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 Being John Malkovich
Lowest review score: 0 Miami Connection (1987)
Score distribution:
1619 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Helping Elvis & Nixon remain in conjectural mode is the fact that neither actor – Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Nixon – looks particularly like the character he is playing. Yet both actors make their roles believable through apt choices in body language and vocalization.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Pete’s Dragon has the power to breathe fire into the most tepid of souls.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although there are shades of "All About Eve" here, the resonances lean more toward the fluid identities of the actresses in Ingmar Bergman’s work or even Assayas’ own "Irma Vep."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The details of what went down are fascinating, but the ultimate focus of Best of Enemies is television and this demonstration that it can be both eminently viewable and illuminating.
    • 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
    Neither slave nor mammy, junkie nor maid, these dawn-of-the-twentieth century African-American women are an unstereotypical breed unto themselves.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A formulaic family melodrama whose craftsmanship and sensitivity to its characters raises it to the level of sublime group portrait.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The story's parallels with the present are sometimes inescapable, as when Saladin's fireballs catapulted at Balian's castle strike an eerie resemblance to the "shock and awe" of the U.S.-led coalition's initial assault on Iraq.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    You never really see any of it coming, which is what makes the film such a marvel – and so difficult to discuss.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It’s a query with no answers, a period piece about the present. It’s idiosyncratic, actively noncommercial, and doesn’t follow the rules – like playing a game of chess on a board with no squares.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Although it is achingly sad, Rabbit Hole is not maudlin or depressing.

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