Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,930 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Imposter
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3930 movie reviews
  1. Modest, unassuming fare for younger children.
  2. Doesn't run very deep, or resonate with profound meaning. But as a thoughtful fable, laced with humor, the picture has its charms.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    This being the "ultimate" movie about "extreme" sports, there's a lot of superlative slinging in the commentary.
  3. Unfortunately, the plot runs out of dilithium crystals, and drifts to a sluggish and predictable conclusion
  4. Doesn't have the dramatic heft to warrant all its angst and anguish.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  5. A harmless and mildly amusing family comedy.
  6. Duplicity zips from one elaborate piece of hugger-mugger to the next. But at a certain point (for me, it was Rome), boredom sets in.
  7. A stage-y but likable ensemble piece.
  8. Perhaps to compensate for the absence of compelling drama and tension (and a few continuity gaffes), Scott has retreated to his TV commercial roots and crammed Hannibal full of busy, art-directed visuals.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  9. A spectacle where A-list talent strives mightily to elevate a C-plus effort.
  10. A jukebox musical that's astonishingly cornball one minute, winkingly sardonic the next.
  11. The movie avoids most of the romantic comedy cliches, and its leads are appealing. That's almost enough for me. But not quite.
  12. A diverting family comedy that at its best aims to be a live-action "Incredibles" and at its middling a live-action episode of "Kim Possible."
  13. An odd and entertaining mix of backstage melodrama, indie verite, and "Showgirls" kitsch, the usual gender stereotypes are upturned.
  14. It's not dull, exactly, but neither is it much fun.
  15. Directed in workmanlike style by Underworld: Evolution's Len Wiseman, has its share of wild stunts and spectacular carnage, but it feels pokey and predictable, too.
  16. It runs a fast 88 minutes, is broad as the waistlines of its stars, and is remarkably family-friendly if you don't mind bathroom humor.
  17. An ambitious, if wildly uneven, character study that relies on a taut script, snappy dialogue, and a few well-placed plot twists, The Barber boasts a fine turn by Scott Glenn as an aging serial killer.
  18. Efron, who wears an "All glory is fleeting" tattoo on his back and a soulful look on his face, gets to be more of a grown-up in The Lucky One than in most of what he's done before.
  19. I left the film wondering where at the Bellevue-like psychiatric facility that schizophrenic teenager obtained such a becoming brick-red lipstick.
  20. Despite its visual beauty and Rahim's extraordinary, and silent, performance, the film never quite manages to connect on an emotional level.
  21. Meet Dave isn't great, but it's good enough. And it proves once again that Murphy can do anything - even a PG comedy in which he isn't a donkey.
  22. Cheesy and loads of fun.
  23. While Dumont's movie has its striking scenes, it is doomed to a sense of lethargy and inertia by the kind of people it ponders and the context in which they are placed.
  24. The best thing about The Life Before Her Eyes, a somber meditation on fate and friendship, is the way it captures the close relationship between two teenage girls.
  25. A mostly glum, gray and grim story lit by a fugitive sunbeam.
  26. At 24 minutes, Lola Versus might be a middling episode of a sitcom like "New Girl." At 87 minutes, it is a gracefully aimed arrow shot in the air. Where it lands, Wein and Lister Jones know not where.
  27. It's basketball Fantasy Camp for the cost of a movie ticket.
  28. Ultimately, this jingo-bingo action thriller squarely hits its target, then delivers a delayed-action message contrary to everything that has preceded it. Berg heroizes the plucky Americans, but in the closing scenes of his ripping action flick, sucker-punches them. It's as if this populist Syriana frags itself.
  29. The best reason to see Along Came Polly is the supporting cast.

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