Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,538 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 Black Souls
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,538 movie reviews
  1. From the street corner to the boardroom to the White House, the same paradigms are in play, Brown argues.
  2. Jonathan Demme's superb rule-bending, heartrending and family-mending drama - ends with a wedding, it resists conventions as brazenly as does the bride's sister.
  3. Funny stuff.
  4. It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying, so worthwhile. The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart.
  5. Like the old and creaky Belafonte, the film itself seems forever on the brink of drifting away. But it's the kind of drifting that's nothing but enjoyable. In fact, it's beyond enjoyable - heading into waters full of whimsy, mystery and odd, psychedelic fish.
  6. The great thing about Venus - apart from its sharp eye for the daily routines and drab details of senior citizenry in a buzzing metropolis - is that it isn't soppy, or sentimental.
  7. The rhythms of Whale Rider are hypnotic as the ebb tide, haunting as the song of the humpback sea mammal, bracing as the ocean spray. It's a movie that rewards the patient viewer.
  8. The Catholic Church does not come off well in Philomena, but then, what else is new? And the film isn't so much an indictment of institutional unkindness as it is a story of resilience, resolution - and human kindness.
  9. Biutiful is strong stuff, it will leave you shaken. There's poetry here, and catastrophe.
  10. Kick-Ass has punk energy, ace action moves, and a winning sense of absurdist fun.
  11. May strain credulity, but it still leaves a memorable mark.
  12. David Gelb's thoughtful and wonderful documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, explores the dedication of this humble, bespectacled man, and the Zen-like focus he has for his work - or, as many would claim, for his art.
  13. Tully is at turns heartbreaking and heart-stirring. And it's from the heartland, so I guess that makes perfect sense.
  14. Ann Savage, the femme fatale from a slew of old Hollywood noirs, is savagely funny as Maddin's beauty-parlor proprietress mom.
  15. Flight is neither a simple story of heroism, nor one of a fallen hero. Things are more complex than that - and it is its complexities that make the film all the more rewarding an experience.
  16. Brilliantly detailed, richly painted portrait.
  17. McNamara, a robust conversationalist, is so lively that he bursts out of what is essentially a talking-head documentary.
  18. True Grit is probably the least ironic picture in the Coen Brothers' worthy canon, but that doesn't mean it's devoid of their signature oddities, that it doesn't take a few dark, strange turns.
  19. Forceful, heart-wrenching stuff.
  20. Vibrant and vivacious documentary.
  21. Like "Hope and Glory," Boorman's Queen and Country finds exhilarating comedy in places usually reserved for drama, violence, loss.
  22. A heartbreaking film that speaks to the lifelong aftershocks of war, and to the powerful bonds of family and of love.
  23. Kids for Cash is no-nonsense, no-stone-unturned filmmaking.
  24. Melancholia is a remarkable mood piece with visuals to die for (excuse the pun), and a performance from Dunst that runs the color spectrum of emotions.
  25. The polar opposite of the J.K. Simmons character in "Whiplash."
  26. A deceptively simple movie with a deeply felt message.
  27. Brothers is about how people change, how they can rise to an occasion, or sink to one. It's a tale of love and allegiance, of truth and the cruelties that men can bring to bear on one another.
  28. 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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  29. An exquisite exploration into the realms of seduction, obsession, deception and disillusionment.
  30. A riveting remake of a pretty terrific 1957 western about manhood, fatherhood and honor.

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