Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,000 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2,000 movie reviews
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The only bits worth watching are the scenes where Olsen is in full Carrey mode and Richardson is doing his best Jeff Daniels. The spot-on impersonations take the mind off the plot, the poo-poo gags, the clunky chase scene and the ripped-off finale.
  1. The film saddles Craig T. Nelson with the generally thankless role of Paxton's cold, distant dad. But when he feels like the only person who doesn't understand what's going on with Tate and his son, you feel like saying, "No, me too."
  2. It's relentlessly dumb and relentlessly humorous, and those aren't the adverbs it was after.
  3. This movie doesn't play; it just lies there, waiting to be kicked around by anyone unfortunate enough to have shelled out good money to see it.
    • Baltimore Sun
  4. Finds it as impossible to locate a laugh in glittering Bora Bora as it was for Operation Enduring Freedom to nail Osama bin Laden in gritty Tora Bora.
  5. The film itself is an exercise in frustration.
  6. Armed with few laughs, this clumsy sequel makes a sloppy mess of its plot ... and star Sandra Bullock.
  7. Too bad the director ties everyone's laces together and they all go down in a jumble.
  8. The whole thing is too preciously conceived. [05 Feb 1993]
    • Baltimore Sun
  9. If John Witherspoon is among the funniest men in America, as many of his fellow comics say, why is he so painful to watch here?
  10. A tired piece of hackery, made only slightly less distasteful by a couple of inspired moments from supporting player Alan Cumming.
    • Baltimore Sun
  11. Fails to meld suspense and farce or to bring even the wildest pursuits and smash-ups any visual sense of comedy.
  12. How can we make the entire movie disappear?
    • Baltimore Sun
  13. Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it "Snoozies." [10 Apr 1992]
    • Baltimore Sun
  14. A hopeless pastiche of timeworn plotlines, hackneyed dialogue and stultifying direction; to call it amateurish is a slap in the face to amateurs everywhere.
  15. The most amazing fact about Supercross is that it took three people to write it. Two chimpanzees with a typewriter could have done just as good a job.
  16. Must be among the most blatantly manipulative movies ever made. It's cold, calculated and treats its audience like its robotic central character.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A gigantic mess.
  17. Adam Sandler does Frank Capra wrong. His unfunny remake stomps all over the honest values and endearing qualities of the original.
  18. Avary has taken a pig's ear of a book and turned it into a pig's ear of a movie.
    • Baltimore Sun
  19. Tedious almost beyond endurance.
  20. The filmmakers lack any visual sense of humor and any talent for sustaining long-form comedy; the stunts have less wallop than a TV bloopers show and the Oedipal family slapstick goes around in circles, in more ways than one.
  21. Director John Stockwell ("Blue Crush") and screenwriter Michael Ross have only two things in mind: titillation and giving young audiences something gross to whisper about in school the next day. On that limited basis, Turistas may well succeed. But that's nothing to brag about.
  22. Jane Fonda does an about-face on her persona and her talent, playing a teetotaler and, what's worse, a pious bore.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 16 Critic Score
    P2
    Has the feeling of something done many times before.
  23. A colossal dud.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Liam's deck is stacked. It's too bleak and filled with abrasive characters who don't deserve our sympathy to reveal much new about the human condition.
    • Baltimore Sun
  24. Just plain bad.
  25. Alone in the Dark will be the worst movie of 2005. The idea that anything could be worse is the only genuine scare the movie has to offer.
  26. Brand's script is a puzzle without a satisfying solution. Even at its supposedly heartfelt conclusion, it's more ironic than emotional, more of an art thing than a suspense movie.

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