Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,904 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Nobody Knows
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3904 movie reviews
  1. A formulaic and fuzzy feel-good movie.
  2. A big fat geek kiss to the movies of Steven Spielberg and his fanboys, Paul is a mild, meandering comedy.
  3. A creepy, oozy, dopey remake of the stylish 1998 Japanese thriller, "Ringu."
  4. For all its grand promises, Ip Man 3 teeters uneasily among B-movie clichés.
  5. Hemsworth looks a good deal more like NFL receiver Jeremy Shockey than he does the immortal Avenger.
  6. In Don McKellar's remake of "Seducing Doctor Lewis", a 2003 French-Canadian comedy, the charm feels force-fed.
  7. I liked this movie better when it was called "Rock'n'Roll High School" and starred the Ramones and Mary Woronov.
  8. The trouble with The Last Kiss comes down to Paul Haggis' screenplay.
  9. Short, sour and scabrous, Bosses is that paradoxical thing: a situation comedy where neither situation nor comedy is particularly effective where nonetheless Jason Bateman is sidesplitting, as is Colin Farrell in a supporting role.
  10. Jeremy Irons slithers on board with a haughty sneer and papal vestments, playing Bishop Pucci.
  11. With a clamorous soundtrack and a whirl of elaborate chases and busily choreographed fight scenes, this is Sherlock Holmes with Attention Deficit Disorder.
  12. There are sniff movies and there are snuff movies, but Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is both. It has the bouquet of balm and blood. Imagine "Fragrance of the Lambs."
  13. Not even Halle Berry, emerging from the blue Caribbean in an orange two-piece -- can bring this thing to life.
  14. For high-speed action, eye-popping locales, and chopsocky fight-fests galore, watch The Transporter - on video.
  15. The movie pulls off the worst kind of con: the one that disappoints.
  16. The movie name-drops the cool stuff, the rebels of word and song, but the essence of the story and the cardboard characters who inhabit it are as mundane as can be.
  17. Non-Stop gets increasingly far-fetched as the jet makes its way across the Atlantic. Certainly, there are more red herrings on the plane than there are in the sea below. And Neeson has to stare down every last one of them.
  18. Storks feels way too much like a belabored and mediocre SNL sketch. Each character has some neurotic tic or crazy fixation, which they expound upon in monologues that feel like material for a stand-up act or a sitcom.
  19. Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to involve us in any meaningful way with its characters.
  20. It falls short of the mark, even as it hits every one of the genre's conventions.
  21. At the film's inconclusive conclusion, the filmmakers strand Erica and Sean in the moral twilight.
  22. A great story - and a true one, more or less - Bottle Shock nonetheless fails to deliver much in the way of entertainment.
  23. The material is so charged that it threatens to electrocute any who would touch it. Yet from the moment that Bette Midler, as Bernice the bio-Mom, appears, she becomes the instrument of its emotional release, catharsis teetering on high heels.
  24. If Manglehorn is to be remembered at all, it shall be for the excruciating first date that its title character goes on with a chirpy bank clerk he has long been chatting up. Her name is Dawn, and she is played by Holly Hunter.
  25. Despite the competent animation, the great tunes, and funny voice work by costars Russell Brand and John Cleese, Trolls is a lackluster entry. The story is clichéd and predictable. Overall, the film has no real magic.
  26. W.
    Unlike the filmmaker's previous stabs at presidential biopic-ing and conspiracy theorizing - "JFK" and "Nixon" - this one doesn't have the luxury of historical perspective.
  27. By the halfway mark, Rogen's performance, like his voice, is less cuddly than grating, and the carbonated giggle that is Elizabeth Banks grows flat. This one's for the Smith cultists.
  28. At least an hour of Man of Steel's excessive running time is devoted to the sort of crash-and-burn, slamming-into-skyscrapers CG fight scenes that we've already seen in "The Avengers" and "Dark Knight," "Iron Man," and "Spider-Man." Man of Steel is just the same old same old.
  29. The main distinction of this particular raunchfest, about the economic opportunities available to women in the phone-sex industry, is that it does not reconcile its slim narrative conflict with a big, fat wedding.
  30. Visually immersive but emotionally uninvolving.

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