Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,914 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 5.3 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 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3914 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Tumbledown comes up light in the categories that matter most, miring a capable cast in a forced cable-knit folksiness familiar to anyone who has ever watched anything set in New England.
  1. An uninspired computer-animated feature that may satisfy undiscriminating pipsqueaks and nearly no one else, Planet 51 is a low-IQ E.T. in reverse.
  2. One
    A worthy subject is poorly executed.
  3. Fuzzy, feel-good movie about baseball, babes and believing in yourself.
  4. Promised Land is a frustrating film to watch. It should be better than this, smarter than this.
  5. Full of clunky humor, battle-of-the-sexes musings and spicy accordion music, Everybody Wants to Be Italian is relentless - but not necessarily relentless fun.
  6. Basic Instinct's characters lack psychology and therefore motive. Admittedly they possess pathology, but that's not enough to maintain suspense in a movie with plot holes big enough to drive a tank through.
  7. By turns entertaining and excruciating.
  8. Only in its aggressively imaginative profanity is the film consistent.
  9. Not even Chan's imaginative fight choreography redeems this folly.
  10. If only I liked The Majestic half as much as I liked Carrey in it.
  11. However insulting the script is to the formidable talents of Clayburgh and Tambor, they turn in Shinola performances.
  12. My advice: Skip Beyond Borders and write a check to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders.
  13. Spectacularly silly and perversely entertaining.
  14. A sweet, if predictable, kids' comedy. But you have to overlook the conveniently inconsistent behavior of all the characters - except in Garner's case. She never establishes a character.
  15. The movie's main purpose seems to be to make audiences squirm uncomfortably. Yelp and shriek in armchair-clawing glee? Not likely.
  16. The worst sin is the way the film borrows and corrupts the gravity-defying action style of Yun-Fat's international hit, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  17. Although its low-key realism is admirable, Eden doesn't really work: the long silences, the aching stares, the telling props, Breda's quivering blues, Billy's drunkenness, his distraction. There might as well be a sign stuck to the Farrells' front door: Dysfunctional family lives here.
  18. Shot on the cheap, with cheesy animated credits and comic-panel "Bams!" and "Pows!" splashed across the screen, Super has a jokey, low-rent quality (or lack of quality) that could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.
  19. Cold and stylish, slick and violent.
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  20. A toothless political satire set in a Maine coastal village. It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.
  21. Usually Amy Adams can work all kinds of magic with her wide-eyed gaze and wistful smile. But these attributes aren't assets here, they are distancing devices.
  22. Between Owen's quiet intensity and Mirren's showy color, they make a complementary pair for screen or garden.
  23. Warrior has the underwritten, overproduced bluster of "Conan the Barbarian."
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  24. The script is boilerplate, the wit pretty much witless.
  25. Watching the film is like getting hooked by a fearful angler who can't successfully reel you in.
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  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Yes, bestiality in a PG-13 movie. It's the end of life as we know it.
  29. 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.

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