Marjorie Baumgarten

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For 1,484 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Raiders of the Lost Ark
Lowest review score: 0 Jack
Score distribution:
1,484 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A strange Hollywood film, but for a home movie it's one bang-up job.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The problem with The Beat That My Heart Skipped, as it was with "Fingers," is that the gravity of the character’s psychological divide is clear after the first half hour, and both films add little in the next hour to deepen our – or the characters’ – understanding or entanglement.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Provides a panorama without insight.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although Gilliam's bright color palette and weird camera angles lift the film, it has an overall sense of darkness, as if shot among people who have yet to see the Age of Enlightenment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Yet, the problem goes beyond the film's staginess (although there's plenty of that to go around). It could even have something to do with the delicate difficulties involved in the successful transfer of stage camp to the more intimate level of film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The movie is a strange amalgam of compelling visuals and fascinating vocational details forged with deep moral ambivalence and often hollow didacticism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Has a haunting afterglow, one that neither satisfies nor illuminates, but at least keeps the flame alive.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There's no denying that Pacino's performance is superb. The rest of the movie plays like a bunch of inconsequentially strung together sequences.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The movie's third act goes astray as the storyline shifts to Dorian's dating problems, which seem an overextended tangent to his coming-out story. Still, the film has a lot of playful dialogue and pixillated montages.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The hit-or-miss nature of the gags makes NBT too uneven to recommend, but it's a great calling-card movie for guys who want to become professional comedy writers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There's so much ache in this plaintive little film that it almost makes you believe that the entire world is composed of estranged parents and children searching in vain for one another.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In the end, however, Protocols of Zion illuminates manifestations of anti-Semitism without ever really elucidating or posing solutions to the problem.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Despite its inadequacies, Basquiat presents a fascinating glimpse of the Eighties art scene, due in large measure to several stunning performances.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Overall, the movie stresses the more painful and awkward moments; moments that might be classified as "heartwarming" are rare. This results in a very cynical tone and I suspect that was not the desired effect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Does not go gentle into that good night.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The transitions from performance to song and to reality are strained and awkward.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    An additional change in the film's adaptation from Scott Phillips' novel substitutes the author's original ending for a redemptive conclusion that seems indicative of The Ice Harvest's unwillingness to really plumb the real depths of the darkness it has set in motion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Writer-director Duncan Tucker does little to develop his narrative setup beyond the basic and obvious, and his film begins to feel more like an exercise than a fully realized story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Rather than providing a foil for Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation" or embodying the mostly silent model for the painter Vermeer in "The Girl With One Pearl Earring," Johansson actually has to emote prodigiously here, and she is just not up to the task.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Wolf Creek (much like the new Saw horror franchise) exists for no reason other than to inflict an acute sense of inescapable and inscrutable torture upon the story's victims – and, by extension, the audience. If that's what you're into, Wolf Creek should be a satisfying assault.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Whether Ringer, with its mild comedy and milder messages about inclusiveness and tolerance, will be embraced by Knoxville's hardcore "Jackass" fans remains to be seen. But we can at least trust that the Farrellys will stay the course.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As the camera moves through the tall grass of this new world, there comes the realization that we could be within any one of Terrence Malick's movies, any one of the previous three stunners he has made in his 35-year-long career.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Like its images, The Promise billows through the imagination as it unfolds but it leaves little lasting impression once its last feather has fluttered.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    By the film's climax, following the plot movements has become merely complex rather than suspenseful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's all pretty involving and sweetly ingratiating in a Charlotte's Web-by kind of way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This is really Reygadas' show all the way. And what he's delivered is a sad, tawdry picture in which all hope for salvation lies with God.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Despite the film's abundant gory effects, its best technical achievement may be its English subtitles, which move about the screen for better visual and emotional impact, and sometimes dissolve into poofs of blood or other colored effects.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    What Tsotsi fails to explain is how the mere introduction of a baby can melt the cruel cycle of criminality and disregard for others.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Game 6 is ultimately a curious dud.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The story's accumulation of scattered impressions is exactly what bedevils the film's overall impact. The story lacks focus, sustained development, and direction.

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