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 Why We Fight
Lowest review score: 0 High Tension
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. The movie is supremely nonjudgmental and balanced.
  2. It's intelligent and emotional, not studied or sappy.
  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. Sugar is a near-great movie with qualities more unusual than some all-time classics. It resists cliche at every turn and puts something solid in its place: raw yet controlled observation that gives the film the form of a flexing muscle.
  5. Whereas the TV series rarely flinched when it came to showing the animal world as it is, Earth always pulls back at the last second. It shows a cheetah pulling down a gazelle, but not the feast that follows.
  6. 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.
  7. A delirious surprise .
  8. Humpday mixes hilarity with upset as the irresistible force of male pride meets the immovable object of sexual identity.
  9. Paul Giamatti - that huddle of broiling instincts, out-of-control impulses and aggravated ardor epitomized in "Sideways" - you feel his soul's absence as dearly as its presence.
  10. The result is an exciting, infuriating, combative experience.
  11. It's a nightmare that starts like a normal daytime drive and ends in a vortex-like sinkhole.
  12. 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The coincidences pile up in Career Girls, but by then Leigh has involved us so fully in the emotional lives of his characters that the contrivances are easily dismissed.
  13. This is a movie that's really about how much fun Glenn Milstead had being Divine, and how he — perhaps unexpectedly — found so many fans willing to go along for the ride. That's an American success story worth celebrating.
  14. Nolte brings this movie a piece of his heart, and grants us peace.
  15. Rambles and sometimes wobbles like a runaway movie. But Schreiber's instincts keep the film frolicsome and vital.
  16. Despite the movie's several shortcomings, it leaves us sated. That's because, unlike Oliver's workhouse, it does give "some more" - more emotional breadth, more hardscrabble farce, and more haunting drama.
  17. In a society where athletic competitions are too often likened to war, the recognition that everyone's equal once they're off the playing field is a welcome reminder of that little thing called perspective, not to mention sportsmanship.
  18. Jew or Gentile, a good story well told is a thing to be cherished.
  19. Cool!
  20. Until it detours into dysfunctional-family comedy-drama, Transamerica rides cross-country without ever running low on bracing, cactus-spined surprises.
  21. The most exhilaratingly horrifying movie to come out in years.
  22. A humorous bounty of flesh and fantasy.
  23. When it comes to what's great about King Kong, it's not the harum-scarum. It's the girl.
  24. Both handmade and souped-up, it beautifully renders two types of camaraderie: the bonds among eccentrics and the fellowship of speed.
  25. It does offer that most pleasant and valuable of viewing experiences: A message movie in which story and character come first.
  26. As good as Willis is, he's no match for Mos Def.
  27. Some of the movie's sunniest moments arrive as Chappelle ambles through Ohio. He's an observational comic with a drawling syntax that's almost as sly as Mark Twain's.
  28. The Wachowski Brothers once again they prove themselves our reigning masters of murk.
  29. It twists in on itself mercilessly, rarely pausing to let the viewers catch up, but that's OK. A movie like this depends on staying at least a step ahead of its audience, and this one surely does.

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