Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,912 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Rififi (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3912 movie reviews
  1. Watching the film is like getting hooked by a fearful angler who can't successfully reel you in.
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  2. In this G-rated movie the effects are gee-whiz, with live giraffes amid the stuffed animals and bouncy balls so manic that they could use some Ritalin.
  3. As for The Happening, his throwback horror flick that plays like "The Birds" meets "The Blob," it's beyond good and evil. It's dumbfounding.
  4. Yes, bestiality in a PG-13 movie. It's the end of life as we know it.
  5. The main flaw of White House Down is that it overstays its welcome, thanks in large part to a silly climax that seems to unfold in three laborious acts. At least, Tatum keeps his shirt off.
  6. Overwritten, over-designed, and too clever by 200 percent, the film does offer the pleasure of actors enjoying themselves.
  7. A noisy, not particularly charming collection of skits and skirmishes.
  8. Men, Women & Children isn't a cartoon. It wants to be real, terribly. Instead, it's just terrible.
  9. Seven Pounds is one part jigsaw puzzle, one part "The Giving Tree" and both parts marinated in melancholy.
  10. By Twisted's final twist, though, it's all Judd can do to keep a straight face.
  11. It's old, old hat.
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  12. Not a movie, it's a museum catalog of gorgeously rendered portraits and landscapes. What a crashing disappointment.
  13. Directed in moody, downbeat tones by Daniel Barnz, Cake doesn't know when to stop piling on the angst.
  14. For its amusing premise, Fanboys is scarily flat.
  15. No one is bad in The Big Wedding, but no one is remotely believable, either.
  16. Harmless, mindless and shameless.
  17. What could have been an amusing and entertaining zombie flick is, instead, a slog.
  18. The actors, individually fine although they appear to be in different films, tread warily on each other's turf, like Martian and Venusian making adjustments for an alien gravitational field.
  19. While Stealing Harvard may be a chucklehead comedy, Lee is oddly touching and funny. Mostly because, unlike Green, he's not aggressively trying to make us laugh.
  20. Dull plod.
  21. Yep, it's all fun and games until someone gets brutalized repeatedly. Before you can avert your eyes, it's Katie, bar the door and break out the chain saws.
  22. An unmitigated, inexplicable, unforgivable flop.
  23. It is a good hour too long, although it does boast Christopher Walken.
  24. Sadly, the combination of gauzy photography and cheesy music gives the film the aura of a fragrance commercial.
  25. A case of a yummy yarn spoiled by cheesy visuals.
  26. 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.
  27. Less a Holocaust retribution fantasy than a messy homage to war movies, and to movies, period.
  28. Manages to rocket along at full speed. At the same time, however, the movie feels as if it's not going anywhere at all.
  29. 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.
  30. Despite a terrific performance from Shane West, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Crash, Secret is a chronology, not a biopic.

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