Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,432 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,432 movie reviews
  1. It's fun to watch the actors work. But you wish they had material a little stronger to work with. Laggies doesn't give it to them.
  2. A surprising, laugh-out-loud take on the old buddy-cop genre. It's sneaky and smartly funny, offering an almost perfect balance of action and comedy. That's the good news. Then there's the matter of the movie's disheartening final 25 minutes.
  3. Bouncing back and forth in time and emotional space, The Broken Circle Breakdown contains moments of beauty, power and tragedy, but the constant churning sometimes leaves the film without a solid foundation. Ah, but then there’s the music, soaring bluegrass performed with passion and talent.
  4. Does it all add up? Maybe, if you follow the letter of narrative law. It's certainly imaginative, with high-minded ideas, but Hawke and Snook are what keep it grounded in truth.
  5. A surprisingly delightful adventure romp.
  6. It is a harrowing journey, and an inspirational one. But, as director, Jolie takes far too long to tell it, particularly in such a conventional manner.
  7. It is flawed but ultimately captivating.
  8. It's effective, entertaining in a remarkably uncomfortable way but entertaining all the same.
  9. McQuarrie delivers a tense, eye-popping amusement-park ride that’s almost as exciting as it is forgettable.
  10. When you watch the movie, you’ll know more about these characters than they know about each other. But Moshe, who also wrote the script, brings the truth to light in dramatically satisfying ways.
  11. The film wraps up too neatly to be believed, not leaving questions unanswered so much as failing to ask them.
  12. There are some poignant moments in the movie's latter half, as well as a couple of genuine laughs. If it never achieves the heft it wants, it at least manages a sitcommy kind of charm, like an extended episode of "The Golden Girls." Perhaps more importantly, it gives Rowlands a lead role, which is never a bad thing.
  13. What Sheen and Bello provide, however, is searing acting. Their performances - genuine, awkward, difficult - are not always easy to watch but never are less than tremendous.
  14. It’s a compelling topic, even if directors Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter don’t dig deeply into the cultural and psychological significance of it.
  15. You also get drinking. Lots and lots of drinking. By the time the movie is half over, you'll feel hungover.
  16. Director Francis Lawrence does a nice job capturing the claustrophobic environment of District 13 and has a good eye for action shots. But the actors are what really sell the movie.
  17. It's not an easy ride, but it is ultimately a satisfying one.
  18. It’s an interesting film, consistently entertaining, a mile wide and an inch deep.
  19. The story has something of a flow, but the film feels more like someone dropping in on the characters' lives. It's more about observation than connecting dots. This isn't a detriment, particularly with strong performances to carry things along.
  20. Daybreakers isn't a great film, but it's a good one, and in a market oddly lousy with vampire tales, it's an original.
  21. The story probably doesn’t stand up to heavy scrutiny, and at times the effort by star and director shows. But at least the effort is there.
  22. Surprisingly, character actor Sam Anderson winds up stealing a lot of the film as Bruce and Frank's dad. He can take a line as innocuous as "We don't have cars right now. Bruce stole them for drugs" and turn it into something hilarious.
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  23. Far-fetched? Yes. A little sugary? Also yes, especially if Thomas were removed from the equation. Happily, she is not, and that, combined with the performances of McGregor, Blunt and Waked, makes Salmon Fishing in the Yemen a charming little movie.
  24. Never quite delivers on its promise -- a dark retelling of the fairy tale in which women hold the true power, good and evil -- but it certainly is an attractive misfire.
  25. The plain facts, presented without commentary, are an effective plea for a more compassionate immigration policy.
  26. It's beautiful to behold and wears its magic on its well-appointed sleeves, daring the audience to crack wise.
  27. If you had to update the film for the Instagram generation, you could do a lot worse than what director Shana Feste (“Country Strong”) has come up with. She has crafted a stylish, evocative journey into overheated-teenager territory. For a good chunk of the time, it works.
  28. What stays with you is Franco, one of the more enigmatic actors around, going way over the top yet grounding his performance in … something. Whatever it is, it’s more interesting than all the wet T-shirt contests in the world, and it makes Spring Breakers worth watching.
  29. Jersey Boys is a good movie, and the performances are first-rate. But Eastwood should have roughed things up a little more.
  30. The bigger issue is that the film is more a slice of life than a real journey. It's an intriguing slice, but the real depth is in the performances, not the story. [18 Oct 2012]
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