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 Mutual Appreciation
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. Call this one "Die Hard" on Alcatraz, and this time the "cuckoo crazy" maverick has got the homeboys on his side.
  2. Unlike original director Rob Cohen, Singleton has no gift for giddy action and his movie is a crashing bore.
  3. The slapdash comic flailing of screenwriter and TV scribe-turned-director Ed Decter is only compounded by a script so disconnected you have to wonder if pages were lost on the way to the set.
  4. Wants to be an offbeat, hard-edged, inspirational sports movie, but it misses its target by a country mile.
  5. There is no histrionic excess or crackpot camp, only hoary sentiment, the puppy-dog cuteness of the mentally handicapped, and the proposition that the "cure" for lesbianism is one good man brave enough to get in touch with his inner cow.
  6. The film's deliberately overblown cartoonishness and its gleefully pandering adolescent cruelty never blend into the enjoyable style of, say, a good spaghetti western (Rodriguez's acknowledged model), or even a bad Quentin Tarantino movie.
  7. If it sounds like Prey for Rock and Roll might be fun despite its shortcomings, it is not. Even those with a predilection for bad movies about rock 'n' roll should avoid this one.
  8. Contains much abuse and brutality, an annoying celebratory air of pimp-chic and enough explicit gay sex scenes to qualify as (very tepid) soft-core porn.
  9. Efforts to expand the envelope of grotesquery make the film repulsive and suspenseless, and it sorely misses original director Tobe Hooper's grisly, wily sense of humor.
  10. Where "The Cat" book was anarchistic but ultimately sweet-spirited, this movie is ugly, dumb and colossally mean-spirited.
  11. The movie is a resounding dud: immaculately composed and shot (very much in the Kaufman tradition), but riddled with crime-movie cliches, wincingly obvious in its plot twists and rather badly acted.
  12. Unfortunately, this latest effort is so mean-spirited and nasty that you wish Farrell hadn't bothered.
  13. Not only have they (Coen Brothers) stripped it of all its wit and charm, they've loaded it down with the kind of race-baiting and bathroom humor they've always avoided in the past.
  14. But as an artist, von Trier's contempt for humanity is becoming harder to hide with stylistic flourish. He doesn't even try here, and his arrogance is topped only by his misanthropy.
  15. Favors giggly juvenile humor over inspired satire and ends up not with a moral, but a moral vacuum.
  16. An excruciating rehash that has virtually none of the wit and charm of the original.
  17. Tired and glib, it tries to milk humor from the sniping, sass and simple disrespect of its unpleasant traveling companions.
  18. I'd be tempted to call the whole thing cartoonish, but that would be insulting to the real thing.
  19. This isn't a movie, it's a marketing ploy. Would you like a plush Garfield toy with that popcorn?
  20. It's been turned into a stupid kung fu movie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Perhaps worst of all, this film seems to assume its teen viewers are a bunch of drooling half-wits, going to great pains to explain everything in so much after-school-special detail.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    What is this movie about? Is it a morality tale? Is it about the complexity of romantic love? Parenthood? Accepting the often-blurred lines of our sexual orientation? Is it about the role of race in white-collar crime? What?
  21. Yet another raunchy, gross-out farce, this one about smart-alecky city boys who have wacky adventures while exposing themselves in -- I mean to -- the great outdoors.
  22. The whole enterprise is a colossal waste of everyone's time.
  23. Absurdly over the top and not especially funny.
  24. Dracula, who, as played by Dominic Purcell, has all the dark charisma and burning threat of a baked potato.
  25. It's a botched job...the new "Phoenix" lacks the very things that made the old one special.
  26. 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."
  27. The film's one saving grace is Ledger (Mel Gibson's son in "The Patriot").
  28. It's lively but fails to disguise the fact that his (Charbanic) script is a dud and his career in videos has taught him little about the art of narrative storytelling.

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