Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 1,999 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 Twisted
Lowest review score: 0 The Strangers
Score distribution:
1,999 movie reviews
  1. So far in this year's cartoon feature sweepstakes, Shrek the Third rules.
  2. There's not a false moment within the film's 88-minute running time, nor many that could be done any better.
  3. Infuriating and funny, the film forges a disturbing diagram from the avarice and chaos of a slapdash, heartless system.
  4. Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
  5. Fresh, funny and unfailingly observant, Rocket Science is a mood-swinging movie about adolescence that lifts audiences' spirits even when its hero is down in the dumps.
  6. This film about fierce competition among classic video-game players is a comic action epic in documentary form. It captures fear -- and heroism -- in a handful of dusty video games.
  7. The rousing new Western 3:10 to Yuma has the sweep of an epic and the economy of a stopwatch.
  8. Even if you have no interest in Joy Division, this picture is worth seeing for the unsentimental empathy and passion of the moviemaking.
  9. Wristcutters: A Love Story is a lousy title for a lovely-loony picture about an afterlife for suicides. It's an off-road "road movie" about people who off themselves.
  10. This movie provides no phony catharsis or closure; it develops a vision of people growing in spurts from their most terrible mistakes.
  11. In a stroke of voice-casting genius, the voices of Marjane and her mother are provided by real-life mother and daughter Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, respectively, both of whom bring heft and measured emotion to the characters.
  12. The impact is hypnotic.
  13. For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement.
  14. The gritty heist picture The Bank Job has everything adult action fans could want, starting with a grand, fact-inspired gimmick.
  15. Stays true to the spirit and characters of the book while embellishing it to overflowing.
  16. Shine a Light has two maestros, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, and once they begin to mesh, around the third or fourth song, they put on a display of showmanship that erases the line between art and entertainment.
  17. Standard Operating Procedure says that human nature abhors moral vacuums - but sometimes humans get sucked into them.
  18. Downey and Favreau and the special-effects team transform the trying-out of the armor and its powers into slapstick cadenzas. But equally entertaining is Stark's and Potts' recognition that they share more than a mere working chemistry.
  19. The movie has been compared, with some reason, to the French New Wave. But it's like "Jules and Jim" or "Band of Outsiders" blended with "A Hard Day's Night."
  20. The title Tell No One recalls the days when ads proclaimed, "No one will be seated after the first 15 minutes" and "Be considerate of your neighbors: Don't give away the ending of this picture." Both rules apply to this canny, refreshingly emotional and intuitive thriller.
  21. It's a summery idyll: his most entertaining picture since "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) or maybe "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999).
  22. What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
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  23. A marvelously subversive, slyly manipulative effort.
  24. Few directors are able to showcase actors with fast-cutting techniques. Hill is an ace at it because everything about his action is organic.
  25. Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
  26. The kind of movie that gives mainstream Hollywood star vehicles a good name.
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  27. This movie is about the survival of the open-minded. As far as current American independents go, it's the fastest and the funniest.
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  28. Ali
    It's one of the most ambitious biographical films ever made in this country, and one of the most unusual, moving and exciting.
  29. The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
  30. Scratch will make even the uninitiated believe in the joy and propulsive power of hip-hop.
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