Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Scores

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For 2,749 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Cars
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
2749 movie reviews
  1. The overall saga is moving, the performances are first-rate, the production values (which do not rely on the usual cartoonish CGI effects) are strong, and Carion captures the special insanity of stalemated trench warfare with an unusual horrific flair.
  2. An inspirational portrait of an unwanted kid who brought culture to a world that had known only violence.
  3. Once the story moves up north to Indianapolis, things become pat and predictable. But for its first 80 minutes, Great World of Sound hits all the right notes.
  4. In the film's stronger moments, the artist in her definitely seems to be saying that the impulse to retreat into cultural fundamentalism carries dire risks, that much of what is old and traditional needs changing and there are some things about the detested process of globalization that are wonderfully liberating.
  5. Most films about illegal immigration are set on the Mexican border, and Frozen River is free of the stereotypical characters and situations of that familiar setting. It also offers a rare look at modern Native American life, exploring the ambiguity of what it means to say that the laws of the white man cannot be enforced on Indian territory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After an excellent setup, the movie becomes bogged down in chase scene after chase scene on its way to its inevitable ending.
  6. Brosnan pulls out all the stops in his quest to be the last word in crude boorishness, only slightly relieved by the midlife soul-searching. Whether the public will buy him in this extreme role is another question. But it's a fearless, and fairly skilled, comic performance.
  7. Garbarski recovers from the melodrama with a final image that is so sweet, so simple and so understated that one is tempted to say it is perfect.
  8. Vividly captures the joy of sailing.
  9. An effective political lampoon.
  10. Never comes alive.
  11. Sticks in the mind and simply won't go away.
  12. Almost 30 years later, it's just as primal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Scream 3 also has wit and intelligence, but at their core the Scream movies are still slasher films and this one is no exception.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In this film, the clothes and the city are characters as vital as the four leads, and they don't disappoint. But don't expect any trend-setting in the manner of the series. This is a runway that begins and ends with the movie.
  13. Romero's satire is largely replaced by a sardonic gallows humor (the zombie-shooting contest is as funny as it is grotesque), but otherwise it's a bloody entertaining zombie apocalypse.
  14. The film is stylish, the compromising elements that usually junk up a Hollywood "date movie" are nowhere to be seen, the ensemble of supporting actors is strong and, despite a certain woodenness, Hartnett is appealing and mostly very believable.
  15. It's done with an agreeable confidence and flair, the actors all fit comfortably in their roles and the effects are fun.
  16. The film attempts to put Zizek's philosophy into practical, accessible terms. Accessible, of course, being a relative term.
  17. Veteran British director Eric Till otherwise does a credible job of sweeping us through this huge life, and his eye for detail combines with the Oscar-worthy production design and a succession of striking Eastern European locations to create a rich visual tapestry of the Middle Ages.
  18. In its best moments, the film works as both an exciting and formula-breaking action-adventure and as an enjoyably sappy tearjerker.
  19. A special film, one that refuses to package a person's life into a comfortably familiar genre.
  20. Everyone who has ever enjoyed the music that came out of Detroit's Motown Records in the 1960s should see Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
  21. If Arlyck's own life feels unworthy of the attention, Sean's illuminating, unconventional and contemporary story makes up for it.
  22. The film perpetuates a self-congratulatory vision of the record's worth, when an opposing point of view would have provided a more balanced perspective.
  23. A rarity: A fun, entertaining 'G' movie.
  24. What is ultimately so special about this film is its handling of the relationship between Lennon and wife, Yoko Ono.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The strength of Super Size Me lies primarily in Spurlock's character -- he comes across as an affable guy with a goofy sense of humor.
  25. The live camel birth (shown in all of its excruciating beauty) is enthralling, and the cultural details, however staged, provide a vivid window into a world that is fast disappearing.
  26. The colorful cultural history lesson in an idiosyncratic key is entertaining and informative, if a little indulgent in its adoration of Roth and his counter-car culture.
  27. Rather incredibly ends up being a kind of inspirational upper.
  28. CQ
    Good-natured and fun, the Austin Powers silliness of the era shines through, and Coppola family art director Dean Tavoularis ("Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather" trilogy) makes the film -- and its kitschy film-within-the-film -- look consistently terrific.
  29. Garcia's dialogue is wonderfully crafted, short, sharp and resonant, and her elegant direction is delicate and handsome.
  30. Behind the dry humor is a sense of hollowness in the two men who obliviously fall back into old patterns of reckless, loveless sex without missing a beat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hard Candy is not perfect, but it is a provocative piece of filmmaking with a dark and daring heart that makes it worth seeing.
  31. An almost documentary reality and voyeuristic appeal.
  32. While most of the film is well-written and acted, there are some difficulties. Aniston's Olivia is hard to figure.
  33. Cast and crew have a blast making a family movie that spoofs its James Bond-like premise, is jam-packed with action, sweaty-palm suspense and adventurous, high-tech fun effects, and yet never loses its at-the-core heart and sympathies.
  34. This is full of talk in the European art cinema tradition: intellectual conversations (often in multiple languages at once), gentile dinner conversation with an international all-star guest list.
  35. Unashamedly positive look at the rise of the '60s counterculture.
  36. Haggis drops exclamation points after his symbolic gestures, but in the rush to drive home his message on the confused mission in Iraq he offers a queasy revisionism that all but denies the legacy of Vietnam. Considering Deerfield is a Vietnam vet, it feels doubly false.
  37. the film is well cast and the script is mostly faithful to the novel. Visually, it's probably the most accurate evocation of Hardy's world ever put on film. [01 Nov 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  38. Cunha and Silva, both featured in 2002's similarly themed "City of God," have been playing these roles since they were 13, and the rapport between them is electrifying. Much of the sweetness of the film comes from what they bring to their roles.
  39. Contrary to its title, Virtual JFK is less a counter-history of the Vietnam years than a tribute to John F. Kennedy's stubborn resistance to a military that pressured him to go to war on six occasions during his short presidency.
  40. Looks to be this season's family animal comedy.
  41. Like Lurie's previous two films, it's also simplistic and somewhat muddled.
  42. It's essentially a one-joke situation, but screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and first-time director Spike Jonze definitely make the most of it.
  43. Kassovitz directs with an unrelenting intensity that helps you to suspend disbelief almost all the way to the credits.
  44. It all feels like a performance for the camera: von Trier as madman producer taunting the elder filmmaker.
  45. Finally becomes a somber, sentimental and rather profound romantic fantasy that is more true to the spirit of the Golden Age of science-fiction writing than possibly any other movie of the '90s.
  46. As dazzling as they come, a visual pageant of strange undersea creatures hunting and scavenging and floating across the screen.
  47. It's well-written, well-cast and skillfully directed in every scene, and, at the same time, it doesn't come together with enough impact to be hugely memorable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Either you're in the mood for a sweet and simple Christmas movie or you're not. If you are, then Perfect Holiday should fit the bill nicely.
  48. The messy emotions and illogic of human nature defines this drama.
  49. It's aimed squarely at a young dating audience, and is not likely to be hugely captivating for anyone out of that demographic.
  50. Bounces between funny and chilling.
  51. Has difficulty reaching a resolution. In the final half-hour, the film becomes almost hysterically out of sync with its prior quiet reserve.
  52. A teary appreciation of the value of a good teacher, the joy of music and the payoffs of discipline and hard work.
  53. Imagine the sequel to "Clueless" reconceived as a peroxide "Paper Chase" and punched up with a valley girl version of "My Cousin Vinny" for the climax.
  54. The movie whips itself into being a surprisingly effective love story. [16 Aug 1991]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  55. Whatever it is, it's totally Kubrickian: Its scenes have both an edge and an extraordinary visual perfection that could come from no other filmmaker.
  56. It scores few points for originality, but it's a fuzzier, less pretentious and more enjoyable movie.
  57. Zeffirelli creates a lovely, perfectly composed and lyrical look at life under Mussolini's black-shirted fascist regime. But despite danger on every corner in Italy, there is a tinge of rose-colored sentiment that blurs the events yet lends to the making of an affecting dramatic period piece.
  58. Surprise! After a clumsy opening, Guess Who goes down very smoothly. Its cast is appealing, its script is often clever and imaginative.
  59. Silverman is funny and, more often than not, so is the film.
  60. It assumes considerable knowledge of his life and times. But, with even a little of the familiarity it demands, the movie is something special.
  61. airily works not only because of Witherspoon and a game supporting cast...but because, with its bark-and-bite agenda wrapped in a blanket of laughs, has the sense to remember that, first and foremost, it's entertainment.
  62. It's the strength of the actresses and their nurturing community that makes this Eden so satisfying.
  63. A welcome return to the courtship, cuddling and sweet nothings of yesteryear.
  64. After its rough opening, Smart People settles down to be a funny, wryly enjoyable, effortlessly poignant parable of family life and a splendid showcase for its cast -- especially Page, who handily steals the movie and proves that her "Juno" success was no fluke.
  65. An impressive, adrenaline-boosted action showcase.
  66. What's left at the end is an emotionally restrained vision of harsh, impoverished lives, more thoughtful than affecting, and never less than gorgeous, but so unfocused it leaves only scattered impressions.
  67. Subtly suggests it may not be all that much different from the delusions by which other cultures are structured.
  68. While most movies would sink under the weight of such eccentricity, pretentiousness and earnestness, Garden State is so full of wit and the genuine heart of characters that you can't help but care about what happens to them.
  69. Plays largely like a performer's showpiece, with all the showboating and not so surprising character twists that entails, but Stettner comes out the other end with a pleasantly modest and satisfying revelation.
  70. Control is director Anton Corbijin's first feature, and he too frequently makes the mistake of falling back on his rock video skills.
  71. So stuffed with Maddin-ess that it never manages to get past the glorious surfaces. McKinney strides through his role with a knowing wink, and the sheer volume of creative imagery is as distracting as it is entertaining.
  72. It's crowd-pleasing stuff, to be sure.
  73. It's an unashamedly old-fashioned and richly visualized evocation of a time when values were key, trust in your neighbor complete, and a way of life that should be simple is made unfathomably complex because of economic hardship.
  74. Here's yet another take on "Pride and Prejudice,"...but all spiced up as colorfully as a dish of curry.
  75. Sandler's frequent director, Peter Segal, also rises to the occasion, giving the proceedings some of the rough-hewn, hard-edged look of the original, and brings it to a funny, satisfying climax that -- happily -- doesn't cop out.
  76. While the film is intriguing as it's transpiring, it has very little impact. It's more intellectual than emotional, its message doesn't come through without a struggle and it was completely out of my mind five minutes after seeing it.
  77. While there is a faithful following of kids, it just never seems as exciting or sad or emotional -- or as ablaze with personalities -- as what has gone before.
  78. For all its other virtues, the supporting casting is lackluster, the script never quite kicks into place as a sports movie and Clooney the director seems to lack the touch that might have set the proceedings on fire as a zany ensemble comedy.
  79. Obree's psychology is fascinating and, even though the competitive scenes mostly involve him racing against himself in a spectator-free indoor track, the movie manages to give its audience a suitable adrenaline rush here and there.
  80. Writer and first-time director Thomas Bezucha certainly knows how to create warmth, ambience and situation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As the voice of Bolt, John Travolta does a fine job and Disney star Miley Cyrus is fine as well, but neither one can overcome the lack of personality in their scripted characters.
  81. For all the testosterone-driven soap opera, this entertainingly confused coming-of-age story is a seductive fantasy, a rare portrait of urban underworld machismo without the violence and the viciousness.
  82. As a caper movie, it's a travesty that's impossible to understand or follow, but it's quite funny and clicks along nicely as a giddy, self-deprecating showcase for its gaggle of stars.
  83. No more or less than it appears to be: a paean to the benevolent fate we'd like to believe watches over us.
  84. It's still too shrill and silly to take seriously, but the high spirits and naïve message of tolerance and pride is oddly, innocently winning.
  85. Ultimately feels hollow and slapdash.
  86. Wholesome, warm and energetic -- if predictable.
  87. Playful, predictable and more than a little precious, this entertaining if slight romantic farce makes it's hard not to mourn the loss of the adult romantic comedy.
  88. What Jeffs -- and Paltrow -- do capture is the shroud of tragedy that hovered over Plath.
  89. It's so earnest it hurts.
  90. If not cinema magic, The Dinner Game is still a workable screwball comedy.
  91. It is ironic that the core audience for Chop Shop is that very crowd that has recently taken steps to redevelop the Iron Triangle into something more Manhattan-friendly.
  92. The film plays like a Hollywood-influenced Japanese samurai movie, though nothing as subtle as Kurosawa's best, and with white subtitles that often are hard to read against the white of the Gobi.
  93. A sweet-spirited, extremely well-cast little comedy.

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