Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,913 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 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3913 movie reviews
  1. Nostalgia for the '80s - big hair, Madonna, cocaine, big hair, Duran Duran, more cocaine - is all well and good. Unless it's practiced with the charmless ineptitude of Take Me Home Tonight.
  2. Laughably bad adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant novel.
  3. Unrelentingly grim, plodding, and close-to-incoherent adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's best-selling mystery.
  4. Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Written and directed on autopilot, containing every cliche endemic to these movies: clueless parents, bratty brother, nasty rich kids, pool fight, food fight, girls who can't drive.
  5. Drawing comparisons to "The Wire" may be unfair, but taken on its own, this anemic vehicle for Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan to mug and jive through is just weak, weak stuff.
  6. In the annals of sequeldom, Kick-Ass 2 has to be one of the lamest follow-ups ever.
  7. It's highly doubtful that you'll grasp even a little of The Truth About Emanuel after seeing this film. It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.
  8. The script depends entirely too much on a succession of reporters, announcers, and spectators to provide context and detail in clunky, implausible dialogue.
  9. There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie.
  10. A generic oven-stuffer that wants to be a stocking-stuffer, is a turkey, despite the foil wrapping and some artfully deployed tinsel.
  11. It would better to call it Two Actors in Search of a Story.
  12. This Romeo and Juliet is hard to take seriously - and simply hard to take.
  13. Evolution devolves to the sight of a colossal alien expelling flatus over Arizona. So that's why this movie stinks. Play that flatulent music, white boy.
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  14. The problem is that these stoic warriors infect Act of Valor with more wooden acting than you'd see at a ventriloquism school.
  15. Combines fingernails-on-blackboard audio agony with bamboo-under-fingernails physical torture.
  16. Feels like it's been homogenized and Hollywoodized to death.
  17. A lazy assemblage of sketch-comedy raunch, mock-schlock TV ads, and ideas that even the writers of "Mall Cop" and "Observe and Report" would have tossed.
  18. A dementedly artificial and artsy film, a headache-inducing jumble of fractured narrative, flashbacks within flashbacks, and shifting perspectives.
  19. There's nothing remotely fantastic about this Fantastic Four.
  20. You would think any movie with the word "salmon" in the title would have to be funny. Think again.
  21. A pity-party of Hollywood narcissism.
  22. A subpar 3D action comedy featuring four giant motion-capture animated turtles and a raft of human costars, including the dreamy-eyed Fox, wide-shouldered Perry, a remarkably slender Will Arnett, and Laura Linney, who looks tired and uncomfortable throughout the proceedings.
  23. Vilely violent, Saw 2 is the Phnom Penh of splatter movies.
  24. One of those what-were-they-thinking projects in which good talent is on very bad display.
  25. By the end of the film's two-hour stream of Be-Here-Now-isms, anyone left in the audience will be wanting to yell, "Put a sock in it!" to old Soc.
  26. Beastly offers a thoroughly dopey reread of the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale.
  27. What has Campbell wrought? An intermittently amusing, interminable affair that for sheer ugliness and a scenery-chewing performance by Peter Sarsgaard has a certain Camp appeal.
  28. The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev.
  29. Hiring this sensitive fantasist (Gondry) to make the superhero saga The Green Hornet is like hiring satirist John Waters to make "Rambo." Hard to think of a more mystifying mismatch of filmmaker and material.

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