Baltimore Sun's Scores

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For 2,007 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Simpsons Movie
Lowest review score: 0 End of Days
Score distribution:
2007 movie reviews
  1. Well-acted, lovingly put together and heartbreakingly honest.
  2. A razzle-dazzle lower-depths melodrama.
  3. 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.
  4. It's cathartic and exhilarating.
  5. Enraging and enthralling.
  6. The movie is, to borrow Rob's phrase, unassailably cool.
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  7. The movie dramatizes a social-sexual sea change with an out-of-control blend of cartoon farce and melodrama and clinical, often ludicrous sex scenes.
  8. Kingsley gives the movie a jolt and blows the rest of it to pieces.
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  9. Uproarious, moving and thrilling.
  10. It forces you to fill in the blanks, then refuses to judge whether you're right or wrong. It's almost like the audience writes its own script, and everybody appreciates his or her own work.
  11. This film teaches the rewards of patience for directors, for actors and for audiences, too. The compelling reality of Juliette's plight comes from how subtly and gradually she emerges from her carapace.
  12. Flags of Our Fathers fails as fact or legend. It's woefully incompetent as narrative moviemaking.
  13. 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."
  14. All the Coens come up with is a movie about bad things happening to limited people.
  15. Look at Me is a virtuoso exercise in domestic tension - with the emphasis on "exercise."
  16. Viewers impressed by the fairly standard martial-arts action of "Crouching Tiger" will really be wowed after seeing this film.
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  17. As a writer-director, McCarthy, like the characters and the places that he suffuses with emotion, has poetry in him - and he knows how to let it out. He has a talent for demarcating those spaces in which characters can become whoever they want to be.
  18. Downey and Favreau and the special-effects team transform the trying-out of the armor and its powers into slapstick cadenzas. But equally entertaining is Stark's and Potts' recognition that they share more than a mere working chemistry.
  19. Gripping footage about the controversial Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel, which transmits news to 40 million Arabs. But the movie offers neither lucid analyses of the channel nor probing portraits of its journalists.
  20. A marvelous picture and a highly unusual journey in and around the Holocaust.
  21. Affliction turns the sound on with sudden, crystalline clarity, and echoes with the haunting power of a suppressed truth that has finally been released.
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  22. Isn't an act of expiation but a gift of understanding.
  23. You may find Va Savoir pleasant to sit through, but will it stay with you the next morning? Who knows?
  24. The movie may not be perfect, but it's jam-packed with goodies -- like a breakfast cereal fun-pack with a prize on every box-top.
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  25. Doesn't match the impact of its predecessor, which both revived and reimagined the zombie-film genre.
  26. Anderson brings real gravitas to the unfortunate Lily Bart, in an Oscar-caliber performance that makes one wonder what Academy voters are looking for.
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  27. Even if you have no interest in Joy Division, this picture is worth seeing for the unsentimental empathy and passion of the moviemaking.
  28. A rapturous, ruefully funny flight of sympathetic imagination. Featuring the first movie role for Frank Langella that ranks with his best stage parts, it's a rare kind of American movie.
  29. 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.
  30. Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.

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