Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,606 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 Requiem for a Dream
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,606 movie reviews
  1. Cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.
  2. A horror pic with a new gimmick that likely will spawn an entire subgenre of more substandard rubbish.
  3. 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.
  4. Alas, Brick, from writer-director Rian Johnson, isn't as clever as its conceit.
  5. The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
  6. Eva Longoria brings a crisp swagger and fluent Spanish to her role.
  7. The problem with NATM:BOTS is that Stiller, Adams, and company seem to be pretending that they're having fun, too.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
  11. The film feels long, the editing is choppy, and the plot strands are at once convoluted and cliched.
  12. Much of the dialogue is the silliest sort of fantasy mush, and a good deal of the picture appears to have been shot while the lighting guys were out to lunch.
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  13. Despite excellent elements - great actress, taut plot, slick visuals - Flightplan is like airplane food. No matter how good the ingredients the air chef has to work with, the entree inevitably ends up tasting like a Xerox of a facsimile of a meal.
  14. Rian Johnson's film is a scam wrapped in a sham.
  15. Never mind the facts. True Story, slick and shaky, doesn't know where the truth lies.
  16. Scafaria's movie never catches fire. The bad news: The end of the world comes with a whimper. Worse: And two wimps.
  17. Cobbled together from memorable parts of Allen's own (not to mention Hitchcock's) classics, Scoop doesn't establish its own identity.
  18. Hemsworth, who is Gale Hawthorne in "The Hunger Games" and the brother of the Hemsworth who stars as "Thor", has maybe one arrow in his acting quiver - he can look engaged.
  19. Intermittent moments of mild amusement ensue.
  20. Legacy is a two-hour light show with a lot of flash, a little style, and not one byte of narrative originality.
  21. Is there a limit to this incessant princessitude?
  22. The film whipsaws between hyperbolic character study and preachy account of the recent financial meltdown. The two story lines are not well-integrated.
  23. Sorely needs the injection of skepticism - a quality that would have been even more useful when Pollack was mulling over doing Random Hearts in the first place.
  24. Love conquers all. Sadly, Yoo's film does not.
  25. Flat and predictable.
  26. It is diverting but insubstantial.
  27. The writer-director has the talent to dig deep and lay bare the assumptions behind our idea of justice and our notions of right and wrong. In The Devil's Knot, he settles for an encyclopedic, if skin-deep, presentation.
  28. Individually, the actors are endearing. But together in this charmless Gary David Goldberg sitcomedy, inspired by the Claire Cook novel, they are as oddly paired as chalk and cheese.
  29. One reason to see Rendition is for Naor's stunning performance as the torturer who is the one character aware of the political and moral contradictions of what he's doing. Every time he was on screen, he commanded it.
  30. 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.

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