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. A superbly researched and edited documentary about the women's movement in the 1960s.
  2. Madly entertaining and just plain mad.
  3. To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling.
  4. Beloved spans 45 years, shifting from Paris to Prague to London to Montreal, and it boasts an especially strong performance by Paul Schneider.
  5. The Road Home takes a path few movies choose to travel these days, but it's a very affecting journey.
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  6. An unnerving and astonishing thriller.
  7. Like this diabolically designed weapon of war, Tanovic's film is coil-sprung to explode on the unsuspecting.
  8. It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving.
  9. This is a story about legacy, the sins of the father, the restlessness in our souls. It's powerful, it's bold, it hits you hard.
  10. Heartbreaking? Sometimes. Involving? You bet.
  11. A small but moving film that gets the details right (life in a sleepy burg, sidewalk chats between old high school pals) and gets at the heart of human longing for family, for love.
  12. Boasts rich texture, sly vision and rueful humor.
  13. Plays with cultural stereotypes, and upends them as well. The picture starts as one thing and turns, dramatically, movingly, into something else.
  14. 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.
  15. '71
    1971 is a testament to a generation's idealism, heroism, foolhardiness, fearlessness.
  16. The imagery is uniquely that of Oshii, who deserves a place in the pantheon of visual artists.
  17. Remains rooted in the real world, which makes its story all the more satisfying -- and chilling.
  18. Where Denys Arcand's delightful 1986 comedy "The Decline of the American Empire" celebrated the good life, his profoundly funny sequel The Barbarian Invasions heartily toasts the good death.
  19. The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day.
  20. It's a haunting, scary, funny, sad portrayal from Rourke.
  21. This cunning and provocative Romanian film requires patience, but its rewards are many: It's hard to imagine how a scene in which a police captain barks an order to bring him a dictionary can be loaded with suspense, but, really, it is.
  22. Featuring seasoned warriors reflecting on whether we can best fight violence with violence is enormously compelling.
  23. In an extraordinarily inward and moving performance, Gere sheds every vestige of his silver-screen persona.
  24. Stranger Than Fiction is slicker than Kaufman's work - and Forster's direction is certainly more studio-ish than Kaufman collaborators Spike Jonze's or Michel Gondry's. But it's a clever idea, and you feel a little smarter watching the thing unfurl.
  25. Think "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," but then think fun.
  26. Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
  27. Not only is Bossa Nova a lovely romance, but one can say, as one can about few films, that it is restorative as a vacation.
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  28. Ridiculously funny, ridiculously charming.
  29. A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really mature in ways that matter.
  30. Baker's life, like his music, was as sad as it was beautiful. And Weber's movie - obsessed with Baker's image as much as with his songs - hits all the right notes.

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