Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,624 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Rape of Europa
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,624 movie reviews
  1. Nothing wrong about a movie that says, Stop and smell the roses. Now, if only director Rob Reiner hadn't rubbed our noses in a bouquet of plastic blooms.
  2. If you want to see a Renaissance faire turned into an apocalyptic battlefield, this is the ticket.
  3. Bleak and painfully earnest.
  4. For this dynamic to work, the actors need to be of complementary temperament and equal power. This is not the case.
  5. A long, tedious and convoluted follow-up to 2003's rollicking high-seas hit, The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.
  6. A gagfest that makes viewers gag at least twice as often as they giggle, American Wedding -- third in the American Pie trilogy -- whipsaws the audience between gross-out and guffaw.
  7. Premonition is an odd little thing, with a protagonist in a protracted fugue state and a plot that doesn't know whether its coming or going. Or maybe it does.
  8. Handsomely photographed by Eric Schmidt and nicely underplayed by the actors, the film relies too much on its jukebox soundtrack to convey mood.
  9. By the halfway mark, Rogen's performance, like his voice, is less cuddly than grating, and the carbonated giggle that is Elizabeth Banks grows flat. This one's for the Smith cultists.
  10. Shot like a Disney period piece (prettily, with spiffy props, shiny vintage vehicles, and costumes just back from the cleaners), Flyboys introduces its squadron the old-fashioned way: with character-establishing setups.
  11. If the shrill Italian melodrama Remember Me, My Love were a television soap opera, it would be called The Not-So-Young and the Restless.
  12. Tonally, the film from director Anurag Basu has more personalities than Sybil. Basu strictly observes the B-movie convention of giving the audience an embrace, explosion, or chase sequence at regular intervals. If you don't like the genre, wait three minutes.
  13. There's no doubt that the formula for this kind of action film is showing its age.
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  14. Rock Star sinks into a morass of melodrama.
  15. Most of it plays like Jackass.
  16. A twisty, turny and ultimately silly thriller from "Inside Man's" Russell Gewirtz.
  17. A creepy, oozy, dopey remake of the stylish 1998 Japanese thriller, "Ringu."
  18. The plot is preposterous. Particularly the part about a kid who has never before played an instrument, but can pick up a guitar and play like Eric Clapton and belly up to a church organ and perform like Mozart.
  19. A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy boasting the no-chemistry coupling of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonc?
  20. War is hell, war is cruelty, war is toil and trouble, war is just a shot away. But is war a snooze? Well, by the time Enemy at the Gates has run its course — it sure seems that way.
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  21. An uninspired computer-animated feature that may satisfy undiscriminating pipsqueaks and nearly no one else, Planet 51 is a low-IQ E.T. in reverse.
  22. One
    A worthy subject is poorly executed.
  23. Fuzzy, feel-good movie about baseball, babes and believing in yourself.
  24. Promised Land is a frustrating film to watch. It should be better than this, smarter than this.
  25. Full of clunky humor, battle-of-the-sexes musings and spicy accordion music, Everybody Wants to Be Italian is relentless - but not necessarily relentless fun.
  26. Basic Instinct's characters lack psychology and therefore motive. Admittedly they possess pathology, but that's not enough to maintain suspense in a movie with plot holes big enough to drive a tank through.
  27. By turns entertaining and excruciating.
  28. Only in its aggressively imaginative profanity is the film consistent.
  29. Not even Chan's imaginative fight choreography redeems this folly.
  30. If only I liked The Majestic half as much as I liked Carrey in it.

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