Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,842 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Travelers and Magicians
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3842 movie reviews
  1. With no-nonsense narration by Peter Coyote and a soundtrack that's at once apt, ironic and really, really good, The Smartest Guys in the Room is anything but a dry dissection of a major Wall Street debacle.
  2. For Piaf fans, La Vie en Rose is a must-see. For fans yet-to-be, Dahan and Cotillard's film is an opportunity rich with discovery.
  3. Moore is nominated this year, and whether she wins or not, her performance deserves attention. It is one of this very fine actress' defining roles. And it resonates with humanity and heartbreak.
  4. Strangely, wonderfully, The Artist feels as bold and innovative a moviegoing experience as James Cameron's bells-and-whistles Avatar did a couple of years ago. Retro becomes nuevo. Quaint becomes cool.
  5. Piercingly funny and unexpectedly moving account of that odd couple, Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) and HRH Elizabeth II (majestic Helen Mirren) and their back-channels affair.
  6. Take Shelter, which, it should be said, boasts haunting but seamless visual effects, is a movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives.
  7. The film's climax involves a father and son reunion that is tense, tragic and, finally, as transcendent as Mohammad himself.
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  8. Wily, sad, funny, and full of life.
  9. It's a masterpiece.
  10. A powerful film.
  11. A mischievously inventive, surreal entertainment, one that celebrates not only Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and Nutty Crunch Surprise but Busby Berkeley, Stanley Kubrick, the Beatles, and the outer-space acting choices of one Johnny Depp - not to mention those bushy-tailed rodents in all their bustling splendor.
  12. Inside Out is the first psychological thriller that's fun for the whole family. Really psychological. And really fun.
  13. If that sounds highbrow and pretentious, it's not. The neat trick of Tristram Shandy is that the whole thing comes off as a lark.
  14. The new print does justice to Philippe Agostini's splendidly atmospheric cinematography.
  15. Offers a view of war that is anything but epic. Instead of sweeping battles and swooping fighter planes, in Lebanon we are brought into the impossibly claustrophobic world of a lone tank crew.
  16. For two hours I felt like a kitten chasing an elusive ball of catnip that remained just beyond my paw.
  17. Manages the rare feat of being both bleak and deeply rewarding.
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  18. Wild and woolly, the movie is a breathtaking head trip that hails from a long tradition of backstage melodramas: "42nd Street," "A Star Is Born," "All About Eve," and, yes, that kitschy '90s relic, "Showgirls."
  19. 13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
  20. Undeniable asset of an A list cast.
  21. There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
  22. It's a relentless and relentlessly funny game of one-upmanship as the two men, playing somewhat exaggerated versions of themselves, roam the hills and dales, posh inns and poetic ruins of England's Lake District.
  23. A movie like Everlasting Moments comes along maybe once in a decade.
  24. A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
  25. Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
  26. Sunnier and sillier than most of Allen's recent work, makes its belly laughs heartwarming. It's a most winning movie about losers.
  27. A knockout...So feverish is Fight Club...that thermometer contact might make mercury shatter.
  28. There is intrigue. There is suspense. Guilt - a man's guilt, a nation's - hangs heavy in the air.
  29. Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
  30. Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.

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