Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,542 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:
3,542 movie reviews
  1. At its best, Queen is campy fun like the Vincent Price horror classics of the '60s. At its worst, it implodes in a series of very bad special effects.
  2. Half enjoyable goof, half an uncomfortable panorama of urban terrorism that just doesn't sit well after Sept. 11.
  3. Elegiac and corny and not really convincing on any level (especially when it comes to its treatment of women - be they hookers, or waitresses, or girls on the town), Stand Up Guys nonetheless holds some fascination just for the off-the-charts affectedness of Pacino's performance.
  4. Fails to provide one essential ingredient: suspense.
  5. While Scott's movie has a consistent aura, it lacks a consistent tone. What are we to make of the movie, gauzy as a mist-shrouded lake and brutal as "Lord of the Flies?"
  6. It's a big stuffed turkey of a movie, just in time for the holidays.
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  7. Satire should be knife-sharp and whip-smart, and The Nanny Diaries never is.
  8. Gimmicky artifice.
  9. A mostly charmless affair.
  10. By no means is this a good movie, but it's warmed by the solar energy of its star, who surely deserves better than this formula empowerment flick.
  11. In Don McKellar's remake of "Seducing Doctor Lewis", a 2003 French-Canadian comedy, the charm feels force-fed.
  12. Fortunately for us, they number these Final Destination scarefests. Otherwise, it would be impossible to tell them apart.
  13. Hesher has its genuinely affecting scenes, but too much of the time it feels false and shallow.
  14. Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to involve us in any meaningful way with its characters.
  15. While these individually diverting factors add up to a good time, they don't add up to a good movie.
  16. George, director of "Hotel Rwanda," is better at directing actors than visual storytelling. Every time the camera tilted to suggest a character's shaken world or distorted worldview I didn't feel heartache, I felt headache.
  17. So little time is devoted to developing characters that it's hard to share their hopes and fears.
  18. 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.
  19. Kids under 6 will dig it - though the alligators and wildebeests might scare them. Certainly they scared this groan-up.
  20. 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.
  21. A syrupy and extraordinarily ridiculous adaptation.
  22. Has its moments of charm, but it's ultimately a fascinating failure that surely looked better on paper than it does on the screen.
  23. 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.
  24. Piles dumb gag upon dumb gag - it's like benign pummeling. Occasionally, you just have to laugh.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Purely as an action film, Riddick is passable, if grueling. The problem is tonal.
  30. If the filmmakers had a script half as good as their special effects, Night at the Museum would be a must-see.

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