Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 4,006 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 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Circle
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
4006 movie reviews
  1. Rosamund Pike is adorable, if a little too ethereal and flighty.
  2. The story is simple, illogical, mysterious, strange, and, of course, very, very sparse.
  3. I’m Not Your Negro is an unforgettable work. Baldwin’s words – eloquently spoken by Samuel Jackson – will haunt you.
  4. A mildly charming, if singularly unoriginal, comedy.
  5. At its satirical best, Things to Come takes aim at some of the sacred cows of French academia, showing how the posturing of today’s radical kids seems to repeat the attitudes their parents had in the '60s.
  6. An immensely rich, deeply felt exploration of human relationships that draws you in and holds you fast for nearly three hours.
  7. Gold never settles on a coherent point of view. Is the film supposed to be a critique of capitalism or is it a Horatio Alger story about a self-made man preyed upon by wall street?
  8. I should put in for worker’s comp for the extensive injuries I sustained watching the insulting, abysmal 3-D action thriller xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which left me deeply traumatized and suffering from injuries to my eardrums, my eyes, my mind, my soul, my aesthetic sensibility, and my sense of decency.
  9. Michael Keaton has this incredible, I’m-at-the-edge-of-the-abyss look that should be taught as "the hangdog" in drama school.
  10. A remarkably weird and wonderful exercise in psychological terror featuring a virtuoso performance by Scottish actor James McAvoy.
  11. It's intriguing enough to suck you in, but confusing, fragmentary, frustrating.
  12. Paterson is easily one of Jarmusch’s most accomplished films. He portrays the life of the mind and the workings of the creative soul as a kind of secret love affair, a deep, hidden well inside the most ordinary, mundane existence.
  13. If you’re looking for great, realistic action, it’s just the thing. Berg is a masterful action director, and his Patriots Day is every bit as engaging and exciting as "Lone Survivor" and "Deepwater Horizon."
  14. Scorsese’s adaptation is overlong and at times insufferably self-indulgent, but contains sublime moments of transcendent beauty and a wealth of beautiful performances.
  15. A Monster Calls is an engrossing tragic fantasy, sustained by genuine sentiment.
  16. Child actor Pawar is extraordinary as Saroo during his terrifying odyssey, and Davis portrays the streets of Calcutta, teeming with homeless children and adults, as if they were one of the rings of hell from "Dante's Inferno."
  17. An enjoyable (but long) romcom that's like "Meet the Parents" on LSD, laced with rat poison.
  18. It's a small, intimate chamber piece with beautiful camerawork and gorgeous art direction ... until it loses its way in a wrongheaded bid for sci-fi greatness.
  19. Fences is also very much an actors' movie, with breathtaking performances from Washington and his costars, including Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson.
  20. Its positive message about education, the value of hard work, and the power of social commitment make it a must-see for parents and kids alike.
  21. It also has great momentum, good set pieces, and so much frothy nihilism it’s just plain fun.
  22. It is a fever dream of a movie, tracking its subject as she tries to maintain control, maintain her composure and her sanity, and as she tries — shellshocked, quaking with grief, but also fiercely determined — to shape and secure her husband’s legacy.
  23. Rogue One is a minor little story with a likable cast and familiar Star Wars themes. But it tries so hard to be an epic masterpiece – with self-important speeches and an insanely outsize orchestral score – that it ends up a laughable parody of itself.
  24. Lean, mean, and utterly compelling, Ma’s beautifully paced and remarkably understated 80-minute thriller Old Stone is a Kafkaesque satire about the soul-crushing effects of bureaucracy.
  25. A disquieting and ultimately disappointing political thriller.
  26. At 120 minutes, The Love Witch is too long. Biller has too much material on her hands and too many non sequitur scenes.
  27. The film is too formulaic and far too prone to melodrama, with outsize emotions as ridiculous as its comic-book villains.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Most of the footage is stunning, yet the film is more about observation than visual stimulation.
  28. Strictly speaking, Elle is a comedy, a blacker-than-death social satire about bourgeois values, set in contemporary Paris. It’s viciously, demonically funny in parts.
  29. At turns elegiac, absurdist, and gently satirical, Lonergan’s drama is a deeply affecting chamber piece that features an outstanding performance by Casey Affleck.

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