Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,600 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,600 movie reviews
  1. Baker gets great, sly, unforced performances from his two leads, but it's not all a rollicking good time: There are moments of quietude, inquietude, moments when a sense of wariness and loneliness settles over the women.
  2. It's a beautiful, grim tale.
  3. It's a movie with a pulse. Sometimes, it flies off the chart.
  4. You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip.
  5. A transcendent work from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon studio that's almost wasted on kids.
  6. Mendes nonetheless works this screenplay like a jazz virtuoso plays with a familiar theme such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
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  7. Let the Fire Burn does not glorify MOVE. What it does do is force us to consider why and how this surreal event - a city bombing its own citizens, leaving innocent children dead - occurred. And ask, could something like it ever happen again?
  8. Fan's fly-on-the-wall perspective enables the viewer to empathize with all the players in the family drama, unlikely to have a happy ending.
  9. Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.
  10. A meditation on art, life, loneliness and the links between friends and strangers, the movie has a grace and humor that's wonderfully inviting.
  11. This is a sad, passionate, beautifully wrought story, and Bardem's portrait of Arenas is at once daring and deeply moving.
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  12. Unstoppable fun.
  13. A small but moving film that gets the details right (life in a sleepy burg, sidewalk chats between old high school pals) and gets at the heart of human longing for family, for love.
  14. To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling.
  15. Chuan's unsettlingly beautiful black-and-white, wide-screen account of those nightmare six weeks, re-creates that horror in ways that are at once allusive and lucid, mixing cinematic impressionism with documentary-like detail.
  16. The movie is near-perfect, suspenseful, heart-breaking, profound.
  17. A movie of absurdist humor, brutal realism and dementia.
  18. Offers a view of war that is anything but epic. Instead of sweeping battles and swooping fighter planes, in Lebanon we are brought into the impossibly claustrophobic world of a lone tank crew.
  19. Makes for the most thrilling action movie of the year.
  20. A beguiling and subversively funny entertainment that considers art's worth from many angles, including that of guerrilla painters, gallerists, and seasoned collectors.
  21. A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
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  22. Baker's life, like his music, was as sad as it was beautiful. And Weber's movie - obsessed with Baker's image as much as with his songs - hits all the right notes.
  23. Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
  24. Heigl, a double-dip of praline with caramel, is so beautiful that initially you don't notice her comic chops.
  25. Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
  26. Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex.
  27. Both a concert film and a more intimate thing: a fascinating, fly-on-the-wall (or fly-in-the-dining-car) glimpse of some clearly blotto rock legends talking, singing, hanging out. The fact that a good number of them are now dead makes it doubly memorable.
  28. Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned in school with that learned from life.
  29. Even if you get lost - in the spyspeak, in the codes, in the comings and goings of grim-faced men with satchels full of documents they should not have - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is worth getting lost in.
  30. It's a performance that will make you cringe - with despair, with empathy - as Gosling's Dan takes one self-destructive step after another.

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