Marjorie Baumgarten
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For 1,412 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 The Roommate
Score distribution:
1,412 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Though formally astringent, Police, Adjective is dotted with lots of humor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The Ghost Writer hasn’t the complexity or breadth of such stunners as "Chinatown" or "The Pianist," but it is nevertheless a solidly built little roundelay of intrigue with a veracity that seems torn from newspaper headlines.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The swarming dragon attacks may truly frighten the littlest viewers, but the depiction of the pleasures of flight and the conquering of one’s fears should make How to Train Your Dragon a perennial delight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A stroll with these characters is a refreshing break from from the usual film exercises.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In many ways, Animal Kingdom could have become a stylish but routine cops-and-robbers tale. Instead, Michôd shapes this film into a memorable character study about uncaged beasts.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although it is achingly sad, Rabbit Hole is not maudlin or depressing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There are no answers in her film, no intractable rights and wrongs. No characters are indicted for their mistakes or misjudgments, yet no one gets off scot-free either.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Definitely catch this movie in its 3-D iteration, as Herzog practically schools filmmakers in the technique's proper use.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It would be difficult not to be swept away by the dramatic intensity of Incendies.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Smart, quick, funny, and economical, Attack the Block is an alien-invasion movie that is a breed apart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Gleeson is triumphant in this portrait of a complex man who is concurrently sensitive, boorish, brilliant, singular, and unforgettable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Moneyball is a smart, funny, and thoughtful baseball movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ranks as one of the season's most intelligent and polished films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Take Shelter is a deeply unsettling movie. Writer/director Jeff Nichols (an Austin resident and director of the award-winning 2007 feature "Shotgun Stories") doles out information as strategically as a government official.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Filmed primarily in desaturated colors and oblique shadows, the look of J. Edgar is spot-on. The time frame jumps around, spanning decades in a single leap, but it doesn't strain the structure. Eastwood and DiCaprio have delivered a nuanced story about a man, a mythos, and an institution that relies on the facts rather than the legend.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A persistent narrative thread that pits Flemish-speaking Belgians against French-speaking Belgians will whiz past most American viewers, but hopefully not distract from its overall impact because this movie grabs the bull by the horns and takes viewers on a surprising ride.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Boy
    Like his previous feature, "Eagle vs Shark," Taika Waititi's Boy tells a mere wisp of a story, yet both films are filled with compelling characters, situational color, knowing observations about youthful behavior, and quirky bits of oddball and fantastical humor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    This is a film that skims the surface layer of politesse from human interactions and reveals us as the blustering bundles of ego that we all are.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Still, for a film that is so much about the healing power of words expressed and feeling brought into the light of day, Monsieur is strangely reticent.
    • 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.