Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,928 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Secret World of Arrietty
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
3928 movie reviews
  1. Duplex's tenant-from-hell scenario is as predictable as it is tedious -- a tinny, unsatisfying throwaway farce.
  2. The film quickly turns unintentionally, and unrelentingly, awkward.
  3. The "Golden Girls" with gats.
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  4. It doesn't help any that Wahlberg, looking perpetually dumbstruck, is among the clunkiest line-readers working in movies today.
  5. Anyone with a sizable role in Dodgeball gets mired in the script's dissipated tone. Two of the climactic jokes involve "Happy Days" references. How tenuous is that?
  6. Like moussed hair and inverted-pyramid shoulder pads, this sloppy, sloppy slapstick is an artifact from the 1980s.
  7. There isn't an original frame or line of dialogue in Rage. It's strictly paint by numbers. Or in this case, plasma.
  8. Ice Cube possesses real screen presence, and it's a shame to see him squander his talents here. He and Epps made me laugh in "Next Friday." They made me squirm here.
  9. The execution is so dumbed-down, so dumbfounding, that sophisticated moviegoers might confuse it for outtakes from "Spy Kids 2" and "XXX."
  10. The film would be a moth-eaten mess without the wisecracking animals. Not that it's funny with them.
  11. Trapped between edgy art flick and exploitation psychothriller, The Quiet manages to be neither, and manages to be pretty awful in the bargain.
  12. An abhorrent cyberthriller starring a compelling Diane Lane.
  13. A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
  14. Maybe Waters set out to prove Karl Marx's observation that all great events happen twice, first as tragedy and the second time as farce.
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  15. Just call this movie "The Hangover: AARP Strikes Back."
  16. The kind of glossy, Hollywood-forged waste of time that would depress even the most happily lackadaisical retiree.
  17. An embarassingly unfunny, stumblebum adaptation of Toby Young's memoir.
  18. A flat-out cynical attempt to launch a new Lethal Weapon-like franchise.
  19. Another tale of Tinseltown drugs, sex and excess - has transferred itself to the screen with mind-boggling, laugh-inciting horribleness.
  20. The violence is plenty, and pointless.
  21. There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie.
  22. As artistic achievements go, Mona Lisa Smile is strictly a paint-by-numbers affair. No shading. Little in the way of perspective. To call it one-dimensional would be an act of charity.
  23. A pointless modern morality play set in various sleazy locales that offer sex, drugs, assorted perversions, bare-knuckle fights, and even Russian roulette where lives are wagered for money.
  24. Awesomely ridiculous thriller.
  25. Really lost in space.
  26. Completely unappealing people.
  27. What Never Die Alone is is a hackneyed tale of vengeance set in the 'hood, teeming with stock characters, slo-mo gunplay, and rampant misogyny.
  28. Overall, the effect is closer to a Monty Python skit or a Village People music vid than a serious film about civil rights.
  29. Identity theft and credit-card fraud never looked as exciting or sexy as in Plastic, a frothy little heist movie from Britain that starts off with great promise, only to devolve midway into an empty derivative shell of a film.
  30. Michael Lembeck directs with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, pounding every joke and cliche until they are flat, flat, flat.

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