Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,949 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 The Madness of King George
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3949 movie reviews
  1. Hate, love, bigotry, empathy and chance are the uninvited guests at Monster's Ball.
  2. At its best it is one of the most dynamic movies from a most dynamic filmmaker, now 76.
  3. Ali
    While Smith gets into Ali's head and under his skin, the movie around him has more footwork than punch.
  4. Despite its haunting artistry and its winning eccentricities, The Shipping News is a vehicle that's still very much at sea.
  5. For the first half-hour I, too, demurred. And then the irresistible force that is Hugh Jackman -- or was it his swoony Leopold? -- swept me off my seat and into the movie.
  6. What began as a bold and thrilling story descends into Hollywood cliché. But Crowe and Connelly's work rises above the mush. They make A Beautiful Mind go.
  7. If only I liked The Majestic half as much as I liked Carrey in it.
  8. Rife with dark humor, Little Otik presents a cautionary variation of the creation myth, and a warning that tampering with the natural order of things may not be such a wise idea.
  9. But moving across this tableau is Frodo and his gang, and here the trouble lies...Not a one seems believable as conveyed by Wood, who forever looks to be on the brink of a good sob. Likewise, his hobbit sidekick Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) is a real wuss.
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  10. A story with a beginning and end but without a middle. Two slices of bread without the sandwich meat, I wrote in my notes.
  11. Steeped in quiet despair, Lantana is a psychological thriller that emphasizes the psychology over the thrills. It's a smart, heart-twisting picture.
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  12. A devastatingly funny portrait of a wildly dysfunctional clan, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about how people never really mature in ways that matter.
  13. Pazira, whose sapphire eyes blaze through the lattice of her slate-gray burqa, isn't much of an actress, as her singsong narration attests. But when not speaking, she has a commanding presence and is an effective witness to the ravages of war.
  14. A raunchy romp through the peeping-Tomism, potty humor, raging hormones and social humiliation that are standard issue in the Hollywood high-school sex comedy.
  15. Visually dazzling but ultimately dizzying ride, a trippy suspenser that gets tripped up on its own deja vu voodoo.
  16. A compelling existential tableau: sweating bodies, creaking mills turned by numbed oxen, people facing the daily and seasonal cycles of life with little hope of breaking free. Behind the Sun is forceful stuff.
  17. A superb film that begins with death, ends in renewal, and finds almost as much to laugh about as to cry for.
  18. Like this diabolically designed weapon of war, Tanovic's film is coil-sprung to explode on the unsuspecting.
  19. In her byplay with Clooney, Roberts only occasionally strikes a spark. Clooney, on the other hand, generates heat.
  20. In The Business of Strangers the right words are hard to come by, but the truth of them -- and the lies -- cut to the quick.
  21. The miscast (or misdirected) Hilary Swank's Jeanne takes so little pleasure in coquetry and manipulation.
  22. Simplistic and jingoistic. But it's also explosively fun.
  23. One of the finest pieces of screen acting in the career of Juliette Binoche -- the actress playing the actress in this extraordinary film.
  24. Deadpan, dead-on parody of a schlockmeister at work and play.
  25. Involving study of sibling and interpersonal relationships.
  26. When it comes to the realistic portrayal of the complex process of grief, most actresses are at a loss. Sissy Spacek is decidedly not most actresses.
  27. Burns' movie shows a Woody.esque affection for a certain slice of New York and its denizens (with the angst and neuroses quieted down a notch or two).
  28. Creepy and compelling and beautifully shot, The Devil's Backbone is a tale of the supernatural that feels completely natural. Its realness is what makes it so scary.
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  29. Fans of swooping helicopter shots, alleys filled with backlit geysers of steam, and jump-cut editing that makes MTV look like Ingmar Bergman will relish the intercontinental intrigue and huggermugger that is Spy Game.
  30. Though the humor of Black Knight never quite achieves the giddiness of a Monty Python comedy, Lawrence creates a character more lovable than either Bill or Ted on either of their excellent adventures.

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