Arizona Republic's Scores

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For 2,382 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 10 The Legend of Hercules
Score distribution:
2382 movie reviews
  1. Clemency isn’t exactly a good time at the movies, but it’s definitely an enlightening one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the first two “Bad Boys” movies, you’ll want to see how the characters have developed. If you aren’t a fan of the series, there is a strong enough story to make the film worthwhile.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dolittle’s animals are easier to relate to, with their humanlike self-esteem and family issues, than the film’s central characters.
  2. War is much on the minds of people right now, and 1917 is a good reminder, flaws and all, of what that really entails. The contradiction, of course, is that it is not one long slog through gorgeous sunsets, but a million little moments that make up the effort. That’s kind of the movie Mendes made, and yet it’s not. You want to feel a movie like this, but too often you simply appreciate it.
  3. The script to this flop doesn't even have enough laughs to amuse someone in the most boring of orthodontist waiting rooms.
  4. It’s an unnecessarily complicated puzzle-box construction that only serves to cheapen the story and diminish its impact
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, “Hold On” proves De Ette a talented singer, one destined for success. We didn’t need a movie to see that. A music video would have sufficed.
  5. The writing and editing aren’t up to the task of retrofitting Alcott’s straightforward narrative with a sophisticated chronology and rob it of dramatic tension in the process.
  6. Cinematographer Darius Khondji gives the film a gritty, twitchy feel. The Safdies give it a story and a pace that never lets up. But Sandler gives it life, and makes Uncut Gems a must-see movie. Just remember: breathe.
  7. Though the stories explored in Bombshell are explosive, the film's uneven pace makes them merely sizzle like reading a news brief instead of an illustrative Vanity Fair profile.
  8. A Hidden Life is less a story than an experience, a spiritual journey made accessible through light and sound. Malick doesn’t transcend cinema. He sanctifies it.
  9. I guess I was charmed in spite of myself. I’m reminded of a quote from Alexander Pope I had to memorize as a kid, which gave me fair warning about the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and “Cats”: “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien / as to be hated needs but to be seen; / Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, / We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” Did I tear up a little? Maybe. Do I ever need to see “Cats” again? Nah, I’m good.
  10. How do you end the most iconic franchise of all time? (Don’t panic, there will be more movies, just not a part of this particular universe.) You end it by trying to please everyone. Which can make it hard to please anyone. But Abrams is a crowd-pleaser and a good one. He’s made a film that is unquestionably entertaining and wraps things up in a way that will make fans happy.
  11. While the actors certainly have charm, the farcical plot is so formulaic that the comic fizz often feels forced.
  12. It’s a good movie. It’s also a flawed one. And in this case more than most, it’s hard to separate those two things.
  13. Outdoing all of the headliners, at least when it comes to capturing voices and body language, is a new character inside the game played by Awkwafina of “Crazy Rich Asians.” It’s subtle, but there’s something more authentic about her version of the shtick. She’s just more in the moment — or maybe less desperate for a laugh.
  14. Waves is definitely not a film for everyone, but it has hidden depths that will reward the patient.
  15. It’s a weird film all the way around.
  16. Queen & Slim is strongest when it lets the images and the acting do the lion’s share of the talking.
  17. Haynes plays up the melodrama, and the film moves along without a lot of surprises. But that gives it a certain momentum — a momentum personified by Bilott in the storage room, sorting through boxes. It’s not flashy, but it’s how you get the job done.
  18. Of course blackmail, shady business dealings and overdoses abound in Johnson's crafty tale. He masterfully maneuvers today's political maelstrom with ease and makes these would-be caricatures into people who could very well be sitting next to you for a Thanksgiving feast.
  19. For me, it doesn’t really matter if LaBeouf is letting himself off the hook, or if Honey Boy is the ultimate vanity project of a pampered narcissist. What matters is that he has plunged into the maelstrom of his own memories and emerged with a real work of art — something that feels real, feels true, even though we all know it isn’t.
  20. Banks' enthusiasm and respect for the history of this franchise takes it from retrograde to fresh within minutes.
  21. The report is important. Its findings and the attempts to undermine them and the investigators, shouldn’t be forgotten. That The Report tries to keep these lessons in a fickle public’s consciousness is a good thing. If only anything committed to screen here were memorable.
  22. It adds up to a marginally more interesting experience than the first “Frozen,” but this sequel would have benefited from venturing a touch further into the unknown.
  23. One is left wanting to know more about Mr. Rogers, but the film reduces him to little more than a kind of superhero family therapist.
  24. The Irishman is a great movie, easily one of the best of the year, one of the best of the great Martin Scorsese’s career.
  25. It’s behind the wheel with Miles that Ford v Ferrari becomes a well-oiled entertainment machine, a thrill ride with a driver’s-eye view of the world’s most exciting track. Everything that doesn’t work is just a distant speck in the rearview mirror.
  26. All pleasures in Last Christmas are as slight. Like the Christmas shop and its baubles, it’s shiny and attractive and intermittently distracting, but it’s all just so much glitter on cheap plastic. It’s angling hard for holiday cheer, but there’s nothing more joyless than forced whimsy.
  27. When it’s good, Doctor Sleep is mighty good.

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