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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2,000 movie reviews
  1. An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal.
  2. The Sea Inside brings us outside and inside ourselves, and takes us to brave new aesthetic depths.
  3. The movie grows richer as it goes along and contrasting pieces click together.
  4. Howl's Moving Castle is one animated epic that has it all: poetic intensity, potent storytelling, vivid and surprising characters, and intoxicating powers of visual imagination.
  5. Hathaway carries you on an emotional whirligig that can be horrifying and funny, hopeful and devastating.
  6. Venus is a magnificent tribute to actors by filmmakers who know they are the essential human material of theater and the screen.
  7. The Prisoner of Azkaban is to Harry Potter what that other No. 3, "Goldfinger," was to James Bond: the movie that takes the invention and gamesmanship of the series to a whole new giddy peak.
  8. Black and white has never looked more stark.
    • Baltimore Sun
  9. Voluptuous dance about love, pain and the whole damn thing.
  10. A chilling reminder of the precipice the world stands on nowadays, from a man who looked over the edge more than once.
  11. The movie pays tribute to sexual equality and to each gender's agility and strength of character.
  12. One happy surprise after another, even when the content is bittersweet or sad.
  13. A glorious medieval war movie. It's about war as the ultimate pitch of conflict that tries men's souls, and women's, too.
  14. The movie is a marvel - bold, lucid and succinct (even at 123 minutes). It's also harrowing and moving in its depiction of noncombatant men, women and children caught between terrorism and counter-terrorism.
  15. Enraging and inspiring. It boasts the miraculous quality of finding a letter in a bottle and discovering that its authors are alive.
  16. Mirren brings intellect, humor and romance to the role of Elizabeth II.
  17. A revealing, intimate, quirky and generous portrait of nothing less than the American Dream.
    • Baltimore Sun
  18. The real attraction is watching all these guys and gals on the train, so young, so dedicated to their music, so unconcerned about almost everything else.
  19. A terrifically engrossing war film in which not a single shot is fired, a movie about shaping events rather than being shaped by them.
    • Baltimore Sun
  20. The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace.
  21. Just when you might give up on young American film directors making art the way Bergman and Kurosawa did, along comes Bennett Miller's quiet, tumultuous Capote.
  22. Actually moves, whisking the audience on a funny, sad and extraordinary journey through a singularly compelling moment in American pop culture.
  23. 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.
  24. For Americans, Gomorrah will play like every other Mafia epic - and no other Mafia epic.
  25. Deep Blue is pure bliss. This documentary about ocean life in all its forms achieves its own tidal pull with visual marvels that conjure a Darwinian delirium.
  26. Stops your heart and keeps your belly jiggling with laughter. It's an improbably sunny tragicomedy.
  27. If any movie can rid Americans of "Iraq war fatigue," it's Charles Ferguson's muscular documentary No End in Sight.
  28. It is, at once, among the most riveting and hard-to-watch documentaries of recent years.
  29. As magical as it is realistic.
  30. Unfolds amid the mechanized carnage of World War I. Yet everything in it is personal. That's why it's a masterpiece.

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