Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,421 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,421 movie reviews
  1. Ryan may not be admirable, but Clooney makes him relatable. It's his deepest and nakedest performance.
  2. It is the more satisfying of the two installments - less over-the-top, arterial-gushing violence and more investigation into character, motives, back-story.
  3. It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is.
  4. Like Hitchcock, only creepier, Haneke slowly cranks up the suspense.
  5. A film of haunting eloquence and justifiable fury.
  6. With Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tim Burton gives new meaning to the term "director's cut."
  7. Love Is Strange has a gentleness about it, and an empathy, that inspire.
  8. It's a wondrous mix of the momentous and mundane, the profound and the perverse, with Cave blues-talking his way through the goofy juxtapositions, the darkness, and the light.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
  12. A terrific mystery, equal parts haunting love story and nimble thriller.
  13. Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
  14. Reverberates with the power and passion of Greek tragedy.
  15. The beautiful misery of The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play - is almost too much.
  16. 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.
  17. Simply the best adaptation of any John le Carré thriller to make it to the screen.
  18. 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.
  19. Gripping, powerful, heart-breaking.
  20. 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.
  21. Suffice it to say I prefer the original conclusion, and I think most Exorcist fans will agree
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  22. The results are exhilarating, thrilling, and extend the wingspan.
  23. Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth.
  24. It's one of the great have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too performances of the year.
  25. It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.
  26. Hunger is daunting and powerful work.
  27. Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
    • 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.

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