Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,011 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 March of the Penguins
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
2011 movie reviews
  1. As a romance, Spanglish is like a wholesome flirt who drags things out and becomes a tiresome tease. As a satire of upper-middle-class Los Angeles, it's a disaster.
  2. Look, I love dogs. But this film tried my patience almost beyond endurance.
  3. W.
    The movie plays like a dunk-the-clown game at a carnival. Through intent or ineptitude, he sets up the Bush family and administrations as caricatures.
  4. Despite these flaws, people sick of gross-out films and teen-sex comedy may be so hungry for farce that they laugh.
  5. S.W.A.T. may be an acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics, but by the end of this routine melodrama, it might as well stand for Standard Whacking and Trashing.
  6. Without Duvall, this movie would be as wet as Waterworld.
  7. Blessed with some outstanding performances, among them Ribisi's.
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  8. Gibson mounts a convincing crucifixion, but his victim is the audience. The Passion of the Christ aims its metallic cat-o'-nine-tails at the viewers' nerves.
  9. The Safety of Objects is just another stilted comic-dramatic essay examining the mold in the white bread.
  10. Its pleasures are slight and fleeting, and so many movies have done what it does, and done it much better, that there's nothing to get even remotely excited about - much less to draw audiences into theaters.
  11. Made is an amateur-hour buddy movie.
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  12. The dramatic content in Memento is as blank as Leonard's post-traumatic mental state.
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  13. How does an embarrassment of riches turn into mere embarrassment?
  14. Never persuasively dramatize the agony, ecstasy and intricacy of composing poetry. Without that aesthetic component, all you see is that Plath's hunger for life couldn't compete with her death wish.
  15. Lame.
  16. It's hard to know what these stars are ready for after this fiasco. Maybe a fitness video.
  17. Pious, high-minded and bad history.
  18. The only question is how many levels of meaning can be plumbed from the phrase "Let's party!"
  19. Forget chemistry: There's no biology to the star casting.
  20. You don't want to look at anything else when Zeta-Jones is on-screen.
  21. Manages to pretty much ignore all the strengths of the earlier film while exacerbating all its faults.
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  22. There's way too much blarney in Evelyn.
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  23. There's no irony within the film, but there's a whopping irony surrounding it. Just as Star Wars has finally ended, Rocky seems to be starting all over again.
  24. Malkovich acts as if he's doing Shakespeare, pontificating, enunciating and generally overreaching.
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  25. Manipulates the audience.
  26. Overblown sanctimony and sentimentalism as corny as the Fourth of July.
  27. Method Man and Redman just don't have the comic timing to pull off 90 minutes at front-and-center.
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  28. An uninteresting take on a tired formula that is only occasionally funny and usually pretty gross.
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  29. Torque isn't a movie, it's an 81-minute soda commercial.
  30. So, here's the problem with The Butterfly Effect: It's silly.

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