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Kirk Baird

Kirk Baird

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Kirk Baird's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toledo Blade

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Like most of the Coens' work, Hail, Caesar! has multiple levels to nod at and appreciate -- like the cigarette metaphor and the loving recreations of film genres: westerns, musicals, biblical epics. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 5, 2016
5/5 96% Room (2015) "Room is a most extraordinary achievement, finding light and love and hope in even the darkest of places. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 83% The Revenant (2015) "A maddening meditation on vengeance: its high toll and the fleeting satisfaction it yields. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3.5/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "The Hateful Eight isn't a masterpiece and it's not Tarantino's best film, but it is his most complete effort in a long while. It's sloppy but riveting. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) "The cast is uniformly excellent... and The Big Short's rapid pace and momentum keep the film and its subject matter light and breezy, even as the heavy story speeds to disaster. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2/5 63% Concussion (2015) "With the mounting evidence and increasing concern of the potential hazards of playing football, the National Football League has much to be concerned about. The new film Concussion isn't one of them. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "The dialogue is punchy. The actors are engaged and human. The action sequences and special effects complement the plot rather than make up for it. The story rockets along. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/5 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "The Good Dinosaur, as it turns out, is merely adequate by the great standards of Pixar's family-friendly library: a stunning piece of artistry let down by a familiar story of a journey against all odds that fails to inspire and connect. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 25, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) "Spotlight might very well be the best film of the year. It's an intense and well-crafted ensemble drama that has and will receive near-universal accolades and repeated mentions as an Oscar frontrunner. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "[Mockingjay delivers] an ultimately satisfying conclusion to the adventures of Katniss Everdeen. But as with most heroic tales, the best stories are not necessarily the longest. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "Only a blockhead won't enjoy Charlie Brown and Co.'s return to the big screen. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2/5 64% Spectre (2015) "After soaring to new heights in Skyfall, James Bond comes crashing down in the hotly anticipated Spectre. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 6, 2015
4.5/5 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) "This Bond for the 21st century is scarred physically and emotionally from his almost super-human efforts for country and Queen, and you believe there are layers to his psyche that will continue to define him in the movies to come. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Rare are the filmmakers such as Spielberg with the knowledge and capability to wed thought-provoking artistry with thoroughly entertaining cinematic appeal. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 16, 2015
71% He Named Me Malala (2015) "As a documentary it's lacking, but as a purely inspiring and motivational speech it's invigorating and hopeful. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 9, 2015
0.5/5 26% Pan (2015) "Pointless, joyless, and insulting to Barrie and his beloved fairy tale. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 9, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) "This no-nonsense science-fiction thriller is proof that book smart and entertaining are not mutually exclusive traits on the big screen. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 2, 2015
60% The Intern (2015) "The Intern is a throwback comedy to the filmmaker's early work such as Baby Boom and Father of the Bride: sweet, uncomplicated, and overly earnest. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 25, 2015
75% Black Mass (2015) "Depp's performance, chilling as it may be, is rather basic, though formidable, with variable degrees of Bulger's anger and rage. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3.5/5 72% Everest (2015) "Filmed by cinematographer Salvatore Totino on the foothills of Everest as well as the Italian Alps, Everest drops us in the white beauty of the mountain and its myriad dangers at every step. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 63% The Visit (2015) "While The Visit doesn't always work, there's enough success in Shyamalan's bare-bones horror-dark comedy do-over to suggest he's learned hard lessons and taken these failures to heart. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 11, 2015
1.5/5 17% The Transporter Refueled (2015) "The Transporter made Jason Statham a star. The Transporter Refueled won't do the same for fellow Brit Ed Skrein. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Fans of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. would be advised to skip this revival. Some TV relics were not made for the big screen. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 13, 2015
1/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Fantastic Four is a mess. It's poorly paced -- plodding through most of the story only to zip through its big finish. None of the characters is interesting, let alone fantastic. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 6, 2015
1.5/5 27% Vacation (2015) "Some trips, like the new and not-so-improved Vacation, aren't worth revisiting. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "The fifth installment in this franchise that keeps getting better is the best one yet, with a compelling plot, a Bond-esque super villain to keep your interest, and the intense action set pieces that Cruise does better than anyone. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/5 60% Southpaw (2015) "What drives the film is also what defines it as slightly better than most of its ilk, Jake Gyllenhaal. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 80% Ant-Man (2015) "Ant-Man is fun but surprisingly conventional. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/5 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "Even with its few missteps, X-Men: First Class represents a major step in the right direction for the series. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3.5/5 55% Minions (2015) "While not as end-to-end funny and clever as the original Despicable Me, Minions does serve as a nice holdover for more Gru with the already announced Despicable Me 3 in 2017. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/5 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "While wiping out sequels 3 and 4... makes sense for the studio, film series, and its fans, tampering with the roots of the franchise, 1984's The Terminator and 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is a colossal miscalculation. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Not that Ted 2's punchlines still aren't funny much of the time, but the familiarity of the characters and their actions lowers the laugh factor by about half of what it originally was. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 26, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "Inside Out's story is utterly unique. It's also a wondrous and magnificent film that celebrates the human experience and all of the smiles, warmth, laughter, tears, frustration, and despair that comes with it. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "In this era of the dumb, lumbering summer blockbuster, Jurassic World is anything but a dinosaur. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 93% Spy (2015) "Fieg isn't so much interested in spoofing super agents as he is mocking the stereotypes that come with it, particularly as that relates to gender and appearance. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "There's really nothing in San Andreas we haven't seen before in other disaster films, with the exception of The Rock as the hero. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/5 49% Tomorrowland (2015) "It's surprisingly hollow entertainment -- a film with noble intentions and grand aspirations that drags us along for a two-hour adventure that we never really care about. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 21, 2015
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "There's never been anything like Mad Max: Fury Road, a film as revolutionary as it is entertaining. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 14, 2015
0.5/5 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) "The best compliment to be paid Hot Pursuit, in fact, is that the action-comedy wisely clocks in at just under 90 minutes, thus sparing audiences from more failed laughs and ineptitude, and the film's stars further embarrassment at being part of it. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 49% The D Train (2015) "The D Train is proof that awkward and creepy can be funny and likable, even with main characters who aren't. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "A sequel as epic as it is overly ambitious and as sprawling as it is restless. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "There's a lot happening in Ex Machina and we're never entirely sure what will happen next. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3.5/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Furious 7 is undeniably satisfying and mostly fun. More than pure escapism, however, it also serves as a fitting tribute to its costar Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident while on a break during filming. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/5 47% Home (2015) "It's not pixel-pushing artistry in DreamWorks Animation's latest that will win over audiences, rather it's the film's timeless traits of sincerity and originality. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "Comedy needn't be PC. But being offensive isn't funny, either. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/5 29% Insurgent (2015) "Insurgent is better than its predecessor and really, for a mildly entertaining action film, Insurgent could have been much worse. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 20, 2015
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) "Star Trek director J.J. Abrams proves to be just what the franchise needed a jolt of life from someone unencumbered by the baggage that comes with more than 40 years of lore and legacy. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 17, 2015
1.5/5 84% Cinderella (2015) "If it weren't for the imaginative and eye-catching costumes by three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell, Cinderella could be mistaken for a typical Disney Channel special. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 31% Chappie (2015) "Blomkamp stages engaging action sequences, but his film's tone switches from violence to campy to drama with dizzying frequency, as the story bounces from interesting, to predictable, to highly illogical, to just plain dumb. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 57% Focus (2015) "With Smith back in his element plus the timeless appeal of a well-executed con story, Focus is undeniably fun. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 27, 2015
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