Kirk Baird

Kirk Baird

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Toledo Blade
Total Reviews:
87

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 20% Transcendence (2014) " What is an initially imaginative and thought-provoking concept, instead sings the same chorus of super technology as super evil we've seen many times before." — Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " Director and cowriter Carlos Saldanha's film is, above all, a spectacular CG travelogue of his native Brazil, with a virtual zoo of Amazonian residents in their otherworldly natural habitats." — Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A much-improved second outing with a few familiar faces along in his adventure." — Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson's script is sharp and funny, and never bashful about pausing the laughs for such melancholic reflections, mostly to grieve the loss of a time and place, and occasionally the people." — Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4.5/5 77% Noah (2014) " The film opens with a wordless narrative of creation and humanity's fall from grace in a succession of iconic images. It's a template for the artistry to follow." — Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/5 41% Divergent (2014) " Divergent never properly settles on its motif. Is it individualism trumps tribalism? Or that individual success is tethered to teamwork? Is strict social order too constrictive? Or is intellectualism the true enemy of social order?" — Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Director James Bobin's 2011's The Muppets was a successful franchise reboot to make Jim Henson's creations relevant again. Muppets Most Wanted should keep them there." — Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Need for Speed is car porn. And just like with adult films, its B-movie plot and clumsy dialogue only get in the way of what everyone wants to see: dangerous high-speed racing and violent crashes." — Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " Fantastic Mr. Fox is gorgeous and fanciful, with a glorious stop-motion animation style of its own." — Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " While Rise of an Empire may not be surprising, it is surprisingly entertaining, particularly with its two main characters." — Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " A hijacked airliner action-thriller with a relentless pace and 10 or so potential villains, Non-Stop is nearly unstoppable fun -- until the killjoy of its big villain reveal." — Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 24% Pompeii (2014) " One of history's worst calamity's becomes a movie mashup of Titanic's doomed love and Gladiator's sword-and-sandal arena combat, with an erupting volcano as the central -- and most interesting -- character." — Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The indecisive course plagues the film." — Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " There's a sincere and honest mother-son bond that exists between Griffith and Winslet. And, in fact, the trio have a nice chemistry and make for an appealing screen family. Whether you choose to believe it, though, is another matter." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 31, 2014
5/5 94% Her (2014) " [A] marvelous meditation on love, relationships, and humanity in a high-tech world." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " A comedy laden with the expected low-brow humor and stupid gags and some surprisingly savvy satire." — Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Jackson's determination in manufacturing deeper context to every motivation and event causes him to lose his grip on the main story and the characters." — Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Disney's annual holiday release has the hallmarks of Beauty and the Beast and other 1990s-era studio classics, from the regal animation and inspired characters to the soaring musical numbers and heartfelt message." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2.5/5 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " The movie can never shake the feeling that it's one big set-up, a meek prelude to the thrill ride to come in Deathly Hallows." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Catching Fire is unvarnished sci-fi commentary on the present-day declination of our middle and lower social stratum and the moral indifference of the powerful and wealthy to their plight." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4.5/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The essence of the film is Woodroof and Rayon. Their unlikely friendship is the heart of Dallas Buyers Club, an AIDS drama about tolerance and the ability for even the worst of us to improve our lives and those around us." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " Deathly Hallows is the first Harry Potter film that fully delivers on the promise of J.K. Rowling's works, expertly balancing a tricky and expansive narrative, along with quiet character moments and some rollicking action sequences." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " Thankfully, Yates gives us one wonderful final voyage with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, a smashing, melancholy, and thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the eight-film saga." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/5 78% Brave (2012) " Brave starts as a light and airy fable, but its mood rapidly turns Brothers Grimm dark and delivers a resounding moral of personal responsibility and consequences for actions." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 18, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The stunning and tragic true story of a free black man sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South, 12 Years a Slave is guttural, raw, and necessary to the moment, the kind of film that merits critical accolades and industry trophies." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " A way funnier, lighter, and quicker-to-the-punch sequel that bests its predecessor in almost every way." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Despite its flaws, Ender's Game represents a marked improvement from Hood's 2009 misfire X-Men Origins: Wolverine." — Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2.5/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " The Counselor is a minor drama about characters masquerading as a painfully slow thriller and an unfortunate waste of talent on both sides of the camera." — Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Despite a glaring lack of context, the movie succeeds on the strength of its principal players." — Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 18, 2013
5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " The cast of the Phillips and pirate crew are uniformly excellent and authentic as men of equal desperation willing to go to great lengths to achieve even the smallest of victories." — Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 11, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " Not since Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey has a mainstream film featured space exploration in such an evocative, heady, and realistic manner." — Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Rush stands proudly as another remarkable showpiece of the 59-year-old filmmaker's underrated talent in crafting everyman art." — Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " Prisoners is a dense, cold film rife with religious symbolism and moral ambiguity." — Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5/4 29% The Family (2013) " What sells The Family is its cast; in particular, De Niro and Pfeiffer, who are charming and believable as a couple fluent in each other's faults but still unabashedly in love." — Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 13, 2013
1.5/4 2% Getaway (2013) " It's an excuse for a 90-minute orgy of car chases and crashes that thoroughly tests the audience's endurance and patience." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3.5/4 74% You're Next (2013) " You're Next offers the perfect set-up for a home invasion film: a family's weekend reunion at a secluded estate with murderous masked intruders." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3.5/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " It's an occasionally serious film that never strays from its superhero roots." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 42% Red 2 (2013) " It's Mirren again playing against type that proves most satisfying. Watching the 68-year-old and still dazzling actress wield guns with the best of 'em and calmly eradicate the corpse of a fresh kill with a bottle of acid is novel and darkly pleasurable." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Pacific Rim is the Godzilla movie that should have been." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3.5/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Not as consistently funny as the original, Despicable Me 2 still proves itself a quite-capable sequel, one that moves the characters and their stories along in humorous and often sweet ways." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 3, 2013
2/4 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " [Verbinski] crams as much big-budget exhilaration into his movie as its origin story will permit, creating a film less about its namesake as it is large-scale action sequences, explosions, and CGI stunts." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3.5/4 65% The Heat (2013) " Even with its nearly two-hour run time, The Heat is consistently funny." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " The heart of the film is Crystal and Goodman, who remain as funny, spunky, and relatable as you remember. Their buddy-buddy chemistry is so natural, the actors could team up for several more Monsters films." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/4 67% World War Z (2013) " Playing the reluctant hero dragged into service, Pitt neither oversells Lane's bravery and action-hero abilities nor underplays his strength and quick-thinking skills. It's a restrained but effective performance." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Man of Steel is an expensive set-up piece that puts everything and everyone in the familiar positions, but moves no further." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 14, 2013
2/4 34% The Internship (2013) " While it's nice to have a Vaughn and Wilson buddy-up again, we can only wish they'd crashed another comedy instead." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 11% After Earth (2013) " For a father-son film project, there's strangely little emotional connection between the pair onscreen." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " The Hangover Part III is the encore to a concert that's gone on too long: You know what's coming and you can't wait for it to end." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 24, 2013
3/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " This film is about pushing driving stunts to new limits and further from what we've seen in the other installments." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 24, 2013
4.5/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " There's a palpable new comfort level among the performers in their iconic roles for the second time and working from a script that has moved beyond introductions and reacquaintances for audiences." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 17, 2013
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