Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 1,998 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 The Simpsons Movie
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. There are no surprise twists, no characters who rise above themselves, no cheap happy endings. There are just people struggling with emotions and situations they think are beyond their control.
  2. Has nearly perfect pitch.
  3. Offers plenty of honest, good-natured laughs in the process. That's something young and old can appreciate equally.
  4. A first-rate sail into Adventureland.
  5. Entertaining, thrilling and honestly sentimental, it's an equal-opportunity crowd-pleaser.
  6. Without proclaiming itself a wake-up call for the West, In This World cries out for some new method of achieving international trust.
  7. The Station Agent has craft and pace and that far rarer quality, fellow-feeling.
  8. 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.
  9. Replete with so many wisecracks, puns, double entendres and visual jokes that you almost need a flow chart to keep up with them all. But try; the effort is definitely worthwhile, and the results are hilarious.
  10. Gloriously funky in the good old meaning of the term. Its vulgarity may be offensive, but it's also pungent and real, and it fuels some ferocious humor.
  11. Monsieur Ibrahim is about people interacting as people, not symbols (one reason, Sharif has said, he took the role was to help his grandchildren's generation understand that idea).
  12. This picture boasts a story about a yarn-spinning Southern father (Albert Finney) and a sober-sided son (Billy Crudup) that gives it ballast and staying power beyond anything in previous, precious Burton fables like "Edward Scissorhands" or "Ed Wood."
  13. Director and dancers catch the audience up in a web of imagination.
  14. Spring, Summer values life, beauty and even human fallibility, ascribing to humanity a nobility we neglect at our own peril.
  15. The Saddest Music In the World may not be for all tastes, but maybe it should be.
  16. A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated.
  17. 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.
  18. Remarkable documentary.
  19. A near-great British neo-noir, harsh yet hypnotic. Its psychological vortex can suck you in and leave you reeling.
  20. To discover why movie fans are screaming for more Will Ferrell, and to savor the work of improv wizards like Carell, go see Anchorman.
  21. The risks these guys take seem outlandish, their accomplishments otherworldly.
  22. The true heartbreak of Maria Full of Grace is that it never comes.
  23. 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.
  24. Garden State is filled with characters you long to know more about, in situations to which almost anyone can relate. And that's as near a can't-miss movie formula as one can get.
  25. The result is a highly critical and impossible-to-dismiss examination of the administration's rush to war that is sure to move both sides of the political spectrum to apoplexy.
  26. Gloriously retro, unashamedly celebratory of the joy of moviemaking and the love of old-fashioned heroism.
  27. A Dirty Shame is certainly dirty, and maybe it's even a shame. But this is the John Waters we've come to know and cherish, and that alone is cause to celebrate.
  28. Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
  29. Like the coolest train set a kid ever had. It's not real and the faces on the toy people don't look human, but it has bells and whistles galore and will take you as far as your imagination allows.
  30. The glory of the movie is Depp, who achieves his own immortality.

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