Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,897 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now Redux
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3897 movie reviews
  1. Basic Instinct 2 is supposed to help Stone show it's possible for a woman to be sexy in her late 40s. But it's Rampling - who is 60 - who comes off as the more provocative and alluring. Stone's purring, snarling, bedroom kink is embarrassing.
  2. A slasher spoof of sorts, except that unlike the "Scream" pics, scant effort seems to have gone into the spoofing aspect of the story.
  3. Combines fingernails-on-blackboard audio agony with bamboo-under-fingernails physical torture.
  4. It's too gauzy, and - with its Ron Bass script - too goopy by half.
  5. Not only do they (Gere and Ryder) lack chemistry, they lack physics, zoology, botany and geology.
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  6. Criminal, with its criminally lazy title, is mostly Costner's to growl and scowl his way through.
  7. Gets stupider as it moves along. By the end, you just don't care whether that cold-hearted snake Petrovich (that would be Reno) gets his comeuppance. Just bring on the Battle Bots, please!
  8. While this cheesy, heavy-metal melange of horror, space hooey and cowboy shoot-'em-ups isn't exactly dull, it isn't anything to write home about either.
  9. By the end of the film's two-hour stream of Be-Here-Now-isms, anyone left in the audience will be wanting to yell, "Put a sock in it!" to old Soc.
  10. Just because you can come up with names such as Azeroth, Durotan, Orgrim, and Grommash Hellscream doesn't mean you're J.R.R. Tolkien, people.
  11. Murderously unfunny.
  12. As an account of how for-profit big business literally rips a consumer's heart out, Repo Men is too graphic for me.
  13. A case of when bad scripts happen to good actors. Given its similarities to a bygone sitcom, one might call it "Friends" without benefits.
  14. If there were a truth-in-titling law, the movie would be called "3000 Bullets to Brain Death."
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  15. Old School has all the ingredients of an uproarious campus comedy, but it lacks a boisterous short-order cook who could whip up a food fight or three.
  16. Slapdash, with dialogue and plot points that were cliches in Dickens' era, the pic sends up, then reaffirms, all the values the media sell us each holiday: compassion, forgiveness, tolerance.
  17. It fails as a gripping home-invasion thriller.
  18. Plays like "Sixteen Candles" meets "Beetlejuice." Yet for all the film's frantic pace, this plot plods, even for 'tweens at whom this suburban-girls-take-Manhattan fantasy is obviously targeted.
  19. Perfect Stranger is the Egg MacGuffin of whodunits, a cheesy affair that casts so many baited lures that they tangle each other and don't hook you.
  20. This so-called comedy is a frayed string of anxious jokes about whether male bonding is manly or sissy.
  21. What a mess.
  22. Ostensibly a comedy, and a feeble and innocuous one at that, Post Grad is one of those what-were-they-thinking?
  23. Unsullied was made by a director with real promise. It's a shame Rice picked this turkey to shoot as his first
  24. A high-concept hostage drama of absolutely no value to anyone -- except maybe Bell Atlantic, whose titular street-corner pay phone is on screen for almost every agonizing frame.
  25. Domino is less a movie than a hyperkinetic slide show - presented during a nuclear attack.
  26. A stagy, arty, and uncompelling account of the Welsh writer and his menage-y relations.
  27. An unintentional high-tech hoot.
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  28. Sitting in the theater, watching Knight of Cups, you hear an incredible amount of thought-balloon babble, but you don't hear anything approaching the sublime.
  29. Feels stagy, stiff and entirely unnecessary.
  30. A temptation that can be easily and safely resisted.
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