Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,475 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 American Hustle
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,475 movie reviews
  1. Take the flat tire that was "Madagascar." Retread it with "The Lion King" storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
  2. As Roscoe's parents, Margaret Avery and James Earl Jones emerge with drawers undropped and dignity intact.
  3. Castellitto directed and stars in this unbearable film, a case study of a surgeon with a raging madonna-whore complex.
  4. If that sounds a lot like Rushmore, it is, except that the heart has been sucked out of the thing -- replaced by glib chatter, gratuitous Baudelaire references, and distracting product placement.
  5. 300
    300 is "Gladiator" for the gamer set.
  6. For such a formulaic vigilante film, The Punisher has a far better cast than it deserves.
  7. This is not the plot of your typical Ice Cube movie. It does, however, combine the plots of at least three John Hughes movies.
  8. Perry and Campbell are charming despite this straitjacket plot.
  9. Despite some jaunty performances and its pretty Cotswolds locale, the film, in the end, is hardly a pleasure at all.
  10. Madonna the director deserves a script better than the one Madonna the screenwriter handed off to her. The movie is full of incidents that don't quite cohere into a story - kind of like a Power Point presentation without a throughline.
  11. Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.
  12. Full of forced jocularity and drawing-room hissy fits, with its cast parading around in vintage threads and antique cars, Easy Virtue is a close-to-insufferable souffle based on the 1925 Noel Coward play.
  13. Filmmaker Roger Michell doesn't so much adapt Ian McEwan's fine novel Enduring Love, a surgically precise anatomy of romance and obsession, as eviscerate it and wave its entrails before the audience.
  14. If Taking Lives starts off with a modicum of wit and creepy-crawly scares, it winds up somewhere else altogether: in the cliche-strewn land of preposterous red herrings.
  15. Catastrophically overdone.
  16. Feeble and formulaic.
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  17. This is a movie that both parodies "The Sopranos" and aspires to its mordant humor. I don't think anyone -- not Tony Soprano, not Paul Vitti -- can have it both ways.
  18. Feels downright ancient.
  19. On the whole, the movie is more Cheez Whiz than wizardly.
  20. It stars the striking Moss, that fierce beauty from "The Matrix," as the sternest, sexiest babe in space since Sigourney Weaver's Lieutenant Ripley.
  21. You haven't heard anything until you've heard "Play That Funky Music" on the accordion.
  22. Too cute by half, the high school comedy John Tucker Must Die is just so likable, so, um, cute - in that helpless-bunny-wabbit sort of way - that to diss it would be to admit being a heartless, cynical Bambi-killer.
  23. Boy, can Harvey Keitel be bad -- and not bad like "Bad Lieutenant," bad like bad acting.
  24. Completely unhinged, a garish and gonzo walk on the wild side.
  25. Snow Dogs? "Snow Job" is more like it.
  26. Sly can still fill a too-tight polo shirt at 66 - in the same way Jack LaLanne did in his later years. But no amount of movie magic can make him pass for a lethal and nimble juggernaut.
  27. At its best, Queen is campy fun like the Vincent Price horror classics of the '60s. At its worst, it implodes in a series of very bad special effects.
  28. Half enjoyable goof, half an uncomfortable panorama of urban terrorism that just doesn't sit well after Sept. 11.
  29. Elegiac and corny and not really convincing on any level (especially when it comes to its treatment of women - be they hookers, or waitresses, or girls on the town), Stand Up Guys nonetheless holds some fascination just for the off-the-charts affectedness of Pacino's performance.
  30. Fails to provide one essential ingredient: suspense.

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