercials under his belt, makes a significant feature debut here, with unapologetic horror that doesn't compromise. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2006
The War Within (2005) The War Within goes places that other films wouldn't dare go. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2005
Mirrormask (2005) Luke Y. Thompson looks as amazing as anything onscreen this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2005
It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004) Robert Wilonsky The movie leaves us with a broad, genuine smile, not the smirk born of so many mockumentaries. This is phony, absolutely, but the good feeling it leaves behind is plenty real. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2005
Monster-in-Law (2005) Bill Gallo Billed as a comedy, this low-wattage sitcom is both ill-tempered and mean-spirited -- not least when it's cracking anti-gay jokes and making snide suggestions about incest. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2005
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Robert Wilonsky The droll has been made dull, a most inexplicable and unfortunate turn of events for so adored a genius, goofball work as this. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2005
Dot the I (2003) Bill Gallo If you find dense, self-conscious mystification decorated with all kinds of fashionable postmodern gimmicks more than a bit annoying, best to look elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2005
The Interpreter (2005) Robert Wilonsky The action gives way, time and time again, to the inaction of people sitting there, explaining why they're there and how they got there and why they're not leaving, which isn't thrilling at all. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2005
Dust to Glory (2005) Bill Gallo 94 minutes' worth of mind-numbing repetition, complete with a musical score seemingly lifted from reality TV. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2005
Sahara (2005) Robert Wilonsky A stunning piece of work -- stunningly inept, stunningly incoherent, stunningly awful in every single way imaginable. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2005
Fever Pitch (2005) Jean Oppenheimer A sweet, ingratiating romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2005
Oldboy (2004) Luke Y. Thompson It's a work of art for sure, but a sadistic one. Oldboy is one of the year's best; it just isn't for everyone. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2005
The Upside of Anger (2005) Robert Wilonsky A mature, informed piece of work that sticks in your head, your heart and your throat long after it's over. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2005
Sin City (2005) Robert Wilonsky What we get isn't so much a dismantled and rearranged puzzle-piece narrative as much as a song stripped of its verses, till all we're left with is the chorus. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2005
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005) Robert Wilonsky All it lacks is a laugh track -- appropriate since it also lacks a laugh. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
Millions (2004) Robert Wilonsky Charming, warming fable. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
Walk on Water (2004) Jean Oppenheimer Will resonate with all sorts of viewers. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
Guess Who (2005) Robert Wilonsky It breaks no ground, but at least it doesn't bury itself beneath so much proselytizing and posing. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
You I Love (2004) Bill Gallo The whole thing has a dour resolve that undermines its attempts at humor. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
Downfall (2004) Bill Gallo Downfall doesn't provide much new material, but it should prove valuable for generations as a historical document, despite its several odd stances. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2005
Robots (2005) Robert Wilonsky If its story line isn't exactly novel -- a dreamer son sets off for the Big City to fulfill his destiny and make his poor parents proud -- its look is hypnotically visionary. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2005
Be Cool (2005) Robert Wilonsky A note-for-note, beat-for-beat redo of its predecessor, only with all the entertaining stuff left out. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2005
Imaginary Heroes (2004) Bill Gallo Whatever kudos go to Harris for the length of his reach tend to be overshadowed by inexperience and enslavement to genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2005
Paper Clips (2004) Jean Oppenheimer Low-key but inspirational. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2005
Constantine (2005) Robert Wilonsky A deceptively thoughtful tale tricked up like an action movie; it's beautiful to look at but even more lovely to ruminate over. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2005
Hitch (2005) Robert Wilonsky Smith is the stale prince of charming grins and adorable asides; it's astounding that this is his first real romantic comedy, because it feels like he's been doing this shtick for years. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2005
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) Robert Wilonsky Aims to be loud, dumb fun, only it takes itself too seriously to offer anything approaching a good time. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2005
Hotel Rwanda (2004) Jean Oppenheimer May be the most important film released in the past year. Among the class of 2004, it is certainly one of the best. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2005
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Bill Gallo It's difficult not to admire Eastwood's dogged (and likely painful) pursuit of real life and authentic emotion. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2005
In Good Company (2004) Robert Wilonsky [A] marvelous comedy tinged with substantial sadness around its edges. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2005
Coach Carter (2005) Bill Gallo Not even Jackson's thundering dynamism lifts the drama from mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2005
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) Robert Wilonsky Penn's lead performance is the main attraction here, and it's a fine piece of work -- far superior to his overly showy Oscar-winning role last year. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2005
Meet the Fockers (2004) Robert Wilonsky It's left to Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Greg's parents to warm up the picture, and they light it on fire. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2004
The Aviator (2004) Robert Wilonsky It's great fun, but nothing more. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2004
Spanglish (2004) Robert Wilonsky Less a story than a snapshot of a crumbling marriage populated by sitcom characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2004
Christmas With the Kranks (2004) Robert Wilonsky It's a celebration of conformity, a film that begs for laughs by mocking and ridiculing anyone who harbors an original thought or action. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2004
Kinsey (2004) Robert Wilonsky It's a love letter from a director to a ghost who still hovers over us all. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2004
National Treasure (2004) Robert Wilonsky Watching it is akin to sitting next to someone else hogging the PlayStation controller as he steers a character through a maze in search of clues that lead only to more clues that finally land in a dreary dead end. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2004
After the Sunset (2004) Bill Gallo The witless inanity of After the Sunset is so numbing that the sole reason for any living creature to sit through it is to marvel at the speed and variety of actress Salma Hayek's costume changes. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2004
The Incredibles (2004) Robert Wilonsky The Incredibles is beautiful to look at, but even more lovely beneath the computer-generated surfaces. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2004
End of the Century (2003) Robert Wilonsky The Ramones have been commodified, deified, even gentrified, but seldom have they been so thoroughly analyzed. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2004
Bukowski: Born Into This (2003) Robert Wilonsky Born Into This, its title taken from one of his poems, is a remarkable movie, because, like Crumb or even American Splendor, it adores the very people most of us might ignore if they passed us on the street. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2004
Birth (2004) Robert Wilonsky You're almost tempted to laugh at Birth by the end, but by then you're too busy cursing it to bother. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2004
Ray (2004) Robert Wilonsky If only the movie contained half as much life as Foxx, it would be something truly remarkable -- a movie with soul, rather than one merely about it. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2004
The Dust Factory (2004) Luke Y. Thompson one of the most original and imaginative children's films in a long time. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2004
Primer (2004) Robert Wilonsky Love it or hate it, you won't be able to leave it alone. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2004
Friday Night Lights (2004) Robert Wilonsky The movie works because Berg never forgets to keep his heart in the game and not just his head. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2004