Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,526 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 The Son's Room
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,526 movie reviews
  1. Basically, it's a muddle.
  2. Nispel is no Rob Zombie - who achieved something akin to brilliance with his 2007 Halloween remake. What's more, as influential as it's been, Friday the 13th was never that great.
  3. Director Tim Story's film has two speeds: pedal-to-metal and screeching halt. The former is guaranteed to make the audience carsick, the latter to give it whiplash.
  4. That this is a cautionary tale about any people who would wage war in order to win the spoils of oil and water? Your guess is as good as mine.
  5. Does the world really need another movie about a married guy wandering blindly into an affair, or the married gal who can't decide whether to remain faithful or fool around?
  6. Structurally and narratively amputated, Volume 1 retains head and guts but loses its heart and gams to the second installment. Maybe Tarantino figured that Thurman's legs, as long as the Mississippi, were sufficient to carry this half of a movie.
  7. Knowing has about a half-dozen screenwriter credits, which may explain why scenes crash up against one another - smart, stupid, far-fetched, compelling. And the trouble is that Cage walks (or runs) through them all, treating each with the same level of intensely goofy seriousness.
  8. A mildly scary, totally meaningless excursion into the realms of psychological horror and alien-abduction conspiracies.
  9. Where Mike Figgis' film, with Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, bore deeply and darkly into emotional territory, The Center of the World turns out to be just as fake as its setting.
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  10. Suggests that one way women can fight male violence is by using the weapons of the alpha male: Marking one's territory and firing upon anyone who trespasses.
  11. Fortunately, even when star and story are ineffectual, Fears' supporting players are all thrilling, especially Morgan Freeman.
  12. But there's not much here: The characters are paper-thin, and the action is slow, at times agonizingly so.
  13. In Time is that kind of movie: Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads.
  14. The big shift between Carpenter's B-movie and filmmaker Jean-Fran├žois Richet's comic book-style remake is that instead of a troop of bloodthirsty gang members encircling the precinct, the bad guys here all look like good guys.
  15. Bad Company would just be another silly, intermittently funny, buddy comedy (Anthony Hopkins is Rock's training agent) were it not for a plot unlaughably close to current events.
  16. An airless, bilious, endless pageant of pseudohistory.
  17. Despite Angela's skills - and Bullock's charms - director Irwin Winkler's film is so pedestrian that his movie has all the thrills of a school crossing.
  18. Despite the appeal of cobra-eyed Thornton and bunny-nosed Heder, Scoundrels trips early, and often.
  19. Even though it's all preliminaries, no main event, Grudge Match is harmless enough as entertainment. Just not as harmless as its poor protagonists.
  20. Cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.
  21. A horror pic with a new gimmick that likely will spawn an entire subgenre of more substandard rubbish.
  22. Thornton swills the Matthau role with the unslakable thirst of W.C. Fields and idiosyncratic sexuality of Johnny Depp. So this is what Bad Santa does during the off-season.
  23. Alas, Brick, from writer-director Rian Johnson, isn't as clever as its conceit.
  24. The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
  25. Eva Longoria brings a crisp swagger and fluent Spanish to her role.
  26. The problem with NATM:BOTS is that Stiller, Adams, and company seem to be pretending that they're having fun, too.
  27. Am I crazy, or are Spring Breakers and "Oz the Great and Powerful" essentially the same movie? James Franco stars in both - a tattooed, gun-totin' gangsta in one, a charlatan magician in the other (you figure out which is which), and, in both, he's encircled by a bevy of Hollywood babes determined either to get witchy on him, or get that other witchy-rhyming word on him.
  28. Almost certainly, The Last Stand will not be Schwarzenegger's last. For better or for worse (and this is somewhere right in the middle), he is back.
  29. The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
  30. The film feels long, the editing is choppy, and the plot strands are at once convoluted and cliched.

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