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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Descent
Lowest review score: 0 What Love Is
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.

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