Baltimore Sun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,157 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
2157 movie reviews
  1. This is a movie that's really about how much fun Glenn Milstead had being Divine, and how he — perhaps unexpectedly — found so many fans willing to go along for the ride. That's an American success story worth celebrating.
  2. Without restraint or subtlety, but with a lot of heart and energy, this movie tells a real-life tall tale.
  3. It's cathartic and exhilarating.
  4. A refreshingly unpredictable and fizzy comic fantasy. It tickles the fancy even when it strains credibility.
  5. Jonze lets the magic ebb away in a sorry mesh of strained relationships.
  6. Finds it as impossible to locate a laugh in glittering Bora Bora as it was for Operation Enduring Freedom to nail Osama bin Laden in gritty Tora Bora.
  7. The cascade of ideas proves to be both pleasurable and frustrating. As the movie retreats into a happy-ever-after ending, even its outrageous lies seem more like little white ones.
  8. The movie ended just in time. Any more of it, and I'd have been crying uncle. Or maybe, given the grrrl-power of it all, crying aunt. This is one supposedly contrarian film that rouses the counter-contrarian in you.
  9. All the Coens come up with is a movie about bad things happening to limited people.
  10. Fame has today's usual gritty form of slick to it, but in every other way it's an Amateur Hour and a half.
  11. The symmetry doesn't work. Capitalism is an economic system; democracy, a political system. Perhaps Moore should have come out and said what he really wants to see us adopt: a democratic socialism.
  12. It wouldn't stick in the memory were it not for Matt Damon's audacious, baggy-pants portrayal of corporate whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, the antihero of this reality-based farce.
  13. It might sound intriguing to root the saying, "Physician, heal thyself," in the plight of a hypocritical self-help guru, but the romantic drama Love Happens suffers from acute irony deficiency.
  14. The one perfect aspect of Jennifer's Body is its title: No one is going to like this movie for its brain.
  15. It pulls together diverse residents of the city, from produce vendors to academics, and trains a loving eye on their unique environments and the urban landscapes they all share.
  16. Bright Star delivers a prismatic depiction - tart, funny and piercing - of the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in the three years before he died, in 1821, at age 25.
  17. 9
    Not a perfect 10, but its imperfection is what makes it gripping and bewitching.
  18. Extract is an exuberant no other and one of the best comedies of the year.
  19. Bullock does her damndest to be nerdy and instead becomes excruciatingly artificial - a malfunctioning verbal fun machine.
  20. It's a nightmare that starts like a normal daytime drive and ends in a vortex-like sinkhole.
  21. Siegel takes us to the brink of operatic melodrama, then lands us in a tragicomic spot: a psychological landscape of alternate life and make-believe death.
  22. A love letter to the time, and the period, and the legend that has grown around both. Maybe it's all too wonderful to be true, but that's OK. If Taking Woodstock is a fantasy, then it's a most benevolent one, and more power to it.
  23. The only hope for Inglourious Basterds is that audiences will embrace it the way the Broadway crowd did "Springtime for Hitler": because it's so bad they think it's good.
  24. The result is an exciting, infuriating, combative experience.
  25. It's affable entertainment -- a road movie with a smart map and characters who are unpredictable human beings, not just billboard attractions.
  26. It's a bad joke that District 9 will be hailed for its "originality."
  27. Best of all, Ponyo never ceases to be a genuine odyssey in short pants.
  28. It might be a solid hook if we thought their love was grand. Instead, it's kind of creepy.
  29. You'll never see a more tactile expression of the intimacy between artists and their instruments than in Davis Guggenheim's elating It Might Get Loud.
  30. In Julie and Julia, Ephron, like her heroines, has finally found what suits her: a surprising comic and romantic realism.

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