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 The Secret Lives of Dentists
Lowest review score: 0 Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. Energetic and inventive, it's a satirical, smart, grown-up thriller.
  2. I can't think of another movie that more fluently communicates the special agony and ecstasy of the game of chess.
  3. A mesmerizingly suspenseful drama.
  4. A beautiful and compassionate work, at once stark, sensory and spiritually grasping, that challenges us to forgive even the most monstrous sins.
  5. The stripped-down dramatic constructs, austere imagery and abstract characters are equal parts poetry and politics, obvious at times but evocative and heartfelt.
  6. A drama that embraces the ambiguities and contradictions of family ties and human nature in all its irrational glory.
  7. Ultimately the ballet performances, and notably the work of Stiefel, a star with American Ballet Theatre, are the only moments that deserve center stage.
  8. It's a buoyant, often thrilling piece of animation that more or less does for the Central African rain forest what "The Lion King" did for the East African savanna.
  9. Harris genuinely seems to be at one with the character, and his movie is eerily alive.
  10. It's naturalistic, briskly paced and never overreverential. It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater.
  11. A proud and optimistic testament to the youthful spirit of seniors who refuse to let such a trifle as their failed lives get in the way of a bit of fun.
  12. Mehta's feisty, featherweight romantic comedy makes the case that even the most flamboyant cinematic conventions are as universal as they are exotic, especially when they conspire to produce that glow of happily ever after.
  13. 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.
  14. Explores cloudy, discomforting realities of the Holocaust not usually addressed in such films.
  15. Rivets our interest for its entire lengthy running time. And it does this without any of the usual war movie clichés, false heroics, barracks-humor nonsense or grandstanding absurdities.
  16. A funny, rousing crowd-pleaser.
  17. An imaginative self-profile of producer Robert Evans, could well be the most totally irresistible movie of the summer.
  18. That rare thing at the movies these days: a new experience. It awes us with its technological feat, it sweeps us up in its mystical spell and, with its final scene -- it takes us to an emotional climax of almost unbearable poignancy.
  19. Despite the raw gut-punch of its direction, its power lies in compassion, not sensationalism.
  20. It's a gorgeously atmospheric, perfectly cast, beautifully crafted oater of the old school, made with heaps of integrity, no gimmicks and few concessions to the box office. Its only real flaw is that it strains a bit too hard to be a "classic" western.
  21. After a somewhat shaky start, the film gradually settles in to become another extraordinarily powerful and explosively acted drama that deftly probes the moral responsibility of an artist in a totalitarian society.
  22. This collision of skate punk and pop-culture archaeology is the most entertaining slice of cultural history I've seen in years.
  23. 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.
  24. A radically disturbing and memorable movie whose images don't easily fade or diminish in power.
  25. It's a terrific movie -- intelligent, magnificently acted, highly compelling as a thriller, and downright scary in its implications for the corporate-run world of the new millennium.
  26. Like all great film noir, however, the real delight of this film is in its mood and atmosphere.
  27. Shines with the kind of honesty that's very scarce in today's ultra-manipulative cinema.
  28. It's an uncluttered, resonant gem that relays its universal points without lectures or confrontations.
  29. There's still nothing quite as thrilling on the screen as the spectacle of an icon movie star in a perfectly tailored role.
  30. He (LaBute) pulls the farce and the violence and the fantasies together with a deft touch and a sweetness rare in American films -- especially his.

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