Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,586 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 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,586 movie reviews
  1. An unmitigated, inexplicable, unforgivable flop.
  2. It is a good hour too long, although it does boast Christopher Walken.
  3. Sadly, the combination of gauzy photography and cheesy music gives the film the aura of a fragrance commercial.
  4. A case of a yummy yarn spoiled by cheesy visuals.
  5. A moody cyber-noir with not much on its mind but looking good, Blackhat is a must-see if you like your dialogue (romantic, dramatic, subtitled Cantonese) peppered with techspeak.
  6. Less a Holocaust retribution fantasy than a messy homage to war movies, and to movies, period.
  7. Manages to rocket along at full speed. At the same time, however, the movie feels as if it's not going anywhere at all.
  8. I watched this movie thinking that it used the idea of taking a chance on cards as a metaphor for taking a chance on love. I was dead wrong.
  9. Despite a terrific performance from Shane West, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Crash, Secret is a chronology, not a biopic.
  10. An odd mix of stiff and sumptuous.
  11. Brosnan, who finds the truth in his character, is quite affecting. And Mulligan, gamely defining a surprisingly undefined young woman, is like a sunbeam piercing the gloom.
  12. A haunting allegory about the rise and fall of a figure who possesses powerful charisma, if weak karma.
  13. Cheerful mishmash.
  14. What Hannibal Rising is, mostly, is a hoot.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This salt-and-pepper buddy movie set in the scenic environs of downtown Brooklyn and the Australian bush is a crowd-pleaser -- for the elementary-school set.
  15. The real Radio, and the real coach -- seen together in the movie's feel-good epilogue -- deserve better.
  16. Murky and grainy, and showing human beings at their grimmest - thievery, rape, betrayal, murder - Blindness is no barrel of laughs. But it IS a barrel of pretentious metaphorical musings.
  17. A movie that by turns is wincingly awful and heartbreakingly fine. It boasts an unforgettable performance by Björk.
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  18. Claustrophobic and overwrought, Jailbait is an unpleasant excursion into gay panic mitigated somewhat by performances that are hard to shake.
  19. Stephen King without the snap, David Lynch without the kink, teen horror without the teen hormones, Darkness Falls falls apart in a crescendo of creepy-crawly hoo-ha. It's more like Darkness Kerplunks.
  20. Whenever Andrews - that incarnation of the sensible and the sensitive - glides on screen, PD2 sparkles.
  21. Isn't as jaw-droppingly awful as its trailers suggest.
  22. A thuddingly dull remake of the 1971 crime drama starring Michael Caine.
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  23. There are tiny glints of humor and intelligence at work, and the action and animation rockets along slickly and stylishly. But unlike the protagonists of almost any and all of the Pixar titles, Astro Boy's namesake lacks even an iota of soul.
  24. The Express eventually reaches its triumph-of-the-human-spirit climax, but it yanks too hard on the heart strings during the long journey there.
  25. It's clean and cheerful entertainment, blithely piggybacking on a beloved classic. No wonder Anderson washed his hands of this project - the filmmakers tampered with and trampled on his magic formula.
  26. Epic piffle.
  27. There's nothing hip or ironic about Poseidon, which makes Russell and Lucas the perfect leading men.
  28. It's still a submarine movie, confined by the ship, the sea, and a convention-laden script.
  29. DePalma's movie offers its own doctoring and processing, without delivering an ounce of real humanity - good or bad - in the bargain.

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