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 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2,000 movie reviews
  1. Unsparing and uplifting - a wickedly difficult combination to pull off, but one that gives the film an emotional weight that's impossible to dismiss.
  2. The potential for action never lets up; you never know what's coming around the next corner.
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  3. To discover why movie fans are screaming for more Will Ferrell, and to savor the work of improv wizards like Carell, go see Anchorman.
  4. Paints a vivid and darkly humorous picture of a world where directors are all-powerful and vampires are real; whether you want to buy into either fantasy is up to you. I did, and had a grand old time.
  5. Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without illusion or sentimentality.
  6. It's the rare film that trusts both its audience's intelligence and its emotions.
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  7. An unrelentingly dark vision that's as hard to watch as it is impossible to walk away from.
  8. Bolt proves a refreshing throwback to the animated classics of yore.
  9. It's a top-notch action film, albeit on the bloody side, complete with decisive action, mysterious characters and a nobility and sense of purpose that allows its excesses to be forgiven.
  10. Alien, even with some scene tinkering that has left this "director's cut" one minute shorter than its original release, is still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever.
  11. It's a zombie flick that moves -- no stumbling, staggering living dead here -- in an atmosphere that feels like a Gothic docudrama, and it's freaky beyond all reason.
  12. A sophisticated thrill. And incandescent Thandie Newton is a worthy successor to Audrey Hepburn in 'Charade.'
  13. It's intelligent and emotional, not studied or sappy.
  14. Paul Giamatti - that huddle of broiling instincts, out-of-control impulses and aggravated ardor epitomized in "Sideways" - you feel his soul's absence as dearly as its presence.
  15. Probably the most sweet-spirited sex comedy ever made. It's pretty funny, too.
  16. Will be hailed for its macabre imagination and inventive farce. But it also elegantly renders an archetypal teenage tale.
  17. The images here are graphic and disturbing. But Miike somehow manages to stop just short of disgusting.
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  18. A remarkable film about a remarkable man who's lived the kind of life usually reserved for adventure novels and pulp fiction.
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  19. Sure, this movie is proudly profane, but it's also funny.
  20. The perfect film for anyone who finds the Keystone Cops a little too understated and I mean that as a compliment.
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  21. This is a marvelous film, a look at the strange, exasperatingly labyrinthine process of adolescence and the diverse ways people find to deal with it.
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  22. 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.
  23. Viewers impressed by the fairly standard martial-arts action of "Crouching Tiger" will really be wowed after seeing this film.
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  24. Goes down like a single-malt aged for 25 years.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As close to a perfect piece of satire as filmmakers have seen in quite some time.
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  25. Offers a welcome perspective, reminding us that extremism in the name of a values system is nothing new -- not even on these shores.
  26. Levinson's quirky caper is rich with laughs.
  27. Turns the kleig lights around to produce a wry and dead-on commentary on the film industry and the journalists who cover it.
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The whole plot is a shambles. And yet none of this matters much when you're laughing as hard as this film makes you laugh.
  28. The glory of the movie is Depp, who achieves his own immortality.

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