Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,479 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,479 movie reviews
  1. It's wrenching stuff. If bits and pieces feel contrived (and they do), overall the message is strong — and important.
  2. A lot of fun for horror fans, a nice little jaunt through paranoia and conspiracy theories.
  3. Statham probably isn't going to be doing Shakespeare anytime soon. But everybody ought to be good at something, and when it comes to this kind of thing, Statham is very good, indeed.
  4. The results of her work are predictable yet pleasantly played out.
  5. Queen to Play falls somewhat into the "Pygmalion" template, but watching Bonnaire's Helene find herself makes it worthy in its own right.
  6. You wouldn’t want Kill Your Darlings to be the only information you ever get about the Beats. But it’s a decent introduction for the uninitiated, and interesting enough to those who know the story.
  7. It's always entertaining, and it boasts a terrific performance from Sara Forestier.
  8. Like a greatest-hits album, it's not as deeply satisfying as an artist's best work (try Yen's "Ip Man"). But it will keep you entertained.
  9. As an exegesis on tortured creative genius, Harmontown proves wanting. It's in the exploration of how "Community" fandom formed its own distinctive community of outcasts that the film excels.
  10. Machete is insanely violent, insanely over-the-top. It's pretty much flat-out insane.
  11. That American Ultra works as well as it does is a testament to its two lead performances.
  12. Marvel at the audacity of Nørgaard and his cast, of how far they are willing to go for a laugh. It's a bumpy ride, but for those with the stomach for it, it's an entertaining one.
  13. Eventually, all of the stories will come together in a somewhat contrived way. The film's parts are greater than the whole. But the parts are worth the effort.
  14. Schnack presents all this without commentary, stitching together appearances and speeches and strategy sessions. As is often the case, he doesn’t need to make the point about the quality of politics at work in Caucus. The candidates do it for him.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. A surprisingly delightful adventure romp.
  21. 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.
  22. It is flawed but ultimately captivating.
  23. It's effective, entertaining in a remarkably uncomfortable way but entertaining all the same.
  24. McQuarrie delivers a tense, eye-popping amusement-park ride that’s almost as exciting as it is forgettable.
  25. 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.
  26. The film wraps up too neatly to be believed, not leaving questions unanswered so much as failing to ask them.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. You also get drinking. Lots and lots of drinking. By the time the movie is half over, you'll feel hungover.

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