Marjorie Baumgarten

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For 1,520 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 Jack
Score distribution:
1520 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Life Is Sweet observes this constellation of people without ever really commenting on their lots. Very little occurs and thus, if you don't find yourself drawn to these characters, you will find yourself wondering when it will all be over.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There is plenty here to enjoy for beach bums and fans of bikinis and six-pack abs, but others are likely to find themselves hopeless wet blankets.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Once you've seen it all once I bet you'll wish you were watching "Groundhog Day" -- again.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Maybe we won't fully understand Eastwood's film until we see the second part of this project, "Letters From Iwo Jima," his companion film seen from the Japanese viewpoint expected in 2007. On its own, however, Flags of Our Fathers merely flags.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As far as I'm concerned, the fact that Bergman is finally getting around to asking himself questions he now realizes he should have asked long ago is not sufficient enough premise for a movie. The answers may be news to Bergman, but the rest of us might just want to opt for divorce.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's all pretty involving and sweetly ingratiating in a Charlotte's Web-by kind of way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This biography, to our surprise, is extremely respectful and earnest and lacking Morris' usual transformational touch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Viewers unfamiliar with Wharton's novel may have a hard time, especially at first, deciphering all the characters since Davies presents them at a steady clip while providing little background or explanatory material.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    To my mind, movies about watching nomads walk rank alongside movies about writers writing: The action is dull and endlessly repetitive, and most of the interesting stuff occurs in the mind’s interior.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Never inspires more than an interested detachment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Loses something in its transposition to America where the two leads are not nearly as widely known as they are in their home country of France.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It's a wonderfully nuanced performance in an otherwise un-nuanced narrative.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The movie's third act begins a baffling and not-very-believable character turnabout.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The problem with this American indie filmed in Korea is that, despite the captivating faces and sad predicament of these little girls, nothing much happens.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This veteran actor is always great, and it's just a little bit sad that he has to play a big, scary demon for us to sit up and finally take notice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    At its best when making the political personal, the film’s exposure of a husband’s enduring mystery about his wife’s motivations has a universal appeal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mommy bursts with so much frenzied, turbulent energy that it really only makes sense when looked at as the fifth feature film by a 25-year-old moviemaker. Québécois Xavier Dolan is one of those enfants terribles of the cinema, making and sometimes acting in films that court attention.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Marjorie Baumgarten
    My conclusion is that exploitation of a child for the sake of one's career is a shameful act.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Uses a wraparound story to provide a hint of Glass’ deep-seated pathology, but allows no details about how it came into being.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    On a certain level, Notes on a Scandal can be fun viewing, but, odds are, you'll find you won't respect yourself in the morning.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In filming this movie with such artistic precision, the movie ironically winds up objectifying Griet just as much as any appreciator of the original painting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Marjorie Baumgarten
    While celebrating the lushly romantic, it also tweaks the tradition so that Sleepless in Seattle ends up something akin to a feature-length Taster's Choice commercial.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Writer-director Byler, in his first feature film, also proves to be a noteworthy new voice, even if his cinematic sense outweighs his narrative sense in this initial outing.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    With The Ice Storm, Lee seems to have emphasized the details of cultural accuracy over the rudiments of telling a gripping drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ultimately a mystery box that lacks a treasure at its core.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Smashed may be better at preaching to the choir and is likely to find its largest audience among struggling 12-steppers.

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