Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 1,999 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Edge of Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 The Last House on the Left
Score distribution:
1,999 movie reviews
  1. The movie's triumph is that we experience the ending, in which the three girls go mostly separate ways, not as a defeat but as a transition still open to possibilities.
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  2. Supple, eloquent and enchanting.
  3. Voluptuous dance about love, pain and the whole damn thing.
  4. Black and white has never looked more stark.
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  5. Compulsion, self-deception and the slippery nature of evil are explored with fidelity and supreme control .
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  6. Thanks to the wonderful performances from both Korzun and Considine, there isn't a forced or dishonest moment on-screen.
  7. Well-acted, lovingly put together and heartbreakingly honest.
  8. A marvelous picture and a highly unusual journey in and around the Holocaust.
  9. A terrifically engrossing war film in which not a single shot is fired, a movie about shaping events rather than being shaped by them.
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  10. It's a startling physical transformation, as Noland goes from flabby desk jockey to lean, mean fishing machine. But even more remarkable is the mental transformation Hanks effects.
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  11. Affliction turns the sound on with sudden, crystalline clarity, and echoes with the haunting power of a suppressed truth that has finally been released.
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  12. Stops your heart and keeps your belly jiggling with laughter. It's an improbably sunny tragicomedy.
  13. It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
  14. A thoroughly absorbing, even transfixing, journey to a future that may already be upon us.
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  15. Actually moves, whisking the audience on a funny, sad and extraordinary journey through a singularly compelling moment in American pop culture.
  16. A crackerjack thriller, laced with labyrinthine mysteries, moral quandaries and unspeakable evil.
  17. Chicago is the zingiest, most inventive movie of its kind since "Cabaret."
  18. A great adventure.
  19. Nolte's gambler-bandit Bob Montagnet is a triumph of imagination, touched with electric existential poetry.
  20. It moves so confidently and brightly that it's ticklish as well as chilling - and, in its own dark way, enthralling.
  21. Lumumba revives the tradition of Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" and Costa-Gavras' "Z" and "State of Siege." In substance and excitement, it joins their ranks.
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  22. The result is harrowing and inspiring. As escapist entertainment, it's the movie of the year.
  23. A non-stop cinematic funhouse impossible to resist.
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  24. No Man's Land is a 98-minute wonder: this story of three men in a trench renews the meaning of the word "trenchant."
  25. Roman Polanski's new movie may be the greatest historical film centered on an enigmatic character since Lawrence of Arabia.
  26. A beautiful display of celluloid bungee-jumping.
  27. The least fussy great movie ever made.
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  28. Smart, funny and often viciously cruel, this is a romantic comedy for people who are too old to believe in fairyales but wise enough to accept a happy ending when that's what life gives them.
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  29. A gorgeous flirt of a murder movie.
  30. Prove(s) once again how ingenious, artful and flat-out entertaining animation can be.
  31. A revealing, intimate, quirky and generous portrait of nothing less than the American Dream.
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  32. This audacious hybrid of cinematic styles is pure entertainment.
  33. Rififi, with its stark visuals, dark humor and constrained performances, earned Dassin the Best Director nod at the Cannes Film Festival and a secure place in film history.
  34. It's a miracle: A tough, honest, bloody film set so far from the bright lights it feels as if it's on a different planet, yet knowable and absolutely compelling from start to finish.
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  35. A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  36. It leaves you dazed and sated. Compared to the fast food "eye candy" surrounding it these days, Metropolis is a gourmet 20-course meal.
  37. The title represents size and power, speed and hubris -- the very things the ship has come to stand for and the things that Cameron has restored to the cinema with grand, generous style.
  38. A big, fat old-fashioned gush of passion as drawn through a post-modernist prism that makes it less easily comprehensible but more beguiling.
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  39. Dark Blue is one of those totally happy surprises that moves so quickly and curves so sharply that it leaves this era's hyped critical hits looking like beached whales.
  40. In its own quiet, voluptuous way, Rivers and Tides, an unpretentiously brilliant documentary, uses the work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to open up the hidden drama of the natural universe.
  41. A spellbinder of the rarest kind and quality. It opens audiences up to an infinite variety of emotional and intellectual nuances.
  42. This thoroughly modern movie pulls off a classical feat. It elicits the searing combination of pity and terror that leaves a viewer feeling purged.
  43. A movie masterpiece -- thrilling, passionate and wise.
  44. It's still the Holy Grail of crazy comedy.
  45. A movie that will endure.
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  46. Man on the Train may be a modest film, but it offers privileged glimpses of transcendence.
  47. This smart, fanciful and brilliantly staged comedy takes a truly one-of-a-kind premise and makes it, of all things, a weirdly profound meditation on consciousness, identity, fame, gender and reality.
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  48. Rarely has combat been portrayed as beautifully as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Taiwanese director Ang Lee's thoughtful meditation on menace, mortality and the martial arts.
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  49. A visual masterpiece about a scared little girl's breathtaking journey of self-discovery. All of the fun is getting there.
  50. A celebration of movie-studio ohana that should warm the hearts of moviegoers everywhere.
  51. I love Rabbit-Proof Fence as drama, as protest, as moviemaking and as poetry.
  52. The movie's generosity of spirit and artistry swamps its flaws.
  53. Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience, raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This crowd-pleaser rouses honest and engulfing cheers.
  54. Watching this movie, you can dream with open eyes.
  55. The triumph of A Mighty Wind is that it makes an audience love the sing-along catchiness of folk and still break up at its banalities. This tiny titan of a movie is a perfect melding of form and content.
  56. Little miracles spring up throughout this picture.
  57. "His eye is incredibly sharp and amazing, in regard to visceral cinema," says Uma Thurman, who has worked with Tarantino on both Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. "He's a great storyteller. He's very seductive as a filmmaker."
  58. A moral, not a moralistic, movie. It's also a bracing aesthetic achievement, creating a fictional version of a factual case that illuminates as it entertains.
  59. When it comes to the oft-doomed genre of seafaring adventure, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a spectacular throwback and a great leap forward.
  60. A first-person documentary with the subterranean pull of a superb confessional novel.
  61. In America is the most unexpected and personal triumph yet from Jim Sheridan.
  62. A madcap milestone. Not since Disney's 75-minute Alice In Wonderland (1951) has an animator filled the screen with dazzling flights of random invention that manage to hook up into a swift, brief narrative.
  63. It rises, all on its own, to the realm of masterwork.
  64. A chilling reminder of the precipice the world stands on nowadays, from a man who looked over the edge more than once.
  65. The glory of Japanese Story is that even after a daringly abrupt plot turn, the cast maintains its empathy and lucidity without interruption.
  66. The movie is a marvel - bold, lucid and succinct (even at 123 minutes). It's also harrowing and moving in its depiction of noncombatant men, women and children caught between terrorism and counter-terrorism.
  67. For audiences, two things keep the tension from becoming too excruciating: the presence of the survivors in front of us and the knowledge that in the grip of Macdonald's humane, lucid filmmaking, we're in the best of hands.
  68. Barbershop 2 makes you want to know what happens next. In its own way, it's the Ivory Soap of sequels: 99 and 44/100% pure.
  69. Russell's conviction is so total that it tingles the spines of the audience.
  70. Twisted is an unusual forensic crime film because it's witty and sophisticated as well as taut and creepy.
  71. If Kill Bill Vol. 1 was bloody exhilarating, Vol. 2 is bloody great. And, as a bonus, not nearly so bloody.
  72. As a documentary, The Agronomist, in its excitingly fractured, modern manner, does what Lawrence of Arabia and The Leopard do: It traces the upheaval of a civilization in the profile of a magnificent individual. It's a 90-minute nonfiction film with the impact and the greatness of an epic.
  73. The Prisoner of Azkaban is to Harry Potter what that other No. 3, "Goldfinger," was to James Bond: the movie that takes the invention and gamesmanship of the series to a whole new giddy peak.
  74. Baadasssss is about feeling pain and frustration, about having a sense of purpose that overwhelms everything else, about great cost and great risk, the pain of isolation and the intoxicating effect of fighting against the odds.
  75. Saved! is the audacious feel-good satire of 2004.
  76. Spider-Man 2 offers one emotional or action-packed aria after another; at the end you feel like giving it a standing O.
  77. A vibrant emotional epic.
  78. The real attraction is watching all these guys and gals on the train, so young, so dedicated to their music, so unconcerned about almost everything else.
  79. Hero is a movie that lives up to all the nobility of its title, a gift to movie audiences who cherish the opportunity to be transported to a heretofore unimagined world and absorbed totally into what happens there.
  80. Lovely, heartfelt and unforced.
  81. A film that celebrates the intricacies of life in ways both splendid and mundane, revealing it all with unflinching honesty.
  82. Unfolds amid the mechanized carnage of World War I. Yet everything in it is personal. That's why it's a masterpiece.
  83. By turns breathtaking and heartbreaking.
  84. If you didn't know that Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, the enthralling new adventure-biography of Howard Hughes, you might think it was the calling card of a neophyte visual genius.
  85. True-blue Incredibles is a super tribute to the power of family and the might of imagination.
  86. The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace.
  87. The Sea Inside brings us outside and inside ourselves, and takes us to brave new aesthetic depths.
  88. Enraging and enthralling.
  89. Darger made art as if the lives of his subjects depended on it. That's how Yu has made her movie.
  90. An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal.
  91. Funny Girl is old-fashioned; it is also exhilarating.
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  92. Beguiling, moving and just plain fun documentary.
  93. Full of wit, charm and wonder. It's so hilarious, you might blow a gasket.
  94. The movie grows richer as it goes along and contrasting pieces click together.
  95. A pop masterpiece.
  96. Deep Blue is pure bliss. This documentary about ocean life in all its forms achieves its own tidal pull with visual marvels that conjure a Darwinian delirium.
  97. Howl's Moving Castle is one animated epic that has it all: poetic intensity, potent storytelling, vivid and surprising characters, and intoxicating powers of visual imagination.
  98. The movie pays tribute to sexual equality and to each gender's agility and strength of character.
  99. Brilliant, brutally poignant.
  100. Bracingly honest and ceaselessly compelling documentary.

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