Baltimore Sun's Scores

  • Movies
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For 2,000 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 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2,000 movie reviews
  1. Kids, except for the very youngest, are going to be bored.
  2. Little more than an electronic press kit for the band, produced for the benefit of its fans.
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  3. Crush is the kind of movie that gives friendship a bad name.
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  4. Unfortunately, nothing in it rings with the faintest tinkle of truth.
  5. 8 Women would probably be a looser, giddier salute to show-biz ideas of femininity if it were performed by eight drag queens.
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  6. Catwoman is a mess, there's really no other way to describe it... It doesn't work as high art, and it's too ponderous to be truly high camp. As a fashion shoot for the pin-up crowd, however, it's the cat's meow.
  7. Maybe this is a psychological thriller after all: Every thinking member of the audience will be driven insane.
  8. Sheila Bernette, as an aged pickpocket, is less a stereotype than an escapee from some provincial British comedy of the early 1950s. But she steals necklaces and knickknacks with such finesse and gusto that she also steals the movie.
  9. If it worked, The Fast and the Furious would put viewers in the same position as the policeman protagonist, attracted to speed but appalled by crime. Instead it sentences you to an hour and a half in a high-decibel limbo.
  10. The serial-killer thriller of the week, should have gotten a life of its own instead of trying to steal it from Michael Pye's novel of the same name and several other movies.
  11. Most of the film is one big blooper reel. There's not enough of a gap between the rejects and the finished movie.
  12. Starts out mixing social burlesques and melodrama and ends up one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.
  13. Two of the most insistently unlikable movie creations to afflict audiences in some time, a pair of self-obsessed anti-romanticists who spend some two decades doing stupid things at each other's behest. They also whine a lot.
  14. There's less here than meets the eye, not to mention the ear, nose, tongue and fingertip.
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  15. The story is without an original thought, the characters little more than caricatures (unappealing ones, at that) and the filmmaking so uninspired that it's hard to imagine anyone embracing it with anything more than a shrug and a wonder why they didn't wait to catch it on TV.
  16. 17 Again errs not only by covering such well-trod ground, but also by doing so through a main character - played by a game but ill-served Zac Efron - who's about as dense as they come.
  17. Misfires on nearly every possible level.
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  18. Ends up neither fish nor fowl. It's a misanthrope's "E.T."
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  19. What kills Max Payne is that the characters think and feel in slow motion. Half the time, mentally, they're just running in place.
  20. The low points in this movie aren't just catastrophic: they're bewildering.
  21. In this movie, when the honeymoon is over it's really over.
  22. To his (Snipes) credit, there are few other stars who could breathe a degree of credibility into a film like The Art of War.
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  23. Sttrictly movie-of-the-week stuff. And not very good stuff, at that.
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  24. A mistaken message is a price a filmmaker pays when he tries to load weighty themes like the cycle of violence on an overgrown boy who scoots around on a bicycle.
  25. At some point the foul language, lascivious sight gags, references to sex toys, violence against animals and cruelty toward children simply ceases to be funny.
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  26. The best thing about Black Knight is when it finally says goodnight.
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  27. Will pop your eyes without tickling your funny bone.
  28. Giamatti provides those small moments of triumph that Duets pretends to celebrate but instead stifles with its sense of superiority.
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  29. It's not hell, but limbo, junior high-school style.
  30. Never makes the Jordans' tribulations feel like anything more than yuppie angst.

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