Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,660 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Butterfly Tongues
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,660 movie reviews
  1. So jaw-droppingly out there, so bracingly bizarre, and, much of the time, so fall-over-funny that even its flaws don't matter. Easily the oddest movie of the year, it is also one of the best.
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  2. It's great to see an American filmmaker - and a successful one at that - willing to simply train his cameras on the actors and let them, and their characters, come to life.
  3. A movie with the sweet soul of "Toy Story" and the boisterous spirit of "Spy Kids."
  4. Crowe is so good on mood and milieu that when Elton John's bubblegum ballad "Tiny Dancer" swells on the soundtrack, in this context it sounds like a hymn.
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  5. The film has the dog-eared look of a homemade valentine and the improvised sound of '60s jazz, courtesy of a score by Mark Suozzo and a spirited soundtrack including Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar," which might be the film's anthem.
  6. At its best it is one of the most dynamic movies from a most dynamic filmmaker, now 76.
  7. It's Greengrass' way of asking a question that looms large in these post-9/11 days: Are we all praying to the same God, or is one man's God better than another, and one man's God vastly more terrifying?
  8. Isn't like the classic Japanese drama "Rashomon," which suggested that one person's perspective of an event gave him a different truth from the person standing elsewhere.
  9. Big hair. Big mouths. Big scams. Everything about American Hustle, David O. Russell's wild and woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation code-named Abscam, is big. And the biggest thing of all is the love story that beats at the heart of this rollicking disco-era ensemble piece.
  10. A visually dazzling mood piece.
  11. Persepolis, the superb film based on Satrapi's graphic memoirs of the same name, is a riveting odyssey in pictures and words. It's unlike any journal you've read or any animated movie you've seen.
  12. This year's must-see film.
  13. Lives is a best-foreign-film nominee competing in a year that at least three movies in this category are stronger than Oscar's best-picture contenders.
  14. It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing.
  15. He had the fearlessness of a 104-story man and something more than a daredevil's brass.
  16. Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
  17. Baron Cohen brings scary conviction to the performance.
  18. The Dardennes are aces at these small-scale human dramas, and Two Days, One Night is almost without flaw.
  19. Lucid, concise and devastating account of what went wrong in Iraq, patiently counts those 500 ways.
  20. A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
  21. Selma may be flawed, even spurious at points. But in its larger portrait of a man of dignity, purpose, and courage, and in Oyelowo's performance as that man, the film rings true.
  22. Yun's performance is remarkable. The journey Mija takes is painful and hard and - for us, watching - sublime.
  23. Strangely, wonderfully, The Artist feels as bold and innovative a moviegoing experience as James Cameron's bells-and-whistles Avatar did a couple of years ago. Retro becomes nuevo. Quaint becomes cool.
  24. It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
  25. George Miller's Fury Road is a hundred things at once: a biker movie, a spaghetti western, a post-apocalyptic dystopian action pic, a tale of female empowerment (The Vagina Monologues' Eve Ensler was a consultant on set), a Bosch painting made scary 3D real, a Keystone Kops screwball romp, and an auto show from hell.
  26. One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
  27. This simple story of a Guy and a Girl and their music is very appealing.
  28. One of the rare rock films that produces the effect of a live concert: After each number, the audience erupts into applause.
  29. There's a loneliness at the heart of this world, and Ghost World, that's really touching -- and a bit scary, too.
  30. That rare thing, a Hollywood teen flick transfigured into something like pubescent scripture: In the beginning, there was lust; in the end, there is knowledge.

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