Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Scores

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For 2,749 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Old Joy
Lowest review score: 0 National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Score distribution:
2749 movie reviews
  1. Ceylan has an unerring gift for camera placement, and his slow, measured scenes can be as hypnotic as they are lovely -- at times, too much so, with the characters constrained by his poetic perfection.
  2. Iliadis is more visually sophisticated than Craven was in 1972 and works hard to sustain the mood and tension while still hitting the audience with blunt scenes of wincing violence. (It gets grisly and grotesque enough for gore hounds.)
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After an excellent setup, the movie becomes bogged down in chase scene after chase scene on its way to its inevitable ending.
  3. The casting clicks; the visuals have leaped right out of Dave Gibbons' original panels; the action is brutal, stylish and well-staged, and -- with most of the major characters, themes and symbolism are retained in an abbreviated form -- the 2 1/2-hour film makes an enjoyably esoteric Cliff's Notes version of the book.
  4. There's an unconvincing warm, fuzzy happy ending, in which recognition is treated as cure and understanding heals all. But, until then, Phoebe in Wonderland is an involving and empathetic drama of mothers and daughters.
  5. Everlasting Moments both is a tribute to Larsson -- a relative of the director's wife, Jan (author of the original story) -- and a love letter to the art of photography.
  6. It's all about waste and destruction, and not just the toxic waste -- illegally dumped in landfills -- that is poisoning the farmland and the aquifers in the region.
  7. Joaquin Phoenix is as good as he has ever been in James Gray's Two Lovers, a discomfortingly honest drama about the frustrations of love and desire.
  8. As dazzling as they come, a visual pageant of strange undersea creatures hunting and scavenging and floating across the screen.
  9. A classic fairy tale with a contemporary sensibility and a spooky horror under the candy-house fantasy.
  10. A hilariously spry effort from an equally unpromising premise.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If cheesy, feel-good riches-to-reason romantic comedies are yours, this is your fix. It's a harmless indulgence that, like shopping, may make you feel good for the short term, but later you'll need more.
  11. For all its impressive set pieces and breathless momentum, it's neither passionate nor urgent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Accomplished if misguided thriller.
  12. It resorts to a story line so predictable that its willingness to go so earnestly into unoriginal territory is doubly disappointing since its first half had so much more going for it.
  13. The movie's political and moral points -- and theme about creating family however you can find it -- elevate it above the average kids movie.
  14. It's an exciting action spectacle and a thoughtful, cumulatively moving family drama.
  15. The results are being billed as a reunion of the "Titanic" star team, but anyone expecting a similarly gushy romantic idyll is in for a shock: it is an uncompromisingly dreary view of two self-deluded people incapable and unwilling to understand one another.
  16. With his usual intelligence, technical virtuosity (the reverse-aging effects are astounding) and storytelling panache, director Fincher gives the film a power and unity that make nearly three hours go by in a flash and pulls its diverse elements together to be something unique for a Hollywood movie -- a true spiritual experience.
  17. It's a pleasure to see mature portraits of adult characters who put their vulnerabilities on the line. I enjoyed my time in the company of these strangers.
  18. Looks to be this season's family animal comedy.
  19. The movie works like a clock. A few minor quibbles aside (the casting of Hitler, for instance), Valkyrie is a highly intelligent and deeply engrossing historical drama and, frame for frame, the year's most suspenseful nail-biter.
  20. 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.
  21. The young cast, all nonactors who developed their characters with Cantet and BĂ©gaudeau, brings the weight of full lives to each of the students.
  22. A movie that plays better if you know nothing about it going in.
  23. It's bleak, credulity straining and often stomach-turning, but it definitely works as a heart-tugging character study, and Rourke's performance as the has-been title character is golden.
  24. There's a dark and demented little psychodrama of self-inflicted madness beneath the narrative contrivances. Vigalondo's direction makes it work more like a waking nightmare than a genuine experience, and he gives it the quality of madness.
  25. Surprise! The remake is not a heresy. It's a decent enough stab at being what the old movie was to its time, following the same basic plot, full of respectful references to its model, updated with a gallery of fairly imaginative special effects.
  26. The film's added enigma makes the play's title even more appropriate, but it results in a more ambiguous and perhaps less satisfying dramatic experience.
  27. This movie seems even rougher around the edges than much of his past work. Still, it's hard to resist.

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