Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,357 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 Chop Shop
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,357 movie reviews
  1. Like Hitchcock, only creepier, Haneke slowly cranks up the suspense.
  2. A film of haunting eloquence and justifiable fury.
  3. With Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tim Burton gives new meaning to the term "director's cut."
  4. The great thing about Venus - apart from its sharp eye for the daily routines and drab details of senior citizenry in a buzzing metropolis - is that it isn't soppy, or sentimental.
  5. Ajami brings its audience into a world where the cultural conflict is fierce, emotions run high, yet the hopeful vision of peaceful coexistence shines through the cracks.
  6. It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
  7. A terrific mystery, equal parts haunting love story and nimble thriller.
  8. Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
  9. Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
  10. The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
  11. With no-nonsense narration by Peter Coyote and a soundtrack that's at once apt, ironic and really, really good, The Smartest Guys in the Room is anything but a dry dissection of a major Wall Street debacle.
  12. Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
  13. A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
  14. Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
  15. Whatever number it is chronologically on the P&P parade, Wright's film ranks first in verve. Quite simply, it is the essential P&P.
  16. Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
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  17. The results are exhilarating, thrilling, and extend the wingspan.
  18. Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth.
  19. It's one of the great have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too performances of the year.
  20. It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.
  21. Hunger is daunting and powerful work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For Kudlow, for whom "music lives forever" - it's never over. And the opportunity to seize the day continues to present itself in this deeply human documentary.
  22. It's a relentless and relentlessly funny game of one-upmanship as the two men, playing somewhat exaggerated versions of themselves, roam the hills and dales, posh inns and poetic ruins of England's Lake District.
  23. In the end, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban offers what neither of its predecessors, for all their wand-waving and witch-brooms, had: real magic.
  24. La Promesse is a compelling look at issues that - in a world where ethnic frictions grow more tense, even as national boundaries disappear - really are universal.
  25. After Clooney, who gives a sterling performance as a tarnished figure, the standout performance belongs to Wilkinson, a geyser of manic eloquence. Also quite fine are Swinton and Sydney Pollack.
  26. Has the arc of a Shakespearean tragedy, and all the essential components therein: loyalty and betrayal, conspiracy and delusion, self-destruction.
  27. The Spectacular Now feels genuine in almost every respect, from the unflashy cinematography and the sparingly deployed music cues to the natural, unhurried performances of its two stars. They will get to you, truly.
  28. Funny, fear-inducing, with periods of voyeuristic gore and an undercurrent of anxiety and dread, Let the Right One In is up there with the bloodsucking classics.
  29. That this purposefully twisting exercise takes place amid the sun-burnished cypresses and towns of Tuscany - where ancient statuary is as commonplace as pasta and wine - only makes this playfully enigmatic meditation the more pleasing.

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