Marjorie Baumgarten
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For 1,461 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marjorie Baumgarten's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Big Lebowski
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
1,461 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    It would be difficult not to be swept away by the dramatic intensity of Incendies.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Love & Air Sex, with its text-message conversations and Facebook connections, is as of-the-moment as air sex.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    So much of the credit must be laid at the feet of Ian McKellen, whose portrait of Whale is a study in acting excellence.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Too much is tossed into the ring and the last hour becomes a frantic swell of emotions and ideas, not all of which are exactly on point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    There’s more narrative happenstance loaded into the script of Blue Car than its running time should effectively allow, but the real keeper moments in Moncrieff’s movie are the small, quiet ones in which a simple glance speaks volumes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The details are intriguing, but ultimately we learn little more about what's in their heads.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Capturing the nuances of quotidian life may not be everyone's cup of tea.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    The information it presents is eye-opening for medical consumers and health professionals of any stripe. And the film incidentally makes a great case for health care reform.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    Ultimately, Frost/Nixon may be stuck in time – but, oh, what a time it was.
    • 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 an era in which too many of us automatically accept women's right to choose, Vera Drake reminds us that the time for complacency is not now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Marjorie Baumgarten
    A stylistic tour de force, one that wordlessly emotes and wears its emotions on its literal silk sleeves.

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