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 Shrek
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
3928 movie reviews
  1. Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
  2. Sunnier and sillier than most of Allen's recent work, makes its belly laughs heartwarming. It's a most winning movie about losers.
  3. A knockout...So feverish is Fight Club...that thermometer contact might make mercury shatter.
  4. There is intrigue. There is suspense. Guilt - a man's guilt, a nation's - hangs heavy in the air.
  5. Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
  6. Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.
  7. Her
    Sad, funny, and quietly alarming romance.
  8. An elusive and profoundly moving essay about the stages of amour and of age. Like the best of Godard's movies -- and I haven't been sucked into one since "Passion" (1982) -- it is visually ravishing, penetrating, impenetrable.
  9. A beautiful eyeful of puckish whimsy and dark-humored mystery, Hukkle (it means hiccup in Hungarian) is a little gem in which nature and humankind commingle, where coincidence and causality collide in a chain of odd, even murderous, events.
  10. If Malik doesn't remind you of Al Pacino's Michael Corleone on his journey from innocence to corruption in "The Godfather" saga, well . . . he should. A Prophet is similarly, startlingly momentous.
  11. Lindholm's mastery of film form is matched by his willingness to engage with some of the most intractable moral quandaries that haunt contemporary life.
  12. Funny, furious, and full of front-office drama.
  13. A feel-good movie, in the absolute best sense.
  14. I’m Not Your Negro is an unforgettable work. Baldwin’s words – eloquently spoken by Samuel Jackson – will haunt you.
  15. One of the great war movies - or antiwar movies - of all time.
  16. There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
  17. In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
  18. It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing.
  19. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  20. A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
  21. And Bridges? What's there to say about a man who makes it look so easy, and who - in one breathless, pivotal scene - runs through a range of emotion like a wild pony running across the land. Genius, any way you look at it.
  22. If you want to expose your children to a work of art with real soul, you could do a lot worse than Kubo and the Two Strings.
  23. The Conformist has a decadent visual beauty about it that's breathtaking. But as striking as Bertolucci's classic looks, there's even more powerful stuff in the storytelling.
  24. With its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-filled pop song for the eyes.
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  25. It's strong stuff.
  26. Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd.
  27. This is the breakthrough work of one of world cinema's most visionary artists.
  28. A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - The Double Hour is a topflight Euro thriller right up there with "Tell No One."
  29. It's inspired fun.
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  30. You know how some kids just connect? Jake and Tony connect. And the adults in their lives, without really meaning to do so, make it difficult for that connection to hold. It is a measure of Sachs' talent and skills that such a seemingly small story can resonate in such big ways.

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