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 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 The Informers
Score distribution:
1,412 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    In the Line of Fire is a terrific action movie with good performances and a smart script that occasionally falters for trying too hard but, on the whole, takes us on psychological journeys that few of us have had opportunities to experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    With Eight Below, Marshall has created a family film that doesn't pander, preach, or poop out. That alone is a rare thing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    No background material is going to help the viewer who isn't already aware of why a Fugees reunion is such a cool thing to witness, but it's impossible not to get caught up in this party's good vibe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Bridges is another example of Eastwood's remarkable economy of style as both a director and an actor. It is neither his best work nor his worst, though it is a fascinating exploration.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The film provides a window into the conversations and debates that occurred among soldiers on military bases and while in country, opinions shaped and altered by first-hand experiences and knowledge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mehta and her cameraman Giles Nuttgens capture the area's rich interplay of light and color, land and water, and riches and poverty.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The fact that Wordplay works as a film at all is a testament to its skill. The New York Times may never find a better marketing tool.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Clerks II will find Kevin Smith's detractors saying that the filmmaker simply regurgitates the past, while his loyal fan base will applaud his return to the tried and true.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Yet, like it or not, the MPAA ratings is a system in which we all participate – which makes this film important to see if anything is ever going to change.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    What the series means in the long run is anybody's guess; I just know I sleep better at night knowing it's out there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Tales of the Rat Fink is an ebullient survey of Roth's life that revs along with the zest a souped-up hot rod.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Infamous successfully captures a sense of the loneliness of a writer's life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Though the advertising plays up the film's Bush-bashing angle, it gives a false impression. This is really more of a backstage drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    F*ck manages to strip some of the mystique from the forbidden word, and in the end, despite some road bumps, is a satisfying f*lm.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The constant singing and dancing throughout is charmingly presented, and the CGI recreations of Antarctica are stunning.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apocalypto is a dazzling achievement. Not only does it showcase a civilization little seen on the silver screen, the film (which opens with a quote from Will Duant) also advances larger questions about the natural and unnatural life cycles of civilizations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    As all his films have shown, Cuarón is clearly one of the most original filmmakers working today, and Children of Men should solidify his place at the top of those ranks. With a great script, there should be no stopping him.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There is no surprise or justice or sense to the whole thing. Just sadness. And a sense of all the lonely people and where they all come from.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Bamako, with Sissako's poetic blend of the humdrum and the theoretical, is altogether fascinating. Dramatic features born and bred on the African continent are rare commodities on these shores, and the opportunities they offer can stretch far beyond film appreciation and into the realm of world understanding.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The story is as humorous and raunchy as a good blues refrain, and the way Lazarus and Rae react to each other almost resembles the classic call-and-response structure of the blues.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    American Me is crafted with heart and conviction and intelligence. It demands no less of its audience. It insists that there are no quick fixes, but that solutions are of the utmost urgency. It demonstrates how the capacity for change resides within each individual.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    On the whole, A Bronx Tale is an impressive work and it's easy to see why De Niro connected with Palminteri's story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Though The Flower of My Secret is not as crazed as "Women on the Verge," the movie marks the return of Almodóvar's delicious humor and a departure from the nastier streak that this Spanish director has been on recently.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ultimately, Naked Lunch is more about the act of writing, while the original is concerned with the phenomenon of addiction. Each does what it does well… but differently.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The most originally funny movie to hit U.S. screens in a while.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Crooklyn is a winning work whose charms far outweigh any pitfalls.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    With Henry Fool, however, Hartley has made his most dynamic and accomplished film to date.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Berserk from the outset, Natural Born Killers lunges for our collective viscera in its opening sequence (surely one of the most brilliant establishing sequences of all time) and never lets go for the next two hours.