Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,662 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Last September
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,662 movie reviews
  1. Quite simply, a revelation.
  2. It's a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Polsky ices it.
  3. A transcendent work from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon studio that's almost wasted on kids.
  4. Whether it's simply the change of locale, or a change in Allen's psyche, something is up in Match Point. With a dark view of humankind, and of the vagaries of chance - bad luck, good luck, dumb luck - the filmmaker has crafted a wicked, winning gem.
  5. A flat-out electrifying experience.
  6. Cinderella Man is not a movie about boxing, but about this boxer who personified the heart and hope of 1935.
  7. A bracing, unblinking work that serves as a painful elegy and sobering cautionary tale.
  8. It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all.
  9. Aronofsky has fashioned a chilling vision that lives up to the caustic irony of its title and gives us a nightmare that is not lightly forgotten.
  10. It's a stunning Roman triumph.
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  11. If we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the heavens.
  12. If vigilance and preemption, recompense and retaliation is not enough, the film asks, then what is?
  13. Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream.
  14. Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
  15. Not only is it the best documentary in a vintage season for nonfiction films (see "American Splendor," "Capturing the Friedmans," and "Spellbound"), it's also one of the best films of the year. It's as lyrical about the particulars of Kahn as it is about the universals of fathers and sons.
  16. It is with gravity and levity and incomparable grace that Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- by light years the best movie of 2000.
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  17. Spoofy and sweet... endearingly old-fashioned.
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  18. It is, without doubt, a transcendent endeavor, from its exhilaratingly smart screenplay - director David O. Russell's adaptation of the novel by former South Jersey teacher Matthew Quick - to the unexpected and moving turns of its two leads.
  19. Without doubt one of the scariest, creepiest, gut-churningly unsettling pictures to come along in ages.
  20. A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
  21. A profound and deeply moving exploration of facing death with dignity.
  22. An awesome cinema spectacle.
  23. The real 3-D experience of the season is Pina, Wim Wenders' shockingly beautiful and moving tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.
  24. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, look out: a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Explosively exciting film.
  25. It's an observation of crushing truth.
  26. With its improvisatory score (drummer Antonio Sanchez provides a hustling backbeat throughout), its seamless shots, its leaps into the surreal, and then back again into the excruciating, embarrassing real, Birdman ascends to the greatest of heights.
  27. Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
  28. A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an unfaithful wife; a history of deceit. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds.
  29. Exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic.

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