Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,335 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,335 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex.
  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's the stuff of soap opera, infused with a nonchalant, David Lynch-like surrealism and a nutball Canadian humor. Beer - because of the baroness, and because this is Canada - flows freely.
  4. A movie every American should see, although parts of it are close to unwatchable - notably an operating room sequence in which a pair of surgeons performs a gastric bypass, or "obesity surgery," as they like to call it, on a dangerously overweight patient.
  5. Shrek 2 is a dream, a sequel as exhilarating and riotously funny as 2001's top-grossing original.
  6. While it's too slight a movie for overpraise, there are such a serenity of vision and clarity of purpose to these characters that we easily are caught up in the boys' struggle to reunite mother and child.
  7. A boisterous and improbably entertaining action comedy.
  8. For those dazed and dazzled by surf anarchists Noll and Clark, Hamilton comes off as the sport's technocrat, but he boldly goes where no surfer has gone before.
  9. A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute.
  10. Its stars - especially the photogenic Leung and Cheung, fresh from Wong Kar Wai's jazzy romance In the Mood for Love - are wonderfully charismatic. And wonderfully athletic.
  11. A triumph for its director and its star.
  12. The film's save-the-world scenario may be the stuff of crusty cliff-hangers, its imagery may be borrowed, and its jaunty dialogue anything but deep, but there's something exhilarating going on here. It's darn sublime.
  13. The imagery is uniquely that of Oshii, who deserves a place in the pantheon of visual artists.
  14. A steady, soulful film experience. It's got poetry to it - the poetry of humanity.
  15. A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller.
  16. An ingenious blend of sci-fi and mystery.
  17. It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is.
  18. A masterful epic charting love's labyrinths.
  19. Amelie is utterly charming. And so, too, is the film.
  20. Like the old and creaky Belafonte, the film itself seems forever on the brink of drifting away. But it's the kind of drifting that's nothing but enjoyable. In fact, it's beyond enjoyable - heading into waters full of whimsy, mystery and odd, psychedelic fish.
  21. A pepperpot bubbling with pungent insights and sharp wit, Spanglish is about how people, like cultures, are more alike than not.
  22. It shows how the energy, and innocence, of children can be found - and fostered - in even the bleakest spots on earth.
  23. A gut-punch of a drama.
  24. Collins and Pacino plumb the depths of acting, of Shakespeare, of the difference between law and justice.
  25. A spirited, smart-alecky look at the ongoing conflict between a government that wants to eliminate pot and a public that wants to smoke it.
  26. Almereyda's smart, streamlined adaptation is full of such neat little ironies.
  27. While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.
  28. A romantic comedy for anyone in love with the movies, and anyone, for that matter, who's in love.
  29. Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.

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