Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,499 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 The Imposter
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,499 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. A heartbreaking elegy to mature love that honors the lovers and the long, neurodegenerative tango that is their last.
  3. 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.
  4. It is a damning indictment of the individuals and institutions who made money while customers lost their shirts.
  5. 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.
  6. It's aimed at adults as much as children, with jokes that work on multiple levels, and contraptions.
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  7. Under Hooper's deft direction, it packs the suspense of a thriller.
  8. 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.
  9. Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
  10. Toy Story 2, like its forebear, will stand the test of time.
  11. With its improvisatory score (drummer Antonio Sanchez provides a hustling backbeat throughout), its seamless shots, its leaps into the surreal, and then back again into the excruciating, embarrassing real, Birdman ascends to the greatest of heights.
  12. It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
  13. L'Enfant begins with the birth of a child, but its real concern is the moral rebirth of a man.
  14. In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
  15. A frightening portrait of corruption, cynicism, intimidation, greed and violence, Gomorrah is tough stuff.
  16. Funny, passionate, full of compassion for its just-pubescent protagonists, We Are the Best! is a total charmer.
  17. The delightful G-rated film has a story line simple enough for pre-schoolers to follow and comic sensibility complex enough for adults to savor, with an emphasis on howlingly bad (by which I mean good) puns.
  18. There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
  19. Moreno, with her wide, watchful eyes, owns the camera - and the film. Her performance is perfectly natural and profoundly moving. Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable picture, full of suspense and discovery.
  20. McNamara, a robust conversationalist, is so lively that he bursts out of what is essentially a talking-head documentary.
  21. While Gyllenhaal has playful puppy eyes and energy, his performance as Jack is a blur of mustaches, sideburns and spurs that never achieves the weight of Ledger's.
  22. It's the powerful emotional punch their films deliver - and this one is no exception - that elevate the game, that make them so satisfying, so worthwhile. The Kid With a Bike grabs at the heart.
  23. Although not blessed with a cinematic eye, Yates, a sensitive director of actors, structures his movie like the final movement of a symphony. He reprises themes and characters from the previous films that swell in the epochal siege of Hogwarts and ends his films with an almost wordless coda that will wring tears even from Harry haters.
  24. Caouette's fractured history is imbued with heart-crushing sincerity.
  25. What's up in The Duke of Burgundy is a straight-faced homage to 1970s European erotica, full of soft-focus nudity and soft-core kink.
  26. Werner Herzog's magnificent tragedy, Grizzly Man, a Shakespearean character study that packs the sheer terror of "The Blair Witch Project."
  27. This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
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  28. Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
  29. 13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
  30. It's a cinematic feat, an art lover's dream, but as a moviegoing experience, Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark is something of a letdown.

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