Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 1,993 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Cars
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
1,993 movie reviews
  1. Jacobson and his actors do so much with the characters that they leave an ambiguous residue of blood-streaked regrets and sadness.
  2. By turns grisly and hallucinatory, The Proposition is one of those grand, mythic Westerns, full of wide-open spaces and dank little hellholes, detestable bad guys and virginal women, laconic lawmen and wary natives.
  3. This documentary (like the fact-based 2004 feature Miracle) demonstrates how powerful true sports stories can be when they delve into the mystery of leadership instead of falling back on nostalgia.
  4. The opening half-hour may prove to be a disreputable classic of pedal-to-the-metal filmmaking.
  5. Who Killed the Electric Car? makes you feel that no good idea, let alone good deed, goes unpunished. Only the exuberance of the moviemaking keeps your spirits high.
  6. Will Ferrell does chicken-fried comedy right: with crackpot discipline and stripped-to-the-beer-belly courage.
  7. The film marks Braff as a talent to watch, blessed with the sort of natural, everyman appeal that audiences eat up.
  8. This team has succeeded at making a film that opens a subculture without programming our responses to it.
  9. The triumph of American Hardcore is that it convinces general audiences that there were vast underground reservoirs of angst and anguish to be tapped.
  10. The Guardian is that rarest of cinematic commodities: an action movie displaying brains and heart and the opportunity for its stars to do something more than keep the narrative flowing between explosions.
  11. Shortbus is nothing if not over-the-top, replete with consummated sex acts, both gay and straight.
  12. Both a condemnation of torture as a political tool and a tribute to the bravery that exists within everyone.
  13. Penelope Cruz is sensational in Volver - she's its lifeblood, its raison d'etre and its meaning.
  14. Fast Food Nation offers no easy answers, but plenty of food for thought.
  15. The film's impact and poignancy are undeniable.
  16. There are times when his message threatens to overwhelm his story line, and the last 15 minutes or so of Blood Diamond demonstrate what happens when sentimentality wins out over style and grit.
  17. Only David Lynch could make the incomprehensible so compelling.
  18. No one has caught the pride, remorse and pain of an unloved and possibly unlovable husband better than Edward Norton in The Painted Veil.
  19. Vanya's journey to find his mom is not easy or picturesque or heartwarming. But it's also never without hope.
  20. In every important way, Breach isn't just a solid thriller; it's also an ambitious and engrossing piece of narrative journalism.
  21. Like Brian De Palma's 1981 masterpiece "Blow-Out," this movie contains cutting perceptions of obsession, institutional and professional myopia, misplaced loyalty in experts, misreadings of evidence and the kind of confusion that leads to conspiracy theories. But Fincher's movie falls short of masterpiece status.
  22. The Breakfast Club meets Rear Window. The result should satisfy dating crowds from high school to night school.
  23. A quiet, heartfelt story of love and loss.
  24. Best of all is Jeff Bridges as the voice of Geek, a laid-back philosopher-penguin who becomes Cody's low-key guru, mentoring him in the ways of the wave.
  25. Cotillard brings honesty to histrionics. She makes Piaf - "the little sparrow" - soar.
  26. Bright semi-adult entertainment.
  27. The scenes between Dengler and Duane, between a force of nature and a force of reason, are the real heart of the film.
  28. The whole film is about innocence and experience, and if it isn't a Blakean song, it is a sturdy and vibrant piece of prose.
  29. Kasi Lemmons' movie is called Talk to Me, but what it really does is sing to you, in the argot and cadences of soul, jazz, rock and rhythm and blues.
  30. Live-In Maid is a lived-in movie. Its cataclysms may be small in scale, but the movie brings us so far into these women's lives that a shattered cup creates an earthquake.

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