Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,475 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,475 movie reviews
  1. It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
  2. Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul.
  3. A movie like Everlasting Moments comes along maybe once in a decade.
  4. As lovingly written as it is beautifully rendered.
  5. Melancholia is a remarkable mood piece with visuals to die for (excuse the pun), and a performance from Dunst that runs the color spectrum of emotions.
  6. The heroine of this story is the eloquent Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett's mother, who recalls her fight to have an open-casket funeral for her son.
  7. The Queen of Versailles combines the voyeuristic thrills of reality TV with the soul-revealing artistry of great portraiture and the head-shaking revelations of solid investigative reporting.
  8. A loving, dopey documentary about the bird man of a place with a view of Alcatraz.
  9. The film's climax involves a father and son reunion that is tense, tragic and, finally, as transcendent as Mohammad himself.
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  10. Bielinsky's movie builds like a poker game in which the players, having invested everything, cannot afford to fold.
  11. Saraband, flat and static both visually and thematically, doesn't begin to approximate the austere beauty of the director's art-house classics.
  12. In refusing to pigeonhole its characters, Nine Lives is less like those L.A. road-rage melodramas "Short Cuts" and "Crash" than those all-of-us-are-interconnected dramas "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams."
  13. Andre Techine creates living characters instead of sociopolitical symbols.
  14. True Grit is probably the least ironic picture in the Coen Brothers' worthy canon, but that doesn't mean it's devoid of their signature oddities, that it doesn't take a few dark, strange turns.
  15. Kore-eda, deploying a Western pop score by the Japanese indie-rock band Quruli, just lets these kids be kids.
  16. I love this movie, and I love the pride, spirit and sportsmanship of the kids who represent the best of American pluck and luck.
  17. OK, first off, anyone who shares his or her life with a dog, or has done so in the past, go see My Dog Tulip.
  18. There are no good guys in Miss Bala, just bad guys of different stripes.
  19. It is almost inevitable that Miyazaki, often compared to C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling, should have found in Diana Wynne Jones a kindred spirit.
  20. The Simpsons Movie is finally here. And guess what? It's funny. But not that funny.
  21. Stands apart from the trite conventions of most coming-of-age drama chiefly through the originality of Pool's approach and the honesty and conviction of Karine Vanasse's portrait of Hanna.
  22. For those dazed and dazzled by surf anarchists Noll and Clark, Hamilton comes off as the sport's technocrat, but he boldly goes where no surfer has gone before.
  23. A heartbreaking story of true love.
  24. First-time filmmaker Kolirin paces his can-we-all-just-get-along? parable as if it were a silent comedy, which for long stretches it is. This movie about musicians has no soundtrack. Its musical moments are few, but potent.
  25. A macabre mystery for children and a cautionary tale for their folks, Coraline is a yarn - twisty, knotty, taut - about a perennially bored girl whose parents are too preoccupied with work to pay her much mind.
  26. An extraordinary work in three movements about the Sasakis, a seemingly ordinary family. In this unpredictable work, the clan implodes, explodes, and glues itself back together.
  27. If that sounds highbrow and pretentious, it's not. The neat trick of Tristram Shandy is that the whole thing comes off as a lark.
  28. Urgent and stunning movie.
  29. The story of Donald Crowhurst is not one of remarkable courage or remarkable endurance. But it is remarkable.
  30. On a deeper level, the Dardennes' film offers a portrait of a fragile yet determined woman set on making a home for herself in the world, even as that world unravels before her eyes.

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