Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Austin Chronicle , Variety
Total Reviews:
2620
Total QuickRatings:
2

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2620
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 87% The Attack (2013) " Answers prove more elusive than the questions. " — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Maybe it's just an expression of relief after a summer of superheroes and fantasy scenarios, but 2 Guns is a refreshing blast." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2013
1/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " It's a paint-by-numbers approach in which the film's comedy and drama both fall flat." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 26, 2013
1/5 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " None of the pieces is terribly original in concept, the performances are mostly as shaky as the camerawork, and the connecting thread is stretched pretty thin." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Fruitvale Station is a heart-rending stop; just remember that the line doesn't end there." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/5 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " Even though I'm So Excited! doesn't soar, the film is a fun flight." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/5 93% The Hunt (2013) " Mikkelsen makes you empathize with Lucas every step of the way and helps make The Hunt a real moral nail-biter." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 26, 2013
0.5/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " The Land of Lazy can crown a new king because with Grown Ups 2 Adam Sandler has officially nabbed the throne." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3/5 88% Fill the Void (2013) " Using the advantage of personal familiarity with an insular religious community of Haredi Jews in Tel Aviv, Rama Burshtein has created a small jewel of a narrative." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 19, 2013
1.5/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Long after Only God Forgives concludes, only its scuzziness remains. This artistic misfire will forever be knocking on heaven's door." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3/5 67% Turbo (2013) " By the time Turbo reaches the finish line, this new iteration of the fable about pursuing one's dreams no matter how unlikely they seem joins the winner's circle without quite nabbing the trophy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " There's no denying Pacific Rim is the best film of its kind. It remains to be seen whether the film's epic clawing and clanking satisfies a pent-up demand equal to its ambitions." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " The Lone Ranger stokes the legend but its smoke signals only add to the haze." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3.5/5 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " This is a film you skip seeing at your own risk." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3/5 94% A Band Called Death (2013) " The story of Death sure adds an interesting and virtually unknown footnote to the annals of punk rock." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3/5 51% White House Down (2013) " White House Down is amply endowed with enough tension, humor, and calamitous action to ensure it a solid berth in the summer box-office sweepstakes." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 27, 2013
2/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The problem with The Bling Ring is that it feels as soulless as its young protagonists." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " World War Z comes across as a smart and ambitious horror movie, a bio-disaster film along the lines of Contagion or 28 Days Later." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/5 74% The East (2013) " The images are sharp even when the film's ideas are not." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " Even with this film's comedy strategy being the "let 'em all fly and see what sticks" approach, it's amazing how adhesive so much of this is." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/5 50% Now You See Me (2013) " Although Now You See Me lures us with its razzle-dazzle, the film really has little up its sleeve." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " As with her other films, when Sarah Polley takes it upon herself to tell us a story, you can bet it's a tale well-told and one that you'll want to hear." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/5 38% The Purge (2013) " After establishing this interesting premise, writer/director James DeMonaco only scratches the surface of its implications before devolving into a creepy roundelay of murders and deaths averted." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3.5/5 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " There are smiles and laughter to be found in Love Is All You Need, but they're not the gossamer sort that evaporate in the moonlight." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 31, 2013
4.5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Before Midnight surpasses the two previous films in this trilogy in terms of its intelligence, narrative design, and vivacity. It's a grand accomplishment, and I feel greedy about wanting to see this film series continue." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 23, 2013
3/5 75% Pieta (2013) " The performances of these two leads are compelling and the Cheonggyecheon area can almost be seen as another character in Kim's morality tale." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 17, 2013
2.5/5 68% Renoir (2013) " Renoir is great at capturing some of the details of daily life within this unique household and conveying an Impressionist atmosphere on film, but as far as telling us a story, the film is a washout." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 10, 2013
3.5/5 100% Trash Dance (2013) " In addition to being fascinating to observe the process over time, Garrison's focus is a smart move since his midrange camerawork doesn't fully capture the magnitude and magnificence of the show." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " This chase film combines elements of the thriller and newspaper procedural to create a contemporary saga about political idealism, stone-cold realities, and the repercussions of past deeds on future innocents." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Meticulous and abstruse, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color is an idiosyncratic film that invites explication but defies total understanding." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 19, 2013
1.5/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 19, 2013
2.5/5 45% To The Wonder (2013) " To the Wonder will be required viewing for all students of Malick -- and by that I mean every cinephile -- but it's not likely to escort viewers into states of transcendence." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " Exuberant but fairly formulaic." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 12, 2013
2.5/5 53% The Girl (2013) " A sentimental shift in the last reel of the film seems artificially designed to wrap up the story and demonstrate that a life lesson has been learned. It's when it's at its most contemplative that The Girl is at its best." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 5, 2013
1/5 15% Temptation (2013) " Perry has now built a media empire from spinning his own wheels." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " Evil Dead, however, accomplishes what it sets out to do: Scare viewers silly and uphold a tradition." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3/5 93% No (2013) " It's clear that the language of advertising has become universal, and that political commodities can be sold like soap. But toppling a dictatorship? Now there's a story." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 29, 2013
2/5 36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " A good concept yields scattershot results in this horror-film anthology." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/5 53% Come Out And Play (2013) " Come Out and Play is a good example of how to eke out film thrills with a minimum of elements. Makinov should prove to be a filmmaker to watch." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3.5/5 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " In turns appealing and horrifying, Spring Breakers is Korine's most cogent take yet on society's outsiders." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/5 38% Admission (2013) " Never finding its right tone, Admission uncomfortably founders between the story's comic and dramatic aspects and leaves behind a lumpy residue that tars its likable leads, Tina Fey and Paul Rudd." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " [Butler] performs capably as the film's tarnished hero in a role that can't help but echo Clint Eastwood's disgraced Secret Service agent in In the Line of Fire." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/5 100% Masquerade (2012) " Competently directed, the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with comic warmth." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2013
2.5/5 30% Reincarnated (2013) " More honest than you might expect a promotional piece such as this to be, but less self-investigative than you might like, you come away thinking there are much greater depths for Snoop Lion to plumb." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2013
3/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " This comedy is, ultimately, a lighthearted distraction, but "incredible" it is not." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2013
3/5 94% Lore (2013) " Although there are moments that push the story a bit beyond credulity, Shortland has created something remarkable by forcing us to find within ourselves sympathy for this would-be Aryan princess." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " This Disney prequel to MGM and Warner Bros.' enduring 1939 masterwork charts its own course, and, for the most part, is the better for it." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 7, 2013
1/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " So many sequences are structured to build to a little jolt, that the pattern becomes predictable and tired. Especially since the first film set a high standard for originality, this sequel, which is helmed by a different creative team, disappoints." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2013
3/5 39% Dark Skies (2013) " Effectively unsettling, Dark Skies is a science-fiction thriller that plays like an episode of The Twilight Zone crossed with Poltergeist." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/5 87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) " It's not that Happy People is uninteresting... It's just that the one sensibility of which we were previously aware -- that of Herzog's -- is indiscernible, as if frozen beneath all this movie's ice." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 28, 2013
3/5 90% A Place at the Table (2013) " Tthe strongest point made by the film is that hunger is a problem endemic to our social system, and it's a problem that will not be served up in a soup line, one meal at a time." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 28, 2013
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