Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,904 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Nobody Knows
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3904 movie reviews
  1. Far too good to be watched in one sitting.
  2. So incrementally does Eastwood's film build toward what seems like an inevitable resolution that when it concludes, you're sucker-punched. You haven't been watching a police procedural, but a Greek tragedy. You haven't been watching a drama about the catharsis of vigilantism, but sitting vigil for a community diminished, and permanently damaged, by violence.
  3. Quietly and keenly observed, Summer Hours nods to Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" (a country estate, a family reunion, an impending sale). Assayas displays a lucid sense of how personal history and family identity are inextricably linked to a physical place - here, to a house that is still busy accumulating its memories.
  4. Late in Looper, when a highly telekinetic kid starts levitating things, it really does look like Christopher Nolan had wandered onto the set and taken over.
  5. By recording this all too commonplace and dehumanizing process, Puiu's film shows the sick old man and the strangers who deal with him to be all too human - extraordinarily so.
  6. If you want to expose your children to a work of art with real soul, you could do a lot worse than Kubo and the Two Strings.
  7. The humor of the script constantly confounds expectations, and yet Shrek still manages to say all the right things to children.
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  8. Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece. It's like life: messy, impossible, elating, unavoidable.
  9. Insightful and involving.
  10. What this unclassifiable story may lack in decibels, it has in emotional depth. At once a mystery, a family drama, a snapshot of children at risk, Ballast is an unusually perceptive character study more eloquent in action than in dialogue.
  11. Funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.
  12. Few American directors drive this wedge between mind and gut as masterfully as Michael Mann.
  13. Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too.
  14. A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an unfaithful wife; a history of deceit. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds.
  15. Swinton is delightful in a twisted turn as Wilford's enforcer, a Margaret Thatcherian dragon lady who adores watching her men torture miscreants who have defied the train's No. 1 rule: Know your place.
  16. Stays with you like great movies tend to do. It asks you to examine the inner mechanisms of human beings, cheerful and miserable alike. It's not about looking at a glass half empty or a glass half full. It's about drinking down what's in that glass and letting it fill your soul.
  17. Ain't nothin' but a party, y'all.
  18. Underlines the nightmare of entrapment so vividly captured in The Day I Became a Woman.
  19. A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff.
  20. McConaughey's performance isn't just about the weight loss. It's about gaining compassion, even wisdom, and it's awesome.
  21. An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
  22. A mordantly funny, clear-eyed view of an extended family's mounting dysfunction in a changing society.
  23. 13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.
  24. Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
  25. Linklater, drawing from his own experiences as a baseball player at Sam Houston State University, looks back with affection, a knowing wink, and maybe the beginnings of an apologetic shrug at the jerk behavior, the locker-room pranks. These guys smell freedom in the air - and maybe some pot smoke, too.
  26. It's great to hear a director talking candidly about the actors he's worked with, dishing out good, juicy stuff.
  27. The film speaks to fundamental issues of history, truth, and the philosophical conflicts of humankind.
  28. It's a testament to Cage's canny performance and Jonze's seamless use of special effects that you believe Charlie and Donald are two entirely different people.
  29. Avatar delivers. Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility - not to mention a love angle, an otherworldly bestiary, and an arsenal of 22d-century weaponry - the movie quite simply rocks.
  30. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.

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