Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,018 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Shattered Glass
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
2018 movie reviews
  1. Offers a welcome perspective, reminding us that extremism in the name of a values system is nothing new -- not even on these shores.
  2. The movie's triumph is that we experience the ending, in which the three girls go mostly separate ways, not as a defeat but as a transition still open to possibilities.
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  3. Truth is, one can probably tell as much about Jackson Pollock the man by looking at his paintings than by watching this movie.
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  4. Let's get it out, loud and clear: Jerry Maguire is not a sports movie. It's a stealth chick movie, wrapped in a swaddling of jock stuff so that it gets through guy radar without setting off the missile defenses.
  5. It's a soaper with a high grade of imported soap.
  6. A star is born in 8 Mile, all right, but his name is Mekhi Phifer.
  7. The Dixie Chicks may never regain their prolonged eminence on the country charts. However, the art and entertainment value of this movie (and of their latest album) is off the charts in the best way.
  8. The Cockettes is a grand place to visit, even for those who wouldn't want to live there.
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  9. Dense, ironic and thoroughly engrossing caper melodrama.
  10. The offhand wit and casual self-revelation of Johnston's best words draw you deeper into the mysteries of his character. Feuerzeig is a music-lover to his bones.
  11. Like "Anais," the only surprises Breillat has in store for us are bad ones. In the willfully perverse final act, she delivers a sadistic blow to the audience -- with a sledgehammer.
  12. What's not to love?
  13. It's an experience that blows your mind, clears it and educates it.
  14. There is undeniable power in Magnolia, in which small moments of truth are given epic gravitas, not just by Anderson's adroit cinematic style (no one's camera is more restless or inquisitive), but by the wisdom and compassion of the characters he creates.
  15. The martial arts wizard shows a nice feel for the Butch and Sundance thing.
  16. Scratch will make even the uninitiated believe in the joy and propulsive power of hip-hop.
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  17. It lacks even Tarantino-esque vitality. It moves more like a busted concertina.
  18. It's infuriating in more ways than one. Yet it's also somehow touching in its melange of melodrama and modernism.
  19. With Joan Allen bringing a crisp intelligence to the sharp, unsentimental narration, it's both awful and fascinating to follow Hitler's warped growth from frustrated painter to self-appointed arbiter of Germanic art.
  20. Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
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  21. The beauty, vibrancy and complexity of Indian culture is on addictive display in Monsoon Wedding. If only there were more to the film.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some of the most affecting moments in the film show Bukowski walking the streets of his Los Angeles, a barren suburban hell, as he reads his poems and the words appear on and then fade from the screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The coincidences pile up in Career Girls, but by then Leigh has involved us so fully in the emotional lives of his characters that the contrivances are easily dismissed.
  22. What proves the validity of Kandahar is that, by the end, all these scenes are human ruins of the same nightmare world.
  23. A bittersweet joy. Its humor and romance are refreshing because the writer-director, Greg Mottola, realizes that maturity is a two-steps-forward, one-step-backward process.
  24. It twists in on itself mercilessly, rarely pausing to let the viewers catch up, but that's OK. A movie like this depends on staying at least a step ahead of its audience, and this one surely does.
  25. Does it make it as a movie? Only in fits and starts.
  26. In America is the most unexpected and personal triumph yet from Jim Sheridan.
  27. The rousing new Western 3:10 to Yuma has the sweep of an epic and the economy of a stopwatch.
  28. The movie comes together like a nihilistic jigsaw puzzle - with a few pieces removed for that special, indefinable dash of pseudo-density.

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