Marjorie Baumgarten
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For 1,432 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 Out Cold
Score distribution:
1,432 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Barry Sonnenfeld's stunning cinematography and the sharply etched characterizations make this film one for the ages.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Everything about its scale is epic.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As disturbing as it is well-made, this low-budget indie is a thoroughly original piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ingenious in its simplicity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A delightful little wormhole that takes us on a journey to another dimension of consciousness.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Angela Lansbury's frighteningly in-check performance is alone worth the trip.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    With Bad Education, the great Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This is the way this ground-breaking monument was meant to be seen: in mind-boggling 70mm.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A concept executed with bravura style, intelligent curiosity, and playful wit.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Director David Gordon Green has made a work of uncommon beauty and intelligence, one that is smart enough to trust its characters and the technical contributions of its crew.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As good as it ever was, and improved slightly by hindsight, experience, and extra cash.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Unruly girls around the world are liable to find these Bandits stealing their hearts.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The work of a fine craftsman and artist.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A handsomely constructed and executed movie, the kind of effort that deserves appreciation, on its own terms, for what it both dares and accomplishes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Director Michael Lehmann made a stunning debut with this sharp satire of teen cliques.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's the kind of movie you wish you had more time to absorb and could see more than once before reviewing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The perfect antidote to the summer heat in Austin, more refreshing even than a dip in our chilly holy waters of Barton Springs.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The wonder of The Piano is that such an outwardly simple story could emerge into such a complex swirl of lingering memories.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A big generational saga that woos the audience with its humor, spirit, style, and ability. Genius here is an evolutionary thing.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In many ways even more hellish and stylish than its predecessor... A horror cult classic.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Thornton, who wrote, directed, and stars in Sling Blade, has created an unforgettable character and situation, a film that's sure to become an American classic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    When people think fondly of John Hughes, it's movies like Ferris Bueller that they're thinking of.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Secretary is a testament to the importance of tonality in telling a story.
    • Austin Chronicle
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Depp, as the the fragile but irresistibily fabulous title character, is a delight.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Crowe has created a genuine love song for all those who've ever felt their lives to have been saved by rock & roll.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A war movie with a conscience, an action movie with a funny bone, a caper movie with a shifting agenda.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    From the second it begins, Boogie Nights seizes your senses and pulls you right in: no turning back, no time for debate, no regrets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The end result is a delightful, though a smidge too long, reminder of one of the reasons we so enjoy going to the movies: perchance to dream.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A stunning work of beauty, mystery, contemplation, and grit -- and like sands through the desert hourglass, these are the days of our lives.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's filled with marvelous performances, fabulous wit, and some dizzying images.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Scores its ultimate coup de grace though its interviews. Macdonald has lined up an amazing collection of interviewees.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Corrosively funny yet emotionally devastating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The on-target performances, along with the unceasing barrage of popular music and daring narrative gambles, combine to make Trainspotting one of the grand movie rushes of 1996.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Manages the most delicate of hat tricks: It gives definition to uncertainty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Finds a way to impart this sad history while raising our spirits at the same time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In so many ways, The Quiet American speaks volumes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Exciting to watch: The audio disruptions of Carla putting in or taking out her hearing aids and the inventiveness of the way the heist plot is revealed are just a couple of the film's treats.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    So many things come together so beautifully in this movie based on the life of John Forbes Nash Jr. that you're likely to find yourself willing to benignly overlook its occasional biographical lapses and narrative sweetening.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The movie's ending at the train station and the modern-day epilogue feel protracted and indulgent...Apart from the ending though, this is Spielberg's most articulate movie ever.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As things turn out, Clooney’s butt is just one of the many delights to be found on a trip to Solaris.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A masterful synthesis of generic conventions and creative imagination, a sublime amalgam of some of the best tendencies and talent our times have to offer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A movie with style to burn, and, initially, that is this crime drama's most mesmerizing aspect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Probably the ultimate writers' film, but it's also a brash, daring, and dynamic film -- as delicate as an orchid but as durable and malleable as the species.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Haynes brings the emotional underbelly to the surface, he also tricks up the visual surface with elaborate color schemes that provide unspoken clues regarding the characters’ frames of mind.
    • Austin Chronicle
    • 64 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Gets under your skin with its graceful edits and poetic elisions, lovely performances, and faded imagery.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A bust-a-gut film experience that reveals Rodriguez as both a stylist versed in the mechanics of popular storytelling and a maverick whose ingenuity guides him along a singular path.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    These people and the tale of their migration and reintegration into life’s ebb and flow will remain with the viewer long after Johnny's and Sarah’s green cards expire.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Doesn’t provide any answers, and that’s both its strength and weakness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The performances of all the central and secondary characters match the passionate intensity of the film's behind-the-scenes collaborators.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    LaBute's narrative structure and visual strategies are rigorously crafted, bespeaking an almost mathematical calculation that, in compellingly contradictory ways, both enhances the dramatic experience while undermining its very authenticity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The movie occasionally continues on too long with certain scenes and may strain the sensibilities of anybody not caught up in its delirious visuals and melodrama, but The Saddest Music in the World nevertheless beckons with a seductive and unforgettable melody.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Watching and listening to these two is a charming experience; their conversation has the ring of veracity, and rarely does the viewer's interest stray.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Perception is key and Control Room should be required viewing for anyone within reach of a TV signal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Among the many things that Baadasssss! is, it is also a movie about moviemaking. In fact, the film should be a primer for anyone about to make an independent film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The movie is slight but transfixing.

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