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
58% The Grinch (2018) This animated big-screen version is three times too long and 10 times as unnecessary.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Generally, the film feels like it is authentic.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
83% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
90% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
73% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 33% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Once the comedic novelty of naughty puppets dissipates - and it does - The Happytime Murders struggles for laughs.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
1.5/5 45% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee bludgeons us quite effectively.‐ Toledo Blade
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Yes, it's all preposterous, but Johnson as least makes it enjoyable.‐ Toledo Blade
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
.5/5 37% 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
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
84% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
52% 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 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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/5 84% 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 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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4.5/5 94% 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 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
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
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 49% 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 83% 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 93% 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 29% 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