Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,340 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 Battle of Algiers (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,340 movie reviews
  1. This unabashedly stupid comedy is, well, unabashedly stupid.
  2. With the raunch quotient cranked up several notches, the sequel is calculated, cynical and, worse, not funny.
  3. The scenario looms as a brain-dead invitation for the stars to embarrass themselves, and Company Man wastes little time in fulfilling that glum suspicion.
  4. While this cheesy, heavy-metal melange of horror, space hooey and cowboy shoot-'em-ups isn't exactly dull, it isn't anything to write home about either.
  5. A high-end version of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" set in the rarefied bistros, boites and brokerages of Yuppie Manhattan in the 1980s.
  6. Williams, going full throttle as the desperate deposed kiddie icon Rainbow Ralph, is, well, simply exhausting.
  7. This startlingly lame tale about a young upstart challenging a veteran leader of the pack doesn't update the genre, it simply recasts it.
  8. Piously acted, stiffly directed, and infused with a view of world politics that might charitably be described as delusional.
  9. A pointless modern morality play set in various sleazy locales that offer sex, drugs, assorted perversions, bare-knuckle fights, and even Russian roulette where lives are wagered for money.
  10. The execution is so dumbed-down, so dumbfounding, that sophisticated moviegoers might confuse it for outtakes from "Spy Kids 2" and "XXX."
  11. The film's one realistic performance is that of Dakota Fanning as Lucy, whose child's shame, fear and resourcefulness ground the movie in recognizable behavior. She breathes air into this suffocating enterprise.
  12. The ads for The Sweetest Thing promise that if you loved "There's Something About Mary" and "My Best Friend's Wedding," then you can't miss this latest Cameron Diaz vehicle. Well, miss it.
  13. An unintentional high-tech hoot.
  14. If you are unlucky enough to stray into the presence of Bats, I strongly recommend you follow their wise example. Hang from the ceiling and go to sleep.
  15. Verhoeven's most deeply disturbing film yet.
  16. 13 Ghosts is the type of project that all parties concerned will have to live down for the rest of their lives.
  17. The "Golden Girls" with gats.
  18. Evolution devolves to the sight of a colossal alien expelling flatus over Arizona. So that's why this movie stinks. Play that flatulent music, white boy.
  19. A bubble-brained comedy with as much bearing on the real world as a Pokemon cartoon.
  20. Not only do they (Gere and Ryder) lack chemistry, they lack physics, zoology, botany and geology.
  21. If Sweet November were a puppy, it would have rabies.
  22. Although there are several truly jolting scares, there's also an abundance of hackneyed dialogue and more silly satanic business than you can shake a severed limb at.
  23. Old School has all the ingredients of an uproarious campus comedy, but it lacks a boisterous short-order cook who could whip up a food fight or three.
  24. Scary Movie 2 has something for potheads and the potty-mouthed alike. Anyone looking for a true sequel, however, will be disappointed.
  25. To paraphrase one of the few memorable lines in the movie, "Even stink would say this stinks."
  26. It may not be the worst war epic ever made - that probably would be "Battlefield Earth" -- but it's darn close to being an unqualified disaster of that magnitude.
  27. A flat-out cynical attempt to launch a new Lethal Weapon-like franchise.
  28. Has to be the sorriest excuse for a reprise since "Highlander — The Final Dimension."
  29. A high-concept hostage drama of absolutely no value to anyone -- except maybe Bell Atlantic, whose titular street-corner pay phone is on screen for almost every agonizing frame.
  30. Duplex's tenant-from-hell scenario is as predictable as it is tedious -- a tinny, unsatisfying throwaway farce.

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