Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,526 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 A Film Unfinished
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,526 movie reviews
  1. Marwencol is about Hogancamp and his miniature alter-ego, about his photographs and his creative process. But it is also, on a deeper level, about how we process our experiences - good and bad, violent and mysterious - and how we try to build safe places in our lives.
  2. I also like that when Our Hero starts swinging from skyscrapers, he's not just emulating Tarzan, but is working out the Newtonian physics of action and reaction.
  3. '71
    1971 is a testament to a generation's idealism, heroism, foolhardiness, fearlessness.
  4. The fluid film cinematography of Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li, intercut with grainy Super-8 shots of park regulars, tracks the skaters in their free-flying, free-styling and free-falling grace. In these privileged moments, the film is close to transcendence, defying time, space and gravity.
  5. The real 3-D experience of the season is Pina, Wim Wenders' shockingly beautiful and moving tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.
  6. Like "The Square," the startling Down Under noir released a few months ago, Animal Kingdom explores the down and dirty side of human nature, fraught with greed, suspicion, and betrayal.
  7. What about the kids and families who have no connection to Méliès, little familiarity with Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton? Will Hugo keep them in their seats? I'm not sure.
  8. Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking.
  9. Gloria, spare and keenly observed, plays like a short story - there is no sweeping narrative arc, no momentous triumph or calamity. But there is a bit of justice meted out, and the act of its meting brings a slow, small smile to Gloria's face.
  10. Spider is a difficult film, but an inspired one, the movie equivalent of eating a meal of artfully prepared eel or sea urchin. It's for those with adventurous tastes and no fear of squishy textures.
  11. A Raimi-esque mix of gross-out madness and sick laughs.
  12. The polar opposite of the J.K. Simmons character in "Whiplash."
  13. Ryan may not be admirable, but Clooney makes him relatable. It's his deepest and nakedest performance.
  14. It is the more satisfying of the two installments - less over-the-top, arterial-gushing violence and more investigation into character, motives, back-story.
  15. It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is.
  16. Like Hitchcock, only creepier, Haneke slowly cranks up the suspense.
  17. A film of haunting eloquence and justifiable fury.
  18. A masterfully creepy and beautifully turned variation on the teen horror formula.
  19. With Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tim Burton gives new meaning to the term "director's cut."
  20. It's a wondrous mix of the momentous and mundane, the profound and the perverse, with Cave blues-talking his way through the goofy juxtapositions, the darkness, and the light.
  21. It's a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Polsky ices it.
  22. The great thing about Venus - apart from its sharp eye for the daily routines and drab details of senior citizenry in a buzzing metropolis - is that it isn't soppy, or sentimental.
  23. The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you.
  24. Ajami brings its audience into a world where the cultural conflict is fierce, emotions run high, yet the hopeful vision of peaceful coexistence shines through the cracks.
  25. It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
  26. A terrific mystery, equal parts haunting love story and nimble thriller.
  27. Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
  28. Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
  29. The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
  30. With no-nonsense narration by Peter Coyote and a soundtrack that's at once apt, ironic and really, really good, The Smartest Guys in the Room is anything but a dry dissection of a major Wall Street debacle.

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