Marjorie Baumgarten

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For 1,482 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 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Racing Stripes
Score distribution:
1,482 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In the sea of mediocrity that passes for children's films these days, Mr. Popper's Penguins has enough originality (and silly physical comedy) to make it stand out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Provides lots of good information for newcomers to the cause.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ultimately a shambling tale told with genial grace but little substance. It provides a pleasant buzz while it unfolds but vanishes quickly in a puff of smoke.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Pacing problems and shallow psychological inquiries plague this film almost as much as the overworked metaphor that supplies the film's title.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Lost's Evangeline Lilly remains lost, however, in this film role as Charlies's too-good-to-be-true romantic interest.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Carla Gugino, however, energizes the film with every step of her self-assured stride. She genuinely manages to create a dimensional character who is fulsomely inspirational – and as I said at the outset, that's not too shabby an accomplishment when it comes to the world of women and sports movies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Thus, this indifferently shot film winds up being another in a long line of creative works by men that exploit the legacy of Marilyn Monroe for their own satisfaction and little public good.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Spielberg's typically emotive storytelling only comes to the fore in a few of the film's pivotal action scenes, a couple of which are truly spectacular and remind us only all too well of what this film might have been.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    By trying too hard to stay on this side of hip and the other side of sentimental, Crowe winds up with a zoo that's neither fish nor fowl.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film is wonderfully atmospheric and full of little frights, but its overall impact is only glancing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Good performances give this movie a pleasant shine, but in all honesty, Thin Ice relies on too many familiar setups to feel wholly fresh.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Little more than a well-written and nicely delivered feature-length sitcom.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Teetering between folly and genius, this Will Ferrell comedy masquerading as a Mexican soap opera-cum-horse opera unfortunately levels off somewhere near the undistinguished center.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Not that anyone was asking for a reboot of the series that is perhaps best remembered as the launching pad for Johnny Depp's career, but here it comes anyway. The film will probably gain several points on the likability scale for its sheer unexpectedness and modest ambitions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    On the whole, the film feels detached and morose, just like its characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The Raid: Redemption definitely delivers everything that international action fans want. The question I have is whether the laws of supply and demand are adequate tools for evaluating a movie's worth.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The relationship advice is all fairly boilerplate, much like the film itself, but these actors have made this a bankable romcom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Stillman inserts chapter headings and written asides into the proceedings, but none of it helps explain what is before us. The authorial voice in Damsels in Distress lacks definition.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In the end, the film doesn't add up to much of anything, but its individual parts are sometimes greater than its whole.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dark Shadows seems more like a mash-up of leftover ideas from "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "Sleepy Hollow," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" – but they're ideas without the souls of characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Filled with some marvelous dialog and quips delivered by some of the best in the business. There are worse ways to while away the time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A climactic speech on the lessons Western democracy might learn from Middle Eastern despotism offers a few moments of pure brilliance. I'd say that speech is worth the price of admission if it didn't also illustrate exactly what the film is missing: barbs that aim for the comedic bull's-eye.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This new movie is a trifle, a listless excursion into the luxurious problems of rich, white people.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although several great speeches and hilarious one-liners goose the film, God Bless America nevertheless peaks too early and becomes rather one-note.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As filmmaking debuts go, Panos Cosmatos' Beyond the Black Rainbow is as striking as it is nuts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    On the whole, Extraterrestrial is slight, filled with lots of bark but little bite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Penis-obsessed, man-child film comedies can crown a new king: the Danish import Klown.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ruby Sparks doesn't. Spark, that is. Oh, the film is sprightly and wholehearted, sweetly in thrall to its bold central conceit, and endearing as a puppy with boundless energy. You want to like it. And you do. It's just that it never, you know, it never sparks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Hedges has demonstrated his sensitivity to internecine family conflicts and the tenor of small-time life. However, The Odd Life of Timothy Green seems always to be straining for whimsy and wonder.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's a "what if" story that's hopeful but doesn't ring true.

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