Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,971 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1971 movie reviews
  1. Darren Aronofsky’s film pretty much defines “not for everybody.” He is here to challenge the audience as much as entertain it; happily, he does both, and with no half measures in either department. It is intriguing, frustrating, bizarre and over-the-top — way over. And yet when you leave, you can’t deny: There is a lot of movie going on here.
  2. It's all-around generic, made notable by its weirdly schizophrenic tone. Sometimes it strives to be a character-driven thriller in the Jason Bourne mold. In other moments, it goes for over-the-top action and violence. But it's never very exciting.
  3. Crown Heights is soul-shaking only in the abstract. In execution, it’s deathly dull.
  4. Home Again is a romantic comedy with its heart in the right place. And that’s just about the only thing it has going for it. It’s facile, disingenuous, artificial in nearly every way.
  5. It
    This is a really fun movie. Good, too. Not great, but old-school in its approach to scares and, even better, in its approach to the relationships between kids, outsiders who band together to try to take down a monstrous evil. And maybe flirt a little while they’re at it.
  6. Lafosse, along with actors Bérénice Bejo and Cédric Kahn, infuse the film with a brutal honesty that makes it, if not exactly enjoyable, certainly compelling.
  7. It’s a big disappointment, not least because of its talented cast, and Bell’s obvious talents as a filmmaker.
  8. Is Whose Streets? the only story we should see and hear about what went on in Ferguson and after? No. It’s by its nature incomplete, one side of the tale. What makes it important is that it is the side that too often goes ignored. But here, at least, no more.
  9. Despite the film's predictable nature, it's hard not to become engaged. The performances are excellent and Härö directs with a clean hand, pushing toward a suspenseful, stirring climax that hinges on the team's success as well as Endel's freedom.
  10. It is high-spirited, buoyant and full of laughs.
  11. Pattinson is what helps us keep pace. He completely inhabits Connie with his jittery, twitchy efforts — he can’t stand still, so neither can we.
  12. Aubrey Plaza is brilliant in Ingrid goes West, Matt Spicer’s smart, satirical and sometimes scathing takedown of the vapidity social media sometimes injects into life.
  13. The film is, like its predecessors, funny. But the joke is starting to wear just a bit thin.
  14. The cast, in particular Macdonald and Everett, rise above. However gritty the film may be, you want the best for these characters.
  15. The cast is impressive, and again, Bridges is always a welcome presence.
  16. Weinstein normally directs documentaries, and Menashe has a fly-on-the-wall feel at times, particularly in the warmly believable interplay between father and son.
  17. Weird” is one word for it, and it certainly applies. But so does “creative,” “inventive,” “compelling” and, finally, “good.” Dave Made a Maze is all of those things, a one-of-a-kind movie from director and co-writer Bill Watterson.
  18. I liked the movie — it’s certainly well made, and a lot of fun — but I mostly found myself laughing at it, not with it.
  19. You might say the lack of a Hollywood narrative arc is both a strength and a weakness in this film, because Lipitz isn’t entirely clear about what story she is trying to tell.
  20. Brigsby Bear is charming, sweet, creative, different and disturbing.
  21. As with all of the films he writes, Sheridan takes us to places that are foreign to many of us, yet immerses us so deeply into the sense of place that everything feels familiar, recognizable. It’s a trip worth taking, making “Wind River” another stop on the unique cinematic travelogue Sheridan is building.
  22. A surprisingly effective horror film, which is to say it’s scary in all the smart ways.
  23. For every crisis there’s a line of homespun wisdom, in every failure a universal lesson to impart. The film highlights each symbol, making explicit that which would be stronger left implicit, until Rex’s glass castle becomes an overbearing metaphor.
  24. The Midwife is one of those movies that could be about anything and you’d watch, so enjoyable are its lead actors.
  25. The Dark Tower is a near-total whiff, a mess of a movie that took forever to get made and by the look of things should have taken about twice that long. Or maybe just never have been made at all.
  26. The sequel is even more “all about Al,” but ironically, with any question of another electoral run put to rest, the results work better as cinema.
  27. There are a lot of funny people in Brave New Jersey, but the movie is not very funny.
  28. All the actors are good, but Harrington is remarkable. It’s not just the physical changes in her character, but the genuineness with which she inhabits her.
  29. Detroit, as a movie, is all over the place, yet oddly that messiness is one of its strengths. It is also appropriate. Necessary, even. It fits.
  30. City of Ghosts isn’t merely about the personal sacrifices of these men, but a testament to the necessity of a free and open press the world over.

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