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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Trip
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,475 movie reviews
  1. Backwards - its title referring to the wisdom that life is lived forward but understood backward - has no forward propulsion.
  2. Strictly for adventurous moviegoers, a peculiar experience -- a polemic that is at once watchable and repellent.
  3. The movie bogs down in tiresome good guys vs. bad guys action cliches.
  4. Curiously, despite Johnson's imposing physique, it's the kids who do most of the smashing and grabbing, right up until the climax, when it's all-hands-on-neck.
  5. How bad is Prince of Persia? Whether or not director Mike Newell is to blame, the action sequences lack verve and scope.
  6. Hemsworth looks a good deal more like NFL receiver Jeremy Shockey than he does the immortal Avenger.
  7. To the delight of gadgetheads and the dismay of the rest of us, Spy Kids' paraphernalia is better developed and considerably more fun than its story.
  8. Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile.
  9. Although it is based on a true story, the dramatization doesn't make much sense psychologically.
  10. To paraphrase one of its few laughs, it's a zombie movie directed by Vera Wang.
  11. She may not be the most cinematic of film artists, but Heckerling will make you smile.
  12. What ensues may be predictable, but the slapstick performances of Rudd and Bell are anything but. They court, they spark, and a few times they catch comic fire.
  13. This mostly vulgar, but never explicit, comedy resolves itself surprisingly, revealing depth just when you think it's going to continue its skip across the shallows. In other words, Just Married might not be good, but it's just good enough.
  14. It's hard to know whom to blame for this futile exercise: Morris or Rumsfeld.
  15. Illsley's fine cast, with a riotous contribution from William H. Macy as the sheriff who falls for Harry, plays out the comedy without condescension.
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  16. The Jacket is both a genre movie and a symptom, a gothic treatment of Gulf War syndrome.
  17. For high-speed action, eye-popping locales, and chopsocky fight-fests galore, watch The Transporter - on video.
  18. The extent to which The Princess Diaries succeeds is the result of how pretty Hathaway at first mimics, then internalizes, Andrews' essential majesty.
  19. The twist of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a laugh-out-loud if not-exactly-good stoner comedy, is that its heroes, an entry-level investment banker and a brainiac pre-med student, are not dimwits.
  20. Tonally, Casino Jack is all over the place: exaggerated comedy, cartoonish high jinks, then heavy-handed melodrama (a third-act face-off between Abramoff and his wife, played with no center of gravity by Kelly Preston, comes out of nowhere).
  21. A heartfelt, '70s-era coming-of-age story with a prologue and epilogue set in the present day, marks the filmmaking debut of actor David Duchovny, who also wrote the symbol-studded screenplay.
  22. For those who want nothing more than a thorough scare, Gothika is effective. But for those of us who want some psychological insight with our frightfests, the film is sadly lacking.
  23. As for Bale, he seems to have lost his compass. His accent strays, his famous intensity wasted on clunky dialogue.
  24. Fails as drama but succeeds as a "When bad things happen to good firemen" procedural. It's sensitivity training for civilians.
  25. The film drifts along on a stream of humiliation jokes - physical, emotional, sexual, hairpiece-ial.
  26. Every time Problem Child gets an interesting edge, it loses it.
  27. Though imaginatively directed by Harald Zwart, Mortal Instruments, which is adapted from Cassandra Clare's YA novels, is marred by significant flaws.
  28. Contrived and schematic, Peter Chelsom's film is a mechanical bird that never takes wing.
  29. An overobvious and underwhelming satire about American consumerism run amok.
  30. W.
    Unlike the filmmaker's previous stabs at presidential biopic-ing and conspiracy theorizing - "JFK" and "Nixon" - this one doesn't have the luxury of historical perspective.

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