Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,941 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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Kubo and the Two Strings
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
3941 movie reviews
  1. Amazingly - and this movie is amazing - Room is a story of hope, of possibility. Sure, your stomach will be in knots, your fingers clenched, your heart racing. But it will also fill that heart with a sense of the goodness, the courage, the enduring love that is out there to be discovered - and to be held onto with the fierceness of life itself.
  2. Big hair. Big mouths. Big scams. Everything about American Hustle, David O. Russell's wild and woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation code-named Abscam, is big. And the biggest thing of all is the love story that beats at the heart of this rollicking disco-era ensemble piece.
  3. 35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
  4. A standout.
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  5. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
  6. The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you.
  7. Is it dumb to say, "Wow?"...I don't care. Wow.
  8. Brooklyn is that rare period drama that doesn't lose itself in its dogged re-creation of another time.
  9. Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it's almost dizzying.
  10. Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
  11. With its feverish, percussive soundtrack and bravura cinematography, is like a bolt from the blue, chock-full of unexpected delight.
  12. It's impossible to imagine anyone, right-leaning or left, coming away from this hugely important documentary unshaken by its representation of the United States and its military establishment.
  13. A small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after.
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  14. We feel it, in our hearts. And therein lies the great power of this small, wise film.
  15. A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy.
  16. This is a movie that mines deep beneath the surface of human feeling. It will make you think - about love, about life, about two people who aren't real, except that they've become so for so many of us in this improbably successful indie franchise.
  17. Its historical influence aside, Dragon Inn delivers pure cinematic pleasure. I'm not sure it can be overpraised.
  18. Sustaining illusion with marvelous grace is, in a nutshell, exactly what Anderson is all about.
  19. Remarkable movie.
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  20. Fulfills the promise of its title: It's transporting, it's magical.
  21. As irresistible as Chan is irrepressible. In a movie season in which, it seems, all the blockbusters boast wheels, it's a treat to see a movie that has legs.
  22. It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
  23. A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
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  24. Symphonic and cinematic, full of melancholy and hushed magic.
  25. This sad, staggering drama should be seen: out of the grimness, and the profound calamity, you can almost taste life in your mouth.
  26. Amy
    Asif Kapadia's extraordinary documentary, Amy, is filled with similarly soul-stirring, heartbreaking moments.
  27. Throughout the film its makers pose the question of whether saving a work of art is as important as saving a human life. The question is not answered, and perhaps ultimately unanswerable. Yet Europa movingly shows how for many, art and artifacts are living things.
  28. It shows us the everyday pressures and problems, the joys and pleasures, experienced by someone moving through life. And then that BART train pulls into Fruitvale, and the rest is history.
  29. Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual.
  30. While White Material is very much the story of this one woman, it is also a story of postcolonial Africa, a place where Europeans staked their claim, and where disorder and destruction upended everything. A mournful, frightening, powerful film.

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