Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,421 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 Amour
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,421 movie reviews
  1. Offers a view of war that is anything but epic. Instead of sweeping battles and swooping fighter planes, in Lebanon we are brought into the impossibly claustrophobic world of a lone tank crew.
  2. Makes for the most thrilling action movie of the year.
  3. A beguiling and subversively funny entertainment that considers art's worth from many angles, including that of guerrilla painters, gallerists, and seasoned collectors.
  4. A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
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  5. Baker's life, like his music, was as sad as it was beautiful. And Weber's movie - obsessed with Baker's image as much as with his songs - hits all the right notes.
  6. Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
  7. Heigl, a double-dip of praline with caramel, is so beautiful that initially you don't notice her comic chops.
  8. Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
  9. Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex.
  10. Both a concert film and a more intimate thing: a fascinating, fly-on-the-wall (or fly-in-the-dining-car) glimpse of some clearly blotto rock legends talking, singing, hanging out. The fact that a good number of them are now dead makes it doubly memorable.
  11. Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned in school with that learned from life.
  12. Even if you get lost - in the spyspeak, in the codes, in the comings and goings of grim-faced men with satchels full of documents they should not have - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is worth getting lost in.
  13. It's a performance that will make you cringe - with despair, with empathy - as Gosling's Dan takes one self-destructive step after another.
  14. A gorgeous operatic tale of obsession and madness.
  15. Whether or not Street Fight wins the Academy Award Sunday night, Curry's picture is must-see fare for any and every observer of the curious world of American politics.
  16. A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
  17. At the film's intimate best, it gives a guitar's perspective of the troubadour. He plucks his instrument as he plays our heartstrings. It's movie and music bliss.
  18. This drag-queen melodrama, like its star, perseveres.
  19. Take Shelter, which, it should be said, boasts haunting but seamless visual effects, is a movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives.
  20. Hopped-up and electrifying. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall and propulsive.
  21. In the end, Atonement sorts truth from fiction as it delivers a shattering kick to the solar plexus.
  22. Alexandra never depicts the soldiers in combat, but Sokurov nonetheless shows how war can break down the social structure, break down family, break the human soul.
  23. A wonderful, witty mix of horror and social satire, The Host takes its simple, time-tested premise - menacing creature terrorizes the populace - and runs with it.
  24. According to this courageous, you-are-there documentary, the platoon took enemy fire almost every day, perhaps the longest exposure to combat the U.S. has engaged in since World War II.
  25. Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.
  26. I wanted to like Meek's Cutoff more than I did. Reichardt and her writer, Jonathan Raymond, bring a quiet, watchful sensibility to their work, allowing the actors room to reflect and riff. But the stilted language and rectitude of the times don't always mesh with the acting.
  27. It shows us the everyday pressures and problems, the joys and pleasures, experienced by someone moving through life. And then that BART train pulls into Fruitvale, and the rest is history.
  28. Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
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  29. At turns funny, sweet, sad, trenchant and telling. It's a gem.
  30. Roiling with laughter, tears, drunken confessions, revelatory soliloquies, pain, sorrow, hospital visits, and various kinds of love, A Christmas Tale is a smart, sprawling, and sublimely entertaining feast.

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