Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,581 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,581 movie reviews
  1. The Proposition, a beautiful, bloody meditation on justice, family, and the trap of retribution, is in every respect an artful addition to the canon of six-shooter morality tales.
  2. If you enjoy visuals with substance as well as flash, look no further than this exuberant movie.
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  3. In the end, what the movie is about: time and life, and what we do with them, and what we regret that we didn't do.
  4. It is not to everyone's taste. But if you like the lush film operas of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk, or Luchino Visconti, this one's for you.
  5. The script by Andrea Berloff is stunning in its simplicity and aching details.
  6. This is magnificent filmmaking, and a magnificent film.
  7. Cholodenko takes us inside a bohemian hive where everyone buzzes around the Queen Bee. McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola.
  8. The less said about the twists and turns The Illusionist takes, the better. Suffice to say, Eisenheim's masterful deceptions do not stop when he exits the stage.
  9. It is the more satisfying of the two installments - less over-the-top, arterial-gushing violence and more investigation into character, motives, back-story.
  10. An extraordinarily perfect little film: A bittersweet drama that explores sexuality and love, and their reverberations across the landscape of human emotions.
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  11. How I Live Now takes some frightening, gruesome turns. In tone and terror, it comes close to matching the jumpy dread of Danny Boyle's British Isles virus thriller "28 Days Later."
  12. Impossibly charming and impossibly French.
  13. While The Forgiveness of Blood lacks the narrative momentum of director Joshua Marston's previous film, "Maria Full of Grace" - it is nonetheless fascinating.
  14. A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
  15. A movie of absurdist humor, brutal realism and dementia.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Moodysson has an uncanny eye and ear for teen speech and attitude, and is able to capture it without the usual condescension and exploitation.
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  16. This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
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  17. A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff.
  18. A gut-punch of a drama.
  19. A spectacularly satisfying reworking of the legend of Kal-El.
  20. Pure, undiluted joy.
  21. A slow-burning, character-rich study in desperation, grief, vengeance, loyalty, and love. It's the sort of arthouse entry - in German, mostly - that gets you thinking about an English-language remake.
  22. Beautifully shot, in long, fluid takes, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is that rare thing: a remake that improves on its source.
  23. A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller.
  24. Odd, and awkward in places, but its lyricism and power stay with you.
  25. Urgent and stunning movie.
  26. Jolting, suspenseful, full of twisted sympathy for its goons' row of characters, and wickedly amusing to boot, Killing Them Softly summons up the ghosts of "Goodfellas" and a whole nasty tradition of crime pics. And then it lets its ghosts go, whacking and thwacking away.
  27. It's a charmer.
  28. 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.
  29. This is Highsmith, and so things do not go as planned for her protagonists. The Two Faces of January - drop-dead gorgeous to behold - is not a merry tale, but a murderous one. Murderously good.

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