Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,081 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,081 movie reviews
  1. It's a measure of how good a film Nowhere Boy is that it would be compelling even if it were the story of the formative years of a boy named Joe Brown.
  2. Scarier than anything you'll find in a horror movie this time of year.
  3. To say that the film is uncomfortable to watch is an understatement. It's searing. Yet it's also invaluable.
  4. It's all or nothing with Black Swan. Either you embrace its headlong descent into madness brought on by the pressures of artistic perfection, compounded by smothering anxiety, or you reject it. It's that simple.
  5. And now with Tangled, a delightfully fresh spin on "Rapunzel," the entertainment powerhouse delivers its first classic-caliber computer animation outside the Pixar family.
  6. 127 Hours is based on Ralston's memoir, and it's a really good movie because director Danny Boyle is a genius.
  7. David O. Russell's film makes use of some terrific performances - Christian Bale is brilliant, as is Melissa Leo, even by their lofty standards.
  8. A host of British acting royalty, meanwhile, roams around the film: Derek Jacobi as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Claire Bloom as Queen Mary, Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill and so on.
  9. Once it's done, you feel terrible for these people, for their lives, for their daughter, especially. Is that entertainment? To each his own, but it is compelling and, yes, rewarding.
  10. The acting is uniformly terrific, just a marvel to watch.
  11. Chomet's defiantly two-dimensional artwork is warm, inviting, beautiful, establishing immediately a comfort level, at least for audiences of, ahem, a certain age.
  12. Shaffer's inexperience pays off. He's completely natural as a mixed-up kid (and great on the mat).
  13. Villeneuve's telling of her story - and of her children's - is painful, searing and something close to brilliant.
  14. Everything Must Go leaves the resolution open, not telegraphing Nick's future. It is as unsettled as life, and the film is all the better for it.
  15. Yun's performance is genuinely beautiful, a haunting expression of life, of its disappointments and its possibilities, rendered in a way that befits the title.
  16. A delightful film - gentle, playful, creative and ultimately happy - though it's a tricky journey.
  17. At times hilarious but ultimately heartbreaking, Project Nim is a great chronicle of the 1970s and all the nutty ideas that implies; academia in particular comes in for a hard reckoning.
  18. For much of the movie Morris simply lets the loquacious McKinney talk, and she never, ever stops. And she never disappoints.
  19. A fantastically entertaining movie.
  20. Bursts at the seams with wild creativity.
  21. Not just a fascinating character study but a kind of horror movie as well.
  22. A terrific piece of entertainment. The financial lingo will please money wonks. But the film as a whole focuses more on the people and personalities who went into such a catastrophic failure.
  23. Olsen makes us understand, as best we can, Martha's plight. She has a tenuous grip on reality, and, thanks to Olsen's performance and Durkin's sure hand, by the film's end, so do we.
  24. Clever and current without being cynical, smart without being condescending, funny without being exclusionary to grown-ups or to kids.
  25. What Scorsese has really made is a beautifully crafted love letter to movies, the passion of his life. What sounded like an odd pairing winds up being a perfect fit.
  26. Melancholia is an intense, exhausting experience. That may not sound appealing, and for some, it won't be. But nor should it be off-putting. Proceed with caution, perhaps. But proceed nevertheless.
  27. This isn't a movie for everyone, but for fans of quirky charm leavened occasionally by uncomfortable, realistic exchanges, it's a small delight.
  28. Some of the behavior of Uriel and Eliezer will make you squirm. But Ashkenazi and Bar-Aba are so compelling in their performances of difficult men that you'll gladly suffer.
  29. The Cabin in the Woods is a fantastic poke in the eye of our horror-movie expectations.
  30. As its title suggests, This Is Not a Film may not be what we're used to in a movie, but in many ways it's much, much more.

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