Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,662 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Travelers and Magicians
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,662 movie reviews
  1. Brilliant, blistering account of the many ways fame deforms a star, his family and his fans.
  2. Ida
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
  3. A beautiful, appropriately loping little gem about growing older, daring to take risks and follow your heart. That probably sounds corny, and The Straight Story is.
  4. It's Greengrass' way of asking a question that looms large in these post-9/11 days: Are we all praying to the same God, or is one man's God better than another, and one man's God vastly more terrifying?
  5. This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory.
  6. A movie with the sweet soul of "Toy Story" and the boisterous spirit of "Spy Kids."
  7. At the film's intimate best, it gives a guitar's perspective of the troubadour. He plucks his instrument as he plays our heartstrings. It's movie and music bliss.
  8. Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty, Water, like the prior two films in director Deepa Mehta's "Elements" trilogy, celebrates the lives of women who resist marginalization by Indian society.
  9. As lovingly written as it is beautifully rendered.
  10. Washington blows you away. To say he gives the performance of his career is an understatement.
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  11. A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
  12. Mud
    Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
  13. Riley's film brings the American icon's career back into sharp focus.
  14. This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side?
  15. One of the rare rock films that produces the effect of a live concert: After each number, the audience erupts into applause.
  16. Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
  17. It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
  18. Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
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  19. With a bit of Tintin and Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Wallace and Gromit echoing in the pacing and comic sensibility, Triplets of Belleville conjures up a world that's totally surprising and sublime.
  20. Mr. Turner is no barrel of laughs. It's a barrel of life - an extraordinary one.
  21. Amazingly - and this movie is amazing - Room is a story of hope, of possibility. Sure, your stomach will be in knots, your fingers clenched, your heart racing. But it will also fill that heart with a sense of the goodness, the courage, the enduring love that is out there to be discovered - and to be held onto with the fierceness of life itself.
  22. Big hair. Big mouths. Big scams. Everything about American Hustle, David O. Russell's wild and woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation code-named Abscam, is big. And the biggest thing of all is the love story that beats at the heart of this rollicking disco-era ensemble piece.
  23. 35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
  24. A standout.
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  25. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
  26. The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you.
  27. Is it dumb to say, "Wow?"...I don't care. Wow.
  28. Brooklyn is that rare period drama that doesn't lose itself in its dogged re-creation of another time.
  29. Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it's almost dizzying.
  30. Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.

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