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 The Secret World of Arrietty
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
3928 movie reviews
  1. Half enjoyable goof, half an uncomfortable panorama of urban terrorism that just doesn't sit well after Sept. 11.
  2. While these individually diverting factors add up to a good time, they don't add up to a good movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a fun ride for the most part, with a bumping soundtrack and genuine moments of warmth and heartbreak. But one can't help but wish Gondry had simply let the camera roll, and let the kids speak for themselves.
  3. So deadpan a film is Napoleon Dynamite, the story and the name of a gangly high school misfit in Preston, Idaho, that I can't say whether it was intended as a character study or a comedy.
  4. The twist of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a laugh-out-loud if not-exactly-good stoner comedy, is that its heroes, an entry-level investment banker and a brainiac pre-med student, are not dimwits.
  5. A disquieting and ultimately disappointing political thriller.
  6. Over-orchestrated and underdeveloped interpretation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play.
  7. There's a fine line between stupid comedy that's actually pretty smart and stupid comedy that's just dumb, and The Other Guys crosses the line - into realms of unredeeming dunderheadedness - more often than it should.
  8. The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
  9. A haunting allegory about the rise and fall of a figure who possesses powerful charisma, if weak karma.
  10. Shortbus suffers from a vague, ad lib-y script and a cast that, while hardly shy, isn't exactly charismatic.
  11. The Naked Gun 33 1/3 has the feel of a movie with too many jokes off the cutting-room floor. Through it all, Nielsen's consummate timing and ability to come through in the klutz makes things seem more amusing than they are. [18 Mar 1994, p.3]
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  12. Am I crazy, or are Spring Breakers and "Oz the Great and Powerful" essentially the same movie? James Franco stars in both - a tattooed, gun-totin' gangsta in one, a charlatan magician in the other (you figure out which is which), and, in both, he's encircled by a bevy of Hollywood babes determined either to get witchy on him, or get that other witchy-rhyming word on him.
  13. Feels more like a postscript than a probing, provocative documentary.
  14. Although its low-key realism is admirable, Eden doesn't really work: the long silences, the aching stares, the telling props, Breda's quivering blues, Billy's drunkenness, his distraction. There might as well be a sign stuck to the Farrells' front door: Dysfunctional family lives here.
  15. Keanu doesn't go far enough. Key & Peele was searing and incisive about race and American culture, and Keanu doesn't even scratch the surface.
  16. Illsley's fine cast, with a riotous contribution from William H. Macy as the sheriff who falls for Harry, plays out the comedy without condescension.
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  17. It is diverting but insubstantial.
  18. Tonally, the film from director Anurag Basu has more personalities than Sybil. Basu strictly observes the B-movie convention of giving the audience an embrace, explosion, or chase sequence at regular intervals. If you don't like the genre, wait three minutes.
  19. The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
  20. It's still a submarine movie, confined by the ship, the sea, and a convention-laden script.
  21. Despite its penchant for the crude and lewd, is gooey in ways that have nothing to do with bodily fluids.
  22. Far-fetched and utterly humorless, with a literally tacked-on conclusion (yes, more text on the screen), the only thing that's surprising about Unbreakable is how lame it is.
  23. The film feels long, the editing is choppy, and the plot strands are at once convoluted and cliched.
  24. Somebody should tell Ward that winning isn't everything. Character is. And this is what his movie lacks.
  25. A movie that by turns is wincingly awful and heartbreakingly fine. It boasts an unforgettable performance by Björk.
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  26. Boy, can Harvey Keitel be bad -- and not bad like "Bad Lieutenant," bad like bad acting.
  27. One
    A worthy subject is poorly executed.
  28. Take the flat tire that was "Madagascar." Retread it with "The Lion King" storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
  29. The Weather Man belongs to a school of earnest, artsy Hollywood flicks that includes the Michael Douglas-goes-bonkers "Falling Down," and a lineage that goes back to revered 1970s pics like "Five Easy Pieces."

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