Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,897 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Her
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
3897 movie reviews
  1. Vacancy, in the end, simply offers a particularly aggressive brand of couples counseling.
  2. A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy boasting the no-chemistry coupling of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonc?
  3. Decidedly loopy and nonlinear, Mister Lonely is precious and artsy, but there are moments when Korine's, er, unique vision brings something bold and beautiful to the table.
  4. It's old, old hat.
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  5. Too bad the filmmakers didn't trust the material. For Ella doesn't need music and references to other, better, movies to cast its unique spell.
  6. An uneven, mildly amusing, and highly derivative flick featuring a wonderful, quirky cast as a crew of art thieves who run a complex scam on the art world, and on each other.
  7. Overwritten, over-designed, and too clever by 200 percent, the film does offer the pleasure of actors enjoying themselves.
  8. Despite excellent elements - great actress, taut plot, slick visuals - Flightplan is like airplane food. No matter how good the ingredients the air chef has to work with, the entree inevitably ends up tasting like a Xerox of a facsimile of a meal.
  9. Completely unhinged, a garish and gonzo walk on the wild side.
  10. If only RocknRolla's characters were at all believable - even in the context of its own cartoon universe.
  11. Salvadori's choppy film never establishes a comic rhythm.
  12. Directed by Terrence Malick's editor and protégé, A.J. Edwards, The Better Angels abounds with Malick-ian moments: upward-pointing cameras capturing bodies wheeling through fields, plaintive voice-overs punctuated by Jew's harp and birdsong, a tendency to drift toward the sky and its moody tableau of clouds.
  13. War is hell, war is cruelty, war is toil and trouble, war is just a shot away. But is war a snooze? Well, by the time Enemy at the Gates has run its course — it sure seems that way.
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  14. If the shrill Italian melodrama Remember Me, My Love were a television soap opera, it would be called The Not-So-Young and the Restless.
  15. It's a sorry spectacle, watching garden gnomes being robbed of their dignity.
  16. Epic piffle.
  17. It's rare that a movie is so graceful and so gross.
  18. There are tiny glints of humor and intelligence at work, and the action and animation rockets along slickly and stylishly. But unlike the protagonists of almost any and all of the Pixar titles, Astro Boy's namesake lacks even an iota of soul.
  19. A long, tedious and convoluted follow-up to 2003's rollicking high-seas hit, The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.
  20. An uneven, perpetually redundant comedy-drama.
  21. Like Clint Eastwood’s masterful 2006 WWII drama "Flags of Our Fathers," Lee’s film is as much about how we spin war stories as it is about war itself. Both involve a group of heroic soldiers sent home by the Pentagon to help drum up popular support. Both are made by filmmakers keenly aware that stories have the power to justify a war or turn the public against it.
  22. In Time is that kind of movie: Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads.
  23. What's on screen is a hash, though it may very well be the most comprehensive catalog of male erotic fantasies in one single film.
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  24. DePalma's movie offers its own doctoring and processing, without delivering an ounce of real humanity - good or bad - in the bargain.
  25. The main flaw of White House Down is that it overstays its welcome, thanks in large part to a silly climax that seems to unfold in three laborious acts. At least, Tatum keeps his shirt off.
  26. It's not fresh and irreverent, qualities we admire in Allen. It is recycled and irrelevant.
  27. Watching the film is like getting hooked by a fearful angler who can't successfully reel you in.
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  28. The real problem isn't with the actors, it's with 1) the source material, a highfalutin romance novel with a clever literary conceit, and 2) LaBute's clumsy, uncomfortable efforts to telescope Byatt's book into a workable movie.
  29. Contrived and schematic, Peter Chelsom's film is a mechanical bird that never takes wing.
  30. Alas, something happened on the book-to-screen operating table: Yes, Running With Scissors is rich, twisted, insane, mordant and ridiculous, but it is not funny. Not at all.

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