Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,963 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3963 movie reviews
  1. Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece.
  2. Werner Herzog's magnificent tragedy, Grizzly Man, a Shakespearean character study that packs the sheer terror of "The Blair Witch Project."
  3. Smart, suspenseful, satisfyingly unpredictable.
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  4. Girl on the Bridge, with its doomed art-house romanticism and echoes of Fellini, may not be the deepest piece of filmmaking out there now, but it is easily the most intoxicating. Take the leap.
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  5. Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too.
  6. The humor of the script constantly confounds expectations, and yet Shrek still manages to say all the right things to children.
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  7. Ryan may not be admirable, but Clooney makes him relatable. It's his deepest and nakedest performance.
  8. A quiet, loopy gem, Duck Season is a goofball celebration of old friends, new beginnings, adolescent freedom, and baked goods laced with a little something extra.
  9. It's an occasion for welcoming a restoration that transforms a flawed movie, one that was touched by greatness, into a masterpiece. [10 Aug 2001, p.W3]
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  10. Although Mistress America is very much a New York movie, full of references to couture, pop culture, boutique hotels (to Antigone and Faulkner, too), its comic centerpiece is a brazen assault on a country compound.
  11. Brilliant, blistering account of the many ways fame deforms a star, his family and his fans.
  12. Ida
    A road trip at once tragic, hopeful, and unforgettable.
  13. A beautiful, appropriately loping little gem about growing older, daring to take risks and follow your heart. That probably sounds corny, and The Straight Story is.
  14. Mara and Blanchett are each extraordinary, working in the most organic and soul-stirring ways.
  15. It's Greengrass' way of asking a question that looms large in these post-9/11 days: Are we all praying to the same God, or is one man's God better than another, and one man's God vastly more terrifying?
  16. This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory.
  17. A movie with the sweet soul of "Toy Story" and the boisterous spirit of "Spy Kids."
  18. At the film's intimate best, it gives a guitar's perspective of the troubadour. He plucks his instrument as he plays our heartstrings. It's movie and music bliss.
  19. Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty, Water, like the prior two films in director Deepa Mehta's "Elements" trilogy, celebrates the lives of women who resist marginalization by Indian society.
  20. As lovingly written as it is beautifully rendered.
  21. Washington blows you away. To say he gives the performance of his career is an understatement.
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  22. A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
  23. The small victories that people win in Down in the Delta are earned, and so is the praise that has greeted Angelou's long-overdue arrival behind the camera. [25 Dec 1998, p.05]
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  24. Mud
    Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
  25. Riley's film brings the American icon's career back into sharp focus.
  26. This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side?
  27. One of the rare rock films that produces the effect of a live concert: After each number, the audience erupts into applause.
  28. Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
  29. It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
  30. Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
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