Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 1,998 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Duck Season
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,998 movie reviews
  1. In America is the most unexpected and personal triumph yet from Jim Sheridan.
  2. 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.
  3. It rises, all on its own, to the realm of masterwork.
  4. A chilling reminder of the precipice the world stands on nowadays, from a man who looked over the edge more than once.
  5. The glory of Japanese Story is that even after a daringly abrupt plot turn, the cast maintains its empathy and lucidity without interruption.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Russell's conviction is so total that it tingles the spines of the audience.
  10. Twisted is an unusual forensic crime film because it's witty and sophisticated as well as taut and creepy.
  11. If Kill Bill Vol. 1 was bloody exhilarating, Vol. 2 is bloody great. And, as a bonus, not nearly so bloody.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Saved! is the audacious feel-good satire of 2004.
  16. Spider-Man 2 offers one emotional or action-packed aria after another; at the end you feel like giving it a standing O.
  17. A vibrant emotional epic.
  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. 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.
  20. Lovely, heartfelt and unforced.
  21. A film that celebrates the intricacies of life in ways both splendid and mundane, revealing it all with unflinching honesty.
  22. Unfolds amid the mechanized carnage of World War I. Yet everything in it is personal. That's why it's a masterpiece.
  23. By turns breathtaking and heartbreaking.
  24. 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.
  25. True-blue Incredibles is a super tribute to the power of family and the might of imagination.
  26. The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace.
  27. The Sea Inside brings us outside and inside ourselves, and takes us to brave new aesthetic depths.
  28. Enraging and enthralling.
  29. Darger made art as if the lives of his subjects depended on it. That's how Yu has made her movie.
  30. An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal.

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