Baltimore Sun's Scores

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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. It's a mishmash of "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "From Here to Eternity" and "The Great Escape," with everything complex and entertaining siphoned off.
  2. Movie lite, a clueless, formulaic paint-by-numbers comedy.
  3. The result is as flat as a year-old beer commercial.
  4. All the characters are writ in broad strokes, making it impossible to sympathize with, much less relate to, anyone.
  5. As shallow and manipulative a movie as any that come to mind.
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  6. A listless, disjointed collegiate opposites-attract comedy.
  7. However you pronounce Bythewood -- I assume it's by-the-wood -- his work here is strictly by the numbers.
  8. It has graceful layers and folds and a nice swing to it, and Jackson moves superbly in it. Unfortunately, I'm talking about the kilt, not the movie.
  9. Meet the Fockers? Avoid them would be a better suggestion.
  10. A ham-fisted cautionary tale of religious fanaticism that would have been hooted out of even 19th-century theaters as melodrama of the most lurid kind.
  11. Is there anything more pathetic than a movie that will do anything for a laugh or a tear that doesn't get any laughs or tears?
  12. Formulaic 'Chuck & Larry' is a crass, unfulfilling effort.
  13. The movie has nothing to offer except titillation.
  14. A movie made at wits' end. There are four or five authentic laughs in the whole 170-minute extravaganza.
  15. Was the Swedish director, Mikael Hafstrom, taking revenge on the American star system?
  16. Forget any hope of raffish adventure if you think of seeing Flyboys.
  17. The second movie, Dead Man's Chest, is everything you feared the first would be: a theme-park spectacle lasting 2 1/2 hours.
  18. A catastrophically messy action-movie mash-up.
  19. The surefire laugh-getter centers on using a tampon to stop a nosebleed. Watching this movie, I had to hope it could stop brain-drain.
  20. It's hard, bordering on impossible, to evaluate this movie without stepping on people's beliefs.
  21. By the end, it doesn't even have the courage of its political incorrectness.
  22. It's as if all the digital tools of new millennial filmmaking fell into the hands of men who had less storytelling sense than a campfire bard or a cave painter.
  23. The latest failed Hollywood attempt to make a movie from a video game.
  24. The Loss of Sexual Innocence is belabored, pretentious and often willfully opaque. [25 Jun 1999]
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  25. At least "White Chicks" had a point behind the humor.
  26. If you're not a fan of M. Night Shyamalan's convoluted, teasing thrillers, you'll find that getting into this movie is like cracking a puzzle in which the constructor keeps breaking his own rules or grabbing new ones from ultra-thin air.
  27. When Catch That Kid isn't careening from plot point to plot point, events turning on unseen dimes, it's trying to ingratiate itself with stunts and chases that its young audience have seen done better on Saturday-morning TV.
  28. Hands-down, the best James Brolin-in-an-Italian-accent movie ever.
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  29. You have to identify pretty strongly with suffering artistes to find anything to root for in The Science of Sleep.
  30. Bullock does her damndest to be nerdy and instead becomes excruciatingly artificial - a malfunctioning verbal fun machine.

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