Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,031 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
2031 movie reviews
  1. Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience, raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This crowd-pleaser rouses honest and engulfing cheers.
  2. A scary movie that's also funny, touching and good for you.
  3. A movie that will endure.
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  4. Takes a chaotic moment in the long history of "the Troubles" and turns it into a keening, air-clearing epic.
  5. The movie's generosity of spirit and artistry swamps its flaws.
  6. A big, fat old-fashioned gush of passion as drawn through a post-modernist prism that makes it less easily comprehensible but more beguiling.
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  7. It's a topical, iconoclastic documentary with the warmth and pace of a first-rate personal essay.
  8. Park's imagination is as fecund as the bunnies that bob up and down from their rabbit holes in every corner of the Tottington garden.
  9. Uproarious, moving and thrilling.
  10. Saved! is the audacious feel-good satire of 2004.
  11. The tough beauty of the picture is that it lets each viewer weigh the costs and benefits to Gardner. It's a genuinely transporting inspirational movie because it's also a cautionary tale. It doesn't downplay the hero's occasional clumsiness or pigheadedness.
  12. The Counterfeiters is in its own smart, trim fashion "The Bridge on the River Kwai" of concentration-camp sagas. Also based (like Kwai) on a real-life story, this movie starts small but becomes a miniature epic of overreach and moral drift.
  13. A crackerjack thriller, laced with labyrinthine mysteries, moral quandaries and unspeakable evil.
  14. No Country for Old Men is about the kind of amoral madness that can sweep across a country and redefine a landscape. It's so admirably lean and sinewy that it deserves not merely a rave review but a Johnny Cash song about matter-of-fact killings in shady hotels and sun-scoured landscapes.
  15. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly provides an ecstatic lift for movielovers, despite the tragic subject.
  16. One of the favorite sayings of journalists and politicians is "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." Marsh's movie says you do want to see how a miracle is made, even if the details can be just as unsavory.
  17. It's exhilarating in an authentic, pathos-streaked way to see Kearns, through Greg Kinnear's inspired characterization of a wary obsessive, representing himself during his trial against Ford Motor Co. for stealing his design.
  18. 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.
  19. A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  20. Well-acted, lovingly put together and heartbreakingly honest.
  21. Affliction turns the sound on with sudden, crystalline clarity, and echoes with the haunting power of a suppressed truth that has finally been released.
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  22. Its knockout success is a testament to Gore's eloquence and humanity and to the dexterity of his director, Davis Guggenheim.
  23. This Filthy World does many things, including transform tabloid commentary into comic art. But at its best, it shows that the child is father to the wild man.
  24. Heading South is a hydra-headed love story, as dangerous as it is heated and complex.
  25. A visual masterpiece about a scared little girl's breathtaking journey of self-discovery. All of the fun is getting there.
  26. You'll never see a more tactile expression of the intimacy between artists and their instruments than in Davis Guggenheim's elating It Might Get Loud.
  27. A moral, not a moralistic, movie. It's also a bracing aesthetic achievement, creating a fictional version of a factual case that illuminates as it entertains.
  28. "His eye is incredibly sharp and amazing, in regard to visceral cinema," says Uma Thurman, who has worked with Tarantino on both Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. "He's a great storyteller. He's very seductive as a filmmaker."
  29. The documentary American Teen is the most realistic movie you will see all summer.
  30. A masterpiece.

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