Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,000 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 Man on Wire
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
2,000 movie reviews
  1. Little miracles spring up throughout this picture.
  2. The glory of Japanese Story is that even after a daringly abrupt plot turn, the cast maintains its empathy and lucidity without interruption.
  3. A celebration of movie-studio ohana that should warm the hearts of moviegoers everywhere.
  4. It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
  5. 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.
  6. A film that celebrates the intricacies of life in ways both splendid and mundane, revealing it all with unflinching honesty.
  7. 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.
  8. As the film opens with, predictably, "Vertigo" and its "Hello, Hello" refrain, it's his steady presence and unforced charisma that anchors each performance, allowing Bono to emote for all he's worth.
  9. Prove(s) once again how ingenious, artful and flat-out entertaining animation can be.
  10. A movie masterpiece -- thrilling, passionate and wise.
  11. The unique, serious fun of this movie - and forbidding reputation aside, it is exhilarating - lies in the way that Wiesler, Dreyman and Sieland end up collaborating unknowingly on their own Design for Living (for a while, it's like Noel Coward for moral cowards).
  12. Beguiling, moving and just plain fun documentary.
  13. British director Mike Leigh has made the first great comedy for our new depression.
  14. Overflowing with comedy and drama, The Boys of Baraka unfolds on the mean streets of Baltimore and in the wide-open spaces of Kenya.
  15. If you didn't know that Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, the enthralling new adventure-biography of Howard Hughes, you might think it was the calling card of a neophyte visual genius.
  16. This movie has a tone, look and mood all its own - it's a joyously bittersweet piece of visual music about isolation, melancholy and everyone's yearning for transcendence, through love, art or both.
  17. At last, a great contemporary holiday movie that's strictly for grown-ups - a holiday movie that really is a moviegoer's holiday from desultory daily fare.
  18. It's an experience that blows your mind, clears it and educates it.
  19. Thelma Schoonmaker, a Scorsese collaborator for over a quarter-century, did the bull's-eye editing. The moviemaking throughout is swift, unaffected, masterly.
  20. Bracingly honest and ceaselessly compelling documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Almost everything that happens - and almost everything happens within Flama's apartment - is food for dry humor and very recognizable humanity.
  21. As a writer-director, McCarthy, like the characters and the places that he suffuses with emotion, has poetry in him - and he knows how to let it out. He has a talent for demarcating those spaces in which characters can become whoever they want to be.
  22. 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.
  23. Up
    Everything about Up is an up, in the most visceral and poetic ways.
  24. In America is the most unexpected and personal triumph yet from Jim Sheridan.
  25. The Class ranks with the very best films ever made about teaching, and it's unlike any English or American film about teaching ever made.
  26. It gives you such an intense hit of creativity that afterward you may find yourself trying to jete out of the theater and into the street.
  27. The Hurt Locker redefines war-film electricity.
  28. A vibrant emotional epic.
  29. Plunges into an imaginative landscape as large as all creation - and never slackens its barreling pace or shrinks its panoramic scope.

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