Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,289 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,289 movie reviews
  1. This invitation to look down upon the stupidity of numskulls is one that should be declined as swiftly as a call to poke fun at Special Olympians.
  2. Perfect Stranger is the Egg MacGuffin of whodunits, a cheesy affair that casts so many baited lures that they tangle each other and don't hook you.
  3. Half-baked, both in plot and execution, this spoof's for adolescent boys who find Minotaur private parts amusing and Queen Amidala in a chastity belt sexy.
  4. They has a low-budget, generic feel -- but also enough sense to know that unseen menace is a lot creepier than explicit gore.
  5. The film's focus on the contest between the two agents does throw the film off-balance.
  6. Mildly diverting but slight, the screwball comedy Gray Matters changes it up, more or less creating its own genre, the curveball farce.
  7. Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.
  8. An unintentional high-tech hoot.
  9. Envy makes a pretty entertaining three-minute trailer. If only they'd left it at that.
  10. Monster-in-Law, where Bridezilla meets Godzilla, is a comedy so anemic, so toxic, that even Dracula wouldn't bite.
  11. This film about a career gal's date with fate careers out of control.
  12. Is there a limit to this incessant princessitude?
  13. Feeble and formulaic.
  14. You want to cut Cop Out some slack because it's just so darn eager to please. So let's grant that it will make a reliably fun companion when it's on cable 10 times a week.
  15. The movie bogs down in tiresome good guys vs. bad guys action cliches.
  16. Plot contrivances, including an ominous cowboy-hatted figure who stalks Bitsey and her tagalong intern (Gabriel Mann), undermine the story's serious political themes.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not original, but unlike some of this summer's movies (such as The Island and Stealth), The Cave knows its place. Its job is to deliver a few jolty thrills and a couple of laughs and wrap things up before it starts to get too dumb.
  17. The acting is better than the script deserves and Lexi Alexander's cut-to-the-hearse direction lends the film considerable kick.
  18. Doesn't run very deep, or resonate with profound meaning. But as a thoughtful fable, laced with humor, the picture has its charms.
  19. Maybe if there was something going with the dialogue - snappy Chandlerisms, say, or even just sentences that made sense - the fussy digital artifice of The Spirit wouldn't seem so, well, dispiriting.
  20. What ensues may be predictable, but the slapstick performances of Rudd and Bell are anything but. They court, they spark, and a few times they catch comic fire.
  21. Most of it plays like Jackass.
  22. It may not be the worst war epic ever made - that probably would be "Battlefield Earth" -- but it's darn close to being an unqualified disaster of that magnitude.
  23. Six guys and a gal who flatline on arrival. Easily the lamest action-adventure fantasy since “Wild Wild West.”
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's the sort of stuff younger viewers will love.
  24. At its best, Queen is campy fun like the Vincent Price horror classics of the '60s. At its worst, it implodes in a series of very bad special effects.
  25. Has a low-key tone that works in its favor for a time.
  26. As doggy movies go, this one gets two paws out of four.
  27. Parents in a masochistic mood can compound the headache-inducing experience by paying extra for the 3-D version.
  28. This is an A-list cast toiling on a C-list screenplay.

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