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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Iraq in Fragments
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
2,749 movie reviews
  1. Good performances are mostly wasted. Phoef Sutton's adaptation of the Abrahams' novel is poor, it works to an absurdly unlikely and dramatically dishonest must-hit-a-home-run conclusion, and - though it tries here and there - it has absolutely nothing new to say on the subject of fan obsession. [16 Aug 1996. p.30]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  2. Lively but incredibly dumb.
  3. As weak a star vehicle as Hollywood has cranked out this millennium.
  4. Neither clever nor heartwarming, Four Christmases is the coal in the stocking of holiday movies.
  5. Not a moment rings true in this sentimental drama.
  6. The Man Without a Face also manages to be an expression of Gibson's well-known political and sexual conservatism. It goes to some lengths to pay homage to John Wayne (three times) while the anti-war left of the '60s is brutally caricatured as a bunch of effete snobs, and the women in this movie are just in the way. [25 Aug 1993, p.c1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  7. It all feels pretty empty.
  8. If, like me, you haven't read this book, the movie makes little sense, and has zero inspirational kick. It's just a depressing parable about a fellow who sinks lower and lower in life until he figures out a nebulous new way to sell God to the masses.
  9. Does have one saving grace, however. As Nick's long-suffering wife, Blanchett gives the movie some badly needed charisma, and its one point of sympathy -- even nobility.
  10. For 12-year-old boys, period.
  11. Director Jean Stewart isn't merely clumsy with character; she hasn't the chops to show us the joy and exhilaration Christine feels in the freedom of solo runs.
  12. I can imagine the pitch meeting: "It's 'Kramer vs. Kramer' meets 'Forrest Gump.' No, wait, 'Rainman' has a baby!"
  13. It might be impressive as a made-for-DVD production, but coming from producer George Lucas, it makes for a cheap excuse for a big-screen spectacle.
  14. Too bad Igor didn't jolt the film to life with his Frankenstein shenanigans.
  15. Above all, Kranks lacks that basic kernel of credibility that even a goofy farce needs to work.
  16. The film half-heartedly paints their actions as rebel-chic heroism even when it has all the integrity of tomcats spraying outside their yards, and it ends up just as confused as the characters.
  17. The cast tries hard and a sprinkling of laughs results, but the project is defeated by a concept that is not very novel, a script that is not especially witty, direction that is neither sharp nor insightful and one-note characters that are simply not very interesting.
  18. Like many video games, Resident Evil has a drearily long setup, then a lot of blood and gore, then an overextended ending.
  19. The movie is sporadically funny in an anarchistic way. But Cho and Penn don't have the needed personality or comic identity to sustain a franchise and their non-drug humor is so crude and scatological that -- to say the least -- it leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
  20. Most of its characters come off as being one-dimensional and stereotypical, and the film's sensibility leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
  21. Tainted by cliches, painful improbability and murky points.
  22. This is simply another in a long line of utterly unnecessary remakes that, having nothing new to say, clutch at crassness and dumbness.
  23. A sloppily scripted film that contains a silly and superfluous subplot about a crooked cop.
  24. The special effects display is so lacking in imagination it turns into so much noise, just a flashy distraction from the stiff, stock cliches of the by-the-numbers script.
  25. At its best, it is self-effacing fun.But the cartoonish approach takes its toll: The random twists and contrived showdowns devolve into just so much abstract business, too silly to take seriously and too unmotivated to make sense.
  26. The movie also has a supernatural element: the leader of the renegades (Eric Schweig) turns out to be a sorcerer with occult powers. It's very clumsy, and speaks to the pandering streak in Howard that has always prevented him from being a truly first-rate film artist.
  27. It's the script -- by director Mark Fergus (who also wrote the adapted script for "Children of Men") and Hawk Ostby -- that lets everyone down.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Though First Daughter delivers a nice twist about midway through and Keaton lights up the screen every time he's on it, Holmes fails to deliver the kind of nuanced performance "Pieces of April" suggests she's capable of.
  28. The jokes run dry, the situation is redundant, the cast becomes tiresome and the running time is interminable.
  29. The film never kicks in as a character study or a star vehicle.

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