Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,441 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 Mud
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,441 movie reviews
  1. Smart and novelistic and spiked with more than a bit of The Catcher in the Rye, Steers' movie is a prickly coming-of-age tale in which everybody -- but especially Culkin -- shines.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Tells Wilco's story so well that you'll leave the theater thinking the album is a work of genius.
  2. Exhilarating, alternately funny and horrific film.
  3. A gossamer tale about a heavy subject -- a passive creature who slowly emerges as the active author of her own life.
  4. A dynamic portrait of an artist by an artist, one as wry, audacious and erotically charged as its flamboyant subject.
  5. Odd, and awkward in places, but its lyricism and power stay with you.
  6. Tully is at turns heartbreaking and heart-stirring. And it's from the heartland, so I guess that makes perfect sense.
  7. A super-taut and superbly acted three-character piece.
  8. What's most refreshing about Real Women Have Curves is its unforced comedy-drama and its relaxed, natural-seeming actors.
  9. The Road Home takes a path few movies choose to travel these days, but it's a very affecting journey.
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  10. It's a beautiful, grim tale.
  11. Charming is such an overused, film critic-y designation, but The Way Home is that, and more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Moodysson has an uncanny eye and ear for teen speech and attitude, and is able to capture it without the usual condescension and exploitation.
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  12. This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
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  13. A deceptively simple movie with a deeply felt message.
  14. Kinetic and kooky, with a climactic shoot-out at a rail station that's daring in its ridiculousness.
  15. Visually brilliant and thought-provoking.
  16. Macdonald's film brilliantly telescopes the '70s, an era when every physical action had its equal and opposite political reaction.
  17. Glazer has a daring sense of story structure that ratchets up the suspense, and his sense for sardonic black comedy is unerring.
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  18. The film is a sharp, funny, touching tale.
  19. Made in a forthright, unfancy style and utilizing a cast of born naturals, Washington Heights deftly draws parallels between father and son's complicated relationship and the tensions that pulse through this predominantly Dominican American community.
  20. Although the pervading mood of Twin Falls Idaho - a beautifully shot, noirish thing - is one of sadness and loss, the Polishes' film is playful, too.
  21. Filled with bleak, beautiful Hopperesque tableaus and strange characters whose lives intersect.
  22. A postfeminist valentine to the Paleolithic days of Woman Power when dinosaurs walked Manhattan in heels with matching handbags.
  23. Rife with dark humor, Little Otik presents a cautionary variation of the creation myth, and a warning that tampering with the natural order of things may not be such a wise idea.
  24. You can feel the world closing in, which, I would venture, is exactly how Fassbinder wanted you to feel.
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  25. Ozon has crafted a near-perfect film, a mournful, moving kind of cinema poetry.
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  26. Add Mostly Martha to the list of great mouth-watering food flicks - "Eat Drink Man Woman," "Big Night," "Babette's Feast" -- but don't stop there. Add it to another list: movies that get at the heart of what family, and love, is all about.
  27. 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.
  28. Almodóvar has made a powerfully moving film about men who think they want to lose themselves in their women, then are startled to realize that they're the ones who have been comatose.

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