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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
2,000 movie reviews
  1. There's not a false moment within the film's 88-minute running time, nor many that could be done any better.
  2. Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
  3. Infuriating and funny, the film forges a disturbing diagram from the avarice and chaos of a slapdash, heartless system.
  4. In a stroke of voice-casting genius, the voices of Marjane and her mother are provided by real-life mother and daughter Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, respectively, both of whom bring heft and measured emotion to the characters.
  5. Stays true to the spirit and characters of the book while embellishing it to overflowing.
  6. For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement.
  7. The rousing new Western 3:10 to Yuma has the sweep of an epic and the economy of a stopwatch.
  8. Fresh, funny and unfailingly observant, Rocket Science is a mood-swinging movie about adolescence that lifts audiences' spirits even when its hero is down in the dumps.
  9. Near letter-perfect.
  10. The title Tell No One recalls the days when ads proclaimed, "No one will be seated after the first 15 minutes" and "Be considerate of your neighbors: Don't give away the ending of this picture." Both rules apply to this canny, refreshingly emotional and intuitive thriller.
  11. A spare, trembling lyric poem of a movie that uses stillness and facial blips the way melodramas use showdowns and action films big bangs.
  12. It's first-class entertainment for bookish lads and lasses of all ages - and for those who never have or never will crack a paperback's spine. And it might inspire today's nascent artists to open up their sketch-pads as well as their hearts and minds.
  13. Thanks to a combination of fluid camerawork and careful pacing, the Belgian writer-directors have produced a compelling narrative that sounds, if not a cautionary note, a worried one.
  14. The movie lives in its small details.
  15. The gritty heist picture The Bank Job has everything adult action fans could want, starting with a grand, fact-inspired gimmick.
  16. The movie has been compared, with some reason, to the French New Wave. But it's like "Jules and Jim" or "Band of Outsiders" blended with "A Hard Day's Night."
  17. As a filmmaker, Brewer doesn't just yank your chain: He forges a bond with his characters and his audience that produces ecstasy and healing.
  18. Standard Operating Procedure says that human nature abhors moral vacuums - but sometimes humans get sucked into them.
  19. It's a summery idyll: his most entertaining picture since "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) or maybe "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999).
  20. The movie is an inspired comedy-drama about artistic temperament.
  21. The film stays true to its characters and keeps the laughs coming in what may be the closest thing in spirit to the old Warner Bros. Looney Tunes to hit the screen in years. And when it comes to animation designed primarily for laughs, praise doesn't come any higher than that.
  22. The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
  23. The combination of 3-D photography and puppet-animation - centered on actual figures designed by hand and manipulated frame by frame - creates a world that's dense, active and fluid: a sensory Jacuzzi.
  24. The movie's sweetness, wit and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise.
  25. Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
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  26. Garden State is filled with characters you long to know more about, in situations to which almost anyone can relate. And that's as near a can't-miss movie formula as one can get.
  27. The love that heals and the love that kills are one and the same in the exhilarating Head-On, Fatih Akin's overgrown dead-end-kid romance for live-wire adults.
  28. Offers plenty of honest, good-natured laughs in the process. That's something young and old can appreciate equally.
  29. Soars on the strength of strong acting and a script that stubbornly refuses to go all sappy and preachy.
  30. Humpday mixes hilarity with upset as the irresistible force of male pride meets the immovable object of sexual identity.

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