Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,362 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 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,362 movie reviews
  1. So disturbing, on so many levels.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Jonathan Demme's superb rule-bending, heartrending and family-mending drama - ends with a wedding, it resists conventions as brazenly as does the bride's sister.
  6. An exquisite exploration into the realms of seduction, obsession, deception and disillusionment.
  7. This is the kind of unusual but involving picture that's ripe for a Hollywood remake - but while you're waiting for the Sandra Bullock-Ethan Hawke edition (it's a good post-movie game: coming up with your own casting ideas), Read My Lips is well worth checking out.
  8. Terrific filmmaking, but it's hard to leave Moodysson's picture without feeling much of anything except hopelessness. Utterly.
  9. Shakespearean but overlong, The Dark Knight is two hours of heady, involving action that devolves into a mind-numbing 32-minute epilogue.
  10. There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
  11. A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
  12. Macdonald's film brilliantly telescopes the '70s, an era when every physical action had its equal and opposite political reaction.
  13. Throw bouquets at Marshall, who instead of dissecting it to death, neatly resurrects the Hollywood musical.
  14. Silva expertly maintains the tension, asking the audience to interpret Raquel's bizarro behavior. His diagnosis is a pleasant surprise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This time around, Julien Temple gets it right.
  15. The violence here is never in the service of spectacle, always of the story.
  16. Although rough, it's a gem.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  17. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Remarkable documentary.
  18. Cronenberg's movie is eerily compelling and darkly humorous. And chilling - to the bone.
  19. It's a lush, lovely dreamscape of a movie, steeped in familiar vernacular (film noir), yet capable of shooting off in totally unfamiliar, surreal directions.
  20. Funnier than his criticism of egos on the rampage is Guest's rare talent for double-edged satire that tweaks one convention by means of another.
  21. A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
  22. Like its heroine, the film's glib - and sometimes sidesplittingly funny - patter at first diverts viewers from its poignant insights. Happily, as Juno grows in experience and maturity, so does the film.
  23. Wadjda is a movie about freedom - and nothing represents freedom with the metaphoric simplicity and symmetry of a bicycle.
  24. Although The Secret in Their Eyes has neither the power, the artistry, nor the electric energy of its fellow Oscar nominee, France's "A Prophet," the Argentine film nonetheless engages with style, suspense, and seriousness of intent. Criminal intent and otherwise.
  25. There's a loose, vérité vibe here, and times when both Williams and Gosling root down deep to deliver something resonant and true. But this modern-day kitchen sink drama is ultimately too painful, too labored, to care much about at all.
  26. An intimate epic of infinite grace.
  27. Gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created.

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