Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,114 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 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,114 movie reviews
  1. This film is a wonderful act of imagination on its own.
  2. It delivers its considerable moments of terror in the same way the original film did. But it does deliver.
  3. With a movie like this, trying to guess how it ends isn't the point. Enjoying the ride is, and on that front, Unstoppable delivers.
  4. A gorgeously shot, well-acted Western that resonates more the more you let it settle.
  5. The film is quiet, patient, allowing for lived-in performances that get at the enormous change in the characters' lives.
  6. Coppola's audacity in not only portraying the unmoored nature of Marco's life but immersing the audience in it proves satisfying over time.
  7. 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.
  8. It's Bardem's portrayal of his search for those answers that drives Biutiful forward.
  9. Whatever it is, Giamatti finds it and sells it. And despite a few dead ends with the story, I'm buying.
  10. Like a good episode of "Smallville": You may feel a bit silly watching it if you're past high-school age, but you just might have a good time.
  11. A really entertaining effort, aided by some terrific performances.
  12. An epic film about Algeria's fight for liberation from France, with three outstanding performances and a grand, sweeping feel.
  13. It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.
  14. Some of its conceits may not hold up under intense scrutiny, but, generally speaking, it's a good time at the movies.
  15. A celebration of sci-fi flicks, fanboys and good, old-fashioned bromance, Paul is a thoroughly enjoyable road trip.
  16. Manipulative, overly sentimental, sometimes ludicrous and almost completely irresistible.
  17. What's really cool about the film - in addition to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as Stevens - is how Jones makes sure that we don't know any more than Stevens does, right up till the end.
  18. An unorthodox delight.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. There are lots of laughs - a commercial Spurlock makes for Mane 'n Tail shampoo is hilarious.
  22. Humor is the most powerful weapon deployed by director Kenneth Branagh in Thor, his rollicking take on the comic.
  23. There are laughs aplenty, some disgusting, some rather sweet, some both at the same time.
  24. A precisely calibrated crowd-pleasing machine, balancing action, comedy and just the bare minimum of pathos.
  25. A delicious trifle for anyone who has ever dreamt of bantering about the cinema with Luis Buñuel or lounging at the piano to hear Cole Porter sing "Let's Do It."
  26. Greenwood is fantastic; his Meek occasionally lets down his facade of omniscience - but only occasionally. And Williams gives Emily not dignity exactly, but a calm, steely insistence on survival.
  27. A tremendously entertaining take on film noir, with all the usual elements of the genre in play - crime, death, possibly murder and doomed romance.
  28. It is just a tremendous amount of fun.
  29. There are moments when this funny, self-consciously quirky film feels a bit like a Welsh "Napoleon Dynamite."
  30. Beautiful, baffling, poetic, pretentious, it's one big ball of moviedom. Malick tackles the whole shooting match, pondering (and showing) the creation of the universe, life itself, death and the afterlife, and everything in between.

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