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 Duck Season
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. Guerrilla provides one huge compensation: the getting of historical wisdom.
  2. (Penn)'s is a lovely, soulful performance in a movie that manages to imbue tragedy with just the right grace note of insouciance -- a movie worthy of Woody Allen himself.
  3. The love that heals and the love that kills are one and the same in the exhilarating Head-On, Fatih Akin's overgrown dead-end-kid romance for live-wire adults.
  4. Kore-eda expresses the terror of the kids' predicament with a touch that's equally tender and dispassionate.
  5. Original, unfailingly entertaining marital-breakup movie.
  6. The movie's sweetness, wit and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise.
  7. A stinging elegy for lost American dreams.
  8. Baseball, Boston and Drew Barrymore. Certainly sounds like a winning combination.
  9. An insightful, clear-headed look at relations within a Chinese-American family.
  10. Disturbing, maddening, often confusing, but also charming, engaging and challenging in all the best ways.
  11. Sure, this movie is proudly profane, but it's also funny.
  12. There's an element of the nature film to Grizzly Man, and those passages are truly stunning, offering an up-close look at these magnificent animals.
  13. Probably the most sweet-spirited sex comedy ever made. It's pretty funny, too.
  14. Will be hailed for its macabre imagination and inventive farce. But it also elegantly renders an archetypal teenage tale.
  15. For at least two-thirds of its length, all elements combine for a taut thriller, a Hitchcockian exercise in suspense pitting human frailty - can our minds be trusted? - against human resourcefulness.
  16. It flows like fast-moving lava to a climax filled with pyrotechnics. And for once in a summer blockbuster, the fireworks are both emotional and physical. The movie leaves you sated, yet wanting more -- just what you want from a series with two entries left to go.
  17. The results are often as surprising as they are funny.
  18. The astonishingly versatile Kinnear proves note-perfect as a huckster who slowly rids himself of slime.
  19. Bolt proves a refreshing throwback to the animated classics of yore.
  20. It overflows with a combustible blend of street sensitivity and testosterone.
  21. Goes down like a single-malt aged for 25 years.
  22. Ron Howard has made his best movie with Frost/Nixon, an electric political drama with a skin-prickling immediacy.
  23. Soars on the strength of strong acting and a script that stubbornly refuses to go all sappy and preachy.
  24. It's a frustrating film in that its characters resolutely defy convention, and its story offers no epiphany, no one moment when everything becomes clear.
  25. This film teaches the rewards of patience for directors, for actors and for audiences, too. The compelling reality of Juliette's plight comes from how subtly and gradually she emerges from her carapace.
  26. Most contemporary horror films derive shocks from mere torture. Let the Right One In locates most of its fright-power in the needs and confusions of people who are usually overlooked.
  27. The outcomes of all the mini-dramedies are too messy and equivocal to produce morals; that's just as it should be in a farce about confusion. Co-directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath are most intent on completing the circle of comedy.
  28. 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.
  29. It's not a great movie, but it is an enlivening and unusual one: an effervescent political film that also packs a knockout punch.
  30. The combination of 3-D photography and puppet-animation - centered on actual figures designed by hand and manipulated frame by frame - creates a world that's dense, active and fluid: a sensory Jacuzzi.

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