Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,362 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: 67
Highest review score: 100 Lost in Translation
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,362 movie reviews
  1. With deft and subtle performances and an uncomplicated but savvy script, Autumn Tale gets to the inner lives of its characters.
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  2. Bold, ambitious -- and ambiguous.
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  3. Devilishly delightful.
  4. An amiable mix of "Grumpy Old Men" comedy and "Apollo 13" can-we-fix-this-jalopy-before-we-die? Drama.
  5. In the end, The Last Kiss holds less a cynical view of the matrimonial state than one of considered irony.
  6. A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for.
  7. This long (nearly three hours), revelatory movie is both a thrilling adventure about endurance and survival, and an elegiac examination of centuries-old tribal culture, fast-fading in the new millennium.
  8. A small but moving film that gets the details right (life in a sleepy burg, sidewalk chats between old high school pals) and gets at the heart of human longing for family, for love.
  9. Sly, sophisticated and surprising.
  10. A compelling existential tableau: sweating bodies, creaking mills turned by numbed oxen, people facing the daily and seasonal cycles of life with little hope of breaking free. Behind the Sun is forceful stuff.
  11. A fine, inventive '70s period piece about friendship, first love, and growing up to face the hard lessons of life.
  12. Featuring seasoned warriors reflecting on whether we can best fight violence with violence is enormously compelling.
  13. Finally, a real movie!
  14. The film has the dog-eared look of a homemade valentine and the improvised sound of '60s jazz, courtesy of a score by Mark Suozzo and a spirited soundtrack including Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar," which might be the film's anthem.
  15. "Shrek" is a scintilla funnier, "Toy Story 2" a hair's breadth more poignant, but "MI" is every bit as imaginative and lovable as these other contemporary animation classics.
  16. A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really mature in ways that matter.
  17. Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.
  18. Director Manoel de Oliveira's minimalist, incomparably moving I'm Going Home ranks with John Huston's "The Dead" as one of the great works by a director at his twilight.
  19. Unlike most other teen cautionary tales, Thirteen does not accuse merely one villain for the corruption of a minor.
  20. A story of obsession and honor, deception and self-deception set against a sharply etched landscape of political upheaval and intrigue. Malkovich orchestrates all this with assuredness, and Bardem, looking weary and worn, inhabits his character with a realness, a truth, that's downright spooky. And beautiful.
  21. Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
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  22. Like this diabolically designed weapon of war, Tanovic's film is coil-sprung to explode on the unsuspecting.
  23. To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling.
  24. To say this bone-chilling, gut-turning feature is "The Crying Game"-meets-"In Cold Blood." But this is a film - writer/director Peirce's first - that matches those pictures in power, in surprise, and in unnerving drama.
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  25. A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
  26. A mordantly funny, clear-eyed view of an extended family's mounting dysfunction in a changing society.
  27. To be sure, there are goofy flourishes here, the in-jokey, left-field rummies that are the Brothers Coen's stock-in-trade. But this is altogether a quieter, more philosophical sort of endeavor.
  28. Smart and novelistic and spiked with more than a bit of The Catcher in the Rye, Steers' movie is a prickly coming-of-age tale in which everybody -- but especially Culkin -- shines.
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    • 88 Critic Score
    Tells Wilco's story so well that you'll leave the theater thinking the album is a work of genius.
  29. Exhilarating, alternately funny and horrific film.

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