Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Marjorie Baumgarten's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 58% Southpaw (2015) "Ultimately, Southpaw may not punch above its weight, but the film has an aim that's true. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 23, 2015
1.5/5 17% Pixels (2015) "A ton of cameos by the likes of Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, and many others pop up with the regularity of thrown Donkey Kong barrels. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/5 61% Felt (2015) "Provocative though it is, Felt literally wears its ideas on its sleeves. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "McKellen is marvelous, as usual. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/5 94% Cartel Land (2015) "Heineman earns major props for his courage under fire while also capturing striking and indelible images. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 21% Self/less (2015) "Just as you begin settling into these science-fiction parameters and start pondering the wisdom of humanity's vain quest for immortality, Self/less switches gears, much to its detriment, and becomes a frenzied chase thriller and shoot-'em-up. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "If the scariness of Cam's illness is portrayed through rose-colored glasses, the realism of the characters shines through in dozens of other small ways. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/5 14% Aloft (2015) "Aloft's characters exude a certain impregnability, and the story's structure only further distances us from them. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 89% Dope (2015) "Although there are too many story strands thrown in for good measure, Rachel Morrison's cinematography and Lee Haugen's editing keep the film fluid and buoyant. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1.5/5 25% Beyond The Mask (2015) "Full of hackneyed aphorisms and improbable history. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/5 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "It's mostly a waiting game for the next inevitable spook to go bump in the night. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/5 32% Entourage (2015) "Fans should find a certain satisfaction in the film's closing scenes at the Golden Globes. But others will be appalled by the film's casual misogyny and other retro attitudes. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/5 53% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "A missing-person movie becomes just a missing movie. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland leaves nothing to chance and, as a result, seems more like a calculation than a flight of fancy. Still, many of its calculations add up. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/5 70% Welcome to Me (2015) "Welcome to Me is not sure if it wants to be an uncomfortable comedy or wry drama. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 43% The D Train (2015) "The film is sharp and funny and interested in shaking up the formulas. It just needs to follow through on upending predictability. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 7, 2015
3.5/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "The nuances of the women's interactions are a splendid thing to observe, and the beauty of these layered conversations makes the general absence of women's unmitigated voices in film more keenly felt than ever. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 44% True Story (2015) "True Story is more like watching a chess match between expert players than attending a soccer match that erupts in a crowd riot. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "Take a complex legal issue like the provenance of an art object, then throw in Helen Mirren and the Nazis as the hero and villains, and you have the dull and simplified tale of Woman in Gold. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 95% Girlhood (2015) "As with her previous film Tomboy, writer/director Sciamma demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the complications of growing up female. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 29% Lost River (2015) "Lost River is a film whose reputation precedes it. Viewers have decried it as a mess or lauded it as an artistic achievement ever since it premiered at Cannes 11 months ago. Ultimately, the film is really neither. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) "You might be forgiven for mistaking the film for an extended Holiday Inn commercial. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "Hawke chose well his subject; Bernstein is indeed an intriguing master and paragon of authenticity. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "A truly mystifying human puzzle. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/5 45% Home (2015) "Although it may not be where the heart is, Home is a functional escape and shelter. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "The kind of tragic and absurd blend that can only be labeled as Kafkaesque. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.5/5 79% Deli Man (2015) "Deli Man needs more meat on its rye. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "The film is a magnificent document of secular humanism. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/5 50% A La Mala (2015) "A la Mala coasts on its style and charm, and that may be enough for this kind of romp... Nevertheless, a bit more originality in the script by Issa López and Ari Rosen would be a welcome diversion. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2015
0.5/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "Choppy, tangentially related scenes follow upon one another, dragged further down by witless dialogue and nasty behavior. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 100% Buen Dia, Ramon (2015) "Grounded in reality yet packed with a generosity of spirit, Good Day, Ramón appeals to our better natures and generates overall good will with its plausible but improbable story. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/5 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "LaGravenese should be commended for his vision and tenacity, which has helped to create a piece that should be catnip to fans of the modern musical theatre -- and in these post-Glee days, who isn't? " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "For all Vaughn's attention to stylized details, I noticed a number of obvious continuity errors throughout to which Vaughn seems blind. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/5 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "If this kind of synaptic brainstorm sounds like an invigorating cinematic experience, I'm here to tell you that watching Goodbye to Language on a big screen will be 70 minutes well spent. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2.5/5 90% Mommy (2015) "There's not much more to Mommy than these anguished character studies. They go round and round, yet a narrative never coalesces. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "There is little in the way of narrative eventfulness in the film, but Leigh luxuriates in the moments, and provides glimpses of what it takes to be an artist amid the fray. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 2, 2015
3/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "American Sniper doesn't have the same moral reverb of Eastwood's finest work. Still, the action sequences are packed with zealous clarity and tense dynamism. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/5 99% Selma (2015) "Although Selma is dramatically uneven overall, the film is a commendable historical drama that sidesteps the pitfalls of adulatory biopics and great-man approaches to encapsulating bygone events. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2.5/5 52% The Interview (2014) "The Interview, symbol though it's become, ain't nothing but a movie. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2.5/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "Unbroken is a fairly flawless product: epic in scope and imagery, and faultless in all matters of technique. Yet Jolie privileges reliable indicators of quality over idiosyncratic impulses toward creativity. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/5 86% Top Five (2014) "The semi-autobiographical nature of Rock's film makes Top Five's satiric points about black performers in the entertainment industry fall all the more precisely. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2.5/5 No Score Yet The One I Wrote For You (2014) "In between Kauffman's repetitive platitudes about following one's dreams, the film's actors and director hit many pleasing notes. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2.5/5 95% Pelican Dreams (2014) "With Pelican Dreams, Irving again delivers personal observations about curious creatures in a manner that's part nature doc and part meditative exploration. The result is as mixed as the process. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 98% The Babadook (2014) "Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent makes a stunningly assured feature filmmaking debut with this unnerving thriller. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Homesman (2014) "The Homesman literally reverses course to peek at the abandoned ruins of lives lost to the frontier, the human potential plowed over like last year's crop. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2014
2.5/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "There's amusement to be had here, but it's unlikely that anyone will fall for it "hook, line, and sphincter" (to use the movie's parlance). " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2014
2.5/5 40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) "The film's working premise -- that the first 21 years of an artist's career define his career -- is an artificial self-imposition. But Dunaway and Wood toss out that analytic structure from the start. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 77% Rosewater (2014) "Rosewater, along with his nightly mockery of the news, shows that freedom of the press has no greater champion than Jon Stewart. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 69% Laggies (2014) "Despite its pleasant veneer, Laggies is a bit adrift itself. Winning performances keep us engaged -- and a one-sequence appearance by Gretchen Mol as Annika's mother who flew the coop is hauntingly complex. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "Princess Kaguya belongs in the film-princess pantheon. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 30, 2014
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