Baltimore Sun's Scores

  • Movies
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For 1,998 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Into the Wild
Lowest review score: 0 High Tension
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. A revealing, intimate, quirky and generous portrait of nothing less than the American Dream.
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  2. This audacious hybrid of cinematic styles is pure entertainment.
  3. Rififi, with its stark visuals, dark humor and constrained performances, earned Dassin the Best Director nod at the Cannes Film Festival and a secure place in film history.
  4. It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish.
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  5. A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  6. It leaves you dazed and sated. Compared to the fast food "eye candy" surrounding it these days, Metropolis is a gourmet 20-course meal.
  7. The title represents size and power, speed and hubris -- the very things the ship has come to stand for and the things that Cameron has restored to the cinema with grand, generous style.
  8. A big, fat old-fashioned gush of passion as drawn through a post-modernist prism that makes it less easily comprehensible but more beguiling.
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  9. Dark Blue is one of those totally happy surprises that moves so quickly and curves so sharply that it leaves this era's hyped critical hits looking like beached whales.
  10. In its own quiet, voluptuous way, Rivers and Tides, an unpretentiously brilliant documentary, uses the work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to open up the hidden drama of the natural universe.
  11. A spellbinder of the rarest kind and quality. It opens audiences up to an infinite variety of emotional and intellectual nuances.
  12. This thoroughly modern movie pulls off a classical feat. It elicits the searing combination of pity and terror that leaves a viewer feeling purged.
  13. A movie masterpiece -- thrilling, passionate and wise.
  14. It's still the Holy Grail of crazy comedy.
  15. A movie that will endure.
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  16. Man on the Train may be a modest film, but it offers privileged glimpses of transcendence.
  17. This smart, fanciful and brilliantly staged comedy takes a truly one-of-a-kind premise and makes it, of all things, a weirdly profound meditation on consciousness, identity, fame, gender and reality.
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  18. Rarely has combat been portrayed as beautifully as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Taiwanese director Ang Lee's thoughtful meditation on menace, mortality and the martial arts.
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  19. A visual masterpiece about a scared little girl's breathtaking journey of self-discovery. All of the fun is getting there.
  20. A celebration of movie-studio ohana that should warm the hearts of moviegoers everywhere.
  21. I love Rabbit-Proof Fence as drama, as protest, as moviemaking and as poetry.
  22. The movie's generosity of spirit and artistry swamps its flaws.
  23. Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience, raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This crowd-pleaser rouses honest and engulfing cheers.
  24. Watching this movie, you can dream with open eyes.
  25. The triumph of A Mighty Wind is that it makes an audience love the sing-along catchiness of folk and still break up at its banalities. This tiny titan of a movie is a perfect melding of form and content.
  26. Little miracles spring up throughout this picture.
  27. "His eye is incredibly sharp and amazing, in regard to visceral cinema," says Uma Thurman, who has worked with Tarantino on both Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. "He's a great storyteller. He's very seductive as a filmmaker."
  28. A moral, not a moralistic, movie. It's also a bracing aesthetic achievement, creating a fictional version of a factual case that illuminates as it entertains.
  29. When it comes to the oft-doomed genre of seafaring adventure, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a spectacular throwback and a great leap forward.
  30. A first-person documentary with the subterranean pull of a superb confessional novel.

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