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 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. Most of the film is one big blooper reel. There's not enough of a gap between the rejects and the finished movie.
  2. Whatever spark the newer Precinct 13 has comes from its supporting players.
  3. There's nothing about The Wedding Date that isn't forced or labored; there's only a stubborn determination to embrace every cliche and make sure the stars photograph well.
  4. It's disconcerting to see Ferrell, a master of macho psychosis, adopt the stop-and-go dithering of Woody Allen-style neurosis.
  5. The residents of Beauty Shop never quite gel. Instead of camaraderie, the feeling is one of bare tolerance.
  6. All this is out of the Haunted House 101 textbook.
  7. All the characters are writ in broad strokes, making it impossible to sympathize with, much less relate to, anyone.
  8. There's no irony within the film, but there's a whopping irony surrounding it. Just as Star Wars has finally ended, Rocky seems to be starting all over again.
  9. It's hard to know what these stars are ready for after this fiasco. Maybe a fitness video.
  10. At least The Honeymooners is not one of those remakes that looks bad compared to the original. It's just bad, period.
  11. As sweet and hopeless and silly as a doting dad framing his second-grader's latest finger-painting and calling it a Matisse.
  12. This movie makes it official: No matter how awful, even the networks and basic cable are now officially hipper than the studios.
  13. Forget chemistry: There's no biology to the star casting.
  14. Roos suffers from fallen archness in his interminable new movie Happy Endings. He wants to be mischievous and ambitious and "human," all at the same time. He ends up with delusions of tragicomic grandeur that leave an audience fed up and dissatisfied.
  15. There's little that's special about Underclassman, certainly nothing that Murphy and Eddie Griffin haven't done better in movies far funnier than this.
  16. Unfortunately, nothing in it rings with the faintest tinkle of truth.
  17. 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.
  18. The film's storytelling and image-making lack originality and vitality. Nothing sticks to your memory unless you come in with recollections of the book.
  19. W.
    The movie plays like a dunk-the-clown game at a carnival. Through intent or ineptitude, he sets up the Bush family and administrations as caricatures.
  20. The only reason to see Nights in Rodanthe is to check in with Diane Lane.
  21. Starts out mixing social burlesques and melodrama and ends up one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.
  22. This Women doesn't take place in reality or even in a glamorous urban fantasyland. It's strictly TV Land.
  23. 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.
  24. What kills Max Payne is that the characters think and feel in slow motion. Half the time, mentally, they're just running in place.
  25. It's hard to go wrong with a movie full of talking dogs. But the makers of Beverly Hills Chihuahua sure try.
  26. It's no compliment to say a movie is "all of a piece" if the piece is all worn out. For all its surface harshness, this movie is a star vehicle at once rickety and cozy.
  27. Revolutionary Road isn't just a failed literary adaptation. It's a failure of the worst kind: It doesn't even make you want to read Richard Yates' deservedly legendary book.
  28. Look, I love dogs. But this film tried my patience almost beyond endurance.
  29. This film isn't an enjoyable martial-arts extravaganza like "District B-13" or the "Transporter" films.
  30. The problem with Confessions of a Shopaholic isn't conspicuous consumption. It's ostentatious idiocy.

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