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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Rachel Getting Married
Lowest review score: 0 Norbit
Score distribution:
2749 movie reviews
  1. The perfectly dressed surfaces couldn't be more lovely, but the long fashion show to the finale smothers the emotions under the length and the look, and Lee's insights into the messy feelings that simmer and stew in the hothouse of sex are, frankly, fairly mundane.
  2. Dedicates itself to the beauty and thrill of bodies and motion and in doing so upstages Altman's cinematic conduit. The medium ultimately surpasses its messenger.
  3. A total guilty pleasure.
  4. An acid movie flashback a la Oliver Stone.
  5. Much of it is funny and endearing, and its toned-down star, Adam Sandler, is as winning as he's ever been.
  6. But the movie's vital signs improve remarkably in the second half, and especially in the last act. The proceedings suddenly pick up some screwball charm, the writing improves (with several truly inspired one-liners tossed in here and there) and the secondary characters begin to click.
  7. The "guest cast" includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison Janney and Sarah Jessica Parker, but all are upstaged by Greg Hollimon's cheerfully corrupt Principal Blackman and Sedaris.
  8. Kline saves the movie and makes it something special. He does this not only by mastering the dialect and mannerisms and convincing us he is French, but by skillfully underplaying the character and slowly revealing his humanity. It's a master star turn: He makes a better Gerard Depardieu than Gerard Depardieu. [5 May 1995, p.28]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  9. Sporadically enjoyable but instantly forgettable comedy.
  10. Unfortunately, the film assumes viewers have such a vast knowledge of Fellini's life and films that it's likely to play best to graduate film students.
  11. This 38th Allen film (and third in a row to be set in London) is a drama about two brothers that's so heavy in tone it seems inspired by Greek tragedy and the grimmest '40s film noir.
  12. It never achieves the bleak poetry and tawdry tragedy of the best examples of the genre, but the understated humor is nicely played by Cusack and Thornton.
  13. In the end, the comedian makes the movie seem better than it really is.
  14. An engaging but essentially routine tragic romance.
  15. It's only a notch above the routine, and it obeys all the conventions of its tired formula, but it also tones the anarchy with a serious edge and it works a surprisingly effective vein of race-relations satire.
  16. More like the kid shows that populate Nickelodeon.
  17. The movie's political and moral points -- and theme about creating family however you can find it -- elevate it above the average kids movie.
  18. A sweet little comedy, as easygoing and warmly innocuous as the benign irony of the title.
  19. While adults may feel out of their league, there are a few jokes that will appeal to them.
  20. While a fascinating subject, Bruce is a bit of a poseur, keenly aware of how he comes across on camera.
  21. Beautiful but empty.
  22. Even if it lacks the finesse of Franklin's earlier work, High Crimes moves like a bullet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, once the "be yourself" story line is resolved (singing and dancing go together, who would have guessed?), the film is only half over.
  23. Essentially works, even though the script is a mess and John Singleton's direction is often clumsy and heavy-handed to an annoying degree.
  24. While Hunt's directing debut is promising, if understated, it's her performance as schoolteacher April Epner that impresses the audience.
  25. A rousing and gently inspirational story of an underclass kid made good, but it's in those cultural glimpses that the film shines.
  26. While Gainsbourg and Stamp are charming, Attal's husband is difficult to like, to say the least. Must a woman as gracious and intelligent as Charlotte really settle for domesticity with such a near-abusive boor?

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