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Kirk Baird

Kirk Baird

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% 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
2.5/5 80% 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
97% 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 71% 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 86% 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
72% 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 93% 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
74% 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 73% 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 10% 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 92% 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 59% 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 79% 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 54% 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 50% 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 47% 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 80% 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 45% 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 85% 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 56% 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
3/5 79% McFarland USA (2015) "It's a true and simple story unencumbered by side plots, and with every character -- major and minor -- fitting neatly into place. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 20, 2015
1.5/5 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Jupiter Ascending suffers from stupid. And deja vu. And a lack of discipline. And filmmakers who either can't make another good film -- let alone a great one -- or don't care to. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 6, 2015
1/5 39% Black or White (2015) "Binder's script is a big-screen soap opera, which he attempts to offset with often out-of-place humor. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 2, 2015
4/5 52% Spare Parts (2015) "It's these moments that elevate American Sniper beyond a jingoistic refrain and into a relevant reminder of the sacrifice of war, even to its biggest heroes. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 99% Selma (2015) "Selma is one of so many well-meaning historical dramas that fall prey to their overpowering stories. Gravitas abounds in every scene. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 9, 2015
98% Boyhood (2014) "It's a film you can't stop watching. Until it ends. And even then you wish Boyhood was only the beginning of an extraordinary work in progress. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "Angelina Jolie directs her second film with a surprising amount of confidence considering the scale of this war epic. But there are some novice mistakes. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 24, 2014
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