Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,018 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Lilo & Stitch
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
2018 movie reviews
  1. In the Valley of Elah is too inept and diffuse to be a howl against the war in Iraq. At best, it is a manly whimper.
  2. If only De Niro or screenwriter Eric Roth had the instinct to play some of this for laughs or even outrageous burlesque. Despite their conviction and intelligence and their game, amazing cast, all they do is eke out a series of straight-faced dramatic reversals and personal betrayals that leave the dramatis personae, and the audience, numb.
  3. As a narrative, it has serious problems -- holes so gaping that they're all but unavoidable.
  4. A Mighty Heart has the surface tension of a first-rate docudrama but neither the passion nor the vision to encompass its powerhouse subject.
  5. If you haven't had enough of Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan weepies like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "You've Got Mail" (1998), The Lake House gives us Mopey in Chicago and You've Got Snail Mail.
  6. Doesn't match the impact of its predecessor, which both revived and reimagined the zombie-film genre.
  7. Terrence Howard has stolen 50 Cent's thunder - and his lightning, and his storm clouds, too - twice in one year.
  8. See it with people who take it for the trash it is, and you can cheer the baroque killings and laugh fondly with Forest Whitaker as he tries too hard to create a domestic sociopath to match his role as "Idi Amin."
  9. Anderson sees her subject as little more than a game-show contestant. One suspects the real Evelyn Ryan deserved far better.
  10. In Stay, the director, Marc Forster, fresh from "Finding Neverland," turns Manhattan into a nightmarish dreamscape and his characters into self-destructive ghosts.
  11. As a tasteful take on a minor novel, Metroland is genteel enough, but it lacks the urgency and scope of a must-see movie. [07 May 1999]
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  12. The movie mostly proves that cutting-edge humiliations are best absorbed in 25-minute segments on HBO.
  13. A somewhat simple-minded, overwrought mock epic. [22 May 1992]
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  14. Scores some serious points for its dance moves but does a lousy job of remembering there's a lot more to this big old world than moving your feet.
  15. Whenever Just Friends threatens to become a total drag, Faris bops onscreen for some serious comic business - either saving the film, or making things worse by pointing out what could have been.
  16. Thanks to Suvari, audiences laugh nervously at the mortification of soul and flesh, but she doesn't really do them much of a favor. She simply keeps them watching as a would-be gross-out comedy turns into would-be gross-out tragedy.
  17. The saving grace in an exuberantly graceless movie is Clive Owen. This actor is bulletproof. Even in a sick-joke jamboree like Shoot 'Em Up, he mows down the competition and gets his laughs without losing his composure.
  18. Despite the dominant air of foolishness, the filmmaking is lush, lively and intelligent, but the gap between the direction and the script is appalling.
  19. Instead of heightening the intrigue in this psychological thriller, the labored twists and out-of-leftfield turns will leave audiences more weary than wary.
  20. The movie has its moments, and some are undeniably affecting. But even those seem artificial, relying far too much on our familiarity with and fondness for the film's stars.
  21. Nacho Libre enhances Hess' reputation as a gifted filmmaker and suggests there's more to Black than manic dementia. Both director and actor, however, need to find projects better-suited to their respective (and often impressive) talents.
  22. The pleasures of this slight caper film are strictly small-screen, as three talented actresses walk through quaint roles before they hurry on to the next project.
  23. With Tristan & Isolde, the core must be a passion that enlarges two outsize characters and seems as momentous as the rise and fall of a kingdom. Too bad this film's Achilles' heel is its heart.
  24. First-time director Swicord brews an atmosphere of geniality and warmth and brings a modicum of momentum to a happily discursive book.
  25. It's one big miss.
  26. It's seductive in its buildup but overall as subtle and, alas, as humorless as a hatchet to the brain.
  27. Intermittently fresh and amusing in a low-down yet schmaltzy way.
  28. Contains a dozen winning moments of humor, uplift or exhilaration. But are they enough to justify a 154-minute running time?
  29. The final resolution is silly by just about any standard. A little grounding in reality and a larger effort to avoid the trite could have made Everyone's Hero fun and inspirational for everybody, not just the very young.
  30. Garry Marshall, old pro that he is, couldn't be more endearing as the grandfather, struggling gamely to make things right.

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