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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Passenger (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. The script and direction by Irish filmmaker Mary McGuckian is just deadly.
  2. As a director, Duchovny is in big trouble every frame of the way. His characters ring false, his scenes seem improperly motivated in a glaring way, and his distasteful obsession with imagery of unflushed cigarette butts bobbing in a toilet is beyond inexplicable.
  3. Wants to be an offbeat, hard-edged, inspirational sports movie, but it misses its target by a country mile.
  4. Many regular moviegoers will be appalled by its gleeful crudity and saddened by the spectacle of three icon stars mugging through a farce that's not that many notches above "Jackass: The Movie."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Pretentious mess of a movie.
  5. As dreary an hour-and-a-half as you could ever want to spend at the movies.
  6. Since the expensive new movie version of the popular video game, Tomb Raider, is very true to its origins, it's a colossal bore.
  7. As a thriller, Next goes a certain distance on Cage's sad-sack charm and sense of humor, but it does nothing with its intriguing premise, and it's mostly just one more tedious and progressively dumb collection of Hollywood action clichés.
  8. Levant turns up the slapstick, doubletakes, and epic fart jokes to a tortured extreme.
  9. The movie is just this side of terrible. It misses all the charm and fun of the original. Allen's mugging is incorrigibly unfunny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    There are a number of funny and unexpected moments in the film, but they are ultimately swamped by the mean-spirited tone and increasingly over-the-top raunch and drug humor.
  10. Stiller and Black have the chemistry of fingernails-on-blackboard and the movie is disastrously unfunny.
  11. Though the pop idol recently said that movies are his ultimate goal, the best thing about On the Line is its music.
  12. It is so contrived and utterly stupid in every way that it surely must be the nadir of the genre.
  13. Terrible in a terrible way: It's pretentious, incomprehensible and just numbingly dull.
  14. So badly plotted and written that it rarely makes much sense, even with the elementary story line.
  15. Funny for 15 minutes and then fades into mean-spirited cruelty and stupidity.
  16. It doesn't have the imagination or daring to make a full turn to self-parody.
  17. Universal Pictures has a lot of gall to pick up a movie as thoroughly awful as Empire and -- with a straight face and a $20 million or so ad campaign -- thrust it on the holiday movie market as if it were a significant piece of filmmaking.
  18. If you're addicted to Billy Bob Thornton's slovenly charm, and thrill to the prospect of watching him talk endlessly about his bodily functions and penchant for anal sex with obese women, this is your movie. If not, it's like 90 minutes in hell.
  19. While there are maybe two moments of genuinely clever humor, Storytelling is the work of a previously promising filmmaker who, having no new ideas, has morphed into a sniggering schoolboy intent upon being mean.
  20. An awful, misanthropic, deadly unfunny and badly acted war-of-the-sexes travesty.
  21. It tries to be a sappy love story, an incredibly vile gross-out comedy and an envelope-pushing soft-core porno movie all at once. It ends up being an unappealing abomination.
  22. An excruciatingly awful thriller.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 16 Critic Score
    A cinematic cat-astrophe.
  23. There's a vicious, crude nerve that snakes through this sequel and it leaves no group unscarred -- but unfortunately, women and the handicapped take most of the thrusts.
  24. An insufferably insipid comedy with a cruel subtext.
  25. It's a shrill cacophony of puerile clichés about men and women and sex, delivered in adrenaline-driven harangues and arrogant lectures. When the stage clears, all that's left is the unpleasant odor of all that hot air.
  26. A disaster on all levels.
  27. No style, no irony and no smarts, just a vicious streak that lasts 90 minutes.
  28. Perhaps there is a more excruciatingly painful and self-abusive way to spend 82 minutes. But I honestly can't think of what it would be.
  29. A real dud, with few laughs, no characterization, little story, a cluster of stereotypes and clichés and just plain nothing for Foxx to do.
  30. The inconsistencies and continuity errors are staggering.
  31. Staggeringly awful.
  32. Disastrously unfunny sex farce.
  33. There is potential for laughs in a satire of rich people spending big money on religious galas, but that is not even the real subject of the picture.
  34. The disingenuous attempt to give the tawdry story some kind of social import only makes the tinny caricatures more insincere, while his erotic display of 15-year-old girls isn't a satire of a sexualized culture, it's just dirty.
  35. This shambling mess -- offers nothing but a lesson in how not to make a movie.
  36. Less offensive than embarrassing, at least for the chagrined performers.
  37. It's recidivist Murphy: bad-skit comedy populated by caricatures in search of a movie.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Surely, they couldn't be true. Surely, supermodel Cindy Crawford's Fair Game - her debut as a feature film star - couldn't be as bad as the gossip suggested. [03 Nov 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  38. Not that there are any actual jokes to be had. The film simply jumps to the punch lines, a non-stop barrage of crude dialogue and vulgar sight gags that passes as humor among adolescent boys. Who exactly is the audience for this R-rated film? The terminally immature?
  39. Mary Reilly has the distinction of being the most pretentious, the most ponderous, the most utterly suspenseless. [23 Feb 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  40. Has the distinction of being the very worst of all the many film versions of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, "The Three Musketeers." Nothing else in Musketeer movie history comes even remotely close to its staggering wretchedness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    A comedy that surpasses stupidity, and not in entertaining ways.
  41. It's hard to believe that five different writers took credit for this feeble story and script. Who says failure is an orphan?
  42. The psychobabble silliness passed off as investigative insight here is laughable at best.
  43. The attainment it achieves is in the depths of pointless, mean-spirited exploitation.
  44. It's by far the worst comedy either he (Carrey) or the Farrelly Brothers have ever made.

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