Marjorie Baumgarten
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For 1,448 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Kazaam
Score distribution:
1,448 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The most originally funny movie to hit U.S. screens in a while.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dallas Buyers Club is an indelible story about one man’s unwillingness to go gently into that good night, and the personal growth he experiences along the way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    What's fascinating is the depth of humanity Cruise finds within the character of Jerry and also Cruise's generosity toward the other actors in the story -- a generosity that allows all the other performers to shine and create vivid and memorable characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Without the luminous Danes in the title role, Shopgirl would have the flair of an ordinary sales clerk.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    An amazing, bracing, funny, audacious, tender, and sobering piece of filmmaking. Few movies have ever dared to be this remorseless in their portraits of addiction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Perhaps every decade gets the Jane Eyre it deserves: Is the emphasis of conscience over passion emblematic of our times?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Crude's moving testimony and careful documentation make it hard to turn away from this issue. It will certainly remain in your mind the next time you stop for gas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Elf
    A movie that’s so profoundly ridiculous that it has to be admired, if for no other reason other than its sheer willingness to run with its premise and take it to the end of the line.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Even our First Lady isn’t safe from this documentary. Fed Up contends that Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity and her Let’s Move campaign have been co-opted by the food industry. Ever notice how no one ever talks anymore about her vegetable garden on the White House lawn and its consequent argument for the consumption of freshly prepared foods over the processed varieties?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It is easy to describe what occurs in Le Quattro Volte; less easy, however, to explain it. Calculatedly meditative yet casually metaphysical, Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times in English) is austere, funny, beautiful, and transfixing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This French import is a worthy entrant into the adrenalized cadre of action films like "Run Lola Run" and "Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior" (which Besson produced). What District B13 lacks in story development it compensates for with stunningly realistic action.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nolan creates an effective thriller, although he keeps his stylistic pyrotechnics to a minimum.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Chronicle may go over the top with its climax, but for such a giddy film, it's remarkably down to earth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film is an intelligent study of the will to live. It's so strong that even a suicidal man rises to the occasion.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    If anything, A Few Good Men errs by throwing almost too many elements, themes and moral debates into the mix thus, by default, they sometimes seem shallowly developed and overly simple. Then again, that perhaps allows them to connect with more universal experiences.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's too bad the language prevents this independent film from being rated PG-13 because this is the kind of movie that might be capable of realistically reflecting teens' lives to other teens.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Associated with the modernist architectural movement centered in Southern California during the mid-20th century, Shulman’s still photographs are essential to any study of the style’s vast popularization and commercialism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    La Promesse is a penetrating coming-of-age story, one that argues that adulthood begins with the emergence of moral convictions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Searingly potent and suggestively supple, Carax's images are rich with emotion and ideas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Joe
    As for the Austin-based Green, the director’s characteristically understated style is well-suited to this material. Joe recalls, in many ways, the filmmaker’s earliest features – "George Washington," "All the Real Girls," and "Undertow" – not to mention his heavily wooded last feature, "Prince Avalanche," films that capture a poetic sense of bewildered young people in the rural South.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sharp-witted delight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Knockout ensemble performances like these don't come around all that often, though, and when they do they ought to be savored.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Though formally astringent, Police, Adjective is dotted with lots of humor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A movie about life and death; its underpinnings are soaked in the perfume of artistic expression.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Me, I’ve now seen the movie three times and I’ve laughed and I’ve cried. It comes the closest to any movie experience I’ve had in re-creating the aftermath of unexplained suicide. Sometimes there just aren’t any answers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In the end, Machete may not be all that original, but it is fresh – fresh as a steel blade to the gut.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Kind of funny and kind of scary, Baghead's central horror motif is merely a structure on which to hang its four-character story about the depth of relationships and the drive to find meaningful work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A welcome and appropriate treat is the flurry of Bob Dylan tunes that can be heard playing in the background of this northern Minnesota story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Moments of great suspense are sometimes invested with intrinsic humor, moments of trauma can yield great compassion. Often, these seemingly conflicting tones exist all at once, while the oblique mystery never clearly identifies the correct emotion.
    • 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.

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