Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,236 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Social Network
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,236 movie reviews
  1. If there is a common thread, it's that for all these people life is not a passive activity. They live their lives, largely in the ways they've wanted to, and don't just wait around to see what's next.
  2. Queen to Play falls somewhat into the "Pygmalion" template, but watching Bonnaire's Helene find herself makes it worthy in its own right.
  3. Let's not pretend otherwise: The comedy here is profane, juvenile, silly. Fine by me, because some of it also is hilarious.
  4. Exactly what it sounds like: a cowboy movie and an alien movie thrown together, a genre mash-up that's more fun than good, but pretty good nonetheless.
  5. Stone is becoming a dependable go-to choice for comedies, brimming with charisma.
  6. Once you see that ape, named Caesar, riding a galloping horse in triumph, it's awfully hard not to get sucked in. It's not dumb fun, exactly. It's smart dumb fun.
  7. Jig
    One of the things that pushes Jig beyond what it might have been otherwise is that not everything works out as you might have liked.
  8. The acting is uniformly excellent, and the cause - dragging the beginnings of civil rights into Jackson, Miss., at great risk - couldn't be nobler. What the film lacks is a strong point of view.
  9. It's a somewhat goofy movie that also manages some real scares. Best of all, it makes excellent use of an element of vampire stories effective since Count Dracula confronted Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's novel: I know that you know, and I also know there is nothing you can do about it.
  10. As cinema, Crime After Crime is nothing special. It would be perfect for a PBS "Frontline" entry. But it reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head.
  11. It's always entertaining, and it boasts a terrific performance from Sara Forestier.
  12. It's a sometimes-hilarious send-up of slasher movies that buries a surprising amount of sweetness under buckets of gore.
  13. The Big Year is better when it is examining the obsession of the birders, and Martin, Black and Wilson are enjoyable in toned-down mode.
  14. More of the same, using the found-footage tricks the first two films employed to try to shock the audience. But man, are those some good tricks.
  15. A surprisingly delightful adventure romp.
  16. You also get drinking. Lots and lots of drinking. By the time the movie is half over, you'll feel hungover.
  17. You can't help leaving the film with the following thought: Man, it's good to see Murphy being funny again.
  18. It is flawed but ultimately captivating.
  19. Intense people behave in intense fashion, and that's that. No guns, no bombs, no noises louder than an argument or a father who likes to drink.
  20. For the most part the film is an interesting, and occasionally fascinating, look at getting older and taking on responsibility.
  21. Yes, it's that sappy, in between the F-bomb barrage. But Hill brings an infectious confidence to his performance, even when he's supposedly down and out.
  22. There is nothing erotic about it, nothing sexy, nothing but a brutish satisfying of carnal desires. Without an astounding performance from Michael Fassbender, it would be almost too painful to watch (and at times, too boring). With him, it's not exactly easy.
  23. Busy, busy. That's The Adventures of Tintin boiled down to its essence.
  24. Where In the Land of Blood and Honey falls short, then, is in the story itself. Too many coincidences and, ultimately, too narrow a focus. But it is a genuinely noble effort, a worthy attempt to make some sense of the inexplicable.
  25. The performances, by Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté, are outstanding.
  26. In truth, the story isn't much. Just betrayal and revenge, basically. But a couple of things make Haywire a lot of fun to watch. One is the cast.
  27. Luckily, Horn is so good -- as is Max von Sydow, in a wordless role -- that the film resonates in spite of the tear-jerking strings Daldry pulls.
  28. Perhaps the movie's most surprising feat? Somehow, the darned thing mostly works, probably because its heart is in the right place.
  29. Don't be mistaken -- this isn't an artsy thriller. It is still, at heart, men vs. wolves, and the wolves definitely have the home-court advantage.
  30. It works, both as a character study and a BOO! made-you-jump exercise in horror.

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