Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,357 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 The Bourne Ultimatum
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,357 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A tepid PG-13 iteration of the already lame 1979 genre classic "The Amityville Horror."
  1. Though there are chases galore and stampeding dinos aplenty, Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a nicely rendered travelogue without storytelling. There is little to bring an audience along for the ride.
  2. The problem with NATM:BOTS is that Stiller, Adams, and company seem to be pretending that they're having fun, too.
  3. Just about the only folks likely to find this humdrum hybrid of "Mission: Impossible" and "The Wind in the Willows" worthy for consideration are non-discriminating pip-squeaks.
  4. So little time is devoted to developing characters that it's hard to share their hopes and fears.
  5. Not exactly a hundred million dollars' worth of classic comedy.
  6. Roughly an hour in, Transformers 2 morphs from teen adventure into lumbering war movie. Bay and his screenwriters squander their human capital in order to show us scenes of 20-ton toys crushing 10-ton toys.
  7. Full of forced jocularity and drawing-room hissy fits, with its cast parading around in vintage threads and antique cars, Easy Virtue is a close-to-insufferable souffle based on the 1925 Noel Coward play.
  8. A crude, cringe-worthy, and intermittently funny affair that triggers the gag reflex. I sincerely can't tell you whether I was choking with laughter or keeping from choking.
  9. The story and the humor get progressively skimpier than an Ipanema bikini.
  10. Less a Holocaust retribution fantasy than a messy homage to war movies, and to movies, period.
  11. Love Happens announces itself as a romantic comedy but doesn't speak the language of love. Instead, it trades in the slogans of self-help procedural.
  12. A syrupy and extraordinarily ridiculous adaptation.
  13. Although Will Ferrell materializes for a goofball cameo, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard lacks a key element that his "Talladega Nights" and "Anchor Man" both had - that is, somebody to like.
  14. With a clamorous soundtrack and a whirl of elaborate chases and busily choreographed fight scenes, this is Sherlock Holmes with Attention Deficit Disorder.
  15. It is diverting but insubstantial.
  16. A mildly scary, totally meaningless excursion into the realms of psychological horror and alien-abduction conspiracies.
  17. Alas, the conceit of a double-dating Grandson and Gramps does not produce a great many laughs in this cringeworthy film.
  18. The film veers between cutting parody and cliche, threatening to become interesting at any moment, but never quite doing so.
  19. What this arid and arty exercise offers is the opportunity for a bunch of actors, many of them tethered to TV series, to deliver theatrical monologues pulsing with misogyny and narcissism. It's like second-rate Neil Labute.
  20. All in all, a resonant theme, poorly played.
  21. Visually immersive but emotionally uninvolving.
  22. Awash in nostalgia and amped-up male camaraderie, Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio takes a great story - the hugely popular offshore radio stations that illegally broadcast pop and rock in 1960s Britain - and turns it into an aggressively irritating floating frat-party romp.
  23. More strident than funny, the film illustrates that old French proverb, "Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out."
  24. The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
  25. Usually Amy Adams can work all kinds of magic with her wide-eyed gaze and wistful smile. But these attributes aren't assets here, they are distancing devices.
  26. Ultimately, 44 Inch Chest has very little on its mind.
  27. For this dynamic to work, the actors need to be of complementary temperament and equal power. This is not the case.
  28. The film has two curious subplots and supporting performances that feel tacked on rather than organically part of it.
  29. You want to cut Cop Out some slack because it's just so darn eager to please. So let's grant that it will make a reliably fun companion when it's on cable 10 times a week.

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