Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 990 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 990
990 movie reviews
  1. Some people will find Miranda July's film a poetic triumph, a meditation on responsibility and disappointment. Others will find it hopelessly pretentious, one of those movies only pointy-headed critics can abide. I found the film to be more of the former than the latter. Except when the cat talks.
  2. Kapadia does an outstanding job of getting at what Senna meant to Brazilians and to his sport. The man himself was a tougher nut to crack, but maybe that's best. A little mystery suits a good story, and Senna is definitely that.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perseverance is the theme of Life, Above All, a drama that is deeply affecting, if also overwhelmingly bleak.
  3. This is real edge-of-your-seat stuff, in a throwback way - no booming special effects, just old-school timing and execution.
  4. Cavaye is relentless in his quest to entertain, to thrill.
  5. It's a surprisingly moving film. While the fight scenes are unquestionably thrilling, the movie's best bits are not about winning and losing but about pain and, ultimately, forgiveness.
  6. All are good, Damon in particular, but there are so many of them we don't see anyone for very long at one stretch. And all are given at least some bad material to work with before the movie is over. For the most part, they make the best of it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think of Drive as the cinematic equivalent of riding in a car that projects a fashionably stylish image. Sure, the gas mileage may be terrible and the engine unreliable, but it's such a smooth, good-looking ride that you'll put up with the annoyances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cozi Zuehlsdorff winningly plays a young girl who works at the hospital. With her big smile and natural warmth, she is a charmer. Even better is Gamble, who gives a smart and sensitive performance without relying on any of the normal mannerisms that often afflict child actors.
  7. On some level Moneyball is about loyalty: loyalty to an idea, loyalty to a partnership forged by desperation, loyalty to the values you believe in. Whether that was Lewis' intention in the book, or Beane's intention in taking the risk, doesn't matter. It's the formula Miller came up with for the film, and with the team of Pitt and Hill, it's a winning one.
  8. The film is leisurely paced, as many French films are, and not much actually happens, but as a character study, it feels true, and ultimately moving.
  9. Igawa is almost a magical presence, projecting a calm in Ozu that is infectious.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a little "Kramer vs. Kramer" here, a dash of "Transformers" there, and it's all topped with big heap of "Rocky." But it's hard to argue with the results, because, at times, Real Steal is close to a knockout.
  10. Some elements of the film are too melodramatic, but there's not a bad performance in it -- look at the cast and that's not surprising -- and Gosling is outstanding.
  11. 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.
  12. He's often called the Yiddish Mark Twain; supposedly Twain, upon hearing this, said to tell Aleichem that Twain was the American Sholem Aleichem.
  13. Tremendously entertaining.
  14. 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.
  15. Le Havre is a small bit of movie magic, a story that plays more as a fable even as it deals with something as topical as immigration.
  16. Isn't the happiest movie about a band you'll ever see, but it is one of the more entertaining, and thanks to directors Lev Anderson and Christ Metzler, one of the most original.
  17. The real draw of Arthur Christmas is simpler: It's really funny.
  18. Her (Williams) performance is so engaging and complete, it's worth all the other shortcomings.
  19. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is big, it's loud and so relentless in its action that it reminds me of an old joke. Why do you hit yourself in the head with a hammer? Because it feels so good when you stop. In this case, the headache is worth it.
  20. Young Adult is a horror movie disguised as a dark comedy.
  21. The movie plays to Fincher's strengths, with its dark elements and cool feel, combining for a bracing pop-culture experience.
  22. Damon can elevate just about anything in which he appears.
  23. What's surprising here, and pleasantly so, is the restraint shown by Mortensen and Fassbender -- and by Cronenberg.
  24. It's just as accurately described as a bunch of British guys sitting around acting. But what actors! The cast includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Mark Strong,CiarĂ¡n Hinds and Toby Jones.
  25. It's very much an old-time moviegoing experience; the film could have been made in 1940, and that's a compliment.
  26. Especially rewarding about Oduye's performance is how she's able to portray that frustration while retaining hope and optimism.

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