Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,787 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1787 movie reviews
  1. Lanthimos makes statements about the nature of love and relationships and their place in society, and there are fewer statements more important than those.
  2. Affleck is the center of the film. His Doug is, in some respects, rather like Affleck - the director of the elaborate heists, as well as a performer in them.
  3. This is real edge-of-your-seat stuff, in a throwback way - no booming special effects, just old-school timing and execution.
  4. It relies on a singularly brilliant performance by Colin Firth to make it one of the year's more satisfying films.
  5. Osmond may tell the story to wring maximum emotion out of the audience, but so what? Isn’t that why people make these movies? It is. And more importantly, it’s why people watch them.
  6. This is World War I from a woman's point of view, a different perspective than we usually see. It's the story of someone who doesn't fight — who would be so shaped by tragedy that she would vow never to — but for whom the horrors of war are just as vivid and devastating.
  7. There are plot twists and turns, some of which amuse, some of which disgust. Issues of gender and identity take an eventual backseat to gruesome experiments -- gruesome because of the manner in which they're conducted, by an unfeeling monster.
  8. Mommy is a film as harrowing as it is exhilarating, a story sometimes hard to watch but impossible to turn away from.
  9. An Honest Liar is a fascinating look at what the truth means, and how it means different things to different people. It's also a reminder that no one has a monopoly on it. Not even the Amazing Randi.
  10. 22 Jump Street is, ultimately, a celebration of the silly and the sweet, a combination that's welcome again and again.
  11. Once you’ve seen the work Stallone and Jordan do in Creed, the idea of a “Rocky 8” doesn’t sound so bad.
  12. It is a fascinating film, and if it skimps somewhat on the moral complications of this kind of art, it holds nothing back in terms of volume: Image after image grabs our eye and often grips our throat.
  13. The Immigrant is not exactly the feel-good hit of the summer, but it is a compelling tale of what, in the end, can only be called survival.
  14. This is, in fact, one of the more violent movies in recent memory. But Stone doesn't let anyone off easy. Violence has an effect here, has meaning, has relevance to the story. And that's a good thing; otherwise, it would be hard to stomach.
  15. The humor here is on the dry side of zany, and it won't tickle every funny bone, any more than Mike Myers does, or - perhaps a more apt comparison - Terry Gilliam's tart filmic fantasies. But no matter what, you have to admit this mix of lowbrow humor and French erudition has a style of its own.
  16. DeCubellis sets up a satisfying, stylish mystery, populated by striking characters and situations.
  17. The Hornet's Nest serves as a somewhat effective bonding exercise for father and son. But the best of what it has to offer moves beyond that, and puts us alongside the people fighting a daily battle and, sometimes, heartbreakingly, losing the fight.
  18. A gorgeously shot, well-acted Western that resonates more the more you let it settle.
  19. The film is a slice of life, and although nothing earthshaking happens, at only 75 minutes long, it never quite tries your patience either.
  20. It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.
  21. Laurence Anyways is like a big, ornate, overstuffed pillow of a movie. It’s attractive and comfortable, even if there’s just too much of it.
  22. Still Mine is a rewarding, performance-based film, ultimately a small pleasure to spend time with.
  23. Fantastic acting by the likes of Garret Dillahunt, Chris Cooper and Joel Torre lift characters above the cliched, offering a one-sided history lesson that is still well worth learning.
  24. The easiest way to describe My Golden Days is as a coming-of-age romance, but Arnaud Desplechin’s film, with its memories and carefully nursed grudges and moments of heartbreak and betrayal, feels weightier than that.
  25. White House Down aims to be a low-brow slab of mindless summer fun. Most of the time, it comes pretty close to hitting the bull’s eye.
  26. It seduces us with imagery and metaphor.
  27. That's not a pretty story, of course. But it's a compelling one and, thanks to Wells and a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper, an entertaining one.
  28. For most of the film, Weitz, riding a fantastic performance by Demián Bichir as the landscaper in question, succeeds in showing the day-to-day struggles that exist beneath the political rhetoric and upper-case headlines.
  29. An intriguing look at the effects on one man's life; whether they're worth the cost is something Steinbauer leaves up to us.
  30. It's very much an old-time moviegoing experience; the film could have been made in 1940, and that's a compliment.

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