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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Rififi (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 End of Days
Score distribution:
1,993 movie reviews
  1. A thoughtful, engaging film.
  2. All about mood, and not one bit about action - which explains why it's at once both the most passionate film of the year so far, and the most determinedly inert.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What the film does, brilliantly, is provoke the intelligent fan to wonder if there's a limit to how far the proceedings can go.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As close to a perfect piece of satire as filmmakers have seen in quite some time.
  3. McTeer delivers a messily cheerful performance as a woman who thinks nothing of brushing her teeth with beer.
  4. In the full-house ensemble of Henry Bromell's Panic, Neve Campbell is the wild card.
  5. The Cider House Rules is about many things -- chance, passivity, free will and self-invention -- but ultimately it comes back to Larch, who emerges as a toweringly noble figure even in his weakest moments.
  6. A frequently hilarious exercise in one sex desperately trying to figure out the other.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A passionate, heart-wrenching film that is a must-see for any romantic.
  7. A thoughtful, bittersweet film biography of the Cuban writer that captures both his irrepressible spirit and his sometimes overwhelming melancholy.
  8. Levinson's quirky caper is rich with laughs.
  9. Filled with delightful sequences.
  10. Well worth the wait.
  11. Brosnan turns his typical talent on its head. So does director Boorman, who forsakes his usual tingling virtuosity.
  12. Accomplishes a delicate balancing act, that of entertaining the audience with the thrills and adventure of the Andrea Gail's final journey.
  13. Takes 20 minutes to burst into fierce, inspired filmmaking.
  14. 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.
  15. The movie's steady good humor and respect for character is pleasing - even energizing.
  16. The potential for action never lets up; you never know what's coming around the next corner.
  17. A movie of unforced nobility and quiet pleasures, Butterfly works on all sorts of levels.
  18. The Cockettes is a grand place to visit, even for those who wouldn't want to live there.
  19. Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
  20. Himalaya does for yak caravans what "Red River" did for cattle drives: it sees them as the stuff of epic conquest.
  21. Offers a welcome continuation of what has proven a fascinating journey both for the film's 11 subjects (three of the 14 opted out of the project this go-round) and its audience.
  22. Experiencing this film is like hurtling down a verbal slalom.
  23. A souped-up roadster of a film, a relentless action flick that looks great and moves with more grace and speed than seems possible.
  24. A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
  25. If the movie has a flaw, it's that the working out of Vincent's psychology is too perfect.
  26. The picture has immediacy, force and humanity. It's a muckraking work of art.
  27. The movie has dual strengths that silence most objections. Even more than "X-2" or "American Splendor," it is, in a good way, the most comic-booky movie of the year. It's also the human Winged Migration.

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