Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,323 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% 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:
1,323 movie reviews
  1. Abu-Assad does a masterful job of showing, in these seemingly hopeless circumstances, the fragility of life.
  2. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is at once an awkward mingling of two complex life stories and a gripping, necessary look at how information is gathered, shared and, yes, stolen.
  3. Not a lot happens, other than eating between small bits of drama and large doses of humor. If you saw the first film, you know how good that can be.
  4. If you're willing to let a movie wash over you and work at what it might mean, you'll love "Holy Motors," Leos Carax's surreal ode to … identity? Movies? Performance?
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  5. Affleck is the center of the film. His Doug is, in some respects, rather like Affleck - the director of the elaborate heists, as well as a performer in them.
  6. This is real edge-of-your-seat stuff, in a throwback way - no booming special effects, just old-school timing and execution.
  7. It relies on a singularly brilliant performance by Colin Firth to make it one of the year's more satisfying films.
  8. There are plot twists and turns, some of which amuse, some of which disgust. Issues of gender and identity take an eventual backseat to gruesome experiments -- gruesome because of the manner in which they're conducted, by an unfeeling monster.
  9. Mommy is a film as harrowing as it is exhilarating, a story sometimes hard to watch but impossible to turn away from.
  10. An Honest Liar is a fascinating look at what the truth means, and how it means different things to different people. It's also a reminder that no one has a monopoly on it. Not even the Amazing Randi.
  11. 22 Jump Street is, ultimately, a celebration of the silly and the sweet, a combination that's welcome again and again.
  12. It is a fascinating film, and if it skimps somewhat on the moral complications of this kind of art, it holds nothing back in terms of volume: Image after image grabs our eye and often grips our throat.
  13. The Immigrant is not exactly the feel-good hit of the summer, but it is a compelling tale of what, in the end, can only be called survival.
  14. This is, in fact, one of the more violent movies in recent memory. But Stone doesn't let anyone off easy. Violence has an effect here, has meaning, has relevance to the story. And that's a good thing; otherwise, it would be hard to stomach.
  15. The humor here is on the dry side of zany, and it won't tickle every funny bone, any more than Mike Myers does, or - perhaps a more apt comparison - Terry Gilliam's tart filmic fantasies. But no matter what, you have to admit this mix of lowbrow humor and French erudition has a style of its own.
  16. The Hornet's Nest serves as a somewhat effective bonding exercise for father and son. But the best of what it has to offer moves beyond that, and puts us alongside the people fighting a daily battle and, sometimes, heartbreakingly, losing the fight.
  17. A gorgeously shot, well-acted Western that resonates more the more you let it settle.
  18. The film is a slice of life, and although nothing earthshaking happens, at only 75 minutes long, it never quite tries your patience either.
  19. It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.
  20. Laurence Anyways is like a big, ornate, overstuffed pillow of a movie. It’s attractive and comfortable, even if there’s just too much of it.
  21. Still Mine is a rewarding, performance-based film, ultimately a small pleasure to spend time with.
  22. Fantastic acting by the likes of Garret Dillahunt, Chris Cooper and Joel Torre lift characters above the cliched, offering a one-sided history lesson that is still well worth learning.
  23. White House Down aims to be a low-brow slab of mindless summer fun. Most of the time, it comes pretty close to hitting the bull’s eye.
  24. It seduces us with imagery and metaphor.
  25. That's not a pretty story, of course. But it's a compelling one and, thanks to Wells and a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper, an entertaining one.
  26. For most of the film, Weitz, riding a fantastic performance by Demián Bichir as the landscaper in question, succeeds in showing the day-to-day struggles that exist beneath the political rhetoric and upper-case headlines.
  27. An intriguing look at the effects on one man's life; whether they're worth the cost is something Steinbauer leaves up to us.
  28. It's very much an old-time moviegoing experience; the film could have been made in 1940, and that's a compliment.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.

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