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 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
2023 movie reviews
  1. Lowbrow humor is one thing...but Love Stinks sinks the bar beyond comprehension.
  2. The movie bobbles along on a weird, soft-edged sarcasm.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The plot is as thin and confusing as it sounds.
    • Baltimore Sun
  3. The vocal canines appear for about 30 humorous seconds, in a dream sequence, and are then never seen again. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the rest of the film, which runs an additional 98.5 excruciating minutes.
  4. Just another tepid entry into this year's Death-as-Turn-On Sweepstakes.
  5. It's the strangest comic misfire yet from Wes Anderson.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    There's a movie opening today that is so indistinctive I can barely remember its name.
  6. A mean-hearted, ham-handed and gratuitous effort to exploit it's teenage audience's conviction that, underneath it all, their teachers really. do hate them.
  7. The result is an out-of-control, lost-in-the-funhouse experience.
  8. It might sound intriguing to root the saying, "Physician, heal thyself," in the plight of a hypocritical self-help guru, but the romantic drama Love Happens suffers from acute irony deficiency.
  9. Doing a sequel to "The Mask" without Jim Carrey sounds like a really bad idea. As Son of the Mask proves, it is.
  10. Funny Games condescends to its audience like a pretentious, preachifying graduate student in post-modernism. It would help us out of the cultural quagmire we're drowning in, if only we could understand its highly convoluted and exclusive language. [29 May 1998, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
  11. To call Death to Smoochy satire -- or parody, burlesque, or even lampoon -- would be too generous. The moviemakers merely glide on the thin ice of yesterday's cynicism.
    • Baltimore Sun
  12. Will have most audiences asking, "Can we leave now?"
  13. Timeline lacks potency, drive, wit and personality -- all the things that make escapism worthwhile.
  14. This kind of fiasco turns movie critics into so many Night Stalkers.
  15. A misfire in almost every direction.
  16. As a comic fable for hard times, New in Town is irredeemably moronic.
  17. A pastiche of sadistic horror-movie cliches with minor traces of wit but major overflows of perversity.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Why would anyone pay to see this movie?
  18. Watching this movie, with Diane Keaton cast as the ne plus ultra of irritating, overbearing mothers, is roughly the equivalent of listening to fingernails on a chalkboard for nearly two hours.
  19. Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is gorged with shtick and gadgetry. When it comes to highlighting everything better left in the dark, it makes even the Matrix sequels look like works of genius.
    • 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.
  20. 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."
  21. It's relentlessly dumb and relentlessly humorous, and those aren't the adverbs it was after.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. The film itself is an exercise in frustration.
  25. Armed with few laughs, this clumsy sequel makes a sloppy mess of its plot ... and star Sandra Bullock.
  26. Too bad the director ties everyone's laces together and they all go down in a jumble.

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