Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,366 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: 67
Highest review score: 100 La Vie en Rose
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,366 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. This year's must-see film.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. He had the fearlessness of a 104-story man and something more than a daredevil's brass.
  6. Ida
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
  7. Pitch-perfect and profoundly moving.
  8. Baron Cohen brings scary conviction to the performance.
  9. Lucid, concise and devastating account of what went wrong in Iraq, patiently counts those 500 ways.
  10. A quietly soulful study of two very different men.
  11. Yun's performance is remarkable. The journey Mija takes is painful and hard and - for us, watching - sublime.
  12. 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.
  13. It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
  14. One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
  15. This simple story of a Guy and a Girl and their music is very appealing.
  16. One of the rare rock films that produces the effect of a live concert: After each number, the audience erupts into applause.
  17. There's a loneliness at the heart of this world, and Ghost World, that's really touching -- and a bit scary, too.
  18. 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.
  19. Miller and Futterman tell their story with plain, uninflected film language, permitting the ambiguities to surface. Theirs is not the anti-capital-punishment tract of Richard Brooks' excellent 1967 film "In Cold Blood." It is a story about an accomplice to crime who lived to tell the story.
  20. A profoundly unnerving historical document.
  21. Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
  22. This is a documentarylike film about a man who creates a castle in the air and then moves right in, the "Harold and the Purple Crayon" of the workplace.
  23. A heartbreaking elegy to mature love that honors the lovers and the long, neurodegenerative tango that is their last.
  24. The matchless Alberto Sordi - a contemporary of Peters Sellers and a progenitor of Steve Martin - stars as the buffoon Everyman, Antonio Badalamenti, a perfectly poised figure destined for the pratfall.
  25. It is a damning indictment of the individuals and institutions who made money while customers lost their shirts.
  26. Jackson's superior sequel to last year's first installment in his Rings cycle - resurrects the beloved Gandalf (majestic Ian McKellen) and rejuvenates the audience, too.
  27. It's aimed at adults as much as children, with jokes that work on multiple levels, and contraptions.
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  28. Under Hooper's deft direction, it packs the suspense of a thriller.
  29. Up
    The exhilarating film pays tribute to Buster Keaton's "The Balloonatic" by way of its slapstick, and to Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" by way of its watercolor palette and traveling domicile.
  30. Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.

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