Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,377 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 Everlasting Moments
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,377 movie reviews
  1. A romantic comedy for anyone in love with the movies, and anyone, for that matter, who's in love.
  2. Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
  3. A bruising, dark comedy.
  4. Leaves you feeling rich - and richly satisfied.
  5. Brothers is about how people change, how they can rise to an occasion, or sink to one. It's a tale of love and allegiance, of truth and the cruelties that men can bring to bear on one another.
  6. Things get a little tricky by the end, but it's the sort of trickery that's immensely satisfying.
  7. Thoroughly engaging.
  8. Paolo Virzi's film looks at school as the microcosm of society and at fathers too self-absorbed to be there for their daughters. He combines the themes played in "Mean Girls" and "Look at Me" and makes them vibrant.
  9. Although Me and You and Everyone We Know requires patience on the part of the viewer - to get past the faux naivete of its grown-up characters, to get past its deadpan arty tone - Miranda July's feature debut is worth the time.
  10. An exquisite exploration into the realms of seduction, obsession, deception and disillusionment.
  11. Beautifully shot, in long, fluid takes, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is that rare thing: a remake that improves on its source.
  12. A taut, tricky thriller.
  13. What begins as Lafcadia's journey into the heart of darkness ends as his pilgrimage into the light. Stunning.
  14. A funny, sad and absolutely lovely film.
  15. Brilliantly detailed, richly painted portrait.
  16. Clean, director Olivier Assayas' spellbinding study of a junkie trying to get her life in order so she can reclaim custody of her child, avoids the pitfalls, brilliantly.
  17. A cracking police procedural from Belgian director Erik van Looy, has a jaw-dropping premise so smartly executed that if this movie weren't in Flemish I'd swear that Michael Mann had directed it.
  18. Easily the best stop-motion animated necrophiliac musical romantic comedy of all time. It is also just simply, wonderful: a morbid, merry tale of true love that dazzles the eyes and delights the soul.
  19. Quiet, quirky gem.
  20. Cronenberg's movie is eerily compelling and darkly humorous. And chilling - to the bone.
  21. Miller and Futterman tell their story with plain, uninflected film language, permitting the ambiguities to surface. Theirs is not the anti-capital-punishment tract of Richard Brooks' excellent 1967 film "In Cold Blood." It is a story about an accomplice to crime who lived to tell the story.
  22. Insightful, funny-sad memoir of divorce, intellectual style and emotional rebirth.
  23. Urgent and stunning movie.
  24. What gives North Country urgency is that it's about how a man comes to understand that it's bad for him and for his community to deny his daughter privileges and prerogatives he'd grant his son.
  25. In refusing to pigeonhole its characters, Nine Lives is less like those L.A. road-rage melodramas "Short Cuts" and "Crash" than those all-of-us-are-interconnected dramas "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams."
  26. A quiet, glistening love story - or not-quite-love story - adapted from Martin's novella of the same name, Shopgirl is such an atypical Hollywood affair that it's almost startling.
  27. Does what the best movies can do: take viewers to what might be unfamiliar places, into a culture with unique customs and traditions, and show, through drama and comedy, how the fundamental truths of the human experience need no translation.
  28. In the end, this earnest, inquisitive film leaves the viewer longing for some sanity, and some hope, in a world that appears to be seriously lacking in both.
  29. 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.
  30. It's a celebration of the good times and bad times shared by a man and woman who found each other in the middle of some historic craziness, and it rocks.

Top Trailers