Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 1,999 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 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 High Tension
Score distribution:
1,999 movie reviews
  1. To be fair, Friedkin does amp up the tension when called for. If only it were all for some purpose, or in service to a story that actually went somewhere.
  2. A violent, dumb, offensive mess.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Tries to rock our world, but it regresses to a single-celled B-movie.
    • Baltimore Sun
  3. It's not hell, but limbo, junior high-school style.
  4. Nolan pushes the twilight-zone atmosphere so hard that it loses its capacity for mystery. When it's not assaulting us with jolting audiovisual expressions of fatigue, this movie plays like a pedestrian response to David Lynch's effortlessly eerie "Twin Peaks."
  5. Busy, over-stylized mess of a movie.
  6. The material has a definite "haven't-we-been over-this-before?" feel.
    • Baltimore Sun
  7. Pious, high-minded and bad history.
  8. Of Madonna's considerable talents, making the camera love her isn't one: The screen seems to go dead every time she's on it.
  9. So what do we have here? Lots of cars going very fast.
  10. Painstakingly painful.
    • Baltimore Sun
  11. How does an embarrassment of riches turn into mere embarrassment?
  12. The apotheosis of adolescent junk. Every sequence spews or splats carnage-filled effects. It's over-the-top, but not pleasurably so -- it's calculatedly over-the-top. The only way to get off on it is to revel in its prodigal waste of materiel.
  13. The only question is how many levels of meaning can be plumbed from the phrase "Let's party!"
  14. As shallow and manipulative a movie as any that come to mind.
    • Baltimore Sun
  15. Formless, feckless, mindless, directionless and at times stunningly humorless.
    • Baltimore Sun
  16. A hollow excuse for an erotic mystery.
  17. Too bad this movie is more tepid than the average Snipes potboiler and even rustier than his mindless Blade pictures.
    • Baltimore Sun
  18. It's the oddest case yet of the Emperor's New Clothes. After all, the Emperor in the fairy tale was naked. This movie has tons of fabulous clothing. The people disappear within their wardrobes.
  19. Movie lite, a clueless, formulaic paint-by-numbers comedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    It seems that in the movies, at least, there is a limit to how far low expectations can take you.
    • Baltimore Sun
  20. The dramatic content in Memento is as blank as Leonard's post-traumatic mental state.
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  21. American art movies rarely come fancier or emptier than Northfork, a down-home arabesque made of angel fluff.
  22. Needs a story.
  23. A hollow, relentless mess.
  24. Wonderland marks a "biopic" first: Moviegoers will know less about the real-life subject going out than they did going in.
  25. Simply go out and rent the original. In the thin ranks of killer-power-tool flicks, it's still the standard to beat.
  26. Never persuasively dramatize the agony, ecstasy and intricacy of composing poetry. Without that aesthetic component, all you see is that Plath's hunger for life couldn't compete with her death wish.
  27. Beyond Borders keeps angling for a peace prize; it might have won more hearts and minds if it came together as a movie.
  28. Lackluster in narrative and in no way original or innovative, the movie is pretty much generic Disney, a film about universal brotherhood stitched together from parts that worked better in other films.

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