Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,005 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Simpsons Movie
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
2005 movie reviews
  1. Anderson and Day-Lewis strip themselves of their natural talents for invention and poetry, as if any hint of romance, nobility or fun would soften the film.
  2. Wants to be a bittersweet comedy about erotic loss and memory loss. But it doesn't have the heart or brain.
  3. Even with the great Ken Watanabe lending command and compassion to the role of General Kuribayashi, it's a formless slog across a treacherous field.
  4. Romanticism fights stoicism to a draw, and the movie grows ever more static, too. Down to the quasi-ambiguous hate-crime finish, Brokeback Mountain comes as close to being a still life as you can get with human characters.
  5. In a boxing soap-opera way, Eastwood is trying to do for himself as a performer what Sergio Leone did for him in a spaghetti-western way: douse his rough-hewn banality with reflected emotional coloration.
  6. Starts out as a barbed, poignant little movie and turns into an excruciating slow-motion car wreck.
  7. In "Jaws," you didn't know whether to laugh or to scream. In The Host, the yocks rarely mesh with the yucks.
  8. Mystic River wants to be a Bruce Springsteen-like anthem of life and death in blue-collar America. It's no more than a doggerel rendition of poetic injustice.
  9. Spider as a character is a fantasizing detective, but the movie is no Singing Detective (the high-water mark of the sub-genre). This film rarely rises above a murmur.
  10. Cache is the feel-guilty movie of the new millennium.
  11. Strip away the portentous style and lush views of nature in The Return and all you've got is a slender nightmare of a family gone haywire in an outing that turns into survival camp.
  12. A handsome, accomplished piece of work, but it drove me from absorption to excruciation within 20 minutes, and then it went on for two hours more.
  13. Eastern Promises is intensely anti-dramatic.
  14. A History of Violence is a hollow story from an empty graphic novel.
  15. The movie has been hailed and marketed as this year's Little Miss Sunshine, but it has none of that movie's empathy and comic surprise. Too much of it is like a subpar episode of Freaks and Geeks, padded out to 92 minutes with pseudo-witty dialogue.
  16. You have to grasp at straws to make even "poetic" sense of the narrative.
  17. It's a bad joke that District 9 will be hailed for its "originality."
  18. The movie gets as overblown and masochistic as the worst Joan Crawford vehicle. Its saving grace is that Bernal really does have his own deep-set, smoldering variation on Bette Davis eyes.
  19. Whale Rider is one long, sensitive downer capped by an uplifting finale. A martyr fantasy that turns victorious -- it's a surefire recipe for arthouse crowd-pleasing.
  20. The movie dramatizes a social-sexual sea change with an out-of-control blend of cartoon farce and melodrama and clinical, often ludicrous sex scenes.
  21. Flags of Our Fathers fails as fact or legend. It's woefully incompetent as narrative moviemaking.
  22. All the Coens come up with is a movie about bad things happening to limited people.
  23. Doesn't match the impact of its predecessor, which both revived and reimagined the zombie-film genre.
  24. Let's just say this is a perfect film for penguin lovers who also are devoted members of the Green party - and leave it at that.
  25. Let's get it out, loud and clear: Jerry Maguire is not a sports movie. It's a stealth chick movie, wrapped in a swaddling of jock stuff so that it gets through guy radar without setting off the missile defenses.
  26. It lacks even Tarantino-esque vitality. It moves more like a busted concertina.
  27. Does it make it as a movie? Only in fits and starts.
  28. The movie comes together like a nihilistic jigsaw puzzle - with a few pieces removed for that special, indefinable dash of pseudo-density.
  29. Frequently fascinating, it never builds into anything profound.
  30. Misplaced hero-worship and glibness get in the way of its amazing true story.

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