Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,807 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 The Lobster
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3807 movie reviews
  1. An elusive and profoundly moving essay about the stages of amour and of age. Like the best of Godard's movies -- and I haven't been sucked into one since "Passion" (1982) -- it is visually ravishing, penetrating, impenetrable.
  2. A beautiful eyeful of puckish whimsy and dark-humored mystery, Hukkle (it means hiccup in Hungarian) is a little gem in which nature and humankind commingle, where coincidence and causality collide in a chain of odd, even murderous, events.
  3. If Malik doesn't remind you of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in "The Godfather" saga, well . . . he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous.
  4. Lindholm's mastery of film form is matched by his willingness to engage with some of the most intractable moral quandaries that haunt contemporary life.
  5. Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
  6. A feel-good movie, in the absolute best sense.
  7. One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
  8. There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
  9. In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
  10. It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing.
  11. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  12. A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
  13. The Conformist has a decadent visual beauty about it that's breathtaking. But as striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.
  14. With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
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  15. It's strong stuff.
  16. Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd.
  17. This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
  18. A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - The Double Hour is a topflight Euro thriller right up there with "Tell No One."
  19. It's inspired fun.
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  20. Isn't like the classic Japanese drama "Rashomon," which suggested that one person's perspective of an event gave him a different truth from the person standing elsewhere.
  21. A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable.
  22. While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.
  23. Easily the best computer-animated feature to come from Hollywood in a long while, Monster House is also one of the weirdest. A creepy-crawly, freak-show Halloween yarn.
  24. Apart from its intriguing religious implications, the film is also a compelling look at the family, community and congregational pillars that support Lior.
  25. Haunting and sad. And absolutely worth seeing.
  26. The Revenant is exhilarating cinema.
  27. In many ways, City of Men is like a Portuguese-language version of David Simon's "The Wire."
  28. A romantic comedy for anyone in love with the movies, and anyone, for that matter, who's in love.
  29. A quiet, glistening love story - or not-quite-love story - adapted from Martin's novella of the same name, Shopgirl is such an atypical Hollywood affair that it's almost startling.
  30. Triumphs by taking an elliptical approach that still reaches directly into the very core of genius.

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