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 Atonement
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. By the end, Pootie Tang feels as long as Kevin Costner's "Wyatt Earp."
  2. Life as a House mounts a brutally insensitive attack on its audience's sensitivities.
  3. Adam Sandler does Frank Capra wrong. His unfunny remake stomps all over the honest values and endearing qualities of the original.
  4. The Emperor's Club is a beautiful fraud -- as gracefully proportioned as a Christopher Wren academy, yet as devoid of content as a prep-school promo film.
  5. The only way sober adults will keep awake is wondering how the lead mobsters on "The Sopranos" -- who also are amateur film critics -- will rank the movie next year on HBO.
  6. To call Death to Smoochy satire -- or parody, burlesque, or even lampoon -- would be too generous. The moviemakers merely glide on the thin ice of yesterday's cynicism.
  7. The collateral damage of action products like Ballistic is to the sensibility of the audience.
  8. Fails to meld suspense and farce or to bring even the wildest pursuits and smash-ups any visual sense of comedy.
  9. A very funny movie ... in some alternate universe, maybe.
  10. Aimless and unfocused.
  11. A misfire in almost every direction.
  12. Not enough to keep Clockstoppers from turning viewers into clock-watchers.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The only bits worth watching are the scenes where Olsen is in full Carrey mode and Richardson is doing his best Jeff Daniels. The spot-on impersonations take the mind off the plot, the poo-poo gags, the clunky chase scene and the ripped-off finale.
  13. If you do insist on seeing this film, don't arrive late: the clever, animated opening credits are a stitch, suggesting a sprightliness of touch and winsome wickedness of tone that's missing from the rest of the movie.
  14. A brain-dead buddy-movie tearjerker with semi-tasteful romance and tasteful gore mixed in with the derring-do.
  15. The film is so busy that every minute is exhausting. It's as if the filmmakers were idealistic teen-agers afflicted with a group case of Attention Deficit Disorder.
  16. This chick flick never should have made it out of the incubator.
  17. This kind of fiasco turns movie critics into so many Night Stalkers.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The plot is as thin and confusing as it sounds.
  18. What we have here is a film where the first 20 minutes are repeated again and again until everything comes to an absolutely predictable end.
  19. How can we make the entire movie disappear?
  20. How did an embarrassment of comic-book riches become simply an embarrassment as a movie?
  21. What's more annoying than the screenplay's relentless assaultiveness is its odd, sordid cuteness.
  22. Fanaro's script never really hones in on the concept's potential.
  23. This movie doesn't play; it just lies there, waiting to be kicked around by anyone unfortunate enough to have shelled out good money to see it.
  24. Oh, this is all so terribly not good.
  25. The indisputably gifted Jim Carrey shows the side of him that just wants to be loved - the Riddler on Ritalin, the Mask unmasked. And it turns out to be stultifying.
  26. Hands-down, the best James Brolin-in-an-Italian-accent movie ever.
  27. With its incomprehensible plot, flat visual style and indecipherably mixed messages (violence is good; no, wait, violence is bad!), this movie seems chiefly to be an excuse to sell even more trading cards.
  28. Indeed, Scream is better than the average slasher film, as its advertisers insist. And, indeed, it is probably Wes Craven's best film, as they also insist. But that is a little like saying the pimple on the left side of your nose is "better" than the pimple on the right side.

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