Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,377 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Everlasting Moments
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,377 movie reviews
  1. This is a sad, passionate, beautifully wrought story, and Bardem's portrait of Arenas is at once daring and deeply moving.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  2. Unstoppable fun.
  3. A small but moving film that gets the details right (life in a sleepy burg, sidewalk chats between old high school pals) and gets at the heart of human longing for family, for love.
  4. To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling.
  5. Chuan's unsettlingly beautiful black-and-white, wide-screen account of those nightmare six weeks, re-creates that horror in ways that are at once allusive and lucid, mixing cinematic impressionism with documentary-like detail.
  6. The movie is near-perfect, suspenseful, heart-breaking, profound.
  7. A movie of absurdist humor, brutal realism and dementia.
  8. Offers a view of war that is anything but epic. Instead of sweeping battles and swooping fighter planes, in Lebanon we are brought into the impossibly claustrophobic world of a lone tank crew.
  9. A beguiling and subversively funny entertainment that considers art's worth from many angles, including that of guerrilla painters, gallerists, and seasoned collectors.
  10. A feast for the eyes and succor for the soul.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  11. Baker's life, like his music, was as sad as it was beautiful. And Weber's movie - obsessed with Baker's image as much as with his songs - hits all the right notes.
  12. Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
  13. Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
  14. Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex.
  15. Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned in school with that learned from life.
  16. A gorgeous operatic tale of obsession and madness.
  17. Whether or not Street Fight wins the Academy Award Sunday night, Curry's picture is must-see fare for any and every observer of the curious world of American politics.
  18. A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
  19. 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.
  20. Take Shelter, which, it should be said, boasts haunting but seamless visual effects, is a movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives.
  21. Hopped-up and electrifying. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall and propulsive.
  22. In the end, Atonement sorts truth from fiction as it delivers a shattering kick to the solar plexus.
  23. A wonderful, witty mix of horror and social satire, The Host takes its simple, time-tested premise - menacing creature terrorizes the populace - and runs with it.
  24. According to this courageous, you-are-there documentary, the platoon took enemy fire almost every day, perhaps the longest exposure to combat the U.S. has engaged in since World War II.
  25. Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.
  26. 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.
  27. Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
  28. At turns funny, sweet, sad, trenchant and telling. It's a gem.
  29. Roiling with laughter, tears, drunken confessions, revelatory soliloquies, pain, sorrow, hospital visits, and various kinds of love, A Christmas Tale is a smart, sprawling, and sublimely entertaining feast.
  30. Quite simply, a revelation.

Top Trailers