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. It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing.
  2. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  3. A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
  4. The Conformist has a decadent visual beauty about it that's breathtaking. But as striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.
  5. With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
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  6. It's strong stuff.
  7. 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.
  8. This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
  9. A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - The Double Hour is a topflight Euro thriller right up there with "Tell No One."
  10. It's inspired fun.
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  11. Isn't like the classic Japanese drama "Rashomon," which suggested that one person's perspective of an event gave him a different truth from the person standing elsewhere.
  12. A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable.
  13. While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.
  14. Easily the best computer-animated feature to come from Hollywood in a long while, Monster House is also one of the weirdest. A creepy-crawly, freak-show Halloween yarn.
  15. Apart from its intriguing religious implications, the film is also a compelling look at the family, community and congregational pillars that support Lior.
  16. Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
  17. In many ways, City of Men is like a Portuguese-language version of David Simon's "The Wire."
  18. A romantic comedy for anyone in love with the movies, and anyone, for that matter, who's in love.
  19. A quiet, glistening love story - or not-quite-love story - adapted from Martin's novella of the same name, Shopgirl is such an atypical Hollywood affair that it's almost startling.
  20. Triumphs by taking an elliptical approach that still reaches directly into the very core of genius.
  21. Kinetic and kooky, with a climactic shoot-out at a rail station that's daring in its ridiculousness.
  22. A rocking, rollicking crowd-pleaser.
  23. Control doesn't claim to know the reasons Curtis killed himself. The act of suicide poses the question why, but rarely answers it, leaving the living to wonder, and to grieve. And there's certainly grief to be had in Control, but also joy. Really.
  24. A human-scale comedy that reaches across generations to tickle, connect and embrace.
  25. While Gyllenhaal has playful puppy eyes and energy, his performance as Jack is a blur of mustaches, sideburns and spurs that never achieves the weight of Ledger's.
  26. The pleasure of The Limey lies in watching what actors who have aged like fine wine can do in that world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There are frightening moments, as when he attacks an elderly woman he thinks is possessed by devils. And revelatory, heartbreaking ones, which can make you think that maybe he is a genius, after all.
  27. Sensual, dreamlike, both intimate and epic, The House of Sand is a cinematic tour de force.
  28. You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip.
  29. What really matters is that the film works. It's a genuinely suspenseful, no-holds-barred masterpiece of sex 'n' horror exploitation.

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