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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Fateless
Lowest review score: 0 Mindhunters
Score distribution:
2749 movie reviews
  1. The result is a film with an identity crisis, a fluffy romantic farce that gets progressively darker, more destructive and finally so downright demented that the featherweight story line is crushed under the weight of brutal, unpleasant truth.
  2. (Arteta's) yanked an eerily accomplished performance out of his lead actor.
  3. Max
    No doubt about it, the movie is morbidly fascinating. Moreover, Cusack gives a delicate and agreeably world-weary performance.
  4. Taking on the sneeringly blase Alig may be a cagey career move for Culkin, but it's a disappointingly thin performance.
  5. It comes out less like a spoof than a smart-aleck remake of "Meatballs," minus the energy of Bill Murray.
  6. Quickly assumes the characteristics of a bad slasher movie.
  7. A lively and lightweight comedy, the film finally connects with the real-life rush of playing music for a live audience.
  8. There are a handful of funny moments, and the top end of the cast comes off rather well. Duchovny has some of that same easygoing likability that made Glenn Ford one of the biggest stars of the '50s.
  9. A forgettable, patched-together clone of other ghostly romances.
  10. Directed with a Scorsese-ish flair by actor John Shea (who also plays a small part), the film is loaded with gritty atmosphere and touches of authenticity. [12 Jun 1998]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  11. An inspiring story of pluck, but its politics fall flat.
  12. It offers a handful of funny and touching moments and maintains a level of cuteness. But it's far from original, and its star chemistry doesn't exactly light up the screen.
  13. It's a pretense of even-handedness. The true story has been reduced to a case for faith. It merely sacrifices all reason to get there.
  14. So grim and humorless that the first half almost sinks into silliness.
  15. Wenham and Porter make the film better than it should be.
  16. The film is inherently calculated and cold, so smugly satisfied with itself and its surprise final trick that it seems to be running its own con to convince us the script's house of cards is actually substantial, original and slick.
  17. Too hip to play it straight and too cool to resort to an actual story, Hartley turns the whole rambling spy game into a puzzle box where every certainty is thrown into doubt, every character has a hidden motive, and every clue is contradicted.
  18. A perfectly competent, if undistinguished, action film that smoothes over all the most interesting bumps in the drama.
  19. Favors pageantry over substance.
  20. The casting is hit-and-miss. OutKast's Benjamin and "Troy's" Hedlund are weak, but Gibson is very appealing and the movie powers along on a strong lead performance by Wahlberg, who has never seemed more confident, commanding or scruffily charismatic.
  21. It's flashy, it's often funny ...,and it resembles a movie so much that soon it demands something resembling motivation, character, a plot, anything to explain the seemingly arbitrary connections between the stunts and the skits.
  22. For all the tough-minded talk and frank portraits of inner-city life, however, the film is not altogether convincing.
  23. Rich with emotional turmoil and searing beauty, but it could have used a little more time in the editing room to make sense of it all.
  24. It probably cost less than the catering budget of average Adam Sandler comedy and, in its own hit-and-miss scattershot fashion, it's about as funny. At least when it hits.
  25. It's the chemistry between the women and the droll scene-stealing wit and wolfish pessimism of Anna Chancellor that makes this "Two Weddings and a Funeral" fun.
  26. There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie.
  27. Doom may be by the numbers, with a roll call of colorful types systematically exterminated while The Rock entertains with cartoonish expressions and reactions (the closest the film comes to personality).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Though it's a star vehicle, Carrey seems only marginally interested in rehashing the role of sweet spaz, and so he almost feels miscast.
  28. It's not the direction that feels flaccid in this film. Surprisingly, it's the stories themselves, which provide a bit of a giggle but little else.
  29. Unknown seems fairly stale and unoriginal, mainly because it's yet another movie with the short-term memory loss premise ("Memento," "Fifty First Dates," etc.), and it comes so late in the cycle that it feels like a dying gasp.

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