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. A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. De Niro and Stiller combine to bring on laughs you don't have to feel guilty about.
  5. Scratch will make even the uninitiated believe in the joy and propulsive power of hip-hop.
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  6. 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.
  7. A movie of unforced nobility and quiet pleasures, Butterfly works on all sorts of levels.
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  8. One genuine small triumph of American Splendor is that the title isn't ironic. The movie is a splendid, inventive piece of urban Americana about that hardboiled original, Harvey Pekar.
  9. The only thing missing from this rich production is an emotional charge, which Highsmith could create on the page but which Minghella doesn't quite capture on screen.
  10. It's sometimes said that the greatest test of a chef is cooking something cheap and simple, like a piece of chicken or a hamburger. In a movie that testifies to simple pleasures, Taylor and company pass that test again and again.
  11. The results are often as surprising as they are funny.
  12. There's great action moviemaking here: You learn what it means to "carve" a pool, as you learn what it means to "close off" the boxing ring in Ali.
  13. It's not a great movie, but it is an enlivening and unusual one: an effervescent political film that also packs a knockout punch.
  14. 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.
  15. A frequently hilarious exercise in one sex desperately trying to figure out the other.
  16. Well-paced, scathingly funny satire of the fashion industry and its eminently lampoonable pomposity.
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  17. 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.
  18. The astonishingly versatile Kinnear proves note-perfect as a huckster who slowly rids himself of slime.
  19. Accomplishes a delicate balancing act, that of entertaining the audience with the thrills and adventure of the Andrea Gail's final journey.
  20. Hannibal isn't art. But for filmgoers with a taste for the absurd and a tolerance for the blackest of black humor, it's one heck of a thrill ride.
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  21. It's a documentary about acknowledging genius, about just desserts, about artistic muses that refuse to give up. It's about great camaraderie and great music.
  22. A grand, sweeping nostalgia trip that evokes the sickness of an era even as it tries to find its essential humanity.
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  23. Without proclaiming itself a wake-up call for the West, In This World cries out for some new method of achieving international trust.
  24. This picture is jagged and exciting; it tells several plots imperfectly, yet makes them add up to a great American story about integrity challenged and triumphant.
  25. This is Mitchell's show, and his performance lives up to his triple billing as writer, director and star.
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  26. An insightful, clear-headed look at relations within a Chinese-American family.
  27. A souped-up roadster of a film, a relentless action flick that looks great and moves with more grace and speed than seems possible.
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  28. The Station Agent has craft and pace and that far rarer quality, fellow-feeling.
  29. Isn't an act of expiation but a gift of understanding.
  30. The movie never undercuts his brilliance and his unexpected charisma. No matter how high his degree of malevolence, he cuts a bigger figure after you see the movie than he did before.

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