Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,231 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 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,231 movie reviews
  1. The film is cinematically brilliant but morally obtuse.
  2. May walk like a comedy and quack like a comedy, but despite the absurd extremes to which it takes the squabbling-family formula, it inspires nary a chuckle.
  3. Movies like this are supposed to be ridiculous on some level. It's part of the fun. But, dang. Falling through space, popping your parachute and landing on the one empty stretch of freeway in some bustling future city? C'mon. We all have our limits.
  4. The movie is content to simply mimic the old Stooges, bringing nothing new to the table.
  5. It recycles the same tired battle-of-the-sexes premise employed by every third romantic comedy that gets made.
  6. It's all just empty calories and little more than an excuse to watch Zac Efron play with puppies. It's nice, but for anyone who's too mature for Tiger Beat, it's not enough.
  7. It's paper thin, floating away when it's over without leaving a strong impression one way or another.
  8. Jang and Odagiri are good as the rival runners and soldiers. But they are surrounded by over-the-top performances, which play out like a mugging contest.
  9. It seems hollow, somehow false, even by its own campy standards.
  10. For one thing, all the characters are far too pleasant.
  11. The worst thing about What to Expect When You're Expecting, director Kirk Jones' fictionalized film version, is how fake it is, how cartoonish the experiences.
  12. Subtle, it's not.
  13. In Chernobyl Diaries, directed by Bradley Parker, stupidity is taken to extremes.
  14. The result is a pious mess of a movie that falls short both as history and as storytelling.
  15. A strong cast can't save Virginia.
  16. The cast is intriguing, with Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas as the targets of Pattinson's ambitious amour. But they're not given a whole lot to do -- at least not much that's interesting.
  17. The problem with movies based on a single joke is that a single joke is rarely funny enough to sustain the running time of a feature-length film. And with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the whole joke is in the title.
  18. How much of this is actually funny is a question of taste, but even a confirmed Perry hater might get caught laughing once or twice.
  19. Freeman is back in Reiner's latest, The Magic of Belle Isle, which has all the pathos and saccharine of "The Bucket List" but little of the humor. It's earnest, predictable and disposable.
  20. It's big and it's loud, but ultimately not much more than that.
  21. A lot of talent comes up empty in Red Lights, a thriller that doesn't thrill.
  22. The film winds up being a collection of striking visuals without any emotional heft.
  23. The film is at its best when it focuses on real-life human drama rooted in character: failing marriages, crushing poverty, professional malaise. Davis in particular delivers as impassioned a performance as ever -- good enough that you wish you could airlift her character into another movie.
  24. Picture Alan Alda in the title role of "Dirty Harry," and you have a good idea why Tyler Perry playing a hard-edged cop in "Alex Cross" doesn't work. [19 Oct 2012]
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  25. For a movie that aspires to be heartwarming, it sure does inspire a lot of eye rolling.
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  26. A greeting card set in motion, Chasing Mavericks cheeses up the story of real-life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity so thickly you could spread it on a cracker.
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  27. Everyone would have been better off if the editors had just cobbled together a 90-minute blooper reel and called it a day.
  28. Safe Haven plays out less like a love story than it does a two-hour audition tape Julianne Hough commissioned to land a lucrative lip-gloss-modeling contract.
  29. The lyrical book is filled with touches of magical realism. On the other hand, the movie is sorely lacking in both magic and realism. It’s all very empty and blah.
  30. A popular topic for debate is whether television or movies are better right now. Movie defenders are not going to want to use Dorfman in Love to bolster their argument.

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