Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,017 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 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
2017 movie reviews
  1. When Crews is onscreen, White Chicks is a film that fears nothing and no one. When he's not, it's a film too tentative and soft-hearted to scale the farcical heights to which it aspires.
  2. Young Cyrus is undeniably cute, and some of her songs are as catchy as the law allows - especially "Hoedown Throwdown," But asked to anchor a full-length movie, she simply doesn't have the chops to pull it off.
  3. Gets credit for avoiding the easy path. Too bad the path it chooses doesn't lead us anywhere we want to be taken.
    • Baltimore Sun
  4. Moonlight Mile leavens the mood occasionally, but it cheapens things by insisting that everybody onscreen and in the audience leavethe theater smiling.
    • Baltimore Sun
  5. Is there anyone out there who hasn't seen this movie a dozen times before? Maybe even as recently as last week, since it's basically the same story line as the funnier, if less heartfelt, "Four Christmases."
  6. Starts out as a barbed, poignant little movie and turns into an excruciating slow-motion car wreck.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Has the fingerprints of earnest, first-time filmmakers all over it.
  7. What the film needs is more heart, humor and maybe some honest-to-goodness humility, not energy. And unfortunately, that's about all Gooding seems able to bring to it.
  8. The strong young cast keeps the film from being a total waste.
    • Baltimore Sun
  9. There are moments, heaven forgive me, that left me chuckling. Not to mention eternally grateful that it's these guys doing this stuff, and not me.
  10. Gracie is painfully earnest, which might be OK were it not also painfully trite, painfully cliched and painfully formulaic.
  11. And the movie, likable for short stretches, ends up seeming worn and frayed, like Christmas decorations left hanging until spring.
  12. The problem with Lions for Lambs isn't its political engagement but its cinematic disengagement. Robert Redford directs and stars in this ambitious talkathon, which would have been more effective as a radio play.
  13. Jarrold's reduction of the story is so archetypal that it's indistinguishable from soap opera.
  14. Although the acclaimed documentary Gunner Palace contains some electrifying vignettes of the Iraq war, its jaggedly elliptical and hopped-up style lands it in a limbo between ragged and slick.
  15. Does it make it as a movie? Only in fits and starts.
  16. Too much about the game and not enough about the town, the players and everything else.
  17. Genteel but ultimately unnecessary entertainment.
  18. No matter how "mock" this epic gets, it isn't mock enough. The "D" in the title must stand for dead weight.
  19. Fans should be satisfied, but it's hard to imagine anyone else will be much interested in TMNT.
  20. Even the title is off. I haven't heard an honest "Lucky You" since I was in sixth grade. For most people it registers as a sneer.
  21. In its own B-film, let's-make-them-jump-out-of-their-seats way, Bats is quite the hoot.
    • Baltimore Sun
  22. Determinedly genial and relentlessly bland.
  23. The setup is bad even by slasher-film standards: poorly acted, atrociously written and unimaginatively directed. But once Freddy and Jason have at it, the movie takes on a recklessly kinetic energy that finally delivers on its title's promise.
  24. Most of the movie makes too much sense and is no fun at
  25. It's obvious and stereotypical. It's leaden and unconvincing. It's not nearly as outrageous as it thinks it is.
    • Baltimore Sun
  26. A toothless series of vignettes rather than an insider satire on par with, say, "Bowfinger."
  27. Sahara doesn't waste time on introductions. It wastes time in other ways.
  28. It wants to be like no other movie you've ever seen. It's more like every movie you've ever seen.
    • Baltimore Sun
  29. The movie gets as overblown and masochistic as the worst Joan Crawford vehicle. Its saving grace is that Bernal really does have his own deep-set, smoldering variation on Bette Davis eyes.

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