Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Austin Chronicle , Variety
Total Reviews:
2621
Total QuickRatings:
2

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 83% 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 13% 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 63% 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 59% 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 86% 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 68% 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 García." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
81% 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 52% 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 94% 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 83% 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
2/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Last Vegas is mindless fluff lent some extra weight by these acting powerhouses." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/5 —— The Snitch Cartel (2013) " Without character definition, the film feels like a constant swish pan from one violent event to the next." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/5 49% Carrie (2013) " Carrie has proved itself to be a remarkably resilient tale that's not likely to be plugged up anytime soon." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Some of the jokes are flat-out hilarious, but most are overworked or tepid." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3.5/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " Writer/director Haifaa al-Mansour's story is relatively simple, although the world it reveals is deeply complex." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/5 —— Red Wing (2013) " Red Wing flaps hard, but never achieves flight." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 11, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Captain Phillips ventures out to high seas and takes the audience along for a tense, claustrophobic ride." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/5 92% Inequality For All (2013) " [Robert Reich] headlines this documentary in which he explains his views about the United States' current economic woes. It's something he manages to do engagingly and with great clarity." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/5 49% Parkland (2013) " Parkland adds no significant knowledge to history or conspiracy theorists, but such details as the way Zapruder's scrunched-up eye pops wide open when he witnesses what will be forever imprinted on his retina and amateur film are vivid." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/5 93% Still Mine (2013) " Lovely performances by Cromwell and Bujold, as well as those playing their extended family of children and friends, are understated yet truthful. And it's good to be reminded that love that withstands a lifetime is a most precious thing." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2.5/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " Although the film's character portraits are vividly drawn, they remain largely one-dimensional." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
1.5/5 14% Baggage Claim (2013) " Baggage Claim should be left behind at the carousel." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3.5/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " The unembellished emotional honesty conveyed in the indie drama Short Term 12 is so expertly handled that it carries the viewer past any hesitations harbored regarding the film's overly familiar storyline." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 35% Salinger (2013) " A distractingly bombastic music design starts at a thundering pitch and has nowhere to go but further." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5/5 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Afternoon Delight has many small pleasures but falls far short of reaching the G spot." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 13, 2013
1/5 18% The Ultimate Life (2013) " This new film's contrived storyline is long on melodrama and short on surprise." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Heinzerling allows us to read whatever we want into this picture. The endless struggle for money and professional recognition is either a curse or a raison d'être." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 30, 2013
2.5/5 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " [It] amounts to little more than a big, wet kiss to the group's worldwide legions of young, female fans " — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3.5/5 86% Computer Chess (2013) " It's idiosyncratic, actively noncommercial, and doesn't follow the rules -- like playing a game of chess on a board with no squares." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " David Gordon Green's latest film has the amusing buoyancy of a lark but the existential depth of a head-scratcher. The film entertains, puzzles, and strays outside the lines." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Lee Daniels' The Butler is a straightforward film that puts the recent past in our grasp." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 16, 2013
4/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " The Act of Killing allows the victors a forum to elaborate on their story, and, by their own hands, these aged conquerors unwittingly rewrite aspects of the history that has propped them up for so many decades." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3.5/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " The Woody Allen mojo is at work in his latest film, which gets an extra boost from Cate Blanchett's extraordinary performance as a Park Avenue matron brought low by the recent financial crisis." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 9, 2013
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