Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,904 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Constant Gardener
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3904 movie reviews
  1. Ergüven's film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths. Anger - aimed at a conservative social order and those complicit in maintaining it - courses through this sad, striking tale.
  2. An accomplished and compelling film by writer/director Josh Mond, James White is also pretty much a bummer.
  3. A masterfully creepy and beautifully turned variation on the teen horror formula.
  4. An immensely enjoyable, warmhearted, and gentle showbiz dramedy.
  5. With Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tim Burton gives new meaning to the term "director's cut."
  6. 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.
  7. Creed is corny like the old Rocky films, but riveting like the old Rocky films, too.
  8. 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.
  9. The Second Mother is an interesting look at generational and class divides in Brazil, without the feel of a lecture or lesson.
  10. 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.
  11. It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
  12. A terrific mystery, equal parts haunting love story and nimble thriller.
  13. Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
  14. The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
  15. We're in the company of a great character here, with a lot on his mind, a lot to say.
  16. 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.
  17. Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
  18. A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
  19. Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
  20. The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime.
  21. Whatever number it is chronologically on the P&P parade, Wright's film ranks first in verve. Quite simply, it is the essential P&P.
  22. Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
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  23. The results are exhilarating, thrilling, and extend the wingspan.
  24. Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth.
  25. A breathtaking, disturbing look at urban angst and the emptiness of youth culture.
  26. It's one of the great have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too performances of the year.
  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. It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.
  29. Hunger is daunting and powerful work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For Kudlow, for whom "music lives forever" - it's never over. And the opportunity to seize the day continues to present itself in this deeply human documentary.

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