Arizona Republic's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
1,136 movie reviews
  1. The visuals are stunning, perhaps the most fully realized of any film.
  2. A genuine triumph, a great movie with astounding performances so natural, so genuine, that you forget it's a movie.
  3. It's one of the best movies of the year, one of the best entries ever in the Way We Live Now oeuvre.
  4. 50/50 is a tremendous movie. It's also a really funny one, which doesn't mean it won't make you cry.
  5. It is particularly rewarding to see Clooney outside his comfort zone of self-composed cool in The Descendants, Alexander Payne's beautifully gentle, funny and moving film.
  6. The Artist is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater with a smile. You just will; it's that inspired.
  7. A great movie, a look inside a world so foreign that it might as well be another planet, yet so universal that its observations are painfully familiar to anyone, anywhere.
  8. Simply put, Argo is why we go to movies.
  9. Wreck-It Ralph is smart, funny, sweet and sassy. And that's just Sarah Silverman's character... The movie is a treat for kids and the parents they drag to see it. Or maybe it'll be the other way around. Either way. It doesn't matter how you get to it. Just get there.
    • Arizona Republic
  10. A great movie, an astonishing achievement on nearly every level.
  11. Though everyone is older this time around, and the themes are darker, harder to enjoy, the conversation is just as engrossing. So is the film.
  12. What a great movie.
  13. The resulting portrait is nothing short of a tiny filmmaking miracle. It’s guaranteed to make you feel something — hopeful, probably, for Grace and her wards. And maybe even for the future of indie filmmaking.
  14. It is a remarkable achievement.
  15. The acting is outstanding, the direction assured if straightforward. 12 Years a Slave is a history lesson of the best type. It’s brilliant. But, more crucially, it’s important. It’s brutal truth that demands to be seen.
  16. Her
    Her is an outstanding movie, in part because of its originality, but also because of its execution.
  17. Boyhood is not just a great movie, it's a landmark achievement in film.
  18. Toy Story 3 is very much a worthy entry in the series, a movie well worth making (and seeing). It continues the legacy. It just doesn't expand upon it.
  19. A perverse delight, the rare film that makes you feel good about feeling bad (or at least watching others do so).
  20. A sparkling documentary in which we can't trust that anything in it is true. And yet you would never call it a hoax.
  21. The Secret in Their Eyes never lets you forget that you're watching a movie - and never lets you wish you were doing anything else.
  22. Please Give is an almost perfectly rendered slice of life, buoyant with wonderful performances.
  23. This is a challenging, brilliantly constructed film that, despite its patience and quiet tone, is engrossing from its first moments, especially an opening scene that encapsulates Jandal's poignant contradictions.
  24. It's Douglas' movie - and you've got a fine movie.
  25. Like its stars, the film's not particularly flashy, it's just good, and it's hard to find fault in that.
  26. The naturalistic style Michod employs adds to the sense of dread.
  27. Watching the film, emotions range from sadness, of course, to frustration to outright anger.
  28. This is the kind of movie about teenagers that an adult audience should embrace. It's simply that good, and Stone is nothing short of wonderful.
  29. In theory, we go to movies for enjoyment. Director Rodrigo Cortés inverts that notion with Buried, a terrific, claustrophobic, fist-clenching film in which he tortures his audience in exquisite fashion.
  30. As in a Le Carré novel, we're given long doses of the private lives of the protagonists, and we learn their secrets, their insecurities and the toll taken by the necessity of constant lying.

Top Trailers