Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,526 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 Black Souls
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,526 movie reviews
  1. Kilcher is lovely. But sadly, Ka'iulani is a perfunctory biopic of the sort one might encounter on television during Women's History Month.
  2. 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.
  3. Around the Bend doesn't inspire one to care.
  4. Leaves you in no doubt of where the talent is in what would otherwise be a throwaway picture.
  5. For the casual viewer who feels like maybe all the Sith hoopla is worth checking out, well, it's like tuning in to the season finale of "24" without having watched a minute of its lead-up episodes.
  6. The miscast (or misdirected) Hilary Swank's Jeanne takes so little pleasure in coquetry and manipulation.
  7. Cloud Atlas is pop spiritualism, comic-book grandiosity, Zen for dummies. I can't say I didn't enjoy it on some level, but it's not the level of universal wisdom the Wachowskis and Tykwer would have us be on.
  8. What this arid and arty exercise offers is the opportunity for a bunch of actors, many of them tethered to TV series, to deliver theatrical monologues pulsing with misogyny and narcissism. It's like second-rate Neil Labute.
  9. In fact, no one in The Gunman looks happy. And what happened to chivalry? If a fierce squad of goons is coming after you and your ex, whom you still love, and there's only one Kevlar vest to throw on, don't you offer it to her? Apparently not.
  10. The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
  11. Perfect Sense is a very conventional love story wrapped into a slightly more quirky, apocalyptic yarn and lightly dusted with a touch of true originality.
  12. This glum and grandiose new King Arthur has little to do with the Camelot monarch we've come to know through books and film.
  13. A lush, lovely snooze-fest.
  14. The playwright, actor, director and drag queen (yes, his bewigged and be wild Madea makes a brief and totally gratuitous appearance in his new film) knows how to give human dimension, and a dimension of humor, to the cliches and stereotypes.
  15. "Kill Bill" without irony, and without Quentin Tarantino's flair for cool dialogue and chop-socky action (and without Uma Thurman, for that matter), Elektra is a pretty-looking, pretty dull adaptation of the Marvel Comic about a dishy, deadly assassin.
  16. That a detente between the cliques is unthinkable, that they could never eat at the same table, is one of many assumptions that makes Sleepover such a downer.
  17. Wait till the DVD release.
  18. Lady in the Water boasts an eclectic cast - almost entirely squandered.
  19. Backwards - its title referring to the wisdom that life is lived forward but understood backward - has no forward propulsion.
  20. Strictly for adventurous moviegoers, a peculiar experience -- a polemic that is at once watchable and repellent.
  21. The movie bogs down in tiresome good guys vs. bad guys action cliches.
  22. 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.
  23. How bad is Prince of Persia? Whether or not director Mike Newell is to blame, the action sequences lack verve and scope.
  24. Hemsworth looks a good deal more like NFL receiver Jeremy Shockey than he does the immortal Avenger.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Although it is based on a true story, the dramatization doesn't make much sense psychologically.
  28. To paraphrase one of its few laughs, it's a zombie movie directed by Vera Wang.
  29. She may not be the most cinematic of film artists, but Heckerling will make you smile.
  30. 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.

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