Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,912 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Her
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3912 movie reviews
  1. A powerful and moving contribution to the cinema of the Holocaust.
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  2. Brian Cox is especially good, and slippery, as Menenius, a Roman senator.
  3. Almereyda's smart, streamlined adaptation is full of such neat little ironies.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This time around, Julien Temple gets it right.
  4. Not since Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Malick's own "Days of Heaven" has a movie been both so breathtakingly beautiful and so narratively abstract.
  5. At a lean - and decidedly mean - 77 minutes, the suspense-horror hybrid Them by French writer-directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud is nothing short of revelatory.
  6. If you've had enough of the loony tunes coming from Florida, this piece of absurdist serio-comedy is the perfect picture.
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  7. The Hoax makes the fakery of disgraced writers Jayson Blair, James Frey and Stephen Glass seem puny by comparison. Irving was the grand master, and Gere's portrait and Hallström's movie suggest why: He almost bought his own story, believed his own outrageous pack of lies.
  8. Hong, who makes his feature debut here, has a masterful command of rhythm, beautifully weaving each strand of the narrative around that momentous opening scene.
  9. Monaghan is stronger still. This is a performance that deserves to be noticed. She is crushingly good.
  10. An epic docudrama - electric and raw.
  11. How the film plays out, and what happens to the boy and the adults in his company, may prove a revelation, or a disappointment, or something in between. But getting there is thrilling and wondrously strange.
  12. A darkly comic, piercing, and occasionally painful study of a young woman's quest for identity.
  13. Exceptionally graceful and accomplished, Ozon's film challenges our received notions of normalcy, intimacy, and love.
  14. It's a beautiful, grim tale.
  15. An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
  16. Leaves you feeling rich - and richly satisfied.
  17. Glazer has a daring sense of story structure that ratchets up the suspense, and his sense for sardonic black comedy is unerring.
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  18. Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.
  19. A rollicking tale of rehabilitation and redemption, rife with cool special effects, Hancock is smart and surprisingly raunchy.
  20. The Dardennes are aces at these small-scale human dramas, and Two Days, One Night is almost without flaw.
  21. Made in a forthright, unfancy style and utilizing a cast of born naturals, Washington Heights deftly draws parallels between father and son's complicated relationship and the tensions that pulse through this predominantly Dominican American community.
  22. It's a feminist nightmare, the world brought to life -- in hard-hitting documentary style.
  23. A masterful epic charting love's labyrinths.
  24. Its deceptive simplicity makes A Better Life so emotionally profound.
  25. Fear(s) of the Dark, a French production, interweaves the shorts, linking the segments together thematically, and narratively.
  26. Giannoli's riotously funny and heartbreaking film follows Marguerite's attempt to stage a solo recital in a grand theater in Paris.
  27. A spirited, smart-alecky look at the ongoing conflict between a government that wants to eliminate pot and a public that wants to smoke it.
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  28. Ergüven's film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths. Anger - aimed at a conservative social order and those complicit in maintaining it - courses through this sad, striking tale.
  29. It's a celebration of the good times and bad times shared by a man and woman who found each other in the middle of some historic craziness, and it rocks.

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