Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,557 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Take Shelter
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,557 movie reviews
  1. To paraphrase one of the few memorable lines in the movie, "Even stink would say this stinks."
  2. Judah Friedlander and Lindsay Lohan are striking, respectively, as a Lennon paparazzo and a fan creeped out by Chapman.
  3. Instead of paying homage to these creepy creatures of bygone Hollywood, Sommers seems to be unwittingly lampooning them. The first few minutes of Van Helsing, shot in black and white, look like outtakes from Mel Brooks' gagfest "Young Frankenstein."
  4. The Best of Me is neither worse than his other films nor particularly better. At 118 minutes, it is, however, one of the longest. Interminably long, dragging out its molasses heart through what seem like three different endings.
  5. Another high school vixen movie, this one with a potty mouth (the vixen) and pretensions of social commentary (the movie), Pretty Persuasion brings to mind a number of other titles, all better.
  6. The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev.
  7. Clare Lewins' dizzyingly disjointed documentary, I Am Ali, has one thing going for it: its subject, boxing immortal Muhammad Ali.
  8. This heavy-handed muddle of a cop thriller is just impossibly bad.
  9. Surrogates, which borrows tone and content freely from "I, Robot," is all windup and no pitch.
  10. Rarely has a film so equally balanced macho and nacho, but Wrath does leave us with a few valuable lessons: a.) fratricide is a nasty business, best left to the Greeks and b) fighting fire with fire may sound good, but it turns out to be a really stupid idea.
  11. Duplex's tenant-from-hell scenario is as predictable as it is tedious -- a tinny, unsatisfying throwaway farce.
  12. The film quickly turns unintentionally, and unrelentingly, awkward.
  13. The "Golden Girls" with gats.
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  14. It doesn't help any that Wahlberg, looking perpetually dumbstruck, is among the clunkiest line-readers working in movies today.
  15. Anyone with a sizable role in Dodgeball gets mired in the script's dissipated tone. Two of the climactic jokes involve "Happy Days" references. How tenuous is that?
  16. Like moussed hair and inverted-pyramid shoulder pads, this sloppy, sloppy slapstick is an artifact from the 1980s.
  17. There isn't an original frame or line of dialogue in Rage. It's strictly paint by numbers. Or in this case, plasma.
  18. Ice Cube possesses real screen presence, and it's a shame to see him squander his talents here. He and Epps made me laugh in "Next Friday." They made me squirm here.
  19. The execution is so dumbed-down, so dumbfounding, that sophisticated moviegoers might confuse it for outtakes from "Spy Kids 2" and "XXX."
  20. The film would be a moth-eaten mess without the wisecracking animals. Not that it's funny with them.
  21. Trapped between edgy art flick and exploitation psychothriller, The Quiet manages to be neither, and manages to be pretty awful in the bargain.
  22. An abhorrent cyberthriller starring a compelling Diane Lane.
  23. A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
  24. Maybe Waters set out to prove Karl Marx's observation that all great events happen twice, first as tragedy and the second time as farce.
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  25. Just call this movie "The Hangover: AARP Strikes Back."
  26. The kind of glossy, Hollywood-forged waste of time that would depress even the most happily lackadaisical retiree.
  27. An embarassingly unfunny, stumblebum adaptation of Toby Young's memoir.
  28. A flat-out cynical attempt to launch a new Lethal Weapon-like franchise.
  29. Another tale of Tinseltown drugs, sex and excess - has transferred itself to the screen with mind-boggling, laugh-inciting horribleness.
  30. The violence is plenty, and pointless.

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