Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Austin Chronicle , Variety
Total Reviews:
2639
Total QuickRatings:
2

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 97% CODE BLACK (2014) " Code Black is a riveting document despite its tendency to jackrabbit around in its themes and personalities." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/5 47% I Origins (2014) " Empiricists only need apply if they have a thing for lovely gamines who speak in foreign-accented English (and who doesn't?), as well as a tolerance for blatantly metaphorical film titles." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4.5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " The originality of Boyhood clearly extends beyond what we see up on the screen, and it's this film -- even more so than the career landmarks of Slacker and the Before trilogy -- that will earn Linklater a place of immortality in the history books." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Reeves knows how to eke pathos from CGI and heartbreak from teenaged vampires: He's perfect for this story about the beasts that lie within." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 65% The Rover (2014) " What The Rover lacks in story development, it makes up for with compelling tension, mystery, and acting finesse." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 94% Ida (2014) " The result is an emotionally moving work which, without sentimentality, urges us to challenge our assumptions and reckon with hard truths." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 84% Night Moves (2014) " If it's food for thought you're looking for, you won't go hungry with Night Moves." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/5 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " The story is rather creaky, but who cares when the actors Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche are so sublime together?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " The neo-noir Cold in July operates at a steady sizzle." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
69% Wild in the Streets (1968) " It's a dark, dark comment on 1968 youth culture, not always elegant to watch but unusual for its time." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " MacFarlane's comedic approach has always been that of throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. It's no different this time out, and the jokes are so plentiful that the odds are in this movie's favor for a substantial number of them to succeed." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/5 88% Chef (2014) " Chef is filled to the brim with the kind of heart and vivacity that makes up for the film's familiar storyline" — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
1.5/5 14% Blended (2014) " Increasingly, it seems that Adam Sandler's filmmaking career functions as a means of financing his family vacations." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/5 66% The German Doctor (2014) " By giving away the story's big reveal at the very beginning, it infuses the film with a potent sense of dread rather than suspense." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 31% God's Pocket (2014) " Mickey is the kind of schlubby loser that Philip Seymour Hoffman excelled at playing, especially in small, indie projects such as this one." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " This Hollywood monster epic manages to honor the creature's Japanese Atomic Age origin story and obliterate the memory of Roland Emmerich's disappointing 1998 revival." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " There are bits and pieces of a dandy film here that get choked out by a barrier of unproductive mulch." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/5 82% Fed Up (2014) " This new documentary aims for something very difficult: It takes a tired subject -- the obesity epidemic -- and completely reframes the conversation." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/5 92% The Retrieval (2014) " Ambitious as all get out, The Retrieval is an indie film production that belies its small budget." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There just seems to be too much of it." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
4/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Despite being a film that features vampires as the central protagonists, Only Lovers Left Alive is less about matters of blood and its acquisition than what it takes for love and romance to survive over centuries." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3.5/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Blue Ruin is a confident venture that smartly doles out its story in pieces, leaving the audience to happily follow its trail of breadcrumbs." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) " Granted, femme-centered film comedies are a thing to cherish, but The Other Woman only gets it half right." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1.5/5 54% Breathe In (2014) " Fine performances barely make up for this melodrama's narrative bankruptcy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/5 86% Joe (2014) " Joe loses some of its focus when it delves into an undercooked revenge plotline, but the film uncorks its subtle beauty when it compares and contrasts the connections between Joe, Gary, and all the film's secondary characters." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/5 77% Noah (2014) " Despite the film's visual marvels, its creators all take themselves a tad too seriously." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The Lunchbox offers us a naturalistic glimpse of middle-class life in modern Mumbai." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
0/5 17% God's Not Dead (2014) " Any just God would likely recoil from the ham-fisted and spurious defense put forth in this film." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/5 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Although this film seems for all concerned to be a passion project, there is little of that passion emanating from the screen." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/5 16% The Single Moms' Club (2014) " We see very little of the women's vicissitudes, or the ways in which they support one another through their club." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 64% Bad Words (2014) " In Bad Words, Jason Bateman demonstrates that he is in full control of his onscreen identity: playing characters who express themselves with humorous timing and sardonic wit." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 100% God Loves Uganda (2013) " The moment could not be any timelier for this movie." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Fasten your seat belts before takeoff, because Non-Stop is a bumpy ride." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3.5/5 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " What the film does provide, however, is an up-close view of two families struggling with this conflict -- a no-win situation that's indelibly inscribed." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Wild set-pieces and rueful observations are the stock in trade of this Italian film by one of the modern masters of cinema, Paolo Sorrentino." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3.5/5 70% Love & Air Sex (2014) " Love & Air Sex, with its text-message conversations and Facebook connections, is as of-the-moment as air sex." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Although this Chilean film's narrative ambitions are modest, Gloria is a likable movie that's anchored by an outstanding performance by Paulina GarcĂ­a." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
82% Grand Piano (2014) " The suspense is as taut and responsive as piano wire." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 5, 2014
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " This rote buddy-cop action comedy is instantly forgettable." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3.5/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " The film's acting ensemble really kicks out the jams." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Without taking sides or glorifying its subjects, Lone Survivor depicts a real band of brothers who put their bodies on the line even as their mission fails." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/5 57% Justin Bieber's Believe (2013) " It's the rare 19-year-old who's in a position to commission and co-produce a film about himself. Clearly, with this kind of involvement, we can hardly expect Justin Bieber's Believe to be an impartial document." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2.5/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Long Walk to Freedom venerates a man, not a movement. But as the world mourns the loss of a great humanist and visionary, this film can provide a starting place for deepening one's knowledge." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The Wolf of Wall Street matches its subject's excesses to a wearying and stupefying extent. All should be well if you just remember to buckle up your jet pack before launch." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Out of the Furnace brims with atmosphere and Bale, Affleck, and Harrelson deliver some of their finest acting work. Smokestack lightning this film is not, but Out of the Furnace nevertheless provides a solid whiff." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/5 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " Go for Sisters is writer/director Sayles' best film in a number of years, and since this icon of the American independent cinema can always be counted on to deliver maverick work, his latest alternative to the mainstream is welcome indeed." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 92% Philomena (2013) " Solving this mystery is not nearly as engrossing as watching the actors' pas de deux." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 27, 2013
1.5/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Even noting the toned-down performance of Vaughn and the film's overall amiability, there are some creepy and unexplored issues lurking in the margins of this story that can't be brushed away." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Dallas Buyers Club is an indelible story about one man's unwillingness to go gently into that good night, and the personal growth he experiences along the way." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " For all the detail, very little will come across as new to followers of the scandal over the years." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2013
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