Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,538 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Goodbye Solo
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,538 movie reviews
  1. By recording this all too commonplace and dehumanizing process, Puiu's film shows the sick old man and the strangers who deal with him to be all too human - extraordinarily so.
  2. The humor of the script constantly confounds expectations, and yet Shrek still manages to say all the right things to children.
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  3. Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece. It's like life: messy, impossible, elating, unavoidable.
  4. Insightful and involving.
  5. What this unclassifiable story may lack in decibels, it has in emotional depth. At once a mystery, a family drama, a snapshot of children at risk, Ballast is an unusually perceptive character study more eloquent in action than in dialogue.
  6. Funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.
  7. Few American directors drive this wedge between mind and gut as masterfully as Michael Mann.
  8. Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too.
  9. 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.
  10. Stays with you like great movies tend to do. It asks you to examine the inner mechanisms of human beings, cheerful and miserable alike. It's not about looking at a glass half empty or a glass half full. It's about drinking down what's in that glass and letting it fill your soul.
  11. Ain't nothin' but a party, y'all.
  12. Underlines the nightmare of entrapment so vividly captured in The Day I Became a Woman.
  13. A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff.
  14. Its stars - especially the photogenic Leung and Cheung, fresh from Wong Kar Wai's jazzy romance In the Mood for Love - are wonderfully charismatic. And wonderfully athletic.
  15. McConaughey's performance isn't just about the weight loss. It's about gaining compassion, even wisdom, and it's awesome.
  16. An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
  17. A mordantly funny, clear-eyed view of an extended family's mounting dysfunction in a changing society.
  18. Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
  19. The film speaks to fundamental issues of history, truth, and the philosophical conflicts of humankind.
  20. It's a testament to Cage's canny performance and Jonze's seamless use of special effects that you believe Charlie and Donald are two entirely different people.
  21. Avatar delivers. Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility - not to mention a love angle, an otherworldly bestiary, and an arsenal of 22d-century weaponry - the movie quite simply rocks.
  22. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  23. A scabrously funny look at the cutthroat game of statecraft.
  24. At once guileless and profound.
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  25. An overpowering and original piece of bravura filmmaking that constitutes one of the most breathtaking and impressive directing debuts in years.
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  26. It's a feminist nightmare, the world brought to life -- in hard-hitting documentary style.
  27. The result is more exciting than the last four ST pictures put together, more fun than a barrel of Tribbles, and the most satisfying action-adventure since last year's "Iron Man."
  28. Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream.
  29. Very few of us would like to think about the physical and emotional toll that life in captivity takes on these magnificent creatures. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's powerful, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted documentary, Blackfish, forces us to do just that.
  30. Easily the best stop-motion animated necrophiliac musical romantic comedy of all time. It is also just simply, wonderful: a morbid, merry tale of true love that dazzles the eyes and delights the soul.

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