Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,136 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Social Network
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,136 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Young Adult is a horror movie disguised as a dark comedy.
  3. The movie plays to Fincher's strengths, with its dark elements and cool feel, combining for a bracing pop-culture experience.
  4. Damon can elevate just about anything in which he appears.
  5. What's surprising here, and pleasantly so, is the restraint shown by Mortensen and Fassbender -- and by Cronenberg.
  6. 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.
  7. It's very much an old-time moviegoing experience; the film could have been made in 1940, and that's a compliment.
  8. Especially rewarding about Oduye's performance is how she's able to portray that frustration while retaining hope and optimism.
  9. It's not easy to make such a downbeat movie compelling, but that's what Ramsay, with great help from her star, has done.
  10. 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.
  11. Wieckiewicz is outstanding, his open face expressing a full range of emotions, often within the same scene, sometimes within the same conversation.
  12. There is no denying that the environmental message is heavy-handed.
  13. Brown is a sick man, but Harrelson makes him so interesting, so charismatic, so ... watchable, that you can't look away, even if his actions make you want to (and they will).
  14. As a portrait of modern warfare, politics and propaganda, Coriolanus is intriguing, even if the gritty action sequences don't quite measure up to the realism of "The Hurt Locker."
  15. You expect the big joke in Casa de Mi Padre to involve Will Ferrell mangling the Spanish language. Instead, the movie is funny because of just how commendable the actor's Spanish is.
  16. It is an offbeat gem.
  17. Boy
    A delightful discovery, a charming little film about fathers, sons, New Zealand and Michael Jackson.
  18. The lunacy begins early in The Pirates! Band of Misfits and never lets up.
  19. The only flaw here is the score. It's beautiful but so obtrusive, particularly at the start, that it threatens to turn the proceedings into melodrama.
  20. 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.
  21. Creepy, confounding and more than a little curious. It's also quietly compelling.
  22. Prometheus is a good movie, sometimes very good. It's just not a great movie.
  23. As the filmmakers trace the troubles of his later life -- psychological, financial, marital -- they flesh out a portrait of a reluctant guru whose human imperfections make him all the more inspiring.
  24. This is the rare movie with no one to root against, a film filled with good guys and weird guys (and gals), all of whom you hope find what they're looking for, even if you know that's not possible.
  25. Scafaria gives her characters and the situation an absurdist tone that makes the whole concept a little more palatable.
  26. An absurd amount of grisly fun, which is a good thing, since, looked at in any great detail, it probably doesn't hold up all that well.
  27. 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.
  28. The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is an odd little movie about an odd family who reacts to situations in odd ways.
  29. Williams is so good, so natural, so believable in the role that it's easy to forgive her character -- or at least wish her well. That's no small feat, because she can drive you crazy.
  30. It's a sort of slow-boil Russian noir, if that genre exists, and if it doesn't, it does now. It's also a statement on class discrepancy in post-Soviet Russia. Arrogance, betrayal, crime and violence are all part of the story, directed and co-written by Andrei Zvyagintsev.

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