Baltimore Sun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 In the Realms of the Unreal
Lowest review score: 0 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Score distribution:
2018 movie reviews
  1. In its entirety, Hairspray has the funny tilt that only a director-choreographer like Shankman can give to a movie.
  2. But there's a discomfiting side to her comic riffs, because in our all-too-concerned-with-image society, they ring far too true.
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  3. When it comes to what's great about King Kong, it's not the harum-scarum. It's the girl.
  4. Chaos, in miring itself in the inequities (not to mention obscenities) of male-dominated culture, is after greater truths.
  5. There's a subtlety to Crimson Gold that deserves applause.
  6. It's a bad joke that District 9 will be hailed for its "originality."
  7. The movie gets as overblown and masochistic as the worst Joan Crawford vehicle. Its saving grace is that Bernal really does have his own deep-set, smoldering variation on Bette Davis eyes.
  8. Too often when actors portray complicated or enigmatic characters, they seem to be flirting with the audience, playing hard to get. Not Williams.
  9. One happy surprise after another, even when the content is bittersweet or sad.
  10. Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
  11. A scary movie that's also funny, touching and good for you.
  12. As magical as it is realistic.
  13. Beguiling, moving and just plain fun documentary.
  14. The movie may be Nine Queens, but it slakes your thirst for surprises and thrills because of its Nine Jokers.
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  15. Casino Royale marks a shrewd relaunching of a franchise. But Campbell and company show too much of their sweat. If these movies continue to follow Fleming's profane pilgrim's progress, the next Bond movies should be more emotional and funny, with a bit of brass-knuckled charm.
  16. Bergman's creation of family banter that turns irredeemably cruel remains without peer.
  17. The movie rides the very thin line between art and trash, between exploitation and illumination. It's true, certainly, that it takes one into a universe of such moral squalor that one feels tainted afterward.
  18. I love Rabbit-Proof Fence as drama, as protest, as moviemaking and as poetry.
  19. Whale Rider is one long, sensitive downer capped by an uplifting finale. A martyr fantasy that turns victorious -- it's a surefire recipe for arthouse crowd-pleasing.
  20. Howl's Moving Castle is one animated epic that has it all: poetic intensity, potent storytelling, vivid and surprising characters, and intoxicating powers of visual imagination.
  21. Like "Hairspray," it's not just a spinoff but a wised-up family comedy that's spirited and inventive. It retains the farcical belligerence of the TV comedy but also heightens the series' oddball warmth and expands on its Hellzapoppin' slapstick.
  22. The risks these guys take seem outlandish, their accomplishments otherworldly.
  23. Few films even try to render the full range of emotions and sensations in female sexuality as the aptly titled Lady Chatterley, directed and co-written by a Frenchwoman, Pascale Ferran.
  24. This movie has a tone, look and mood all its own - it's a joyously bittersweet piece of visual music about isolation, melancholy and everyone's yearning for transcendence, through love, art or both.
  25. 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.
  26. You go to Good Night, and Good Luck expecting inspiration, and you get it. It's also unexpectedly subtle, tense, and challenging, complex both in its take on its subject and in its craftsmanship. So the movie brings you to your feet - and, at times, to tears.
  27. Deep Water is a movie that will connect to anyone whose private fantasies and creative plots have landed them in hot water.
  28. The dramatic content in Memento is as blank as Leonard's post-traumatic mental state.
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  29. You won't see a brighter, truer affirmation of the All-American messed-up improvisational family than Little Miss Sunshine.
  30. Thanks to the wonderful performances from both Korzun and Considine, there isn't a forced or dishonest moment on-screen.

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