Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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  • TV
For 3,339 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 The Battle of Algiers (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3,339 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. A syrupy and extraordinarily ridiculous adaptation.
  3. 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.
  4. With a clamorous soundtrack and a whirl of elaborate chases and busily choreographed fight scenes, this is Sherlock Holmes with Attention Deficit Disorder.
  5. It is diverting but insubstantial.
  6. A mildly scary, totally meaningless excursion into the realms of psychological horror and alien-abduction conspiracies.
  7. Alas, the conceit of a double-dating Grandson and Gramps does not produce a great many laughs in this cringeworthy film.
  8. The film veers between cutting parody and cliche, threatening to become interesting at any moment, but never quite doing so.
  9. 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.
  10. All in all, a resonant theme, poorly played.
  11. Visually immersive but emotionally uninvolving.
  12. 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.
  13. 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."
  14. The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
  15. 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.
  16. Ultimately, 44 Inch Chest has very little on its mind.
  17. For this dynamic to work, the actors need to be of complementary temperament and equal power. This is not the case.
  18. The film has two curious subplots and supporting performances that feel tacked on rather than organically part of it.
  19. 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Wait till the DVD release.
  20. Brosnan, who finds the truth in his character, is quite affecting. And Mulligan, gamely defining a surprisingly undefined young woman, is like a sunbeam piercing the gloom.
  21. An overobvious and underwhelming satire about American consumerism run amok.
  22. The script is boilerplate, the wit pretty much witless.
  23. Cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.
  24. How bad is Prince of Persia? Whether or not director Mike Newell is to blame, the action sequences lack verve and scope.
  25. Feels like the cinematic equivalent of the BP disaster in the gulf: It's a big-screen oil spill, a needless gushing of macho bluster and wild set pieces, and a waste of millions and millions of dollars.
  26. Kilcher is lovely. But sadly, Ka'iulani is a perfunctory biopic of the sort one might encounter on television during Women's History Month.
  27. Tonally, the film from director Anurag Basu has more personalities than Sybil. Basu strictly observes the B-movie convention of giving the audience an embrace, explosion, or chase sequence at regular intervals. If you don't like the genre, wait three minutes.
  28. The film drifts along on a stream of humiliation jokes - physical, emotional, sexual, hairpiece-ial.
  29. As doggy movies go, this one gets two paws out of four.

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