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 The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,479 movie reviews
  1. So much of "The Hunting Ground" describes the behavior of college students at their worst. Watching Pino and Clark find some measure of peace and healing while offering the same to others shows it at its best.
  2. Stuff just happens, some of it funny, some of it uncomfortable, some of it good, some of it bad. Just like real life, which is what makes Turn Me On, Dammit! so weirdly enjoyable.
  3. A tremendously entertaining take on film noir, with all the usual elements of the genre in play - crime, death, possibly murder and doomed romance.
  4. A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.
  5. This is a film that finds horror not in the extreme, but in the mundane. That alone makes it a worthwhile entry in a genre that it both inhabits and rises above.
  6. It's Cooper's movie, and, although he has been good in pretty much everything we've seen him in, there is a depth to this performance we haven't seen before. It's a tricky balance: As the legend grows, the man diminishes. Cooper and Eastwood do an exceptionally good job of maintaining that.
  7. Sometimes, a movie just has a magic about it, something that makes you look past implausibility and plot holes and whatever other shortcomings it may have and leaves you feeling good just for having seen it.
  8. Everything is so bizarre and deadpan, the humor just sort of sneaks up on you, until you’re laughing without even meaning to. It’s a neat mix of subtlety and over-the-top bloodshed, with everything played with a straight face.
  9. Most of all, though, it's a welcome, offbeat look at a couple of originals, something that's in woefully short supply.
  10. [A] searing, perversely thrilling drama.
  11. Belle is a beautiful period piece, but it's also something more: a study of racism, classism and sexism in 18th-century England.
  12. You can read Emma's affair and its eventual effect on Edoardo as an inverted oedipal thing, or perhaps as a metaphor for decadence, the embodiment of a family that subconsciously realizes it's in decline and must fight to warm its blood.
  13. The action and the chemistry is stronger than the story, because Gyllenhaal and Peña are good. In that respect End of Watch works better as a series of vignettes held together somewhat loosely by a larger story.
  14. Though polished and image-conscious, offering too little insight into the physical and psychological trauma suffered in the bullet’s wake, the film is nevertheless moving without resorting to saccharine overtures.
  15. The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is an odd little movie about an odd family who reacts to situations in odd ways.
  16. An infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.
  17. A funny, heartfelt look at families, relationships and the lies that prop them up as much as tear them down.
  18. It is affecting, surprising, heartbreaking.
  19. he beauty of The Wind Rises — and it really is gorgeous — does not mask the troublesome aspects of its story, or of human nature itself.
  20. The film is nakedly candid, but Stritch is also a ham who is almost always aware of the camera.
  21. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 is a dark film, in a dramatically satisfying way.
  22. As the film comes to an end, more and more of "Blood Simple" is translated directly to China, even to the last drop.
  23. For anyone with an interest in dance, Pina is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, Pina is a should-see. It could change your mind.
  24. While Zwick doesn’t dig as deeply as he might in searching for answers, the subject matter, combined with Tobey Maguire’s performance as Fischer, makes this a compelling film.
  25. The strength of Peace Officer is that it doesn’t attempt to pit the viewer against the police. Its target, rather, is the system.
  26. It's all brutal good fun, with laughs scattered generously throughout the bloodshed.
  27. 20 Feet From Stardom is frequently sad and frustrating. But while there’s heartbreak aplenty, the film doesn’t function as a pitying paean to unmined talent — it’s ultimately a celebration of the unsung.
  28. The cast is uniformly outstanding, a pleasure to watch. It's a more toned-down role for the often-fiery McAvoy, and it suits him.
  29. Boy
    A delightful discovery, a charming little film about fathers, sons, New Zealand and Michael Jackson.
  30. Rio
    A sequence set during Carnival is equally engaging, with giant floats and throngs of people watching the parade. Several scenes are shown from the birds' points of view, which make for a dizzying, dazzling experience.

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