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 March of the Penguins
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2023 movie reviews
  1. Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.
  2. 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.
  3. A glamorous, alluring entertainment that revels in the artifice of Hollywood while exposing its corrupt heart, L.A. Confidential pays stylish homage to some of the great film noirs of the distant and recent past.
  4. The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.
  5. Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without illusion or sentimentality.
  6. The movie's generosity of spirit and artistry swamps its flaws.
  7. This smart, fanciful and brilliantly staged comedy takes a truly one-of-a-kind premise and makes it, of all things, a weirdly profound meditation on consciousness, identity, fame, gender and reality.
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  8. A vibrant emotional epic.
  9. True-blue Incredibles is a super tribute to the power of family and the might of imagination.
  10. Has the sentiment and sweetness of a good coming-of-age movie but lacks the drive and pulse that makes for a great rock and roll movie.
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  11. One genuine small triumph of American Splendor is that the title isn't ironic. The movie is a splendid, inventive piece of urban Americana about that hardboiled original, Harvey Pekar.
  12. What a relief to see a movie in which an audience responds with peals of laughter to subtle facial shifts as well as punch lines.
  13. There's no cheap uplift to their victory, no pop catharsis. What's great about United 93 is that you never feel it's just a movie - even though, as a movie, it's terrific.
  14. A spellbinder of the rarest kind and quality. It opens audiences up to an infinite variety of emotional and intellectual nuances.
  15. 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.
  16. This movie registers like a pop song that enters the mind only in fragments because, as a whole, it lacks the style or substance to be memorable.
  17. The unique, serious fun of this movie - and forbidding reputation aside, it is exhilarating - lies in the way that Wiesler, Dreyman and Sieland end up collaborating unknowingly on their own Design for Living (for a while, it's like Noel Coward for moral cowards).
  18. By turns breathtaking and heartbreaking.
  19. Funny Girl is old-fashioned; it is also exhilarating.
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  20. 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.
  21. Borat is a terrific, risky comic creation: a village idiot for the global village.
  22. If any movie can rid Americans of "Iraq war fatigue," it's Charles Ferguson's muscular documentary No End in Sight.
  23. It's intelligent and emotional, not studied or sappy.
  24. Wants to be a bittersweet comedy about erotic loss and memory loss. But it doesn't have the heart or brain.
  25. A gorgeous flirt of a murder movie.
  26. Even with the great Ken Watanabe lending command and compassion to the role of General Kuribayashi, it's a formless slog across a treacherous field.
  27. There's not a false moment within the film's 88-minute running time, nor many that could be done any better.
  28. In his first fiction feature, Zwigoff doesn't forget to bring the funny. But he doesn't bring enough poetry.
  29. A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
  30. Just when you might give up on young American film directors making art the way Bergman and Kurosawa did, along comes Bennett Miller's quiet, tumultuous Capote.

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