Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,526 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Black Souls
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,526 movie reviews
  1. There are so many things wrong with Luhrmann's Great Gatsby - the filmmaker's attention-deficit-disorder approach, the anachronistic convergence of hip-hop and swing, the choppy elision of Fitzgerald's plot, the jarring collision of Jazz Age cool and Millennial cluelessness. But at the crux of things, the problem is that it's impossible to care.
  2. Kids under 6 will dig it - though the alligators and wildebeests might scare them. Certainly they scared this groan-up.
  3. Alas, something happened on the book-to-screen operating table: Yes, Running With Scissors is rich, twisted, insane, mordant and ridiculous, but it is not funny. Not at all.
  4. A syrupy and extraordinarily ridiculous adaptation.
  5. Has its moments of charm, but it's ultimately a fascinating failure that surely looked better on paper than it does on the screen.
  6. Let's face it: Kids aren't a very demanding audience. If there's color, movement, and a high quotient of silliness, they're happy.
  7. Piles dumb gag upon dumb gag - it's like benign pummeling. Occasionally, you just have to laugh.
  8. Non-Stop gets increasingly far-fetched as the jet makes its way across the Atlantic. Certainly, there are more red herrings on the plane than there are in the sea below. And Neeson has to stare down every last one of them.
  9. There's little of the seen-it-all, wise-guy acerbity that made his character in the X-Men trilogy stand apart from his fellow mutants. Here, he just glowers.
  10. A crude, cringe-worthy, and intermittently funny affair that triggers the gag reflex. I sincerely can't tell you whether I was choking with laughter or keeping from choking.
  11. Awash in nostalgia and amped-up male camaraderie, Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio takes a great story - the hugely popular offshore radio stations that illegally broadcast pop and rock in 1960s Britain - and turns it into an aggressively irritating floating frat-party romp.
  12. Purely as an action film, Riddick is passable, if grueling. The problem is tonal.
  13. If the filmmakers had a script half as good as their special effects, Night at the Museum would be a must-see.
  14. There are, to be sure, some impressive special effects here, and whoever Warner Bros. hires to make the new Superman movie should take notes.
  15. Ultimately, 44 Inch Chest has very little on its mind.
  16. This is a star vehicle that stalls.
  17. A merrily macabre things-we-do-for-love yarn.
  18. There's a fine line between stupid comedy that's actually pretty smart and stupid comedy that's just dumb, and The Other Guys crosses the line - into realms of unredeeming dunderheadedness - more often than it should.
  19. The story and the humor get progressively skimpier than an Ipanema bikini.
  20. Most gaspworthy is that this raunchy, transgressive comedy about would-be adulterers turns out to be a hot, wet reaffirmation of marriage.
  21. Because I Said So might have been sharper if it had focused on the mother/daughter relationship and didn't blunt its story with romantic comedy.
  22. Aimed at teens and tweens, the almost-squeaky-clean Step Up 3-D shamelessly piles on the corn, stacking it so high that it's bound to tilt over and collapse.
  23. Her (Angela Ismailos) generic questions about the politics, economics, and aesthetics of film yield predictably generic responses from her subjects.
  24. Only Close, in a majestically, maniacally brittle demonstration of Stepford overdrive, has the courage to show how nutty the pursuit of domestic perfection is. In this mess of a film, she is perfection.
  25. Duets is to movies what karaoke is to pop: a spirited attempt by non-pros.
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  26. To say that The Grace Card piles it on is an understatement of profound dimensions.
  27. However charming Kingsley and Shaw are as the lovestruck pawns and Sorvino as the advancing queen, the premise is less playful than played-out.
  28. A collection of double entendres that would make a stevedore blush.
  29. A TV-movie-ish love story laden with heavy-handed metaphor... The Theory of Flight is feeble stuff.
  30. Moderately scary, moderately amusing, intermittently dull and obvious, Diary of the Dead is not groundbreaking, nor even ground-quaking.

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