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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Water
Lowest review score: 0 Mary Reilly
Score distribution:
2749 movie reviews
  1. A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.
  2. The characters are not hugely compelling, the performances never completely grab us, and much of the story, while visually arresting, is dramatically tedious.
  3. The film is dominated by computer-generated effects and they're most of its problem -- they don't give us anything to emotionally attach to or invest in.
  4. The most noteworthy thing about the Iraq war home-front drama, Grace Is Gone, is that Clint Eastwood composed its musical score and title song, which have both been garnering all sorts of accolades, including dual Golden Globe nominations.
  5. A mystery that isn't mysterious, a thriller that's barely thrilling.
  6. Definitely deserves points for trying to be something thought-provoking and different, but it doesn't really stand up to analysis and it comes off as a pretentious mess.
  7. A witty little comic gem with a heart and a soul.
  8. The movie never falls into gushy moments of inspiration and Schnabel never tries to manipulate any particular response from the audience. We're left to make of it what we will.
  9. With his Jack Nicholson mannerisms extinguished and his boyish features made up to look worn and aged, Slater also makes us believe and care about this guy. A movie this marginal isn't likely to get much notice, but it's one of the very best things he has done.
  10. A darkly funny journey about life ticking by and the change to make wrongs right.
  11. If the film has a weakness, it's an ending that's so vague and open to interpretation that it's not at all clear how director Andrew Wagner ultimately wants us to feel about these self-absorbed characters and their precious literary concerns. But the performances carry the day.
  12. In the end, this could be the year's most sharply defined love-it-or-hate-it movie.
  13. Given the possibilities it's not particularly inventive, but it is nice to see a comedy so affectionate with the conventions it spoofs.
  14. 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.
  15. Faced with an artist defined more by his lyrics than his life story, Haynes delivers a song-cycle of a movie: vivid, exaggerated, contradictory impressions of a man who confounds a culture still looking to define him.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The scenes that really work are the ones that take place outside the supermarket, in the beginning and at the end of the film. In fact, the "Twilight Zone"-inspired ending nearly makes up for all that comes before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Not a bad movie, per se. It's just harmless and bland and dull and predictable, and sometimes that's worse than a bad movie.
  16. Entertaining and eye-opening.
  17. While Margot's casual cruelty and the scenes of squirmy discomfort are sometimes painful to watch, the rendering of this disastrous family reunion is seriously, savagely droll.
  18. It's not "The Wizard of Oz," and its cotton-candy fantasy of a story line is definitely aimed at very young children. But it's well made, and adults likely will find themselves yielding to its gentle, whimsical charm.
  19. Under De Palma's cool disconnection is an anger, and it's this anger that drives his act of political theater.
  20. More mediocre than magical.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    It's an ambitious film, but that doesn't mean it's good.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall the movie is a mess, with a mixed-up mythology at its core. It may not be a new holiday classic, but at least it's funny.
  21. The filmmaker's vision is harrowingly ugly and profoundly upsetting every step of the way.
  22. The actor holds the stage with his warm humor and emotionally charged anecdotes.
  23. All the good intentions in the world and solid performances from three of the biggest and most respected movie stars of our time cannot disguise the fact that Lions for Lambs is resting on a talky, disjointed and not-very-well-thought-out script.
  24. Strong, evocative storytelling pared to the bone and braced with a sensibility perfectly matched to the material.
  25. P2
    The minor pleasures of P2 lie in the simple effectiveness of the sleekly unshowy direction and the clean, unadorned script, which pares away extraneous distractions like motivation and complicated back stories to get on with the mechanics of tension and the obligatory jumps and startles (which stand in for genuine scares).
  26. Exploitive while it pretends to be empathetic.

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