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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. The film is thriller, comedy and rite-of-passage story, but Boyle never loses sight of what's at its core.
  2. In a farce like this, where the story is merely a string of martial-arts movie cliches lined up to be parodied, that has its own rewards.
  3. Based on a best-selling book by Fortune magazine writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, the film approaches Enron through the Horatio Alger saga of its founder, Kenneth Lay, the son of a dirt-poor Missouri Baptist minister.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The film's wealth in themes provokes unsettling thought, even as it feels meager in thesis.
  4. This is the most impressive directing debut by a "name" British actor in a long, long time.
  5. Its concept is gutsy, its script is literate and intelligent, its visuals and cinematic craftsmanship are mouth-dropping, and its vision of the insanity of various religions vying to dominate the real estate of the Holy Land comes through with great power.
  6. It's a quiet anti-war film full of lovely, heartbreakingly assured performances and real situations and responses.
  7. It could be more involving, but it's funny enough that you won't care.
  8. The dark, rotting interiors and sunless winter skies create a festering atmosphere of unexpiated guilt as Kremer ponders the question of how a decent man is to navigate the rivers of hell.
  9. Or
    Yedaya is respectful and sensitive of everyone in Or's life and creates a beautiful, complex and rich relationship between mother and daughter, loving and protective of each other, but not of themselves.
  10. A playfully offbeat, willfully wide-eyed tale of lonely, inarticulate people looking for connection in a disconnected world.
  11. The social commentary isn't subtle, but Romero delivers the goods so effectively that many won't even notice.
  12. It's impossible to praise too highly the verve, skill and authenticity with which Spielberg brings off his alien invasion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a film that, by its complexity of character and mastery of tone, surpasses the original it was intended to honor.
  13. Jia's compassion for the drifting souls struggling to create a life for themselves in such a transitory existence makes the metaphor resonant.
  14. Speaks in the raw mumble of the dirty South. A regional film in the truest sense, it does for Memphis what its producer, John Singleton, once did for South Central Los Angeles.
  15. The performances by Davidtz, Weston, Wilson and especially Adams stand out as Morrison paints his character study with raw, true bits continually tested by the absurdities of pain life dishes up.
  16. It's a consciousness-raising personal odyssey in the tradition of such recent indie hits as "Sideways" and "About Schmidt" -- only less obviously comedic and, as always with Jarmusch, blissfully unresolved.
  17. Both blunt and complex, Sauter's illustration of economic Darwinism at its most primal and unforgiving is a harrowing vision of human life as collateral damage in the modern global economy.
  18. With so much going for it, it's sad that Red Eye goes into such a third-act tailspin and cliched slasher-flick finale.
  19. Park is neither glib nor pedantic as he charts the vicious circle that leaves victims in its wake, unintentional and premeditated, and takes its dehumanizing toll on his increasingly brutal heroes.
  20. Beautifully observed tale of high-school kids in the projects outside Paris.
  21. A lesson in listening.
  22. Affliction has rarely been so sensitively explored.
  23. Far-fetched but deliciously exciting aerial nail-biter.
  24. The song may be somewhat familiar, but Sach gets understated performances from his entire cast and finds interesting harmonies as they play out their clashing duets.
  25. Indeed, it has to be one of the most eerie, morbidly absorbing and psychologically compelling movies ever made about a writer in the agonizing process of creating an important piece of literature.
  26. Daniels gives a career-best performance.
  27. The funniest film you'll see this year about a political assassination.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It is historically evocative, visually transporting and an exuberant romantic comedy that adheres to its source while spinning its own artful energy.

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