Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Scores

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  • TV
For 2,759 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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Brothers of the Head
Lowest review score: 0 The Oh in Ohio
Score distribution:
2759 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. For all the bludgeoning insistence of Kramer's contrived plots and blunt direction, there's not much conviction to the outrage.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The new new new Jason Vorhees, played by Derek Mears in this Michael Bay-produced homage/update of the '80s slasher franchise, is a bit of a fox.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. As dazzling as they come, a visual pageant of strange undersea creatures hunting and scavenging and floating across the screen.
  10. A classic fairy tale with a contemporary sensibility and a spooky horror under the candy-house fantasy.
  11. Easily the least passionate romantic comedy I've seen in years.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A forgettable waste of time.
  12. Mostly it's a series of dream-image clues scribbled out by juvenile seer Fanning, followed by super-powered smackdowns between agents and mercenaries with slangy titles like watchers, stitchers and sniffers.
  13. 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.
  14. For all its impressive set pieces and breathless momentum, it's neither passionate nor urgent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Accomplished if misguided thriller.
  15. 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.
  16. If only Outlander was as fun as the premise makes it sound on paper.
  17. Its combination of maudlin sincerity, cruel slapstick, exotic romanticism and boogie-down dance sequences may befuddle more than it entertains.
  18. The movie's political and moral points -- and theme about creating family however you can find it -- elevate it above the average kids movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For anyone looking for something as real or engaging as Biggie's music -- or a good introduction to it -- will be disappointed by this mediocre celluloid life-after-death.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only real difference between this and the handful of other Happy Madison flicks is that James (executive producer, co-writer, star) has made this Sandleresque movie family-friendly, with very little swearing, no nudity and all the edginess of a "King of Queens" rerun.
  19. A girlie romantic comedy with tired slapstick pranks but not an ounce of self-respect or intelligence.
  20. Director Bill Duke may believe the message but he never invests himself in the characters or their story, which becomes an illustrated lesson with reflective interludes and comic relief.
  21. It's an exciting action spectacle and a thoughtful, cumulatively moving family drama.
  22. 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.
  23. The result is a great-looking movie with an awkward balance of pulp noir and campy self-awareness.

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