Baltimore Sun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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 1.5 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. Filled with delightful sequences.
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  2. Ron Howard has made his best movie with Frost/Nixon, an electric political drama with a skin-prickling immediacy.
  3. A bittersweet joy. Its humor and romance are refreshing because the writer-director, Greg Mottola, realizes that maturity is a two-steps-forward, one-step-backward process.
  4. Bright Star delivers a prismatic depiction - tart, funny and piercing - of the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in the three years before he died, in 1821, at age 25.
  5. 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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  6. Screwball farce, romance, domestic tragicomedy and literary frolic rolled into one.
  7. 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.
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  8. Greengrass has a fine sense of pacing, keeping events moving. It's rarely hard to guess what's going to happen next, but events unfold with such gusto that there's barely time to notice that.
  9. The film mixes the psychological with the supernatural, the profane with the ridiculous, the self-indulgent with the understated, and dares you to assume anything. It's all great fun.
  10. Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
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  11. Gloriously retro, unashamedly celebratory of the joy of moviemaking and the love of old-fashioned heroism.
  12. It's a nightmare that starts like a normal daytime drive and ends in a vortex-like sinkhole.
  13. Four Christmases works because of some genuinely funny setups, a pace that never dwells on one gag (or even one family) too long and a careful mix of slapstick and bawdy humor. But mostly, the film works because of the astonishing acting talent the filmmakers brought together to make it.
  14. Without ever telling viewers what to think or how to feel, it raises more questions about the corruption of crime and crime fighting than any expose or thesis.
  15. As the sequence builds, it accretes so many heroic and nightmarish associations it plays like a prelude to apocalypse, which of course will come in Episode III. Attack of the Clones is part soda pop, part witches' brew - and all visual ambrosia.
  16. Captures the feel of a first-rate comic book. It puts the pop back into Pop Art: It blows viewers away with a blast of kinetic energy.
  17. A marvelously subversive, slyly manipulative effort.
  18. Kore-eda expresses the terror of the kids' predicament with a touch that's equally tender and dispassionate.
  19. Absorbing, artfully executed.
  20. A dizzying - sometimes frustrating - marvel of moviemaking instinct and ingenuity.
  21. Disturbing, maddening, often confusing, but also charming, engaging and challenging in all the best ways.
  22. Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity. The movie belongs to Salieri.
  23. A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
  24. The movie may not be perfect, but it's jam-packed with goodies -- like a breakfast cereal fun-pack with a prize on every box-top.
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  25. The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.
  26. Has nearly perfect pitch.
  27. The kind of movie that gives mainstream Hollywood star vehicles a good name.
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    • 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.
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  28. Remarkable documentary.
  29. Guerrilla provides one huge compensation: the getting of historical wisdom.

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