Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,442 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: 67
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,442 movie reviews
  1. It's a sorry spectacle, watching garden gnomes being robbed of their dignity.
  2. With clunky dialogue...I Am Number Four puts the burden on its special effects (passable) and the chemistry between Pettyfer and Agron.
  3. Most gaspworthy is that this raunchy, transgressive comedy about would-be adulterers turns out to be a hot, wet reaffirmation of marriage.
  4. To say that The Grace Card piles it on is an understatement of profound dimensions.
  5. A movie where the action scenes feel like filler, the romantic leads have little magnetism, and, before long, its metaphysical underpinnings fall to pieces.
  6. Seyfried holds the camera's attention, playing this storybook business pretty much straight, although David Leslie Johnson's script puts the actress sorely to the test.
  7. 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.
  8. Throughout Flatley, now 52, is triumphal and indefatigable. There are two mysteries here: From whence comes Flatley's boundless energy? And why does it make me feel so tapped out?
  9. A big fat geek kiss to the movies of Steven Spielberg and his fanboys, Paul is a mild, meandering comedy.
  10. Stevenson is big and swarthy and not altogether without credibility, but he's got as much charisma as a potato.
  11. Gyllenhaal is particularly unsuited to this role, his saucer eyes flashing from calm to crazed.
  12. Half-baked, both in plot and execution, this spoof's for adolescent boys who find Minotaur private parts amusing and Queen Amidala in a chastity belt sexy.
  13. Shot on the cheap, with cheesy animated credits and comic-panel "Bams!" and "Pows!" splashed across the screen, Super has a jokey, low-rent quality (or lack of quality) that could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.
  14. Speechy and preachy and just a teeny-weeny bit naughty.
  15. The offbeat comedy is not entirely devoid of charm, but its derivativeness is almost embarrassing.
  16. Hopped up like a kid on a sugar rush, Hoodwinked Too! tries to emulate the "Shrek" formula - mashing Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm with pop-culture references and wisecracking anthropomorphic sidekicks.
  17. Hemsworth looks a good deal more like NFL receiver Jeremy Shockey than he does the immortal Avenger.
  18. To paraphrase one of its few laughs, it's a zombie movie directed by Vera Wang.
  19. While Scott's movie has a consistent aura, it lacks a consistent tone. What are we to make of the movie, gauzy as a mist-shrouded lake and brutal as "Lord of the Flies?"
  20. Hesher has its genuinely affecting scenes, but too much of the time it feels false and shallow.
  21. Did I laugh? A handful of times. Did I cringe? For 101 minutes.
  22. Short, sour and scabrous, Bosses is that paradoxical thing: a situation comedy where neither situation nor comedy is particularly effective where nonetheless Jason Bateman is sidesplitting, as is Colin Farrell in a supporting role.
  23. It's not that Salvation Boulevard is bad: It's quite funny at times and has some good performances. But it's so predictable it has no bite, either as social satire or as slapstick comedy.
  24. Like the kids in detention, The Change-Up wants to offend your sensibilities. It sets new records for scatological humor and profanity.
  25. This is a straight-up gangsta film, yo. Spare us the phony redemption.
  26. Eisenberg (who starred in director Fleischer's far better Zombieland) does his usual Eisenbergian thing, more slacker and less hacker, but still hitting the same notes. And Ansari squawks and yelps, like a parrot with a grudge.
  27. Director Steven Quale is economical: He ditches plot altogether, delivering instead nothing but set pieces. He does come up with a few genuinely creepy moments of Hitchcockian edge-of-your-seat suspense and a few very inventive deaths.
  28. As in "An Education," Scherfig's settings are unshowy, imparting period flavor without overwhelming what is, ultimately, an underwhelming film.
  29. Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to involve us in any meaningful way with its characters.
  30. Until Seven Days in Utopia sucker punches you with a surfeit of faith-based platitudes, its upbeat brand of golf mysticism isn't altogether unappealing.

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