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 Good, the Bad and the Ugly (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Me, Myself & Irene
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. The movie's one saving grace is Olyphant ("Live Free and Die Hard," HBO's "Deadwood"), whose sociopathic elegance is gradually winning, and whose dry, monotonic, Eastwood-like delivery of one-liners is frequently, if perhaps unintentionally, very funny.
  2. A mystery that isn't mysterious, a thriller that's barely thrilling.
  3. A stiff of a supernatural comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Semi-Pro is the perfect name for this movie, because it feels like a half-baked comedy made by semi-professionals.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This thing is a mess.
  4. The script sounds like literal diary transcripts, the camerawork tests the limits of eyestrain, and the soundtrack bleats with mediocre pop songs by unknowns.
  5. For those whose idea of hilarity is an adult and a kid throwing fireworks at each other, then getting stoned and playing piggyback in the mall, this movie should be a refreshing tonic.
  6. The film's first-time director, the TV-commercial-trained Marcel Langenegger, is out to emulate Hitchcock with dashes of "Vertigo," "Strangers on a Train" and more. But his homage is uninspired and disconnected, and his film is a bore.
  7. The movie is sporadically funny in an anarchistic way. But Cho and Penn don't have the needed personality or comic identity to sustain a franchise and their non-drug humor is so crude and scatological that -- to say the least -- it leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
  8. Dempsey also needs some fashion advice. As always, he sports his trademark five o'clock shadow in every scene (which in itself is excessive). But with Dempsey at age 42, it's beginning to make his face look more sinister than sexy, less Dr. McDreamy, more Richard Nixon.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    If you're a Toronto native or a big-time hockey geek, there are enough little in jokes to probably carry you through the leaden pacing and barrel-scraping gross-out humor, but it's an awfully dull ride for the rest of us.
  9. Whether or not Garden Party is an accurate portrait of the shadow L.A. culture where the young, pretty and desperate can find quick rent money, this low-budget production never engages with its characters or stories enough to make you care either way.
  10. The concerts themselves are only exciting when Young is at center stage. Although a balding millionaire in his 60s, he retains the ragged energy of a rock 'n' roll road warrior. Not so with the other members, particularly Stills.
  11. It might be impressive as a made-for-DVD production, but coming from producer George Lucas, it makes for a cheap excuse for a big-screen spectacle.
  12. Too bad Igor didn't jolt the film to life with his Frankenstein shenanigans.
  13. When a film has to blare its racially and incendiary stance as obviously as Lakeview Terrace, you know it's trying too hard.
  14. In this brand of comedy, nothing succeeds like excess, and this film is seriously deficient.
  15. Not a moment rings true in this sentimental drama.
  16. Neither clever nor heartwarming, Four Christmases is the coal in the stocking of holiday movies.
  17. For all the bludgeoning insistence of Kramer's contrived plots and blunt direction, there's not much conviction to the outrage.
  18. It's an unenlightening film that proves youthful anarchy is just as dull as a midlife crisis, and sadly, as predictable, too.
  19. Crossroads may now fall into the same paragraph as "Glitter," Mariah Carey's disastrous star vehicle.
  20. Tepid and only sporadically amusing.
  21. Assails with its in-your-face, repulsively compelling (like a train wreck) brutality.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Most surprising (and disappointing) is the film's lack of humor. Scott, who has a huge following and has developed a lively comic persona, never seems in on the joke.
  22. A screaming, silly cliche -- and somehow not a bit scary.
  23. The lapses in logic make a weak subplot about a serial killer on the loose just plain silly instead of provocative.
  24. Isn't merely bad, it's utterly flavorless and the filmmakers are either too lazy or too cynical to even pretend there's a story behind Lawrence's 21st century homeboy shtick in 14th-century garb.
  25. Doesn't even fall in the lowbrow-but-entertaining comedy category. It's unabashedly dumb and pathetically offensive.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    A joyless amalgam of horror movie cliches, none used more exhaustively than the false alarm.

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