Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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  • TV
For 3,286 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 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,286 movie reviews
  1. It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
  2. A terrific mystery, equal parts haunting love story and nimble thriller.
  3. Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
  4. Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
  5. The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
  6. 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.
  7. Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
  8. 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.
  9. Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
  10. 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.
  11. Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
  12. The results are exhilarating, thrilling, and extend the wingspan.
  13. Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth.
  14. It's one of the great have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too performances of the year.
  15. It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Has the arc of a Shakespearean tragedy, and all the essential components therein: loyalty and betrayal, conspiracy and delusion, self-destruction.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. So disturbing, on so many levels.
  26. Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives.
  27. Unlike "Caché" and "Code: Unknown," where Haneke's investigations into societal and spiritual despair resonated with poetic force, The White Ribbon doesn't resonate at all.
  28. Exhilarating, alternately funny and horrific film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Touching the Void is, indeed, about living, but not the exhilarating kind. It's about survival -- raw, real, by force of will.

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