Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,028 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Heading South
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2028 movie reviews
  1. The movie's cinematography is sumptuous, in its own intimate way. But all that's glorious about this film is the flesh tones. There isn't enough flesh and blood.
  2. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu runs the same 2 1/2 hours as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," but what a difference a comic-dramatic purpose makes.
  3. In its peak moments, the movie delivers, all at once, genuine street wisdom and psychology and wrenching expressions of family and friendship.
  4. Best of all, Ponyo never ceases to be a genuine odyssey in short pants.
  5. A movie that will endure.
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  6. A thoughtful, bittersweet film biography of the Cuban writer that captures both his irrepressible spirit and his sometimes overwhelming melancholy.
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  7. Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
  8. Roman Polanski's new movie may be the greatest historical film centered on an enigmatic character since Lawrence of Arabia.
  9. A grand, sweeping nostalgia trip that evokes the sickness of an era even as it tries to find its essential humanity.
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  10. Though I love McCarthy's movie, The Edge of Heaven - with its virtuoso narrative and frames packed to bursting with unruly life - has the potency of "The Visitor" squared.
  11. This movie provides no phony catharsis or closure; it develops a vision of people growing in spurts from their most terrible mistakes.
  12. A great adventure.
  13. All about mood, and not one bit about action - which explains why it's at once both the most passionate film of the year so far, and the most determinedly inert.
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  14. The story line meanders and too many scenes drone on; Knocked Up is in serious need of a good editor. But the laughs are plentiful, and it's the rare movie these days where one doesn't feel guilty about finding the whole thing funny.
  15. What keeps the picture alive is Ghobadi's surprising, often explosive grasp of visual farce.
  16. Thelma Schoonmaker, a Scorsese collaborator for over a quarter-century, did the bull's-eye editing. The moviemaking throughout is swift, unaffected, masterly.
  17. Spring, Summer values life, beauty and even human fallibility, ascribing to humanity a nobility we neglect at our own peril.
  18. 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.
  19. The movie lives in its small details.
  20. 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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  21. Only in its final minutes does it somewhat squander its grip on the moral imagination, in a climax that seems oddly to undercut all that's come before and return us to the hallowed sense of violence as cleansing which so animates the world's true killers.
  22. Starts out as a barbed, poignant little movie and turns into an excruciating slow-motion car wreck.
  23. 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.
  24. The result is a performance film that conjures a vision of American life as moving, funny and rueful as John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln.
  25. This is Mitchell's show, and his performance lives up to his triple billing as writer, director and star.
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  26. What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
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  27. Through unexpected and cathartic twists, this movie leaves you with atonement and redemption.
  28. In "Jaws," you didn't know whether to laugh or to scream. In The Host, the yocks rarely mesh with the yucks.
  29. A terrific social drama, the work of an artist, not a pleader.
  30. Builds slowly but passionately, not dancing to some Hollywood tune, but finding its characters where they are and letting them be who they are.

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