The Seattle Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 1,073 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Widows
Lowest review score: 12 Bride of Chucky
Score distribution:
1073 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Other than a few blips, Blinded by the Light is a production that is as strong as any Springsteen anthem and as inspiring as any lyrics by the Boss.
  1. Like Bernadette, the movie’s lost; you’ll need to read the book to truly find her.
  2. Very, very late in ECCO’s two-plus hour running time, answers come. It’s a long wait for clarity. From the viewer, much patience is required.
  3. If “golden retriever voiced by Kevin Costner” rings any alarm bells for you, steer clear.
  4. All of this silliness is actually great fun, particularly the bantering chemistry between Johnson and Statham, who spend much of the movie squabbling and calling each other names.
  5. The pacing of the picture is problematical. It’s curiously inert in the early going, with a lot of time spent in cars with the characters as they drive around and around on freeways, side streets and boulevards in Hollywood.
  6. "The Farewell" is so unexpectedly and deliciously funny that watching it feels like a tonic — an immersion in love and art.
  7. A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman’s dream ... Maiden is wonderfully suspenseful — especially if you, like me, have no idea how the race turned out.
  8. The new version amplifies and deepens all that is good in the original. The key is in the visuals. Photorealistic computer-generated imagery renders its African landscapes and animals with astonishing realism.
  9. Ultimately, despite Nanjiani’s best efforts, it’s a disposable fast-car summer movie, neither terrible or good, for those biding their time before the next “Fast & Furious” installment.
  10. This film celebrates Halston’s work but shows more interest in the man — and the unexpected corporate drama — behind it.
  11. Much of the film’s pleasure is in hearing Morrison speak.
  12. Horror is a fragile thing. Suspension of disbelief is key to its effectiveness. A sudden inappropriate guffaw from someone in the audience can be enough to break the spell. In Midsommar, the spell breaks at the end and the picture collapses.
  13. Yesterday offers no answers or explanations. It presents its idea and runs — and you either buy it or you don’t.
  14. Sometimes, a movie can just make you feel better, and that’s no small gift.
  15. The most interesting revelations come early as Wyman, in voice-over, describes his upbringing in a rough section of London.
  16. Dauberman’s control over the camera and mastery of suspense is impressive, especially for a first-time director. But the film is strung too tightly, rarely breaking bad, denying the cathartic chaos one craves in this kind of film.
  17. None of these stories feel monumental, and all of them resolve themselves neatly in a quarter-hour or so. But they have a kindness to them; a way of seeing people as they are, with their flaws and their goodness.
  18. All Is True is handsomely mounted, filled with shadowed interiors underscoring the darkness of its story, the darkness artfully interrupted by candlelight and firelight. The movie’s impressive appearance notwithstanding, Shakespeare’s domestic problems do not a classic make.
  19. Though his character bears Fails’ name and the picture is autobiographical, it’s not a documentary. Fails and co-screenwriter Rob Richert have embroidered on his experiences to create a story that melds realism with make-believe.
  20. Like the toys of a child now-grown, or an antique lamp gathering dust on a shelf, “Toy Story 4” isn’t needed. But it is, for many of us, very much wanted: one last adventure, one last chance to say goodbye.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although the film is a beautiful tribute to Pavarotti, the less-inspired approach Howard took to the film plus a slower editing beat (the running time is 114 minutes) compared to his examination of the Beatles makes the project seem like a small step backward.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The wedding of strong actors with a solid script is what makes Plus One worthy of saying “I do” to enjoying it.
  21. Like Kaling’s Molly, Late Night is immensely likable; so much so that you wish it were perfect.
  22. The Dead Don’t Die isn’t just deadpan — it’s dead.
  23. What we have here is a standard-issue comedy-tinged crime thriller indifferently directed by Tim Story (the “Think Like a Man” and “Ride Along” movies). Its nothing-special plot, the product of writers Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, features ill-defined villains and briefly touches on Islamophobia and military veteran PTSD and drug abuse — and never follows up on any of those issues.
  24. You feel for the actors, who you know are better than this stuff, and you wonder if director F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”) just threw up his hands. And you wonder if, somewhere, Smith and Jones are chuckling. At least somebody was.
  25. Phoenix goes off the rails in the second half when Kinberg piles fight scene atop CG-enhanced fight scene, backed by Hans Zimmer’s oppressive pounding score, until the picture devolves into a chaotic mess.
  26. The Souvenir reveals itself slowly, calmly, with great deliberation.
  27. Egerton is commanding throughout. His performance is truly a marvel. Rocketman as well.

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