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 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. The Reader is significant because -- like another film opening today, "Valkyrie" -- it asks us to see not just the Jews but the whole German people as victims of the Holocaust, and to view Nazism as more a product of explicable ignorance than inexplicable evil.
  2. Olivier Dahan's sprawling portrait of the life of Edith Piaf is the kind of grand, passionate historical drama that no one seems to be able to pull off any more.
  3. Played by Lucy Russell with a defiant, unapologetic embrace of aristocratic privilege, Grace is a maddening yet fascinating character.
  4. This collision of skate punk and pop-culture archaeology is the most entertaining slice of cultural history I've seen in years.
  5. Even if you don't like the stories, the filmmakers seem incapable of finding a corner of Paris that is not photogenic.
  6. Perhaps the most ingeniously imaginative element in Son of Rambow, a film exploding with imagination (some of it scrawled directly over the film in animated expressions of Will's private world), is its very conceit.
  7. An imaginative self-profile of producer Robert Evans, could well be the most totally irresistible movie of the summer.
  8. There's a real gee-whiz kick to the fantasy of being the brainiest kid on the planet, and a down-to-earth quality to Jimmy and his not-so-bright, but ever-so-stalwart best buddies.
  9. Explores cloudy, discomforting realities of the Holocaust not usually addressed in such films.
  10. He's (Carrey) a marvelous Grinch in this spirited, bustling and mostly faithful spin on Seuss.
  11. Deftly weaves history, film and memory into an imaginative meditation on why the movies become a part of our lives.
  12. It struck me as the most exciting and original Hollywood thriller, occult or otherwise, since "The Sixth Sense."
  13. A radically disturbing and memorable movie whose images don't easily fade or diminish in power.
  14. No, it doesn't exactly re-create the magic that made the original such an instant classic, but it's faster and more involving than "Reloaded" and it rounds off the premise and themes of the trilogy in a surprisingly satisfying way.
  15. The movie is exactly what it's billed to be: the successful blending of two distinctly different filmmaking sensibilities from two different generations. But the stronger, and more pessimistic, sensibility -- Kubrick's -- carries the day.
  16. In the world of comic-book movies, American Splendor is the real deal, the warts-and-all adventures of the most unlikely hero on the comic stands.
  17. Everlasting Moments both is a tribute to Larsson -- a relative of the director's wife, Jan (author of the original story) -- and a love letter to the art of photography.
  18. A mesmerizingly suspenseful drama.
  19. It assaults us with violence, brutality, sexual confusion and anarchy and has enough bruising, punishing humor to keep us laughing with relief.
  20. A beautiful and compassionate work, at once stark, sensory and spiritually grasping, that challenges us to forgive even the most monstrous sins.
  21. A witty little comic gem with a heart and a soul.
  22. Winterbottom's compassion transforms In This World from a political statement into an eloquent and involving human drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Jonathan Demme's long-awaited Philadelphia is so expertly acted, well-meaning and gutsy that you find yourself constantly pulling for it to be the definitive AIDS movie. [14 Jan 1994, p.13]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  23. It's eye-filling, well-cast, often very funny and executed with great imagination and flair.
  24. Flat-out one of the best Bonds ever.
  25. What gives the story resonance is the tenderness and sacrifice and even innocence del Toro reveals amid the savagery.
  26. It's a rich, engrossing ensemble drama that reveals itself very slowly, is filled with multidimensional characters and multi-layered performances, and works toward an amazingly verisimilitude. [19 Jan 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  27. An unusually satisfying and inspiring historical epic from one of contemporary cinema's best filmmakers.
  28. With his usual intelligence, technical virtuosity (the reverse-aging effects are astounding) and storytelling panache, director Fincher gives the film a power and unity that make nearly three hours go by in a flash and pulls its diverse elements together to be something unique for a Hollywood movie -- a true spiritual experience.
  29. Ironically, the challenge of directing a Japanese-language film with a non-English-speaking cast seems to have brought out the very best in Eastwood. His vision is alternately intimate and sweeping, his touch never seemed more light and sure, and several of his scenes are so delicate, dynamic and prototypically Japanese they could have been directed by Akira Kurosawa.

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