Kirk Baird Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kirk Baird

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Rampage (2018) What Rampage really needs is that playful sense of fun that made the video game-turned franchise so popular. As any kid in a backyard sandbox will tell you, it's fun to be big and smash things.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) The challenges are exciting, extensive, and surprising, and few if any directors are better at staging these kinds of action set pieces than Spielberg.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) While the big-name cast in A Wrinkle in Time is great for marketing, there's a star problem in the film, and it's not Winfrey.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/5 82% Game Night (2018) This outing doesn't go so well, with Game Night's inconsistent laughs and a plot that's too silly even for a comedy. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4.5/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Not since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises has a superhero film so openly expressed politics - not so much ideology but a cultural mood - and taken so many chances.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 73% Hostiles (2018) The striking cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi, enhances Hostile's vivid contrast between what's beautiful and ugly in this world, and Cooper's screenplay ... is a challenging balance between extreme violence and thoughtful reflection.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4.5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Most importantly, Call Me By Your Name is an honest story of hearts on fire, broken, and then healed, with wise affection for its characters and their struggles, and a message of tolerance and love for us all.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) A surprisingly funny faux documentary with obvious affection for its beleaguered namesake, I, Tonya does what 25 years ago seemed impossible: It makes the derided and even despised Tonya Harding empathetic and human.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4.5/5 87% The Post (2018) Historical irony, no matter how relevant, means little to movie-goers if a film isn't well told and well executed. And few filmmakers tell and direct a story better than Spielberg.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain is fierce in a role that echoes that of a similarly tough-but-flawed D.C. lobbyist in last year's Miss Sloane. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
1.5/5 51% Downsizing (2017) The result is a convoluted satire with so many critiques and messages, it's pointless rather than pointed.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars film since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back because it's so much more than stars and wars. It's those stories, joys, and pains of the heroes, villains, and nobodies who lived it.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Why The Disaster Artist works so well is that it doesn't judge our reactions to it; the film is not in the slightest ironic or, as is fashionable these days, meta.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/5 97% Coco (2017) Coco's heart is its ethnicity. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League is one of those superhero films that you can't help but cheer on. Those smiles and laughs by these heroes, as it turns out, are as contagious as their frowns.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Even when the plot and pacing slow considerably in the middle of Murder on the Orient Express, during what's mainly busy work for the detective, Branagh as Poirot still makes this train trip worthwhile.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The balance of humor and action has become so one-sided that Thor: Ragnarok could use a laugh track.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) In a drama and thriller that struggles to be anything more than passable, the absence of such gallows humor is sorely needed and missed. As are the Coens.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) As to the those big questions ... Blade Runner 2049 is conclusive about most things, but also asserts its own set of questions. And that's not a spoiler.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) King fought for better pay for women's professional tennis players ... Battle of the Sexes captures that zeitgeist. Just not in the way you expect.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
95% Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 40 years after the film's release, the only thing that's aged is me.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
85% It (2017) It has been a long time since a Stephen King adaptation could be called fun.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
5/5 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit is an important and thoughtful history reminder. And in these times of Black Lives Matter and videos of police killing black men, it feels sadly prescient.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) It's not often that a summer film is hampered by running short on time, but The Dark Tower rushes through like it's the last two hours on a Friday before a weeklong vacation and there's still packing to be done.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's a harrowing, moving, and minimalist epic that haunts the soul while satisfying those fleshy urges with spectacular and unforgettable action alongside an unrelenting hum of anxious intensity. It's about people, not war.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes triumphantly caps this Apes trilogy. Equally remarkable, it leaves you wanting more.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming is light, quick and never too serious, bounding with a playful sense of humor lacking in the increasingly angsty and no longer fun franchise.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/5 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) The fun and charm of the familiar humor and feel-good moments still haven't worn off, though the end is surely in sight.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2.5/5 15% The Mummy (2017) The action, as with most everything about The Mummy, is fine, rarely impressive, and never inventive.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) After her long struggle to the big screen, Wonder Woman makes the most of her first solo effort.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
1.5/5 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Indeed, the only appreciation for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a damning one: It somehow manages to be worse than the already low expectations set for it.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) Snatched director Jonathan Levine (50/​50) either has little faith in screenwriter Katie Dippold's (2016's Ghostbusters) final act in the script, or created a mess of his own, as the story bounces between sequences with no enthusiasm for coherence.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It hurtles past at dizzying speed with a slew of new characters, soap opera-like motivations and confrontations, and goofy-ridiculous adventures, tasking audiences to keep up with it all.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) By carrying such little significance to the movie - no one watches a Fast and Furious film for its literate script - the plot can stand to be as illogical as it is under-developed. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The songs are still lovely. The story still timeless. And when Beauty and the Beast is good, it's joyful and fun. But even in its best moments, this remake only reminds you of why you fell in love with Disney's animated take on this tale to begin with.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1.5/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It may be Beauty who killed the Beast in the original King Kong, but in Kong: Skull Island it's the lackluster screenplay that takes down this not-so-great ape.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan (2017) For those who want to see their superheroes grow up, Logan is a satisfying vision of what that real-world mutant would be.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Personal history is an enchanting muse, particularly in the hands of a skilled and thoughtful filmmaker whose story is worth sharing.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) A darkly sweet tale about an outcast and the monster who heals him.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 94% Fences (2016) What carries this screen version of Wilson's work is the ability of these actors to keep our attention hostage for two-plus hours and make us feel for these characters, even when we don't always believe the words they say.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
5/5 92% La La Land (2016) La La Land is a Christmas miracle for these coldhearted times: a vibrant and emotive present that warms the soul with good cheer as a celebration of a film genre and the indefatigable human spirit.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
2/5 30% Passengers (2016) Save for the on-screen coupling of Lawrence and Pratt, Passengers is a quick trip just as quickly forgotten.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It ranks among the series' best -- just below A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back (Episodes IV and V), and just above The Force Awakens.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain is so good at the steely-eye determinism of Sloane, in the believability of what she does, and in making us understand why she does it, that the character is likable and even relatable despite her repugnant win-at-all-cost methods.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
2.5/5 96% Moana (2016) As an animated film, Moana isn't close to ranking among Disney's best. But as a tropical postcard on the big screen, the animation couldn't be more spectacular and inviting.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Words have meaning, Arrival reminds us, and communication is the way forward for humanity, especially in times of great uncertainty when the world seems to be at a crisis point.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) A mind-bending, exciting, funny, and, yes, strange adventure, that ranks among Marvel's best, and as a superhero introduction film is second to only 2008's Iron Man.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2.5/5 22% Inferno (2016) It's less intrusive and gimmicky [as The Da Vinci Code], but it's also not as enjoyable -- particularly since so much of the movie is familiar, as they go from museum to museum, dodging bad guys and trying to solve the mystery.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/5 37% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 72% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016