Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,436 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: 67
Highest review score: 100 Hukkle
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,436 movie reviews
  1. Under Hooper's deft direction, it packs the suspense of a thriller.
  2. 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.
  3. Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
  4. Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
  5. It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
  6. L'Enfant begins with the birth of a child, but its real concern is the moral rebirth of a man.
  7. Whiplash is writer/director Damien Chazelle's hyperventilated nightmare about artistic struggle, artistic ambition. It's as much a horror movie as it is a keenly realized indie about jazz, about art, about what it takes to claim greatness.
  8. In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
  9. A frightening portrait of corruption, cynicism, intimidation, greed and violence, Gomorrah is tough stuff.
  10. Funny, passionate, full of compassion for its just-pubescent protagonists, We Are the Best! is a total charmer.
  11. The delightful G-rated film has a story line simple enough for pre-schoolers to follow and comic sensibility complex enough for adults to savor, with an emphasis on howlingly bad (by which I mean good) puns.
  12. There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
  13. 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.
  14. McNamara, a robust conversationalist, is so lively that he bursts out of what is essentially a talking-head documentary.
  15. While Gyllenhaal has playful puppy eyes and energy, his performance as Jack is a blur of mustaches, sideburns and spurs that never achieves the weight of Ledger's.
  16. It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying, so worthwhile. The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart.
  17. The Babadook, then, is a study in madness that lurks beneath the surface. But it is also very much (and amusingly) a look at the trials of parenting, especially single-parenting: those days when you just want to, well, get your child out of the picture somehow. Of course, you don't act on those impulses. That's what the movies are for.
  18. Although not blessed with a cinematic eye, Yates, a sensitive director of actors, structures his movie like the final movement of a symphony. He reprises themes and characters from the previous films that swell in the epochal siege of Hogwarts and ends his films with an almost wordless coda that will wring tears even from Harry haters.
  19. Caouette's fractured history is imbued with heart-crushing sincerity.
  20. Werner Herzog's magnificent tragedy, Grizzly Man, a Shakespearean character study that packs the sheer terror of "The Blair Witch Project."
  21. This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
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  22. Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
  23. 13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
  24. It's a cinematic feat, an art lover's dream, but as a moviegoing experience, Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark is something of a letdown.
  25. Never mind a few misguided casting choices; Lincoln is exceptionally good, elevated by a preternatural star turn, and by the energy and invention its director displays in telling a story that doesn't rely on action and special effects.
  26. If you've had enough of the loony tunes coming from Florida, this piece of absurdist serio-comedy is the perfect picture.
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  27. Bar-Lev tells Tillman's story "Rashomon"-style, incorporating multiple perspectives on Tillman's politics (left-liberal), religion (atheist), and personal relations (he married Marie, his first and only girlfriend). Still, it is a documentary with more details of how he died than how he lived.
  28. 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.
  29. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, look out: a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great.
  30. A beautiful, appropriately loping little gem about growing older, daring to take risks and follow your heart. That probably sounds corny, and The Straight Story is.

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