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 Iron Island
Lowest review score: 0 Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. The texture and intensity of the odyssey makes it spellbinding.
  2. A delicious one-time treat.
  3. All told, Cars is a knockout.
  4. A suspenseful, elegant entertainment.
  5. The result is rich, lush -- simply exquisite.
  6. 5x2
    Ozon's greatest special effect is holding the camera in tight on the faces of Bruni-Tedeschi (one of the most expressive faces in French cinema) and Freiss.
  7. Moves along its course and overflows at its climax with that indefinable but unmistakable assurance of a master filmmaker who knows just what he wants to say, is in total command of his medium and is in no mood to make any compromises.
  8. Secret Ballot is an education hiding in a comedy, a parablelike portrait of the irresistible forces of modernization and democracy meeting the immovable inertia of tradition, culture and power relations written in the blood of the past.
  9. A grueling and deeply affecting human drama.
  10. A true gem: perhaps the most thoroughly charming, and completely satisfying, independent film I've seen in the past two or three years.
  11. Together is a likely candidate to become that one foreign-language film that jumps out of the art houses each year to become a mainstream phenomenon.
  12. I haven't been so captivated, chilled and surprised by a movie in years.
  13. There's not a smarter, more demanding American film from the past year.
  14. At age 37, she's (Bonnaire) developed into a consummate film actress and a unique star whose enigmatic persona has never had a more exhilarating showcase.
  15. Bujalski's gift for capturing the awkwardness of social relationships and the messy, unkempt details of everyday life is revealing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Maybe because I happen to be reading "Moby Dick" and was therefore more open to the wider world of whale metaphor, I found Chernick's view of Barney and his working entourage riveting.
  16. Ray
    An extraordinary piece of biography.
  17. Like all Jackie Chan films, this one works best as a rousing action film. From beginning to end, Rumble is filled with imaginative and breathtaking stunts (all done by Chan sans stuntman) and a succession of epic fight scenes that are hypnotic, exhilarating, masterfully choreographed and great fun. [23 Feb 1996, p.3]
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  18. It's so fluid and cinematic that it's hard to even envision how the piece worked on stage.
  19. 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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  20. The Dardennes's masterful casting and austere style amplify this simple but powerful parable.
  21. Commentary from shockingly outspoken Watts residents on topics ranging from revolution to infidelity are a vital part of the documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    James Earl Jones and Richard Harris both gave heartbreaking, virtuoso performances as fathers who find a special bond in this subtle, flawlessly acted, immensely powerful new film version of Alan Paton's classic novel of South Africa. [29 Dec 1995, p. 3]
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  22. 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.
  23. It not only pushes the computer-generated film envelope to the very edge, it's every bit as charming, funny and exciting as the original. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit more.
  24. O
    Sensitive and vivid response to the tangled issues of teen violence, race and self-esteem.
  25. Its dazzling blend of rock magic and 3-D technology just may be ushering in a whole new kind of musical theater.
  26. Achieves its social commentary through passion and poetry.
  27. Indeed, it is a uniquely dreamlike, lushly romantic, highly erotic and prototypically Coppolaesque version of the story - a movie that does for the vampire genre what "The Godfather" did for the gangster saga, and what "Apocalypse Now" did for the war movie: raises it to the level of grand opera. [13 Nov 1992, p.5]
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  28. It's Treadwell's contradictions and controversies that fascinate Herzog the filmmaker, inspiring him to create this enthralling documentary portrait, his best film in years.
  29. Though he's foggy on the specifics, Angelopoulos makes the tides of history felt through each painterly frame.
  30. Oregon-born and Seattle-based director James Longley profiles three lives in his impressionistic portrait of Iraq's Sunni, Shia and Kurd communities.
  31. Director Mohammad Rasoulof has fashioned the ultimate metaphor for a society adrift from its culture.
  32. 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.
  33. Romantic, real and as generous as it is vulnerable, the art of conversation has rarely been so acute, honest and revealing.
  34. While Look at Me at times falls into familiar plotting, it never offers false hope or false characters.
  35. Funny, muckraking documentary.
  36. The young cast, all nonactors who developed their characters with Cantet and Bégaudeau, brings the weight of full lives to each of the students.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It captures the heart and spirit of one of the 20th century's most fabled ballet companies, with a history that stretches continents and decades.
  37. The most sensuous and intimate work of cinema of the past few years, a film that luxuriates in the immediacy of the moment. There is no guilt to the act, only exhilaration, joy and freedom. At least for the moment.
  38. A celebration of the human spirit nothing short of sublime.
  39. 51 Birch Street, like the best of the recent wave of personal documentaries, is both a compelling story and an eye-opening bit of social history.
  40. Ripe with characters and events reflecting the psychic travails of today's young adults.
  41. 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.
  42. Another worthy performance comes from Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi.
  43. In the best Altman manner there are no real heroes and villains, only people trapped by their vanity and ambition and the straitjackets of classism.
  44. It's an extraordinary feat of animation, possibly the most lovingly conceived, uncompromisingly executed and totally successful animated film since "The Lion King."
  45. A film with the epic scale and fearless common-sense vision of Water is a revelation.
  46. Vital and alive. Frustration and malaise rumble through every richly textured frame, but behind it all is a restlessness and a desire for something better.
  47. Soars on its purity of form, subdued elegance and tidy professionalism.
  48. A dynamite comedy-drama that, unless it stiffs big-time at the box office, should be up for multi-Oscar nominations come February.
  49. First and foremost, it soars because its grand design and numerous story problems were worked out half a century ago by a guy named Tolkien, and Jackson was smart enough to realize this.
  50. Altman always manages to pop up with another masterpiece -- and darned if he hasn't done it again.
  51. It's a chilly, lonely introduction to a man who has effectively stepped out of the social world of adult responsibility.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the movie is about finding contentment during tough times.
  52. From the first voyeuristic peek into the ruthless world to the haunting, accusatory, unforgettable final image, it's a brilliant, stunning piece of work, perhaps not Assayas' best, but certainly his most fearless and impassioned.
  53. Cinema does not get much better than this.
  54. Absorbing, scary documentary.
  55. It's unmistakably the work of aging cinema activist Loach, who wears his social-justice heart on his sleeve and pauses the story for lively debates among the characters, especially as Sinn Fein signs a treaty that many think betrays the cause.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's some excellent biological information in this film for preteens and teens -- if they can stop giggling long enough to hear it.
  56. Not only does it recapture -- and enhance -- the subtle emotional core that has made the film so beloved for the past three-quarters of a century, it delivers the most eye-boggling, hair-raising movie thrill ride since 1993's "Jurassic Park."
  57. Kurosawa leaves much of the explanation enigmatic but he fills the film with an eerie emptiness, where suicides erupt out of nowhere and mankind dissolves in an oily smudge of hopelessness, adrift between life and death.
  58. The language and the landscape is French, but the sensibility and style is unmistakably Eastern European.
  59. This beautifully sculpted poetic naturalism has more in common with the expressive use of words in the great screenplays of '40s and '50s than with modern movies.
  60. It's a magical film -- an exquisitely made and exceedingly wise family drama that communicates a touching sense of the universality of the human condition, and leaves us with the rich emotional satisfaction we just don't seem to get often at the movies anymore.
  61. The style is pure Hou: richly textured atmosphere, tiptoeing camerawork and long, languorous takes of scenes full of privileged moments of human activity.
  62. The total effect is mesmerizing, an eye-opening tour of modern Beijing culture in a journey of rebellion, retreat into oblivion and return.
  63. Densely layered, demanding and beautiful, Ruiz has found the perfect venue for his passions and created the most cinematically breathtaking film of the new millennium.
  64. Strong, evocative storytelling pared to the bone and braced with a sensibility perfectly matched to the material.
  65. The familiar majesty of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline is replaced with anticipation and imagination. The sense of hope and wonder is the greater for it, and the sense of promise glows from the screen.
  66. As empowering and triumphant a film as you'll see this or any year.
  67. Some may find it slow. I found it utterly spellbinding.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yellow Dog shows Davaa's growing refinement as a filmmaker, and that the success of "Weeping Camel" -- her master's thesis for film school in Munich that became an Oscar nominee -- was fully deserved.
  68. Isn't about a May-December romance or a brief encounter in a faraway place. It's about being alone in a crowd and the power of unexpected friendships.
  69. There may be no more sensual director in the world today than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai.
  70. Absolutely riveting.
  71. A highly original and unusually powerful drama that deserves comparison to the great Scandinavian films of the past.
  72. In today's cynical cinematic climate, there's something beautiful in Miller's simple poetic justice.
  73. As powerful as the movie remains and as much as I enjoyed this new cut, I have to say that the additional footage -- material that Coppola felt he had to excise 20 years ago to reach a commercial length -- has turned out to be something of a mixed blessing.
  74. Devastating, uncompromising and riveting.
  75. Desplechin fearlessly dives into raw, bitter revelations and surfaces with hope as our heroes try again to get it right.
  76. A heartbreaking look at broken trust.
  77. Antonioni's moviemaking panache and distinctive narrative rhythm rarely have seemed so enticing and satisfying.
  78. A miracle of a movie that is both fairy tale and slice of life.
  79. Beautiful, elevating and achingly sad.
  80. It's an emotionally gripping, daringly genre-twisting, consummately crafted piece of filmmaking.
  81. 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.
  82. Giordana's redemptive vision provides a sense of discovery and a well of hope in the most devastating of troubles, and beautiful surprises in love, friendship and family.
  83. A vivid, thoughtful, unapologetically raw coming-of-age tale full of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
  84. Fascinating memoir of coming of age in Iran.
  85. The movie is so well-cast, sympathetically acted and delicately directed -- and so genuinely touching and funny -- that it leaps right out of the narrow confines of the family bonding formula.
  86. People who have seen it seem to be crazy about it.
  87. In what was indisputably his finest moment as a filmmaker, Forman summoned the absolute best work of his craftsmen -- costumes, makeup, camerawork, production design -- and merged them with his own storytelling sense and his special way with actors to create what has to stand as cinema's most successful musical epic.
  88. It's the most intense, unpredictable and thrilling cinematic experience I've had the pleasure to squirm through in ages.
  89. 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.
  90. A hauntingly poetic triumph.
  91. Confronts the line between the celebration and the exploitation of innocence with an uneasy tension that is discomforting at best.
  92. A sly, smart and very funny caricature of corporate politics and image culture.
  93. The film is a hugely compelling tribute to the French Resistance movement in World War II, staged with a genuine epic flair but in the icy, downbeat, film-noir style of the director's celebrated policiers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's pretty weird stuff, and filmmakers Keith Fulton and Luis Pepe embrace it with a layer of cinematic gauze that builds a pounding energy to this hypnotic twisting of rock legend.

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