Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,023 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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 American Teen
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2023 movie reviews
  1. McTeer delivers a messily cheerful performance as a woman who thinks nothing of brushing her teeth with beer.
  2. Like the coolest train set a kid ever had. It's not real and the faces on the toy people don't look human, but it has bells and whistles galore and will take you as far as your imagination allows.
  3. A joyful celebration of spirit and endurance.
  4. The picture has immediacy, force and humanity. It's a muckraking work of art.
  5. Hard to take in its particulars.
  6. This is a movie that's really about how much fun Glenn Milstead had being Divine, and how he — perhaps unexpectedly — found so many fans willing to go along for the ride. That's an American success story worth celebrating.
  7. 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.
  8. An unconventional and engrossing French thriller.
  9. It flows like fast-moving lava to a climax filled with pyrotechnics. And for once in a summer blockbuster, the fireworks are both emotional and physical. The movie leaves you sated, yet wanting more -- just what you want from a series with two entries left to go.
  10. The result is an exciting, infuriating, combative experience.
  11. If the movie has a flaw, it's that the working out of Vincent's psychology is too perfect.
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  12. There's a dignity to Mondays in the Sun that manages to keep the film buoyant, helping to keep all the despair at bay.
  13. In its peak moments, the movie delivers, all at once, genuine street wisdom and psychology and wrenching expressions of family and friendship.
  14. Nothing seriously detracts from the film's overall brilliance.
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  15. Himalaya does for yak caravans what "Red River" did for cattle drives: it sees them as the stuff of epic conquest.
  16. Offers a welcome continuation of what has proven a fascinating journey both for the film's 11 subjects (three of the 14 opted out of the project this go-round) and its audience.
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  17. Entertaining, thrilling and honestly sentimental, it's an equal-opportunity crowd-pleaser.
  18. Ali
    It's one of the most ambitious biographical films ever made in this country, and one of the most unusual, moving and exciting.
  19. This picture boasts a story about a yarn-spinning Southern father (Albert Finney) and a sober-sided son (Billy Crudup) that gives it ballast and staying power beyond anything in previous, precious Burton fables like "Edward Scissorhands" or "Ed Wood."
  20. A thoughtful, bittersweet film biography of the Cuban writer that captures both his irrepressible spirit and his sometimes overwhelming melancholy.
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  21. Experiencing this film is like hurtling down a verbal slalom.
  22. A snarling satire of Hollywood single-mindedness and its lack of any moral underpinning.
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  23. Taymor conjures images that are as indelible as they are wordlessly articulate.
  24. There are no surprise twists, no characters who rise above themselves, no cheap happy endings. There are just people struggling with emotions and situations they think are beyond their control.
  25. A Dirty Shame is certainly dirty, and maybe it's even a shame. But this is the John Waters we've come to know and cherish, and that alone is cause to celebrate.
  26. Baseball, Boston and Drew Barrymore. Certainly sounds like a winning combination.
  27. Passionately acted and grittily convincing.
  28. One False Move doesn't make a single false move its own self: It's as tough and gripping as they come. It's the first movie I've seen in months where, when I was walking out, I thought to myself, "Damn! I wanna see that one again!"
  29. Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
  30. Gloriously funky in the good old meaning of the term. Its vulgarity may be offensive, but it's also pungent and real, and it fuels some ferocious humor.

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