Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,357 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: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Bourne Ultimatum
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,357 movie reviews
  1. Mud
    Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
  2. This is a movie that mines deep beneath the surface of human feeling. It will make you think - about love, about life, about two people who aren't real, except that they've become so for so many of us in this improbably successful indie franchise.
  3. It shows us the everyday pressures and problems, the joys and pleasures, experienced by someone moving through life. And then that BART train pulls into Fruitvale, and the rest is history.
  4. The first date that James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus embark on in Enough Said - has to be one of the great getting-to-know-you encounters in movie history.
  5. A wildly suspenseful zero-g tale of survival 350 miles beyond the ozone layer, Alfonso CuarĂ³n's space saga is emotionally jolting - and physically jolting, too.
  6. Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking.
  7. There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
  8. It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all.
  9. Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
  10. Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd.
  11. Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
  12. 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.
  13. Her
    Sad, funny, and quietly alarming romance.
  14. Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.
  15. In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
  16. That is the sum of writer/director Steven Knight's movie: a man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
  17. The most moving aspect of this indelible documentary is that it chronicles its subjects' growth from instinctively going for the goal to deciding which goals are worth shooting for.
  18. Ida
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
  19. 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.
  20. Is it dumb to say, "Wow?"...I don't care. Wow.
  21. Calvary is also just jaw-droppingly beautiful. McDonagh and cinematographer Larry Smith capture the four-seasons-in-one-day miracle that is Ireland, with its jagged stonescapes, roiling surf, fairie towns, and bracing skies.
  22. Rain is a quiet, disquieting triumph.
  23. The film speaks to fundamental issues of history, truth, and the philosophical conflicts of humankind.
  24. Hopped-up and electrifying. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall and propulsive.
  25. Heartbreaking? Sometimes. Involving? You bet.
  26. If there's a more passionate love story out there, then I haven't had the privilege of seeing it.
  27. It's a charmer.
  28. A likably energetic star vehicle for English sports god Vinnie Jones.
  29. Lord knows how Holofcener got the performance she did out of Goodwin, but the child actor's Annie, rude and unmanageable, is an extraordinarily rich and complicated figure.
  30. Remains rooted in the real world, which makes its story all the more satisfying -- and chilling.

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