Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,609 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Metropolis (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,609 movie reviews
  1. The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
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  2. Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
  3. Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery.
  4. Gripping, hair-raising documentary.
  5. When it comes to the realistic portrayal of the complex process of grief, most actresses are at a loss. Sissy Spacek is decidedly not most actresses.
  6. The most moving aspect of this indelible documentary is that it chronicles its subjects' growth from instinctively going for the goal to deciding which goals are worth shooting for.
  7. Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.
  8. A slo-mo gem of gangster cool, of vintage Hollywood noir reimagined by a French new waver in love with American cars, American jazz, and the kind of trench-coated tough-guys embodied by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.
  9. A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful.
  10. Has a slow-burning emotional power.
  11. Lives is a best-foreign-film nominee competing in a year that at least three movies in this category are stronger than Oscar's best-picture contenders.
  12. One of the finest pieces of screen acting in the career of Juliette Binoche -- the actress playing the actress in this extraordinary film.
  13. Wildly sad, funny and terrific documentary.
  14. A profoundly unnerving historical document.
  15. Up
    The exhilarating film pays tribute to Buster Keaton's "The Balloonatic" by way of its slapstick, and to Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" by way of its watercolor palette and traveling domicile.
  16. A riveting sci-fi investigation into humankind's experiments with A.I. (with pages from Spike Jonze's Her and Stanley Kubrick's 2001), Ex Machina marks the extremely able directing debut of British writer Alex Garland, of the novels "The Beach" and "The Tesseract," and of the screenplays for Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" . . . and "Sunshine."
  17. It's great to see an American filmmaker - and a successful one at that - willing to simply train his cameras on the actors and let them, and their characters, come to life.
  18. A dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul.
  19. Most of all, it is the improbably entertaining story of how new media are altering the very nature of courtship and friendship.
  20. Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece.
  21. Werner Herzog's magnificent tragedy, Grizzly Man, a Shakespearean character study that packs the sheer terror of "The Blair Witch Project."
  22. Smart, suspenseful, satisfyingly unpredictable.
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  23. Girl on the Bridge, with its doomed art-house romanticism and echoes of Fellini, may not be the deepest piece of filmmaking out there now, but it is easily the most intoxicating. Take the leap.
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  24. Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too.
  25. The humor of the script constantly confounds expectations, and yet Shrek still manages to say all the right things to children.
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  26. Ryan may not be admirable, but Clooney makes him relatable. It's his deepest and nakedest performance.
  27. A quiet, loopy gem, Duck Season is a goofball celebration of old friends, new beginnings, adolescent freedom, and baked goods laced with a little something extra.
  28. Although Mistress America is very much a New York movie, full of references to couture, pop culture, boutique hotels (to Antigone and Faulkner, too), its comic centerpiece is a brazen assault on a country compound.
  29. Brilliant, blistering account of the many ways fame deforms a star, his family and his fans.
  30. Ida
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.

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