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 Cast Away
Lowest review score: 0 High Tension
Score distribution:
2,001 movie reviews
  1. Failed marital farce.
  2. It's hard to go wrong with a movie full of talking dogs. But the makers of Beverly Hills Chihuahua sure try.
  3. Under the guidance of Jon Avnet, they're (De Niro/Pacino) both playing New York police detectives - partners, no less - in the cop-and-serial-killer tale Righteous Kill, and they're thunderously mediocre.
  4. Heaven knows what the suits at Disney were thinking, for what they ended up with was a bland Jackie Chan movie and a lifeless travelogue.
  5. (Perry and Willis) are blown off the screen by Amanda Peet and Natasha Henstridge.
  6. Tries to be both poignant and wicked, and succeeds at neither.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
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  7. No visual style, amateur effects.
  8. The only hope for Inglourious Basterds is that audiences will embrace it the way the Broadway crowd did "Springtime for Hitler": because it's so bad they think it's good.
  9. Like Adam Sandler's "Mr. Deeds," this is a hybrid, hipster-cornball movie that wants to celebrate common folk but unapologetically uses words like "trailer trash" to describe them.
  10. Painstakingly painful.
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  11. The biggest crime of Van Helsing is that it resurrects classic monsters and fails to make them scary. With a full 132 minutes of feeble jokes and gimcrack phantasmagoria, it's not spine-tingling - it's butt-numbing.
  12. Simply go out and rent the original. In the thin ranks of killer-power-tool flicks, it's still the standard to beat.
  13. Congratulations, Renny Harlin. You've successfully exorcised all the horror out of The Exorcist.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The supernatural stuff is ho-hum, the dubbing is sloppy and the action will only make you pine for the younger, hungrier and more injury-prone Jackie.
  14. The only reason to see Nights in Rodanthe is to check in with Diane Lane.
  15. As sweet and hopeless and silly as a doting dad framing his second-grader's latest finger-painting and calling it a Matisse.
  16. Luhrmann steals good ideas, fair ideas and terrible ideas - anything that once moved him when he was a little boy. He's turned Australia into a more-than-you-can-eat buffet of colorful kitsch.
  17. You won't believe the story director George Clooney and his goofball TV host are trying to sell. Really.
  18. Plays like Abbott and Costello Meet Conan the Barbarian.
  19. It's disconcerting to see Ferrell, a master of macho psychosis, adopt the stop-and-go dithering of Woody Allen-style neurosis.
  20. It's hard to figure who this picture is supposed to be for. Although a cartoon, it's way too mean-spirited and crass for young kids (parents, be forewarned!). And the idea that any substantial number of adults would find this sort of thing entertaining ... let's pray civilization hasn't come to that.
  21. The film is hapless. The gap between the moviemakers' ambition and their wit is dizzying. It's as if they thought they were filming The Importance of Being Unimportant.
  22. As each male-female relationship works itself out in ways either contrived or predictable, here's betting you wind up more disappointed than enlightened.
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  23. An underlit, overlong, underwritten and overloud albatross of a movie.
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  24. The unearned air of moralism that wafts through 15 Minutes pollutes its entertainment value.
  25. Strings of four-letter words are a poor substitute for dialogue, and it's not until the movie is almost over that someone realizes there's no reason, other than assumed macho posturing, for Cube's character to go after these bad guys so hard.
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  26. A violent, dumb, offensive mess.
  27. 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.
  28. I know Empire is supposed to be a movie, but for a while, I thought I was listening to one of those talking books.
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