Marjorie Baumgarten
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For 1,426 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

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Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Score distribution:
1,426 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    These creatures of the underworld are the fervid fabrications of del Toro's imagination: More than once they will catch you by surprise and make you gasp.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There Will Be Blood is not a movie that disappears quietly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Synecdoche is the kind of movie that rewards repeated viewings. But sometimes, as Van Morrison sings, it's just best to "sail into the mystic."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    An additional treat is seeing Hollywood good guy Henry Fonda playing one of the nastiest curs in the West. Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the great films in cinema history. (8/30/2000 Review)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Repulsion's depiction of a young woman's dissolution into madness is one of the most harrowing mental descents ever depicted onscreen. (Reviewed 11/24/97)
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although made in 1969, this French masterpiece is receiving its first stateside release with a new print struck for the occasion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Raimunda believes that dirty linen should be washed at home: Thank goodness Almodóvar hangs some of it up on the screen to dry.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A Prophet is the kind of film that makes you remember why going to the movies can be a thrilling experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Everything about its scale is epic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A concept executed with bravura style, intelligent curiosity, and playful wit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As disturbing as it is well-made, this low-budget indie is a thoroughly original piece of work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In the end, The Fog of War offers a couple of hours of brilliant clarity amid the noise and chaos.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Harrison Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Kidman inhabits the lead character of Suzanne Stone (yes, Suzanne Stone) with such sly and delicious zest that we can only wonder why this aspect of her acting has been buried under blonde dramatic ambitions.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Angela Lansbury's frighteningly in-check performance is alone worth the trip.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Amy Heckerling’s portrait of high school/shopping mall life in Southern California is still just about as good as it gets...The panoply of teen types and turmoils is dead-on accurate.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    I can think of no other movie that has dared to analyze grief and its aftermath with such naked honesty and precision.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    An amazing work, a film that seems to gurgle up from the American heartland, resonant and fully formed, ripe with possibilities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As sad and poignant and potentially hopeful as it is amusing. The movie is our story as much as it is Schmidt's, no matter if it's viewed as a self-reflection or cautionary tale
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This is the way this ground-breaking monument was meant to be seen: in mind-boggling 70mm.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This is a movie to love, that touches you in places you never suspected, that shows you that the road less traveled is the road to your dreams.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    By the end of the movie, it’s no longer possible to know anything with certainty -– so convoluted, contradictory, pathological, and long ago have the events become. It’s a movie that will have you talking and thinking for hours.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Very satisfying. Classic storytelling, modern techniques. And the images: This movie has embedded so many strange and new mental pictures in my head that I'm not able to shake free. Yet, neither would I want to be free.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This modern cult classic is a triumphantly dark comedy directed by one of the film world's truly original visionaries, Terry Gilliam. "Imagination" is this futuristic film’s middle name.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    One of the most exciting movies of this, or any other, year. It's smart, funny, and wonderfully crafted and performed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ingenious in its simplicity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's paved with delightfully irregular and unanticipated bits of business that stimulate the viewer to stay fully alert, while renewing our faith in the sheer joy of watching movies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A wildly inventive, unrelenting thrill that amazes us with its visual and intellectual treats and dazzles us with its ongoing ingenuity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A marvelous achievement that refuses to avert its gaze from the poetry and the insane savagery of the hopeless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A chilling classic, the movie is a scabrous satire about human deviance, brutality, and social conditioning that has remained a visible part of the ongoing public debate about violence and the movies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A delightful little wormhole that takes us on a journey to another dimension of consciousness.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    More lethal than a nuclear waste dump, Kubrick's komedy at least kills us with laughter... It's one of the greatest - and undoubtably the most hilarious - antiwar statements ever put to film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ghost World resists convenient closures and summaries and some may take issue with its open-endedness. But anything else would have been phony, and Enid would never have stood for it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    With Bad Education, the great Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Just about as great as a movie's ever gonna be... As for the storytellng, The Godfather is an intricately constructed gem that simultaneously kicks ass.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Barry Sonnenfeld's stunning cinematography and the sharply etched characterizations make this film one for the ages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    So definitive in so many ways, Bonnie and Clyde has become a 20th-century touchstone.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Boasts a smart screenplay by Robert Benton and David and Leslie Newman, striking cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (especially in the Smallville sequence), bright comic turns by Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman, and of course, that winning performance by Christopher Reeve in the title role. Believe a man can fly? You bet!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Fonda and Hopper’s now-classic film hit the old guard with the force of a rifle shot to the head. [Review of re-release]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A movie that amply delivers on the epic promise of its title, entertaining, enlightening, and emboldening viewers with its deceptively simple premise and execution.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Winter's Bone never hits a false note.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Virtually flawless performances and directorial execution render The Fighter one of the most thrilling movies of 2010.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The story winds its way over the material, forcing the characters and the viewers to constantly reassess everything they have seen and heard.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Before Midnight surpasses the two previous films in this trilogy in terms of its intelligence, narrative design, and vivacity. It’s a grand accomplishment, and I feel greedy about wanting to see this film series continue.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Linklater’s newest film, a true masterwork, eschews this big-bang theory of dramatics in favor of the million-and-one little things that accumulate daily and help shape who we are, and who we will become.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A distinctive story with universal appeal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Haneke (Caché) has created a morality tale that concludes with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand: one more example of a solitary act of violence that unleashes a cataclysm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It is rich with ideas and contemplations and packed with the sort of existential jokes that tickle the Coen boys so.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Up
    We will be comparing Up with classics like "The Wizard of Oz" for years to come.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The keen observations of The Class ultimately become a remedial education in themselves.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The adaptation by Joel and Ethan Coen (both co-credited as writer and director) of McCarthy's as-if-written-for-the-screen No Country for Old Men becomes a marvelous meld of narrative faithfulness and pre-established sensibilities.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Summer Hours is a lovely rumination on the meaning of things, but one that remains rooted in its human subjects rather than the inanimate objects that are more easily graspable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Campion’s story of a tubercular poet and his lady love recasts the hackneyed old stanza in refreshing new verse.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nobody Knows is the rare film that successfully tells its tale of childhood from the children’s point of view.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Eastwood finds the humorous aspects of the character as well, no more so than when the appetite of the widower who lives on beef jerky and Pabst Blue Ribbon becomes the center of attention among the Hmong women cooks.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's possible to point to some weak spots in Brokeback – its seeming multiple endings, the lack of clarity about certain images, some digressions – but there is no movie this year that has moved my heart more than Brokeback Mountain.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Though you might have a hard time discussing some of the film’s verbal descriptions of torture with young ones, Persepolis will prove a worthwhile movie for thoughtful teens.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The humanistic approach makes Eastwood's movie a war story for the ages.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The Queen is palace intrigue at its finest.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Co-directors Rubin and Shapiro deliver the rare documentary that totally entertains, informs, and inspires.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jenkins' superlative work proves her first film was no fluke; let's hope it doesn't take another nine years to hear from her again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Spielmann’s deft storytelling is coupled with immaculate compositions that constrain the characters as confidently as any prison bars. Revanche reveals Spielmann as a true master of his craft.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Instead of using actors, Greengrass employed many of the actual air traffic controllers and military commanders who were on the ground that day. Also aiding his film's universality is Greengrass' use of little known actors in the central roles, preventing stardom from affecting our ideas about heroism and patriotism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A phantom of a movie whose beautiful flakes fall into the deep crevices of memory long after the seasons change.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A History of Violence poses the right question: Are those who don't study history doomed to repeat it?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film's content is adult – and for the first time in Araki's career, so is the director.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    At the very least, The Aristocrats provides a survey of some of the best comic minds in the business.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A truly provocative essay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    One of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Lodge Kerrigan is one of the great, though largely unheralded, filmmakers of our time, and with Keane, his third feature, he finally shows himself to be in full command of his uncompromising talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Langella is terrific in a small but critical role as CBS president William Paley, although the one essential problem with the film is that it never clearly delineates the jobs fulfilled by the cluster of other newsroom employees that are always huddled about.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Don't let the near-impossible-to-remember title keep you away from this singular and slightly surreal Tommy Lee Jones scorcher.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Despite perpetual rumors of its demise as a genre, the Western is alive and well in the Australian outback.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    At the age of 81, Altman may show signs of mellowing, but he again emerges as a master filmmaker.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A moving tribute to this legendary artist's life and career.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Though we will differ on the methods of improving the American health care system, Sicko's enduring contribution is the undeniable evidence that the system is broken. If the film brings the debate out into the open of our movie lobbies and living rooms, it can’t be long before the conversation trickles into the corridors of Congress.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Herzog outdoes himself with Rescue Dawn, making his most popularly accessible film yet and proving at the same time that he is among the most daring of all filmmakers and capable -- like his characters -- of almost anything.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Smart and self-deprecating story about love and mortality: It’s merely a winter's tale told with a summer's palette.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The Counterfeiters differs from most Holocaust movies in that the emphasis is on the personal moral choices that are made rather than the overall horror and despair.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Only a quite over-the-top character played by Raquel Welch strikes any false note. Otherwise, Tortilla Soup is a real chef's special.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Manages the most delicate of hat tricks: It gives definition to uncertainty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A real winner -- smart, funny, subtle, and resonant -- and there's not a hanging chad in sight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Finds a way to impart this sad history while raising our spirits at the same time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Never devolves into the type of “man's man” adventure story that has become so fashionable again over the last couple of years, but instead trusts the power of its unembellished images and words to tell its tale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This political satire that's as fresh and exhilarating as anything we've seen come out of Hollywood in quite some time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Scores its ultimate coup de grace though its interviews. Macdonald has lined up an amazing collection of interviewees.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Director Michael Lehmann made a stunning debut with this sharp satire of teen cliques.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This Tom Clancy thriller gets the proper screen treatment here with this first-rate cast and direction by one of the genre’s best: Die Hard director John McTiernan.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    One of the best movies I've seen this year and, consequently, the less said about it here the better. The beauty of this movie is in the way it twists and turns, thwarting expectations, confounding stereotypes and venturing into places you least anticipate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Gets under your skin with its graceful edits and poetic elisions, lovely performances, and faded imagery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The kind of movie that gets under your skin and takes root.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although the villainous parts of this Tarzan are a bit hazy and the animal attraction between Tarzan and Jane a bit chaste, the film, nevertheless, works both for children and the adults.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Proves to be a wonderful reality check.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There is a whole lot to be said for fun -- especially fun that can be shared by all -- and in this regard Spy Kids saves the day.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In so many ways, The Quiet American speaks volumes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Depp, as the the fragile but irresistibily fabulous title character, is a delight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Corrosively funny yet emotionally devastating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Unruly girls around the world are liable to find these Bandits stealing their hearts.

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