Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,879 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 Hukkle
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3879 movie reviews
  1. A small, beautiful film exploding with big ideas.
  2. What's most refreshing about Real Women Have Curves is its unforced comedy-drama and its relaxed, natural-seeming actors.
  3. An eerily quiet, bracingly bloody, and expertly laid-out adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel.
  4. A sweet but unsticky comedy from Norway that was one of the five foreign- language nominees at this year's Academy Awards.
  5. Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable.
  6. The relationship between Chris and his diminutive namesake is at the core of the film - the determination to be there for his son, no matter what; the mentoring, the pair's goofy, lovely banter. And Smith and his bright-eyed boy pull it off brilliantly.
  7. The Cooler is small-scale moviemaking about small-scale lives. But it's big in all the right ways.
  8. This is a sad, passionate, beautifully wrought story, and Bardem's portrait of Arenas is at once daring and deeply moving.
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  9. You can feel the world closing in, which, I would venture, is exactly how Fassbinder wanted you to feel.
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  10. A triumph. Unapologetically old-school, in both the literal and metaphorical meanings of the term, Debaters overlays the story of social underdogs onto the familiar template of the stand-and-deliver saga, the staple of sports inspirationals like "Rocky," "Invincible" and "The Karate Kid."
  11. A richly observed coming-of-age drama about two teenage boys who are drawn to each other with a complicated mix of attraction, repulsion, tenderness, and aggression.
  12. The film is more than laborious eye-blinking - it's also dazzling visually, its potent imagery conjured by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. But finally, Diving Bell is about something imperceptible: consciousness.
  13. The film's save-the-world scenario may be the stuff of crusty cliff-hangers, its imagery may be borrowed, and its jaunty dialogue anything but deep, but there's something exhilarating going on here. It's darn sublime.
  14. The result is more exciting than the last four ST pictures put together, more fun than a barrel of Tribbles, and the most satisfying action-adventure since last year's "Iron Man."
  15. In refusing to pigeonhole its characters, Nine Lives is less like those L.A. road-rage melodramas "Short Cuts" and "Crash" than those all-of-us-are-interconnected dramas "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams."
  16. Unlike most other teen cautionary tales, Thirteen does not accuse merely one villain for the corruption of a minor.
  17. The Golden Door feels, at points, like a silent film - a silent film with CinemaScope vistas and dazzling, saturated color.
  18. Exhilarating and tragic.
  19. Visually brilliant and thought-provoking.
  20. Like "The Square," the startling Down Under noir released a few months ago, Animal Kingdom explores the down and dirty side of human nature, fraught with greed, suspicion, and betrayal.
  21. The dialogue and action in One False Move seems instinctive and unforced. There isn't an iota of caricature, there isn't an affectation of "style," there isn't a false note sounded.
  22. There's real joy in O'Day's eyes - and larynx - as she bobs and weaves through an amazing songbook.
  23. Midnight in Paris is not a perfect movie - as in "Julie & Julia" one senses its creator's impatience to leave the bleached-out present for the colorful past. But it is warm and effortless, qualities that make it embraceable.
  24. Scrupulously made and deeply affectionate.
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  25. Their film would be even more compelling if it followed up with further reports, perhaps a few years apart, charting the three boys' fates.
  26. As in David Lean's "Brief Encounter," the suspense in Cairo Time comes from what doesn't happen between its pair of "lovers."
  27. Linklater's film adaptation succeeds in bringing the flamboyant Welles to life.
  28. Always, murmuring just beneath the surface, there's a political undercurrent to Farhadi's films, a gentle whisper of a critique aimed at the weight of Iran's combined cultural and political intransigence.
  29. According to this courageous, you-are-there documentary, the platoon took enemy fire almost every day, perhaps the longest exposure to combat the U.S. has engaged in since World War II.
  30. A chick movie for guys that zings and pings like a game of supersonic pinball.
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