Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,894 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 Sunshine
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3894 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Explosively exciting film.
  1. It's an observation of crushing truth.
  2. With its improvisatory score (drummer Antonio Sanchez provides a hustling backbeat throughout), its seamless shots, its leaps into the surreal, and then back again into the excruciating, embarrassing real, Birdman ascends to the greatest of heights.
  3. Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
  4. A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an unfaithful wife; a history of deceit. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds.
  5. Exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic.
  6. Creed is corny like the old Rocky films, but riveting like the old Rocky films, too.
  7. Green Room is just as accomplished a film, with the writer/director doing everything right: the cast, the music, the editing, the way he leads you one way and then clobbers you (and some of his ill-fated characters) when you (and they) are least expecting it.
  8. Ran
    The triumphant masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa's fertile twilight.
  9. Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
  10. Inspiring stuff, the stuff of Hollywood all the way back to Frank Capra and before: a story of scrappy underdogs, determined to get to the truth, and toppling the mighty in the process.
  11. Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery.
  12. Gripping, hair-raising documentary.
  13. When it comes to the realistic portrayal of the complex process of grief, most actresses are at a loss. Sissy Spacek is decidedly not most actresses.
  14. The most moving aspect of this indelible documentary is that it chronicles its subjects' growth from instinctively going for the goal to deciding which goals are worth shooting for.
  15. Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.
  16. A slo-mo gem of gangster cool, of vintage Hollywood noir reimagined by a French new waver in love with American cars, American jazz, and the kind of trench-coated tough-guys embodied by Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum.
  17. A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful.
  18. Has a slow-burning emotional power.
  19. Lives is a best-foreign-film nominee competing in a year that at least three movies in this category are stronger than Oscar's best-picture contenders.
  20. One of the finest pieces of screen acting in the career of Juliette Binoche -- the actress playing the actress in this extraordinary film.
  21. Wildly sad, funny and terrific documentary.
  22. A profoundly unnerving historical document.
  23. Up
    The exhilarating film pays tribute to Buster Keaton's "The Balloonatic" by way of its slapstick, and to Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" by way of its watercolor palette and traveling domicile.
  24. It’s a true American masterpiece and one of the best films of the decade.
  25. A riveting sci-fi investigation into humankind's experiments with A.I. (with pages from Spike Jonze's Her and Stanley Kubrick's 2001), Ex Machina marks the extremely able directing debut of British writer Alex Garland, of the novels "The Beach" and "The Tesseract," and of the screenplays for Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" . . . and "Sunshine."
  26. It's great to see an American filmmaker - and a successful one at that - willing to simply train his cameras on the actors and let them, and their characters, come to life.
  27. A dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul.
  28. Most of all, it is the improbably entertaining story of how new media are altering the very nature of courtship and friendship.
  29. Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece.

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