Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,475 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: 67
Highest review score: 100 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,475 movie reviews
  1. There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
  2. It's a relentless and relentlessly funny game of one-upmanship as the two men, playing somewhat exaggerated versions of themselves, roam the hills and dales, posh inns and poetic ruins of England's Lake District.
  3. A movie like Everlasting Moments comes along maybe once in a decade.
  4. A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
  5. Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
  6. Sunnier and sillier than most of Allen's recent work, makes its belly laughs heartwarming. It's a most winning movie about losers.
  7. A knockout...So feverish is Fight Club...that thermometer contact might make mercury shatter.
  8. Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
  9. Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.
  10. Her
    Sad, funny, and quietly alarming romance.
  11. An elusive and profoundly moving essay about the stages of amour and of age. Like the best of Godard's movies -- and I haven't been sucked into one since "Passion" (1982) -- it is visually ravishing, penetrating, impenetrable.
  12. A beautiful eyeful of puckish whimsy and dark-humored mystery, Hukkle (it means hiccup in Hungarian) is a little gem in which nature and humankind commingle, where coincidence and causality collide in a chain of odd, even murderous, events.
  13. If Malik doesn't remind you of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in "The Godfather" saga, well . . . he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous.
  14. Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
  15. A feel-good movie, in the absolute best sense.
  16. One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
  17. There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
  18. In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
  19. It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing.
  20. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  21. A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
  22. The Conformist has a decadent visual beauty about it that's breathtaking. But as striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.
  23. With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
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  24. It's strong stuff.
  25. Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd.
  26. This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
  27. A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - The Double Hour is a topflight Euro thriller right up there with "Tell No One."
  28. It's inspired fun.
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  29. Isn't like the classic Japanese drama "Rashomon," which suggested that one person's perspective of an event gave him a different truth from the person standing elsewhere.
  30. A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable.

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