Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,419 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Travelers and Magicians
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,419 movie reviews
  1. One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
  2. A dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul.
  3. This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
  4. It is the most influential movie you've never seen, deeply affecting many artists and experimental directors who saw it on the museum circuit in 1977 and 1978.
  5. For Piaf fans, La Vie en Rose is a must-see. For fans yet-to-be, Dahan and Cotillard's film is an opportunity rich with discovery.
  6. Unstoppable fun.
  7. Quite simply, a revelation.
  8. Throughout the film its makers pose the question of whether saving a work of art is as important as saving a human life. The question is not answered, and perhaps ultimately unanswerable. Yet Europa movingly shows how for many, art and artifacts are living things.
  9. A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an unfaithful wife; a history of deceit. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds.
  10. Persepolis, the superb film based on Satrapi's graphic memoirs of the same name, is a riveting odyssey in pictures and words. It's unlike any journal you've read or any animated movie you've seen.
  11. Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream.
  12. There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
  13. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
  14. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, look out: a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great.
  15. Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
  16. This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory.
  17. Up
    The exhilarating film pays tribute to Buster Keaton's "The Balloonatic" by way of its slapstick, and to Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" by way of its watercolor palette and traveling domicile.
  18. A movie like Everlasting Moments comes along maybe once in a decade.
  19. A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
  20. A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
  21. It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
  22. A captivating cine-memoir, impressionistic and surrealistic, surveying Varda's formidable career as a still photographer, filmmaker, documentarian, and life force.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Explosively exciting film.
  23. Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
  24. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  25. 35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
  26. Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.
  27. Ryan may not be admirable, but Clooney makes him relatable. It's his deepest and nakedest performance.
  28. A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
  29. Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.

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