Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,940 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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 In Praise of Love
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
3940 movie reviews
  1. They has a low-budget, generic feel -- but also enough sense to know that unseen menace is a lot creepier than explicit gore.
  2. Don't blame Kline. This most thoughtful of actors is trapped behind the lectern of a film that spouts contradictory lessons it can't reconcile.
  3. Not even Halle Berry, emerging from the blue Caribbean in an orange two-piece -- can bring this thing to life.
  4. Almodóvar has made a powerfully moving film about men who think they want to lose themselves in their women, then are startled to realize that they're the ones who have been comatose.
  5. A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff.
  6. Has the confessional intimacy of a video diary and performances to match, particularly those of Kyra Sedgwick and Parker Posey.
  7. The Chamber of Secrets -- darker, scarier and somewhat better than "Sorcerer's Stone."
  8. Charming is such an overused, film critic-y designation, but The Way Home is that, and more.
  9. Ain't no mountain high enough to keep the Funk Brothers from getting to you.
  10. A feverish melodrama about an idealist who, in following his heart and his bishop's orders, leads himself into temptation and his parish into hypocrisy.
  11. The real drama -- and poetry -- in 8 Mile are in those fiery face-offs, the hip-hop battles, as Jimmy rat-tat-tats his rap in deft flashes of spontaneous combustion.
  12. The movie is, start to finish, candy-colored angst.
  13. Femme Fatale is glossy, glamorous cinema as collage. Maybe all the pieces of a truly good film noir are here, but the filmmaker has opted simply to toss them into the air and let them fall where they may.
  14. With its polished mix of traditional and computer-generated cartooning, Treasure Planet doesn't exude the same suspense as the Disney original. You could say it's lighter on its feet -- but then there's less gravity in outer space, anyway.
  15. Has the disjointed feel of a bunch of strung-together TV episodes.
  16. Shows glimmers of great drama, but jettisons too much essential cargo (character development, relationships, plot, common sense) in an effort to be lean and clean.
  17. Tully is at turns heartbreaking and heart-stirring. And it's from the heartland, so I guess that makes perfect sense.
  18. The execution is so dumbed-down, so dumbfounding, that sophisticated moviegoers might confuse it for outtakes from "Spy Kids 2" and "XXX."
  19. Sly, sophisticated and surprising.
  20. It's not a great film but it's pure pleasure.
  21. A dynamic portrait of an artist by an artist, one as wry, audacious and erotically charged as its flamboyant subject.
  22. Although there are several truly jolting scares, there's also an abundance of hackneyed dialogue and more silly satanic business than you can shake a severed limb at.
  23. A mostly glum, gray and grim story lit by a fugitive sunbeam.
  24. I would like to be able to report that Nelson's directorial vision is grim and uncompromising. Grim it most surely is. But his movie about morally compromised figures leaves viewers feeling compromised, unable to find their way out of the fog and the ashes.
  25. What's most refreshing about Real Women Have Curves is its unforced comedy-drama and its relaxed, natural-seeming actors.
  26. A messy fish-out-of-water gangland romp.
  27. There are extraordinary collisions of image and music here that make for some breathtaking sequences, but when that portentous, Gregorian-chanting chorus kicks in with its repetitive mantra of the film's title, it sure sounds a whole lot like they're saying "narcolepsy," not "naqoyqatsi."
  28. A creepy, oozy, dopey remake of the stylish 1998 Japanese thriller, "Ringu."
  29. Is Auto Focus a cautionary tale or just a morbid, voyeuristic foray into kitsch and kink? Whatever it is, it's not pretty - it's the cinematic equivalent of soiled, stained sheets. You'll want to run out of the theater straight to a Laundromat.
  30. Sweet. The pun is unavoidable. It's the only adjective that fully captures the flavor of the romantic comedy Brown Sugar.

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