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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. What it lacks in melodramatic punch it makes up for in unexpected shadings in the characters, predator and victim alike.
  2. It makes an unsettling case that America is fast becoming the thing it professes to hate.
  3. It marks an impressive debut for first-time writer-director Mark Romanek, especially considering his background is in music video. His script is uncluttered and potent, and his direction manipulates a devastating climax that ties the photo/voyeuristic theme together very effectively.
  4. It's the chemistry between Vardalos and Collette that gives the film its magical dazzle. Despite Vardalos' ingratiating, big and breathy presence, Collette, as the pulse and conscience of these two dreamers, very nearly steals the film.
  5. Ararat is less about history than the necessity of dialogue and debate, and the devastating effects of stifling dialogue.
  6. Goes down like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day.
  7. An extraordinarily taunt and suspenseful psychological thriller.
  8. Mamet is more respectful than exciting as an action director, but his fascination with how things work, be it the mechanics of designing and promoting a big pay-per-view event or battling a world-class Jiu-jitsu master, makes it all quite mesmerizing.
  9. As a goofy little fantasy, however, this film has loads of charm.
  10. It has a tendency to overextend its outrageous arias, but this pop-art confection both spoofs and celebrates the crazy conventions of movie melodramas and genre cinema with pure affection.
  11. Jia's compassion for the drifting souls struggling to create a life for themselves in such a transitory existence makes the metaphor resonant.
  12. The funniest film you'll see this year about a political assassination.
  13. Bale is totally convincing, if not especially endearing.
  14. Flat-out one of the more exciting and original gut-busters that Hollywood has produced in many a month. It's virtually all action, but the action is never mindless and it is full of marvelous surprises every step of the way.
  15. At 160 minutes, it's a bit long and uneventful for anyone who is not at least a moderate fan of the musicals.
  16. Ullmann has honed a too-long and sometimes relentless film that delves into the selfishness of passion but also captures the elusiveness and unpredictability of love.
  17. With less lampooning and satirical asides, Sicko may be less "entertaining" than Moore's previous films, but it's also more affecting and effective.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The film's wealth in themes provokes unsettling thought, even as it feels meager in thesis.
  18. Far-fetched but deliciously exciting aerial nail-biter.
  19. It captures the excitement of a breaking star, it generates a raw and unsettling emotional power and it honors the aesthetic of hip-hop in way that's never quite been done on film before.
  20. The nuttiest big-screen video game you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing somebody else play.
  21. The surprise is that it's one of the most exciting and enjoyable disaster epics to come out of Hollywood in some time.
  22. The movie works best as spectacle: as a piece of old-style, non-CGI, on-location epic filmmaking.
  23. Arnold Schwarzenegger's enjoyable but not hugely special Kindergarten Cop - has a whole roomful of the little tykes making genital jokes and constantly having to go to the bathroom. [21 Dec 1990, p.7]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a loving and attentive take on a charming classic.
  24. Based on a best-selling book by Fortune magazine writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, the film approaches Enron through the Horatio Alger saga of its founder, Kenneth Lay, the son of a dirt-poor Missouri Baptist minister.
  25. The dark, rotting interiors and sunless winter skies create a festering atmosphere of unexpiated guilt as Kremer ponders the question of how a decent man is to navigate the rivers of hell.
  26. Elegant and enjoyably disorienting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Get Smart is action movie and spoof and, though it's often a little unbalanced, the ultimate result is a harmlessly entertaining picture.
  27. It's an appealing mix of an old Hollywood movie world of Upper East Side sophisticates with the character-driven spontaneity of a modern American indie, all very slight and light but deftly done.

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