Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,606 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 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,606 movie reviews
  1. What are you going to do when your lead actress offers a performance that's as unlikable as the woman she's portraying? Maybe it's the script (flimsy, formulaic), or filmmaker Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's conspicuous direction, but Tammy Blanchard's Nina, a waitress with a dour disposition and an unwanted pregnancy, pretty much sucks the life out of this well-meaning melodrama.
  2. Paradoxically fast-talking and laid back, Long's Bartleby appears to be the illegitimate child of Groucho Marx and Ferris Bueller, one whose schemes are far more impressive than his deeds.
  3. The film's intimations of bisexual romance have a certain innate drama that no amount of bad acting or cornball rugby matches can completely erase.
  4. The overall effect is one of a sumptuously laid table where the main course is overcooked.
  5. Too much Good Friday and not enough Easter Sunday. Emphasizing Jesus' agony over His ecstasy, Gibson has delivered a blood-drenched epic more stunning for its brutal violence than for its depiction of the calvary.
  6. There are, to be sure, some impressive special effects here, and whoever Warner Bros. hires to make the new Superman movie should take notes.
  7. All in all, a resonant theme, poorly played.
  8. Although it is based on a true story, the dramatization doesn't make much sense psychologically.
  9. Dull plod.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It falls short of its tie-dye target.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  10. Just as a fistful of drooping stalks does not a bouquet make, director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld's random collection of think-pink gags, canine couture and smart/dumb blonde jokes does not a comedy make.
  11. Fails as drama but succeeds as a "When bad things happen to good firemen" procedural. It's sensitivity training for civilians.
  12. If illuminating dawns and dusks had basked Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper in a rosy glow, the mopey cuteness of Restless would have been too much to bear.
  13. Shot like a Disney period piece (prettily, with spiffy props, shiny vintage vehicles, and costumes just back from the cleaners), Flyboys introduces its squadron the old-fashioned way: with character-establishing setups.
  14. A strange mix of showbiz whodunit and soft-core eroticism, with a couple of fine actors - Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth - wandering around stunned and stoned-looking, as if someone slipped them a mickey.
  15. A knuckleheaded period piece.
  16. Kids under 6 will dig it - though the alligators and wildebeests might scare them. Certainly they scared this groan-up.
  17. Max
    When the films sticks with heart-tugging soldier stuff, it's not bad. When it goes beyond that premise, it becomes so entirely outlandish that it's not enjoyable anymore.
  18. Much as I gnashed my teeth during 27 Dresses, I genuinely enjoyed the warmth of Heigl's and Marsden's confident ease. While both might be a few minutes past their star-is-born moment, these troupers with more than 30 years of professional work between them have never shone so brightly. It may sound contradictory, but loved them, hated IT.
  19. A syrupy and extraordinarily ridiculous adaptation.
  20. The premise, which initially has a certain interior logic, grows implausible and then nonsensical.
  21. It is a good hour too long, although it does boast Christopher Walken.
  22. Anderson, who's turned Brit in a number of TV series and films, including "Bleak House" and "The Last King of Scotland," is compelling in her white lab coat and surgical scrubs, and she brings some real tenderness to her tete-a-tetes with Mulder.
  23. The folks at Disney's Touchstone Pictures would have been wiser, however, just to have forgotten all about this hyperactive farce.
  24. Ultimately, this movie cowritten by Shelton and former L.A. police detective Robert Souza has more laughs than suspense, but not enough of either.
  25. Mildly diverting and utterly dispensable.
  26. Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.
  27. Ultimately, 44 Inch Chest has very little on its mind.
  28. Feels like the cinematic equivalent of the BP disaster in the gulf: It's a big-screen oil spill, a needless gushing of macho bluster and wild set pieces, and a waste of millions and millions of dollars.
  29. Around the Bend doesn't inspire one to care.

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