Kirk Baird

Kirk Baird

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Kirk Baird's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toledo Blade

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 39%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"[The franchise struggles] to balance its heroes and villains; even Knepper, a character actor known for playing bad men, fails to make an impression, not unlike Werner Herzog's turn as the main bad guy in the first Jack Reacher." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 75%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Reflecting its conventional storytelling, The Birth of a Nation relies heavily on Civil War-era stereotypes and stock characters, limiting its cast to little to no nuance in their roles." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/5 50%

The Accountant (2016)

"Unfortunately for those looking for a different kind of hero, The Accountant's promising premise is subverted by hackneyed genre conventions and third-act silliness that set up the character for more big-screen adventures." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3.5/5 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Perhaps the biggest twist to The Girl on the Train is that this menagerie of bleak souls doesn't vitiate the film, but redeems it, amid a flurry of surprises that provide, if nothing else, empathy for their cause." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/5 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Despite the film's flaws, the peculiarity of it all holds interests and carries through, until that rushed third act -- as if Burton simply lost focus and wanted it all to be over." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Fuqua isn't interested in the contemporary Western. His Magnificent Seven is a throwback to those decades-old films that informed him as an impressionable and young filmmaker. But to live in history invites comparisons to what was. " ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Relying on the same technique, however well done, is like a plate of warmed-up leftovers from last night's wonderful meal. It's never as good the second time." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/5 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Pete's Dragon is delightfully low key and delicate... It's a film about characters, story, and emotions that also happens to have a CGI dragon in it -- one that is effectively brought to life through the animation." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/5 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Even Smith's smart-aleck charm comes up short, with Deadshot's lines either not very funny or out of place to what's happening in the film." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Fortunately for Greengrass, the likability of Damon in this role can carry the film through almost any detours." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Star Trek Beyond is a mea culpa to fans who felt the new film series abandoned the franchise's network TV roots." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 22, 2016
2.5/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Ghostbusters wants to be its own comedy, but it won't let go of the past, including various cameos from the former Ghostbusters cast that stick out like Halloween decor at Christmas." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"An adorable and occasionally quite funny computer-animated film about what domesticated animals are up to when their masters aren't around that never ingratiates the heart." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/5 75%

The BFG (2016)

"It's Oscar winner Rylance's warm-hearted motion-capture performance -- his BFG moves with human-like fluidity and grace -- along with John Williams' familiar and sweet score, that gives The BFG its soul." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 1, 2016

Inception (2010)

"This is a brainy, brawny popcorn pleaser at its best. And one not easily forgotten." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 27, 2016
3.5/5 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"Just when it appears Finding Dory is the latest in a long line of sequel casualties, the deliriously fun and witty third act arrives to mount a revival, as everything comes together and the setups finally deliver laugh-out-loud payoffs." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 17, 2016
2/5 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"At its best, Warcraft is a passable and occasionally mildly entertaining fantasy film. Unfortunately, the rest of the time it's a slog of an epic by a director struggling to condense an unwieldy fantasy not of his own making." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 10, 2016
1/5 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"Watching a 7-year-old boy with an overactive imagination play with his four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures would be more enjoyable and more coherent than what Green and company managed with this film." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2/5 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"A sleek sports car of a summer blockbuster junked up by too many aftermarket accessories." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 27, 2016
3.5/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"Despite its plot's mechanical issues, The Nice Guys has all the makings of must-see DVD and Blu-ray, when its long-winded story can be offset by the ability to rewind and rewatch some truly funny moments." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 20, 2016
2/5 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"Money Monster's timing couldn't be much better. But this Wall Street satire could be and should be, with a promising setup betrayed by absurd twists and a conventional resolution so tidy it wreaks of studio meddling." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 13, 2016
4/5 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"The latest Marvel movie to build on the series' past while setting up its future, Captain America: Civil War is also the most ambitious film yet in that comic-book cinematic universe." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 6, 2016
4/5 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The computer-made anamorphic animals -- Mowgli's wolf family and best friends bear and black panther, and his enemies the tiger and python -- are astonishingly fur-and-blood real." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3.5/5 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"The ride is worth it for the uniformly terrific cast and for the aspirations of this throwback science-fiction vehicle, when brainy stories drove films rather than Star Wars-style eye candy." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2.5/5 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"A dark and moody comic-book film with noble ambitions but the fizz of a week-old glass of Coke." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3.5/5 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"While the "Merc with a Mouth" is a novel and undeniably funny superhero film, like a relentless case of the runs, Deadpool's torrent of inappropriate/​smart-aleck jokes and pop culture references can be exhausting." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Like most of the Coens' work, Hail, Caesar! has multiple levels to nod at and appreciate -- like the cigarette metaphor and the loving recreations of film genres: westerns, musicals, biblical epics." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 5, 2016
5/5 94%

Room (2015)

"Room is a most extraordinary achievement, finding light and love and hope in even the darkest of places." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"A maddening meditation on vengeance: its high toll and the fleeting satisfaction it yields." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3.5/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"The Hateful Eight isn't a masterpiece and it's not Tarantino's best film, but it is his most complete effort in a long while. It's sloppy but riveting." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/5 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"The cast is uniformly excellent... and The Big Short's rapid pace and momentum keep the film and its subject matter light and breezy, even as the heavy story speeds to disaster." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2/5 61%

Concussion (2015)

"With the mounting evidence and increasing concern of the potential hazards of playing football, the National Football League has much to be concerned about. The new film Concussion isn't one of them." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/5 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"The dialogue is punchy. The actors are engaged and human. The action sequences and special effects complement the plot rather than make up for it. The story rockets along." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/5 77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"The Good Dinosaur, as it turns out, is merely adequate by the great standards of Pixar's family-friendly library: a stunning piece of artistry let down by a familiar story of a journey against all odds that fails to inspire and connect." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Spotlight (2015)

"Spotlight might very well be the best film of the year. It's an intense and well-crafted ensemble drama that has and will receive near-universal accolades and repeated mentions as an Oscar frontrunner." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/5 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"[Mockingjay delivers] an ultimately satisfying conclusion to the adventures of Katniss Everdeen. But as with most heroic tales, the best stories are not necessarily the longest." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/5 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"Only a blockhead won't enjoy Charlie Brown and Co.'s return to the big screen." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2/5 65%

Spectre (2015)

"After soaring to new heights in Skyfall, James Bond comes crashing down in the hotly anticipated Spectre." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 6, 2015
4.5/5 65%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"This Bond for the 21st century is scarred physically and emotionally from his almost super-human efforts for country and Queen, and you believe there are layers to his psyche that will continue to define him in the movies to come." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4.5/5 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"Rare are the filmmakers such as Spielberg with the knowledge and capability to wed thought-provoking artistry with thoroughly entertaining cinematic appeal." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 16, 2015

He Named Me Malala (2015)

"As a documentary it's lacking, but as a purely inspiring and motivational speech it's invigorating and hopeful." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 9, 2015
0.5/5 27%

Pan (2015)

"Pointless, joyless, and insulting to Barrie and his beloved fairy tale." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 9, 2015
4/5 92%

The Martian (2015)

"This no-nonsense science-fiction thriller is proof that book smart and entertaining are not mutually exclusive traits on the big screen." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 2, 2015

The Intern (2015)

"The Intern is a throwback comedy to the filmmaker's early work such as Baby Boom and Father of the Bride: sweet, uncomplicated, and overly earnest." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 25, 2015

Black Mass (2015)

"Depp's performance, chilling as it may be, is rather basic, though formidable, with variable degrees of Bulger's anger and rage." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3.5/5 73%

Everest (2015)

"Filmed by cinematographer Salvatore Totino on the foothills of Everest as well as the Italian Alps, Everest drops us in the white beauty of the mountain and its myriad dangers at every step." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 64%

The Visit (2015)

"While The Visit doesn't always work, there's enough success in Shyamalan's bare-bones horror-dark comedy do-over to suggest he's learned hard lessons and taken these failures to heart." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 11, 2015
1.5/5 15%

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

"The Transporter made Jason Statham a star. The Transporter Refueled won't do the same for fellow Brit Ed Skrein." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 67%

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"Fans of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. would be advised to skip this revival. Some TV relics were not made for the big screen." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 13, 2015
1/5 9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"Fantastic Four is a mess. It's poorly paced -- plodding through most of the story only to zip through its big finish. None of the characters is interesting, let alone fantastic." ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 6, 2015
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