Debbie Baldwin

Debbie Baldwin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Ladue News
Official Websites: http://laduenews.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) I wouldn't describe it as a film that will have a profound impact on your psyche. It is however a visually delightful, beautifully acted tale. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/10 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Yes, there are other characters involved; but the nicest thing I can say about them is that they were forgettable. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
8/10 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) This is just a simple, endearing slice-of-life dramedy. The acting is outstanding and the script is beautifully written. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
8/10 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) As you might imagine, visually, it's a stunning film, and the story is endearing. Dayal and Le Bon are charming, and Helen Mirren, well, is Helen Mirren. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/10 29% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) It has to be one of the more nauseating tales from the Golden Age of Hollywood. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/10 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) In the absolutely most bare minimum, barely adequate way, this movie delivers. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
7/10 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) The main reason to see the sequel is the same reason you saw and loved the first movie: the songs. The music is inventive, inspiring and just really, really fun. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/10 9% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) It seems this half-baked film only uses explosions to use shield us from the plot holes. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
6/10 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) As beautiful, witty and serene as this story of self-discovery is, and as effortlessly as the veteran stars pull it off, I can't help but hope that Redford will take on a project with a bit more meat on the bone. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
6/10 72% Fright Night (2011) This movie is a fairly wellwritten and well-acted remake. On the other hand it is pretty standard horror fare. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
7/10 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) All in all, it's a sweet animated adventure with heart. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
7/10 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) In any event, this is a refreshing and extremely well-acted film. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
8/10 96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) The film tells Brando's story with compassion, and, with Brando's own voice, the audience gets a rare glimpse into the mind of a modern artistic genius. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/10 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) I still don't understand why they made the first one, much less a sequel. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
6/10 14% The Ugly Truth (2009) Every point I am giving this film is because of Gerard Butler. He's not only extremely easy on the eyes, but he is a wonderful actor. He gives great edge and intense vulnerability to a role he could have easily phoned in. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/10 69% Funny People (2009) I wouldn't even describe this movie as a comedy. I would describe it as pointless. I know where they were trying to go, they just didn't get there. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
9/10 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) It's funny. It's violent. It's funny and violent. The acting is unbelievable. Pitt is charming as the icy killer, and it's clear Tarantino has found his new muse in Laurent. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
7/10 83% The September Issue (2009) If you are interested in fashion, it's a fascinating look behind the scenes. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/10 20% Amelia (2009) Seasoned director Mira Nair goes way off the rails in almost every way-from the lack of chemistry in Earhart and Putnam's seeming relationship of convenience to the final heart-wrenching mystery of Amelia's disappearance. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/10 82% Avatar (2009) The plot, sadly, is so predictable I found myself saying lines of dialogue before they happened. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
6/10 32% The Lovely Bones (2009) Director Peter Jackson's brilliant ability to bring fantasy to film may have been his Achilles heel here, as he dwells with signature fondness on Susie's journey to heaven. I will say, however, that the acting is spectacular. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
7/10 45% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) The cast is outstanding. The story is compelling-at times, even touching, and the aliens are cool. Sure there are some plot-holes, but they do more right than wrong. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
8/10 94% Moneyball (2011) The movie is engaging and interesting and touching, as Beane struggles to bond with his daughter and right some wrongs in his past. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
6/10 42% J. Edgar (2011) The acting is wonderful, as one would expect, but the story lacks punch. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
7/10 56% Albert Nobbs (2012) I found the film to be a touching and unique look at human sexuality and interaction. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
8/10 68% Friends With Kids (2012) All in all, this is a smart, charming and endearing film. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
6/10 51% The Three Stooges (2012) The casting of the trio is spot on and the supporting cast is strong, as well. I laughed out loud on several occasions. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
9/10 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) This is an incredible action movie. From special effects to fights to explosions, it hits every marker. But the movie is so much more. It's hysterically funny, charming and smart. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
8/10 22% Darling Companion (2012) This film is intelligent and beautifully acted. It's a movie about a group of people searching for a lost dog for days, and I never once looked at my watch. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
7/10 75% Hope Springs (2012) I have to say most people, including myself, prefer to watch a romance take place with a younger couple, but with these two seasoned and compelling actors, the awkward sexual tension is charming and very funny. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
9/10 60% Hitchcock (2012) Even if you've never seen a Hitchcock film in your life, it's worth seeing for the performances alone. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/10 11% After Earth (2013) After Earth, a witless, banal, tedious, melodramatic special-effects fest that is disappointing from the opening sequence until the credits role. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
7/10 56% Man of Steel (2013) The movie is stylish, entertaining, suspenseful and spectacular...oh and it's also two hours and 28 minutes long. It would be nice to save the world and get the girl in less than two hours. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
6/10 31% Austenland (2013) The film is light and fun and amusing. In fact, my biggest criticism is that the movie doesn't take the story seriously enough. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
6/10 43% Closed Circuit (2013) As it is, despite being extremely well-acted, it's just another OK spy thriller to add to the pile. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
5/10 94% Her (2013) I found the movie tedious and un-engaging. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
6/10 30% The Monuments Men (2014) The movie is fine, but it should have been a powerful, moving and heroic film. It could have been a classic, instead it was a romp. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/10 61% Non-Stop (2014) This movie is a complete and utter waste of time. Not even the talents of Neeson and Julianne Moore can redeem it. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
8/10 87% Gone Girl (2014) The acting here is spot-on...All in all, it's an exceptional thriller. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
6/10 56% Focus (2015) The movie makes a valiant effort, the twists are clever and surprising, but the palpable lack of heat between Smith and Robbie hurts the story. It's an OK con film. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
8/10 94% Spy (2015) The movie is 15 minutes too long; but as far as laughs go, it's a winner. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
8/10 90% Love & Mercy (2015) My only beef would be the casting of Elizabeth Banks, who lacks a certain depth the role requires. Other than that, it's two hours of great music and great acting. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
7/10 18% Self/less (2015) Reynolds is fantastic as the morally conflicted hero, a fascinating combination of Hamlet and Hulk; and the supporting cast, including Goode, Kingsley and the always engaging Victor Garber, is spot on. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
6/10 85% Trainwreck (2015) The best thing about this movie is the comedy. It is absolutely one of the funniest films I have seen in a while. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
6/10 32% Aliens in the Attic (2009) OK, it is a little derivative, but the young actors are all very convincing and Robert Hoffman does some terrific physical comedy after his body is commandeered by the alien leader. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
6/10 81% Bandslam (2009) Surprisingly, it's Vanessa Hudgens who brings the film to life, creating an original and believable brooding teen. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
7/10 90% District 9 (2009) I won't tell you to rush out and see it, but in these days of sequels and remakes, this was an interesting original. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
80% The Informant! (2009) Soderbergh knows how to entertain, and The Informant is no exception. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
62% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009) The film is a tad cluttered but wildly entertaining, and if you don't go see it, definitely buy the soundtrack. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
9/10 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) No doubt Downey's own struggles have informed his character choices. The plot is intelligent and the acting is brilliant. I didn't want it to end. - Ladue News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018