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 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 The Strangers
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. The movie has dual strengths that silence most objections. Even more than "X-2" or "American Splendor," it is, in a good way, the most comic-booky movie of the year. It's also the human Winged Migration.
  2. Offers a welcome perspective, reminding us that extremism in the name of a values system is nothing new -- not even on these shores.
  3. One genuine small triumph of American Splendor is that the title isn't ironic. The movie is a splendid, inventive piece of urban Americana about that hardboiled original, Harvey Pekar.
  4. The movie may not be perfect, but it's jam-packed with goodies -- like a breakfast cereal fun-pack with a prize on every box-top.
  5. The movie's best moments belong to Bill Murray,
  6. Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity. The movie belongs to Salieri.
  7. The film mixes the psychological with the supernatural, the profane with the ridiculous, the self-indulgent with the understated, and dares you to assume anything. It's all great fun.
  8. There's a good heart beating at the core of Victor Vargas, one that belies its R-rating.
  9. The movie never undercuts his brilliance and his unexpected charisma. No matter how high his degree of malevolence, he cuts a bigger figure after you see the movie than he did before.
  10. This documentary could have been a simple downer. Instead, it's a giddy, manic-depressive roller coaster - because it brings us eye to eye with Gilliam.
  11. There's great action moviemaking here: You learn what it means to "carve" a pool, as you learn what it means to "close off" the boxing ring in Ali.
  12. A sophisticated thrill. And incandescent Thandie Newton is a worthy successor to Audrey Hepburn in 'Charade.'
  13. The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.
  14. The images here are graphic and disturbing. But Miike somehow manages to stop just short of disgusting.
  15. Although it's in the same genre as "The English Patient," it's a vastly better movie --more surprising and original, more rigorous and sympathetic. This film is oddly shaped. It is also heartbreaking and exhilarating.
  16. Absorbing, artfully executed.
  17. It's sometimes said that the greatest test of a chef is cooking something cheap and simple, like a piece of chicken or a hamburger. In a movie that testifies to simple pleasures, Taylor and company pass that test again and again.
  18. This is a marvelous film, a look at the strange, exasperatingly labyrinthine process of adolescence and the diverse ways people find to deal with it.
  19. It gets under your skin and into your head, and you don't want it to leave.
  20. This picture is jagged and exciting; it tells several plots imperfectly, yet makes them add up to a great American story about integrity challenged and triumphant.
  21. The perfect film for anyone who finds the Keystone Cops a little too understated and I mean that as a compliment.
  22. Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
  23. Turns the kleig lights around to produce a wry and dead-on commentary on the film industry and the journalists who cover it.
  24. Isn't an act of expiation but a gift of understanding.
  25. It's a deft sleight-of-story Aniston, White and Arteta pull off, giving us a character who seems more than she is, but is really less than she appears.
  26. Passionately acted and grittily convincing.
  27. A grand, sweeping nostalgia trip that evokes the sickness of an era even as it tries to find its essential humanity.
  28. It's the rare film that trusts both its audience's intelligence and its emotions.
  29. In its peak moments, the movie delivers, all at once, genuine street wisdom and psychology and wrenching expressions of family and friendship.
  30. Nothing seriously detracts from the film's overall brilliance.

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