Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,289 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Deliver Us from Evil
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3,289 movie reviews
  1. Beastly offers a thoroughly dopey reread of the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale.
  2. A case of when bad scripts happen to good actors. Given its similarities to a bygone sitcom, one might call it "Friends" without benefits.
  3. Hands-down the most nightmarishly awful film of the year.
  4. The aquatic and surf scenes are spectacular. The story, a clichéed climb to inspiration. Soul Surfer is more parable than plot.
  5. Here is a movie with everything going for it and nothing working.
  6. What has Campbell wrought? An intermittently amusing, interminable affair that for sheer ugliness and a scenery-chewing performance by Peter Sarsgaard has a certain Camp appeal.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The overwhelming sci-fi action spectacle is a merciless sensorial assault that leaves you with something akin to post-traumatic stress disorder.
  7. The film would be a moth-eaten mess without the wisecracking animals. Not that it's funny with them.
  8. Completely unappealing people.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Viewers get very little about Madoff himself. While the film is primarily about Markopolos, it makes little sense without much insight into his nemesis.
  9. It fails as a gripping home-invasion thriller.
  10. This heavy-handed muddle of a cop thriller is just impossibly bad.
  11. The greatest lacrosse movie of the 21st century - and, unless I'm mistaken, the only lacrosse movie of the 21st century.
  12. The problem is that these stoic warriors infect Act of Valor with more wooden acting than you'd see at a ventriloquism school.
  13. Rarely has a film so equally balanced macho and nacho, but Wrath does leave us with a few valuable lessons: a.) fratricide is a nasty business, best left to the Greeks and b) fighting fire with fire may sound good, but it turns out to be a really stupid idea.
  14. Laughably bad adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant novel.
  15. Hit & Run is a pleasant enough diversion - but more of the PPV persuasion.
  16. Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.
  17. This saga of a former soccer star coaching his son's team in order to worm his way back into the heart of his ex-wife aims to be warm and funny. Alas, it is mechanical and exhausting, like a windup toy of a monkey crashing together cymbals for 106 minutes while incrementally winding down.
  18. The violence is plenty, and pointless.
  19. The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Robert Altman's Kansas City is a hollow period piece, a costume melodrama that's all jazzed up without a story to tell. [16 Aug 1996, p.4]
  20. In the annals of sequeldom, Kick-Ass 2 has to be one of the lamest follow-ups ever.
  21. The sort of generic crime thriller - stick-figure characters, pointless muddle of plot, people entering and exiting SUVs and Lear jets with a sense of urgency - that feels like it could drag on forever, and drag us down into a purgatory of stupefaction with it.
  22. This Romeo and Juliet is hard to take seriously - and simply hard to take.
  23. Just call this movie "The Hangover: AARP Strikes Back."
  24. The sheer brutality of Oldboy is stunning, especially a deeply disturbing scene in which Brolin tortures Samuel L. Jackson. But this is an unrelievedly grim and hermetic experience throughout, the cinematic equivalent of blunt trauma.
  25. Slapdash, with dialogue and plot points that were cliches in Dickens' era, the pic sends up, then reaffirms, all the values the media sell us each holiday: compassion, forgiveness, tolerance.
  26. It's highly doubtful that you'll grasp even a little of The Truth About Emanuel after seeing this film. It's not so much a thriller as it is a ride on a runaway crazy train.
  27. Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.

Top Trailers