Marjorie Baumgarten

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For 1,619 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Once Upon a Time in the West (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Roommate
Score distribution:
1619 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A work that shellacs itself into your consciousness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This beautifully acted and gradually revealed drama is a quiet discovery. Not one to blare its own horn, Middle of Nowhere is the kind of little indie film that gives little indie films a good name.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    If Wadjda, this Muslim girl, calls up film memories of adolescent Marjane Satrapi in "Persepolis", whose Western-loving lifestyle is uprooted by Iran’s Islamic Revolution, or the young women in Jafar Panahi’s "Offside," who countermand the rules that forbid them from entering stadiums to watch men’s soccer matches, you wouldn’t be far off the mark.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As much as Bardem is an expressive instrument for parlaying Iñárritu's somber worldview, so too is cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, whose stunning compositions find the poetry amid the sorrow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Tsai’s drama is something like a mixture of Robert Bresson and R.W. Fassbinder, as God’s bedraggled souls struggle with the desires of the damned, and nobody wants to go into that good night alone.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The story is bizarre, unique, and thoroughly unpredictable, while its images resemble some kind of bastard offspring of the linear realism of George Grosz and the fantastic foreboding of Edward Gorey.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The movie will not be for all tastes. Its seedy lifestyles, nonjudgmental attitudes, nonlinear narrative, and central character whose problem is his lack of emotions is definitely nonstandard fare.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although little is ultimately “solved” or demystified in The Piano Teacher, the movie allows a chaperoned peek into the mind of one of civilization's “discontents.”
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    God Loves Uganda and recent events make it seem like the time is right for a 21st century raid on Entebbe.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Even when The Tree of Life does not achieve the heights for which it aims, it soars boldly and fearlessly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    If, at times, Shine's luster reveals more elbow grease than internal radiance, the movie is still a moving tribute to the human capacity to overcome all odds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film's closing may be less than conclusive, yet The Son's Room must be admired, at least, for its unsentimentality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Most striking is Macdonald's deft use of music and Marley's lyrics (many of them obscure) to illustrate the film's points. So thoughtful is this counterpoint that it almost makes up for Macdonald never showing any one song in a complete performance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It would be difficult not to be swept away by the dramatic intensity of Incendies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The Good Dinosaur may not be as revolutionary as 1914’s “Gertie the Dinosaur,” but as Jurassic World already demonstrated this year, we never tire of these prehistoric critters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film's politically correct repudiation of the familiar black-and-white characterizations of the white and red man is ultimately undermined, however, when the pendulum swings too far in the other direction.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It grabs you by the viscera in the opening prologue and for the next two hours rarely lets go.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Even though the storyline of Real Women Have Curves is a somewhat familiar tale, the film's originality lies in the way in which it's told.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Affleck's greatest talent, however, may lie in his casting instincts: In addition to the above-mentioned turns by Arkin and Goodman, stand-out performances are also delivered by Bryan Cranston as Mendez's boss and Victor Garber as the morally heroic Canadian ambassador to Iran.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The cast is game and Siemen’s trenchant observations are the mark of a filmmaker with something to say – an increasing rarity in this day and age.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It is Depp, however, who really nails this thing by simply blending in with all the other voice talent and characters and not reverting to the oversized Captain Jack Sparrow swagger. Rango becomes the hero of his own story, and for this he needs no stinkin' badge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    With top-notch performances (especially that of Mortimer) and the gray of the Siberian wilderness providing an apt backdrop for the movie's gray zones of morality, Transsiberian is on a great track.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A challenging concept conveyed here most impressively onscreen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This is one time Texas can't keep its weird political landscape to itself: What happens in Texas doesn't stay in Texas. When it comes to textbooks, what happens in this state is of national concern. Nothing less than the education of our nation's next generation of citizens is at stake.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Then along comes a movie like Deconstructing Harry, which marks the writer/director/actor's return to top form, once again using the stuff of his life to create the stuff of his fiction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    If this movie does anything to rally crowds against cinema's mass distribution of mediocrity then it has served a noble purse.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Despite this film's narrative lapses, Malick has a unique way of distilling the poetry from the commonplace -- and for that precious gift we should say amen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    What The Newton Boys lacks in dramatic definition, it more than compensates for with its underlying intelligence and visual luster.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Post-JCVD, we'll never again be able to think of Van Damme as just another kickboxer turned actor. Van Damme is an actor, pure and simple, and proves that he is just as deft and accomplished as the movies in which he appears.

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