Kirk Baird

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) But Captain Marvel succeeds where it is most needed. It injects a truly badass superheroine played by an overjoyed Larson into the MCU. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
95% The Artist (2011) This joyful celebration of Hollywood's early days is vibrant and alive in a way that cinema has been lacking, and the passion that went into making The Artist is contagious. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) The survival tactics in these horrific worlds may be original, but the themes of these films certainly aren't. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
96% Roma (2018) There is no cloying dialogue, or artificial moments and characters. Every moment is real. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
66% Vice (2018) It is brutally funny, painfully true (from a certain point of view), and likely to fill you with a small degree of regret for enjoying it all. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) As brain-dead fun, this movie is smarter than you think. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The film sets a brilliant standard for feature-length animation. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
75% The Little Drummer Boy (1968) The over-the-top moralizing in The Little Drummer Boy makes Davey and Goliath seem almost hedonistic by comparison. There's not much excitement or life in this somber, spiritless effort. - Las Vegas Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.5/5 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Ralph Breaks the Internet, a more complete film with a bigger and more evolved story to share, doesn't need parlor tricks to keep viewer interest. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
59% The Grinch (2018) This animated big-screen version is three times too long and 10 times as unnecessary. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Generally, the film feels like it is authentic. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
84% The Thing (1982) With its groundbreaking visual effects, terrific ensemble, and haunted-house atmosphere, is now rightfully regarded as an all-time horror classic. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) [The] curse is lifted with 2018's Halloween, a worthy sequel that honors Carpenter's original... - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Redford's swan-song performance is far more interesting and soulful than the splashy headline version of the bank robber sold to the public in the 1980s. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born defines Lady Gaga as a film actress, and Cooper as a filmmaker. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale's set-up, "seven desperate strangers with secrets and dark pasts intersect at a dying motel near Lake Tahoe," is really just a long journey to nowhere special. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) Black adds a few twists to the mix of his own, including a familial aspect to the plot, which is unexpected given his often machismo style in the action film genre. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
24% The Happytime Murders (2018) Once the comedic novelty of naughty puppets dissipates - and it does - The Happytime Murders struggles for laughs. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
1.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) Still, for all the nods to Jaws he did include, Turteltaub resists including the obvious line about the shark being too big for the boat. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee bludgeons us quite effectively. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Grows bolder and bigger, turning into a series of eye-rolling whoppers by the end. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Everything that's wrong with the modern summer blockbuster: a meaningless franchise with only star power in its favor. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) Yes, it's all preposterous, but Johnson as least makes it enjoyable. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Mostly improves upon everything the original film did. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn't a sequel but a clone. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
2/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Yes, these are all important moments in Han's formative years, but onscreen they are average and often pedestrian. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
.5/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) If the summer film season is a monthslong shindig, then Life of the Party is the turd in the punchbowl. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's the sense that everything has been building to this moment and now, as the fun truly begins, there's nothing left to do but sit back and revel in the spectacle of it all. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
51% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 72% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2/5 42% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/5 85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4.5/5 97% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 71% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/5 89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4.5/5 88% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
1.5/5 48% Downsizing (2017) The result is a convoluted satire with so many critiques and messages, it's pointless rather than pointed. - Toledo Blade EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/5 97% Coco (2017) Coco's heart is its ethnicity. - Toledo Blade EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 60% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The balance of humor and action has become so one-sided that Thor: Ragnarok could use a laugh track. - Toledo Blade EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
86% It (2017) It has been a long time since a Stephen King adaptation could be called fun. - Toledo Blade EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017