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 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,475 movie reviews
  1. The film veers between cutting parody and cliche, threatening to become interesting at any moment, but never quite doing so.
  2. Travolta, a bit portly (or is it starboardly?), phones in his performance from his place in Maine; Vaughn is ice-cool but not especially convincing; the kid is OK, and Polo is a blank.
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  3. In Jersey Girl, Kevin Smith wears his heart on his sleeve - and on his pants, socks, boxers and backward-facing baseball cap.
  4. Anderson, who's turned Brit in a number of TV series and films, including "Bleak House" and "The Last King of Scotland," is compelling in her white lab coat and surgical scrubs, and she brings some real tenderness to her tete-a-tetes with Mulder.
  5. A great story - and a true one, more or less - Bottle Shock nonetheless fails to deliver much in the way of entertainment.
  6. Utterly charmless - there's not even a glimmer.
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  7. A messy fish-out-of-water gangland romp.
  8. At its best, the movie is a catalog of doggy stunts.
  9. The film is at once shamelessly transparent, manipulative, and far-fetched, and impossibly suspenseful. You'll want to take a shower afterward - that's how icky you'll feel.
  10. A tad more character development would have been nice.
  11. A by-the-numbers extravanganza that journeys from London to Venice to Siberia to Cambodia without ever really going anywhere.
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  12. So deadpan a film is Napoleon Dynamite, the story and the name of a gangly high school misfit in Preston, Idaho, that I can't say whether it was intended as a character study or a comedy.
  13. Lame and misguided homage, which reduces satire to vulgar silliness for kids.
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  14. Although it would be understatement to call their characters unsympathetic, Van Der Beek and Sossamon play their parts with such doomed passion that they have some affecting moments.
  15. Fast is a good quality in an action/adventure. But there is lightning-paced and then there is warp speed. Doug Liman's Jumper is the latter, a not-so-good quality in an action/adventure for the simple reason that the audience can't figure out what's going on.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Designed as the ideal confection to attract a young girl or teen, What a Girl Wants will more likely hook their mothers.
  16. 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.
  17. Ultimately, Evan Almighty is too sappy, too sanctimonious.
  18. As for Kunis, she gets to wear some out-of-this-world couture, and gets to make her entrance at a marriage ceremony on a floating dais, kind of like Katy Perry at the Super Bowl.
  19. The movie pulls off the worst kind of con: the one that disappoints.
  20. What makes the new movie almost bearable is the byplay between Sandler and Chris Rock.
  21. The result is two competing films, one about a failure's struggle to succeed in the Brigade Championships, the academy's boxing tournament, and the other about a quitter redeemed by military discipline. In the hands of director Justin Lin, the two story lines don't altogether merge.
  22. For a while, Firewall whips up the accordant dollops of suspense and dread, but it's not long before the timely issue of identity theft takes a backseat to old-fashioned Hollywood villainy, unnecessary (and nonsensical) red herrings, and STUFF THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
  23. Mildly enjoyable despite its basic mediocrity.
  24. Who knows if it was Del Toro's idea, or Stone's, but at a particularly crucial - and criminal - moment, as a very bad thing is about to occur, the actor twirls his mustache menacingly, like a Mexican Snidely Whiplash. Yes, Savages is that kind of story.
  25. Over the Hedge isn't by any stretch bad. It's just banal.
  26. I liked this movie better when it was called "Rock'n'Roll High School" and starred the Ramones and Mary Woronov.
  27. The material is so charged that it threatens to electrocute any who would touch it. Yet from the moment that Bette Midler, as Bernice the bio-Mom, appears, she becomes the instrument of its emotional release, catharsis teetering on high heels.
  28. A squirmy mix of therapy-session slogans, pop psychobabble, and lots of crying, yelling and pouting on the part of its two stars, who appear in various alarming hairpieces.
  29. Although Will Ferrell materializes for a goofball cameo, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard lacks a key element that his "Talladega Nights" and "Anchor Man" both had - that is, somebody to like.

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