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 A Film Unfinished
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,526 movie reviews
  1. It's Greengrass' way of asking a question that looms large in these post-9/11 days: Are we all praying to the same God, or is one man's God better than another, and one man's God vastly more terrifying?
  2. This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory.
  3. A movie with the sweet soul of "Toy Story" and the boisterous spirit of "Spy Kids."
  4. At the film's intimate best, it gives a guitar's perspective of the troubadour. He plucks his instrument as he plays our heartstrings. It's movie and music bliss.
  5. Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty, Water, like the prior two films in director Deepa Mehta's "Elements" trilogy, celebrates the lives of women who resist marginalization by Indian society.
  6. As lovingly written as it is beautifully rendered.
  7. Washington blows you away. To say he gives the performance of his career is an understatement.
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  8. A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
  9. Mud
    Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
  10. This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side?
  11. One of the rare rock films that produces the effect of a live concert: After each number, the audience erupts into applause.
  12. Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
  13. It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
  14. Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
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  15. With a bit of Tintin and Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Wallace and Gromit echoing in the pacing and comic sensibility, Triplets of Belleville conjures up a world that's totally surprising and sublime.
  16. Mr. Turner is no barrel of laughs. It's a barrel of life - an extraordinary one.
  17. Big hair. Big mouths. Big scams. Everything about American Hustle, David O. Russell's wild and woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation code-named Abscam, is big. And the biggest thing of all is the love story that beats at the heart of this rollicking disco-era ensemble piece.
  18. 35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
  19. A standout.
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  20. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
  21. The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you.
  22. Is it dumb to say, "Wow?"...I don't care. Wow.
  23. Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it's almost dizzying.
  24. Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
  25. With its feverish, percussive soundtrack and bravura cinematography, is like a bolt from the blue, chock-full of unexpected delight.
  26. It's impossible to imagine anyone, right-leaning or left, coming away from this hugely important documentary unshaken by its representation of the United States and its military establishment.
  27. We feel it, in our hearts. And therein lies the great power of this small, wise film.
  28. A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy.
  29. This is a movie that mines deep beneath the surface of human feeling. It will make you think - about love, about life, about two people who aren't real, except that they've become so for so many of us in this improbably successful indie franchise.
  30. Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.

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