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 The Passenger (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. Loaded down with gritty Glasgow atmosphere and authenticity, and works so well as an ensemble piece
  2. The two young actors -- Hutcherson and Robb -- are terrific and unpretentious.
  3. The joy is in watching a talented cast make something crisp and fresh out of material that -- though perfectly adequate and enjoyable -- trespasses little into territory that's new or out of the traditionally plotted points of the genre.
  4. Panayotopoulou casts a transcendent eye upon her downbeat subject matter, never dodging the unsentimental truth that growing up is about learning to live with the loss of those things we have loved.
  5. The Groomsmen, while as corny as a Staten Island marriage proposal, rings true on many levels.
  6. John Sayles ventures into August Wilson territory with Honeydripper.
  7. One of the Coens' more playful projects, much lighter and significantly slighter than "No Country for Old Men" or "Fargo," but it's put together with such perfection that you can't help but be won over.
  8. Berlinger and Sinofsky, with their knack for penetrating the diabolical pretensions of weak and disaffected human beings, have brought Metallica to its knees.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Cage trots out all of this character's flaws in a form so raw and true you can't help but cringe in your seat as he careens from one self-inflicted interpersonal failure to another.
  9. In its austere visual understatement rests a ton of emotional power.
  10. The film is imaginative but ugly, with bodily functions an unending source for grotesque and revolting imagery.
  11. It's all quite deftly played with a maturity and introspection that may take you by surprise, though Sachs is perhaps too restrained in parts.
  12. Works best of all as a vehicle for Richard Gere, who has simply never looked better or held the screen more securely.
  13. A movie you've seen many times before, but the setting is different, its characters are well drawn and it delivers its uplifting message with succinctness, sincerity and skill.
  14. Dizdar humorously compares and contrasts extremes in economics and lifestyles and looks at the west through the eyes of an outsider.
  15. The result is like a "Waiting for Godot" for the video-game generation.
  16. His persona clicks, the physical comedy amuses, and its comic vision is tantalizing enough to make us suspect the Old Master still may have at least one masterpiece in him trying to get out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Isn't nearly as entertaining as it is predictable.
  17. It may set itself up as a girlie film with "Ya-Ya" mystics (complete with candles and chanting), but sheds that motif for a much more grounded (and satisfying) film.
  18. The stars ultimately carry the day, the film cumulatively builds both an emotional power and tender wisdom that's very affecting.
  19. The film is many things: dark fable, gritty thriller, satirical social commentary, horror film and a love story that's blessed with a marvelous, near slapstick physicality.
  20. Pacino has done more Shakespeare than any other currently bankable movie star, he has a feel for the language and he lends a genuine grandeur to Shylock's big speech of self-defense.
  21. A film with a real depth, resonance and texture, and room for an ensemble of supporting characters.
  22. Scores high on nastiness, but it has as many surprisingly funny moments as offensive ones.
  23. The film's only misstep is its again-used theme (especially when it comes to a woman's rite of passage) of exacting some punishing loss when our heroine pushes to transcend her limitations by seeking a better life.
  24. There's no question where filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter's sympathy lies, but he makes his case leisurely, without hysteria and with much playful screen time devoted to the various interviewees' pet dogs.
  25. Overcooked and simplistic in spots.
  26. T. M. Griffin's script is imaginative and clever.
  27. It is entertaining and eye-filling enough to appeal to a mainstream male audience. [22 May 1992]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  28. Minghella does a good job of dashing any lingering image you might have of the Civil War as a conflict fought along neat geometric battle lines with the nobility of Appomattox.

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