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 American Teen
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
2023 movie reviews
  1. 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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  2. Even if you have no interest in Joy Division, this picture is worth seeing for the unsentimental empathy and passion of the moviemaking.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
  6. Its heart and head are in the right place, but its feet and hands aren't busy enough.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Try as I might, I could not love it, because as a piece of cinema, Into Great Silence would try the patience of a saint.
  7. Del Toro stuffs the film with wit and wonderments. Yet, coming out this superhero summer, it plays like a lovingly crafted synthesis of every fantasy saga we've seen in the past decade.
  8. Lumumba revives the tradition of Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" and Costa-Gavras' "Z" and "State of Siege." In substance and excitement, it joins their ranks.
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  9. The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace.
  10. This is Forster's show, and he doesn't disappoint.
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  11. A crackerjack thriller, laced with labyrinthine mysteries, moral quandaries and unspeakable evil.
  12. The result is a treat for Sandler fans and a revelation for those of us who've spent the last decade wondering what on earth his appeal is.
  13. The Counterfeiters is in its own smart, trim fashion "The Bridge on the River Kwai" of concentration-camp sagas. Also based (like Kwai) on a real-life story, this movie starts small but becomes a miniature epic of overreach and moral drift.
  14. Those willing to overlook its emotional grandstanding will find much to admire and even more to think about in this Oscar-nominated Danish drama.
  15. May be thin, but it's also sharp, like a stiletto.
  16. The real hero here is Ghobadi, whose love and respect for the culture in which he was raised shines through every frame.
  17. It flows like fast-moving lava to a climax filled with pyrotechnics. And for once in a summer blockbuster, the fireworks are both emotional and physical. The movie leaves you sated, yet wanting more -- just what you want from a series with two entries left to go.
  18. A working-class drama that has its heart in the right place but undercuts itself by stacking the deck, letting its main character off too lightly and being overly impressed with its own profundity.
  19. Reaches the highest comic heights when the show itself starts.
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  20. The Last Mistress turns the melodramatic pieties of films like Fatal Attraction inside out. The anti-heroine acts like a vampire in reverse: Even when she drinks the anti-hero's blood, she makes him feel more alive.
  21. Nolan pushes the twilight-zone atmosphere so hard that it loses its capacity for mystery. When it's not assaulting us with jolting audiovisual expressions of fatigue, this movie plays like a pedestrian response to David Lynch's effortlessly eerie "Twin Peaks."
  22. The Saddest Music In the World may not be for all tastes, but maybe it should be.
  23. Live-In Maid is a lived-in movie. Its cataclysms may be small in scale, but the movie brings us so far into these women's lives that a shattered cup creates an earthquake.
  24. Like Brian De Palma's 1981 masterpiece "Blow-Out," this movie contains cutting perceptions of obsession, institutional and professional myopia, misplaced loyalty in experts, misreadings of evidence and the kind of confusion that leads to conspiracy theories. But Fincher's movie falls short of masterpiece status.
  25. It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
  26. The film is the work of a visual genius who may have overextended his storytelling ability, but with fascinating results.
  27. Kung Fu Hustle is to "House of Flying Daggers" what "Blazing Saddles" is to "Unforgiven."
  28. In the full-house ensemble of Henry Bromell's Panic, Neve Campbell is the wild card.
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  29. If you didn't know that Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, the enthralling new adventure-biography of Howard Hughes, you might think it was the calling card of a neophyte visual genius.

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