Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,001 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 Death Race
Score distribution:
2,001 movie reviews
  1. As good as Willis is, he's no match for Mos Def.
  2. Jew or Gentile, a good story well told is a thing to be cherished.
  3. It's an unusual and engaging romantic comedy because it's mostly about how these women ready each other for real love.
  4. Fast Food Nation offers no easy answers, but plenty of food for thought.
  5. 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.
  6. By turns grisly and hallucinatory, The Proposition is one of those grand, mythic Westerns, full of wide-open spaces and dank little hellholes, detestable bad guys and virginal women, laconic lawmen and wary natives.
  7. Only David Lynch could make the incomprehensible so compelling.
  8. Live-In Maid is a lived-in movie. Its cataclysms may be small in scale, but the movie brings us so far into these women's lives that a shattered cup creates an earthquake.
  9. What's bleakly hilarious about the whole movie is that Bekmambetov directs the nonaction scenes just as hyperbolically.
  10. 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.
  11. Until it detours into dysfunctional-family comedy-drama, Transamerica rides cross-country without ever running low on bracing, cactus-spined surprises.
  12. Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the movie.
  13. Cool!
  14. Penelope Cruz is sensational in Volver - she's its lifeblood, its raison d'etre and its meaning.
  15. The Guardian is that rarest of cinematic commodities: an action movie displaying brains and heart and the opportunity for its stars to do something more than keep the narrative flowing between explosions.
  16. 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.
  17. When it comes to what's great about King Kong, it's not the harum-scarum. It's the girl.
  18. Nolte brings this movie a piece of his heart, and grants us peace.
  19. In the strongest scenes, Ben Affleck gets his lead actors to extract the bitter juice from Lehane's wood-alcohol prose. The movie has its horrifying Gothic twists and turns, but it's never better than when it takes these two into places where the underclass goes to forget or be forgotten or get lost.
  20. The film marks Braff as a talent to watch, blessed with the sort of natural, everyman appeal that audiences eat up.
  21. With Joan Allen bringing a crisp intelligence to the sharp, unsentimental narration, it's both awful and fascinating to follow Hitler's warped growth from frustrated painter to self-appointed arbiter of Germanic art.
  22. Like Brian De Palma's 1981 masterpiece "Blow-Out," this movie contains cutting perceptions of obsession, institutional and professional myopia, misplaced loyalty in experts, misreadings of evidence and the kind of confusion that leads to conspiracy theories. But Fincher's movie falls short of masterpiece status.
  23. Kung fu purists may scoff, but escapists with a sense of humor should romp through The Forbidden Kingdom.
  24. Shortbus is nothing if not over-the-top, replete with consummated sex acts, both gay and straight.
  25. Tightly scripted and intricately plotted, the buddy film manages the neat two-step of being simultaneously profane and engaging.
  26. Kasi Lemmons' movie is called Talk to Me, but what it really does is sing to you, in the argot and cadences of soul, jazz, rock and rhythm and blues.
  27. The Wachowski Brothers once again they prove themselves our reigning masters of murk.
  28. Best of all is Jeff Bridges as the voice of Geek, a laid-back philosopher-penguin who becomes Cody's low-key guru, mentoring him in the ways of the wave.
  29. There are times when his message threatens to overwhelm his story line, and the last 15 minutes or so of Blood Diamond demonstrate what happens when sentimentality wins out over style and grit.
  30. The Duchess of Langeais is a romantic dance of death.

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