For 1,402 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 0 Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil
Score distribution:
1,402 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It’s endlessly arguable and open for debate. At the very least, we can all agree that Banksy has found a new wall on which to plaster his art – that of the silver screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Restrepo is an example of photojournalism at its finest.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Cast aside any preconceived expectations you might have regarding this documentary and remember simply this: Winnebago Man is one of the best films you're going to see all year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film is a startlingly original and haunting take on our ageless fear of otherness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although a nip and a tuck here and there might improve Hugo's overall pace, there is no denying that this love letter to the movies is something to cherish.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dunst's performance is a thing of calm beauty and mired grit, fully deserving of the Best Actress Award she received for this work at Cannes. The entire supporting cast also proves to be a delight, even in their obstinacy and oddities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The horror-movie clichés form the backbone from which the film's humor and creativity emerge. This Cabin may not be the Parthenon, but it's definitely a place to worship the gods of horror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Music has rarely appeared more essential to the human drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This movie presented a radical melange of genuine horror and self-aware comic touches, not to mention the fabulous Rick Baker special effects.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Yes, it's a coming-out film, but it breaks that mold by being thoroughly unpredictable. It's a coming-of-age film, too, and by virtue of of telling the story of a young, black lesbian, Pariah also ventures into novel territory for a motion picture.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    With Captain Phillips we get a viable thriller whose conclusion is already known, and a character who reacts to circumstances rather than a personal, heroic code. And now, it’s a story preserved in brine.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    How the Dardennes, time and again, turn gritty, mundane subjects into transcendent moments of honesty and truth is one of the great cinematic wonders.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Holy Motors is as individualistic a movie as you're likely to encounter – both in terms of the filmmaker's intent and the viewer's takeaway. Warmth and humor abide within its every frame but, like Carax's dreamer at the film's outset, you must find the key within yourself that unlocks the mysteries.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Love means being helpmates throughout all of life's stages. Death is part of love's bargain, and Haneke lays this fact bare.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It comes as little surprise that Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, both masters of sly documentaries in which the subjects nail themselves with their own words, are the executive producers of Oppenheimer’s film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film entertains, puzzles, and strays outside the lines.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film is hypnotic, which lends it an addictive sensibility that complements the need Adam and Eve have for their bloody fixes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ida
    There’s a definite austerity to the storytelling, which is enhanced by the crisp black-and-white cinematography by Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Frozen River skates matter-of-factly on thin ice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    At times, it looks as though Broken Embraces might be the love child of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock, with its dramatic broad strokes, iconic reds, and teasing narrative clues.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    One of the rare movies that communicates honestly and artfully about the real casualties of war: the surviving combatants.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Barrymore’s casting choices are intrinsic to the success of the film. Lewis, under her rink name, Iron Maven, hasn’t had this meaty a role in maybe 15 years, while Wilson as the team’s shaggy male coach is a hoot to watch. Harden and Stern, as Bliss’ parents, create fleshed-out characters instead of lazy depictions of the paper tigers that grown-ups usually are in teens’ stories.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A smart and delightful romantic comedy, yet in the course of creating his new charmer Alexander Payne has sheared off some of the rambunctious edges that made his previous films, About Schmidt, Election, and Citizen Ruth, such marvelous studies in social parody.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Though formally astringent, Police, Adjective is dotted with lots of humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A confident return to the kind of teen comedy that's funny without being raunchy, youthful without being juvenile, and reflective without hitting you over the head.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Stays remarkably true to a kid's-eye perspective and dormant fears.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As all his films have shown, Cuarón is clearly one of the most original filmmakers working today, and Children of Men should solidify his place at the top of those ranks. With a great script, there should be no stopping him.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The Cove exposes the dark secrets that underpin the world’s dolphin mania, whether it’s our enjoyment of the animals performing circus tricks in aquariums, the swimming-with-dolphins industry, or the government recruitment of the sea mammals’ intelligence, communication, and sonar abilities for military applications.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apocalypto is a dazzling achievement. Not only does it showcase a civilization little seen on the silver screen, the film (which opens with a quote from Will Duant) also advances larger questions about the natural and unnatural life cycles of civilizations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    An emotional triumph.