Kirk Baird

Kirk Baird

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Toledo Blade
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " The film relies too much on the power of its mystery to keep us entertained. But the deeper we go with the Maze Runner, the less interesting his story becomes." — Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 36% The November Man (2014) " With The November Man Donaldson's got a good story, and he does his best not to get in the way of it." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 29, 2014
90% District 9 (2009) " A smart sci-fi about a group of alien refugees who come to Earth and are imprisoned in an internment camp." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " As much as we may love Woody, Buzz, and the other characters in this toy box, Toy Story 3 shows it's time for Pixar to put away these toys for good." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2.5/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Bridesmaids won't be the defining moment of Wiig's career, but it serves to prove that the actress has the potential to carry a movie. She just needs a comedy worth carrying." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 24, 2014
3.5/5 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " If you really like movies, chances are you like Tarantino. And if you like Tarantino, chances are you'll like Inglourious Basterds." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2.5/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " Not that this teen drama is a bad film. It's just difficult to connect with such artificial characters." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2.5/5 35% The Giver (2014) " It feels like there's so much more to this journey than what we're allowed to see." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is meant for fans of the turtles empire: the original comic books, the myriad animated series, the video games, and even the other films. But a film this stupid fun is sure to make believers out of others as well." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " While not all superhero films are created equal, this comic-book space adventure adaptation is just good enough." — Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 1, 2014
1.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Lucy is like a parody of pretentious filmmaking, only not as smart." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1.5/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " As with most leaked sex videos, Sex Tape is more embarrassing to those involved than memorable to those who watch it. And the quicker it'‍s forgotten, the better for everyone." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4.5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Watching an ape army on horses galloping into battle is silly in practical terms, yes, but somehow believable and even exhilarating within the confines of this world." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/5 25% Tammy (2014) " While McCarthy and Sarandon have a sweet familial chemistry, their characters are too similar to brew much comic tension." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 6, 2014
1.5/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Even by the low IQ standards of the three previous Transformers films, Transformers: Age of Extinction is grave and exceptionally stupid, with a plot as bewildering and incoherent as a caffeinated 5-year-old's explanation of the multiverse theory." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " The cast is convincing onstage and off... But there'‍s only so much they can do in a film that doesn'‍t give them much to work with." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3.5/5 66% The Rover (2014) " A psychological post-apocalyptic tale of a loner on a quest across barren Australia to take back his stolen car from a gang, The Rover is the Mad Max film David Lynch never made." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " In TV parlance, this is classic Jump the Shark criteria, and 22 Jump Street leaps and bounds away." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 13, 2014
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Edge of Tomorrow is perfect summer escapism and the best Cruise film since 2002's Minority Report." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The eagerly anticipated film adaptation of John Green's popular YA novel about two teenagers fighting cancer and falling in love is everything it should be and, most likely, everything they want it to be. And yes, bring the tissues." — Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " As a live-action twist on the Disney animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is a dark and engaging fable set in an imaginative and beautiful world. But none of that matters if not for Angelina Jolie in the title role." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 30, 2014
2.5/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " [MacFarlane] has leading-man looks, but is uneasy in his first onscreen performance; he practically jabs the audience in the ribs after every gag or punch line, pushing his product like a used car salesman desperate to make a sale." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 30, 2014
5/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Simply put, Days of Future Past is the best X-Men yet, a superhero highlight reel that rivals The Avengers' energy and popcorn fun and matches The Dark Knight's brooding tone and memorable arch nemesis." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " Unlike so many CGI-fests, Godzilla is a minimum participant, popping up in the perfect moments, with a presence that's always felt, in large part through the personality of Alexandre Desplat's dark score." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Mac and Kelly and their cluelessness about caring for Stella could and should be a major source of humor -- but it's mostly overlooked. Instead, the film treats us to their incessant whining about the responsibilities that come with parenthood." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " He might have enhanced abilities, but Spider-Man is, more than anything, human, and Garfield conveys the emotional vulnerabilities behind the mask in an impressive performance that never wilts amid the CGI spectacle." — Toledo Blade
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Nine to Five decried such stereotypes. Nearly 35 years later, The Other Woman celebrates them." — Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/5 19% 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 48% 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 22% 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 29% 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 31% 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 (2013) " [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 93% 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
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