Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 1,404 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
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,404 movie reviews
  1. Under the Electric Sky is a bedazzled (if not quite dazzling) 3D documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The road-trip comedy is well-traveled territory, especially in indie films. But there's something unexpectedly refreshing about Land Ho!
  2. Ultimately it's not the lives of the characters that need adjusting here. It's the story itself.
  3. It's funny enough, and Grace is an engaging actor, always making a good impression but never quite getting over the hump to become the star it seems like he ought to be.
  4. Although it's enjoyable, actor Chris Messina's directorial debut is somehow less than the sum of its parts, wading only through the shallow end of familiar human conflicts resolved too conveniently to satisfy.
  5. The rest of the cast is fine, actually, but Rudd spares nothing in making Ned a lovable loser, with the emphasis on "loser."
  6. It’s a mix of good films that could have been a single outstanding one.
  7. Although Johnson performs admirably in the drama-heavy role — far better than many of his action-hero colleagues would manage — John Matthews is a character as boring as his name.
  8. The film itself begins to feel like Gray, a pretty bird in a gilded cage with nowhere to fly.
  9. Despite the silly-sounding premise, it's a wistful, bittersweet meditation on aging and death.
  10. The Zero Theorem feels like Gilliam's keen intellect chasing its own tail.
  11. A stripped-down affair, from title to characters to plot. It never strives to be more, instead concentrating on making the most of its self-imposed limitations.
  12. Dumb fun can be, well, fun. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is way too much of the former and not nearly enough of the latter.
  13. In the movie version at least, efforts to render the hero larger than life result in a story that is less than convincing.
  14. It's a noble attempt at meaningful comedy-drama, but Braff struggles with shifting tones while mismanaging his own character. It's easier to appreciate the effort than it is to enjoy the film.
  15. Has a big-name cast, a cute premise and... and... hang on, thinking here. Nope. That's about it.
  16. It's all wildly uneven, but some bits really are funny. Ferrell plays his usual clueless character, but he's good at it. And it turns out a toned-down Hart is a funnier Hart. But Cohen can't keep a handle on it all. Worse, he has no feel for when the satire goes too far.
  17. There are too many explosions, too many blaring sonic effects, too many break-ups-and-make-ups, too many villains. And not enough heart.
  18. Woodley makes Tris easy to root for — only she and Winslet seem to be having any fun — but it's hard to become invested in the convoluted, rambling story. And at two hours and 19 minutes, it rambles for a while.
  19. Overall the film never finds its footing, with its awkward shifts in tone accentuating the unease. There’s something a little off, and it’s Carell. We want to like him in comedies. It’s a big part of what’s made him a star. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone never really gives us the chance.
  20. At first, it’s fun and shiny, then you’re left with a crumpled mess on the floor.
  21. As with nearly everything else in The Campaign, a little goes a long way, until it finally just goes on too long, period.
  22. Kick-Ass 2 has a mean-spirited vigilante streak the first film lacked (it seemed more concerned with justice, in its way), as well as a fatigue. It’s still funny, particularly when Hit Girl spews profanity and wields weapons. It’s just not as good.
  23. Kudos to Blomkamp for not shying away from social issues in his films, but here the execution doesn’t live to the intentions.
  24. The bad news - it's not interesting enough to be a disaster.
  25. While this version, listed as a "prequel," has a few gross-out moments, it lacks any sense of warmth. Which might be an odd criticism of a horror movie set in Antarctica, but there you have it.
  26. It's all too much, and it's too hard to follow. Less is more, and this movie proves it.
  27. The story simply doesn't stand up, with its combination of well-worn plot elements and confusing red herrings -- or maybe they're just details that don't add up.
  28. The movie falls flat, playing like the best-cast bland romantic comedy you've ever seen.
  29. August: Osage County is at times affecting (Cooper’s tender moment with Cumberbatch, who has slept through an important event, is especially so), but mostly it’s all about actors acting and never letting us forget they’re doing so.

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