Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,431 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Circle
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,431 movie reviews
  1. A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
  2. This movie feels like it has a million jokes, and every single one arrives with a lethal thud.
  3. Completely unappealing people.
  4. Hostage may well be the first action flick cited both for child abuse and audience abuse. In a singularly sadistic and degrading way it has something to offend everyone.
  5. A dull, drab and pointless rehash, Walking Tall ironically manages to diminish the Rock's stature as both a leading man and an action star.
  6. Hollywood's latest entry in that tried-and-true genre, the disaster movie, is . . . well, it's like . . . a totally gnarly roller-coaster ride!
  7. Entertainingly goofy for about 30 minutes. And then, for the next two hours-plus, it's agony.
  8. Rarely has sex on screen been so aggressively anti-erotic.
  9. Hot Rod never establishes its own personality.
  10. With the raunch quotient cranked up several notches, the sequel is calculated, cynical and, worse, not funny.
  11. The Wolfman feels like a film reedited and reworked so many times it has lost all narrative rhythm and suspense.
  12. This tale of a white mother's kid gone missing in a black New Jersey neighborhood - and the tensions and news media attention that ensue - is pretty much pure jive.
  13. It's hard to understand what Malevolence is doing in theaters. If ever a movie deserved to go directly to DVD, it's this dreary horror treatment.
  14. If you actually sit through this enervating ordeal, you'll swear that time is Frozen.
  15. While "Boogie Nights" was a dirge for the death of pleasure (which coincided with the death of the porn-film industry), Wonderland is death warmed over. Literally.
  16. Tedious and incoherent thriller.
  17. It doesn't help any that Wahlberg, looking perpetually dumbstruck, is among the clunkiest line-readers working in movies today.
  18. Has to be the sorriest excuse for a reprise since "Highlander — The Final Dimension."
  19. I'll be darned if I can think of a more excruciating, ponderous, remarkably unfunny and inert cinemagoing experience to come down the pike in ages.
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  20. How'd this thing get made?
  21. The overwhelming sci-fi action spectacle is a merciless sensorial assault that leaves you with something akin to post-traumatic stress disorder.
  22. Nostalgia for the '80s - big hair, Madonna, cocaine, big hair, Duran Duran, more cocaine - is all well and good. Unless it's practiced with the charmless ineptitude of Take Me Home Tonight.
  23. Laughably bad adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant novel.
  24. Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Written and directed on autopilot, containing every cliche endemic to these movies: clueless parents, bratty brother, nasty rich kids, pool fight, food fight, girls who can't drive.
  25. Drawing comparisons to "The Wire" may be unfair, but taken on its own, this anemic vehicle for Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan to mug and jive through is just weak, weak stuff.
  26. In the annals of sequeldom, Kick-Ass 2 has to be one of the lamest follow-ups ever.
  27. 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.
  28. The script depends entirely too much on a succession of reporters, announcers, and spectators to provide context and detail in clunky, implausible dialogue.
  29. 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.

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