Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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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. Love Is Strange has a gentleness about it, and an empathy, that inspire.
  2. A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
  3. Macdonald's film brilliantly telescopes the '70s, an era when every physical action had its equal and opposite political reaction.
  4. Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.
  5. Silva expertly maintains the tension, asking the audience to interpret Raquel's bizarro behavior. His diagnosis is a pleasant surprise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This time around, Julien Temple gets it right.
  6. The violence here is never in the service of spectacle, always of the story.
  7. Although rough, it's a gem.
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  8. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Remarkable documentary.
  9. Cronenberg's movie is eerily compelling and darkly humorous. And chilling - to the bone.
  10. It's a lush, lovely dreamscape of a movie, steeped in familiar vernacular (film noir), yet capable of shooting off in totally unfamiliar, surreal directions.
  11. Funnier than his criticism of egos on the rampage is Guest's rare talent for double-edged satire that tweaks one convention by means of another.
  12. A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
  13. Like its heroine, the film's glib - and sometimes sidesplittingly funny - patter at first diverts viewers from its poignant insights. Happily, as Juno grows in experience and maturity, so does the film.
  14. Wadjda is a movie about freedom - and nothing represents freedom with the metaphoric simplicity and symmetry of a bicycle.
  15. Although The Secret in Their Eyes has neither the power, the artistry, nor the electric energy of its fellow Oscar nominee, France's "A Prophet," the Argentine film nonetheless engages with style, suspense, and seriousness of intent. Criminal intent and otherwise.
  16. There's a loose, vérité vibe here, and times when both Williams and Gosling root down deep to deliver something resonant and true. But this modern-day kitchen sink drama is ultimately too painful, too labored, to care much about at all.
  17. An intimate epic of infinite grace.
  18. Gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created.
  19. A truly refreshing break from the Hollywood humdrum, the film is a perfect vehicle for Rock's range of talents, giving him plenty of breathing space to launch into his trademark stand-up riffs while grounding him in a story as moving as it is funny.
  20. That is the sum of writer/director Steven Knight's movie: a man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
  21. While White Material is very much the story of this one woman, it is also a story of postcolonial Africa, a place where Europeans staked their claim, and where disorder and destruction upended everything. A mournful, frightening, powerful film.
  22. It's the old cliche, but (like most cliches) it's true: It's impossible to imagine this picture without this actor.
  23. Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
  24. With deft and subtle performances and an uncomplicated but savvy script, Autumn Tale gets to the inner lives of its characters.
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  25. Never mind Hollywood's big-star, big-budget hand-wringing about Africa - Bamako is the real thing.
  26. What's refreshing about Beginners is its sympathy for all of its characters, which translates into the characters' sympathy for each other.
  27. Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.
  28. Amirpour clearly studied their films and listened to some Sergio Leone spaghetti Western scores while she was at it. The music in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night pulses with a late-night Persian vibe, reverby and twanging, soulful, hypnotic.

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