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 Ballets Russes
Lowest review score: 0 Mindhunters
Score distribution:
2749 movie reviews
  1. It is a foul-mouthed British underworld comedy so they may be hoping it will attract the hip audience of films like "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
  2. It's so sloppy that the flashback montage includes clips from scenes that were cut from the film!
  3. There's a huge subplot that makes absolutely no sense at all and, in the end, the only thing the movie has going for it is Diesel's Neanderthal charm.
  4. It's an unimaginative, mean-spirited affair that makes you hate yourself for laughing at it, and it's so devoid of anything close to wit, subtlety or sophistication that it stands as damning evidence that Hollywood has surrendered wholesale to stupidity and crassness.
  5. A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.
  6. It comes off as tedious, pretentious, self-indulgent, talky and so garbled it might have been improvised by the actors.
  7. The film's one saving grace is Ledger (Mel Gibson's son in "The Patriot").
  8. The actors, all unprofessional with the exception of Kim Chan as the Zen master, step on each other's clipped lines so regularly that it becomes a stylistic affectation, like Mamet directing Beckett.
  9. The most ridiculous period film since rappers took on the Old West in "Posse."
  10. It has the low-budget look and feel of an indie dating comedy -- and not a very good one at that.
  11. The script and direction by Irish filmmaker Mary McGuckian is just deadly.
  12. 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.
  13. Wants to be an offbeat, hard-edged, inspirational sports movie, but it misses its target by a country mile.
  14. 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.
  15. As dreary an hour-and-a-half as you could ever want to spend at the movies.
  16. Since the expensive new movie version of the popular video game, Tomb Raider, is very true to its origins, it's a colossal bore.
  17. 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 clich├ęs.
  18. Levant turns up the slapstick, doubletakes, and epic fart jokes to a tortured extreme.
  19. 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.
  20. Stiller and Black have the chemistry of fingernails-on-blackboard and the movie is disastrously unfunny.
  21. Though the pop idol recently said that movies are his ultimate goal, the best thing about On the Line is its music.
  22. It is so contrived and utterly stupid in every way that it surely must be the nadir of the genre.
  23. Terrible in a terrible way: It's pretentious, incomprehensible and just numbingly dull.
  24. So badly plotted and written that it rarely makes much sense, even with the elementary story line.
  25. Funny for 15 minutes and then fades into mean-spirited cruelty and stupidity.
  26. It doesn't have the imagination or daring to make a full turn to self-parody.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.

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