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
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. An excessive, expressionistic, agreeably nonjudgmental period biography that carries with it an enormous emotional wallop. [01 Mar 1991]
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  2. Awakenings, directed by Penny Marshall, is a curiously engaging, genuinely haunting movie that rises above some dubious handicapped jokes and strange casting decisions to be truly special. [11 Jan 1991, p.5]
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  3. A tasteful, richly textured, exquisitely nostalgic drama that carries with it an enormous emotional punch. [09 Oct 1992]
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  4. Penn's direction is amazingly sharp and intuitive, full of masterful touches that give an epic dimension and scope to the parable.
  5. It's a dissection of how the media found and fed and nurtured the story in their insatiable need for content to fill their news hours and talk shows, how it just as quickly turned on them and transformed the story from celebration to vilification, and how the public turned right along with them.
  6. Strong, evocative storytelling pared to the bone and braced with a sensibility perfectly matched to the material.
  7. Fascinating memoir of coming of age in Iran.
  8. An unusual, visually hypnotic, American Gothic historical epic that traces the rise and tragic fall of a Western mining magnate of the Gilded Age.
  9. A grueling and deeply affecting human drama.
  10. Its dazzling blend of rock magic and 3-D technology just may be ushering in a whole new kind of musical theater.
  11. An allegory of our times, Shotgun Stories is a tragedy of biblical scale and an intimate family drama. Unlike the more lauded films of last year, which glorified a national preoccupation with bloody deeds, Shotgun Stories is a passionate cry to end the violence and a reminder that we, as free individuals, have the power to determine our own destinies.
  12. Hou's first film made outside of Asia is his most emotionally turbulent, yet he remains, like the balloon, outside looking in, a compassionate but distant observer capturing it all with a graceful restraint and floating beauty that ultimately carried me away with it.
  13. Morris challenges us to understand what the pictures show and what they don't show, and to see them in context. And he confronts us with the most important question surrounding them: Do they reveal a crime, an aberration in the system or standard operating procedure?
  14. With The Dark Knight, the cinematic superhero spectacle comes closest to becoming modern myth, a pulp tragedy with costumed players and elevated stakes and terrible sacrifices. It's the new gold standard for superhero noir.
  15. True to the characters and their conflicts, the resolution is neither neat nor expected. True to Demme, it's honest and generous and very human.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Although obviously a stretched and lightly drawn caricature -- the cerebral writer is obsessed with his work, has metaphorical skin problems, can't have sex without weeping, etc. -- Cotard is real. Or as real a representation of an artist as we're likely to get in this biopic age.
  16. The most emotionally rich and cinematically thrilling film I've seen all year, a film that pulses with human life in all its terrible and beautiful irrationality.
  17. It's a tender, tough, uncompromising film, photographed with a disarming directness and seeming simplicity that looks almost naked next to the dramatic constructions of most films. It just makes her precariousness all the more real.
  18. The young cast, all nonactors who developed their characters with Cantet and BĂ©gaudeau, brings the weight of full lives to each of the students.
  19. What begins as an introspective odyssey examining the effects of war on the young Israeli soldiers turns into a provocative exposé on the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
  20. A classic fairy tale with a contemporary sensibility and a spooky horror under the candy-house fantasy.
  21. It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.
  22. He's (Carrey) a marvelous Grinch in this spirited, bustling and mostly faithful spin on Seuss.
  23. Daring, gorgeous.
  24. Susan Sarandon has never been more outrageously appealing. Natalie Portman is simply exquisite.
  25. One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
  26. Shooting with a respectful remove that captures an intimacy by sheer doggedness, Finkiel creates a rich atmosphere by simply looking, listening and peering past the surfaces.
  27. In Wonderland, Winterbottom has found a script worthy of his passion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A delightful, inspiring and ultimately redemptive comedy-drama.
  28. What gives the story resonance is the tenderness and sacrifice and even innocence del Toro reveals amid the savagery.

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