Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Marjorie Baumgarten's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 77%

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"Overall, it's a package that will only be well-received by fans." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2016
1/5 17%

La Leyenda del Chupacabras (2016)

"I suspect most children will find many frightening moments in this dark (both dramatically and visually) tale." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2016

The Accountant (2016)

"While it plays out, The Accountant is often confusing, rather than engagingly baffling. The movie's sum is less than some of its parts." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 81%

American Honey (2016)

"Arnold embraces these kids from the social margins with sincere compassion, and her willingness to see them all as Star(s) is the film's saving grace." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"There are images, however, in The Birth of a Nation that are so potent, disturbing, and visually precise that they will be seared into my memory for life. That's no small accomplishment." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 56%

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)

"Deft filmmaking moves quickly past the film's implausibilities, and particularly good performances by the cast's younger members help make the story credible. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 93%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Not only is [Madina Nalwanga] able to convey Phiona's preternatural abilities, but also the trepidation and fears that arise once the child gets a sense of her own keenness and a glimpse of how life is lived outside the slums of Katwe. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2016
1/5 0%

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016)

"That sound you hear in the distance might be Aristophanes rolling in his grave." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"After assembling a cast as good as this and then squandering them, Fuqua may have won the battle while losing the war." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 81%

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

"A fascinating doc about a fascinating occurrence." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/5 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"A standard-issue family reunion dramedy, The Hollars has several genuine moments of human interaction." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"Kore-eda is one of the most optimistic and humanist filmmakers working today, and even though Our Little Sister isn't quite as finely articulated as some of his previous work, his core compassion for humanity comes through clearly." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"With the Beatles' company Apple Corps as one of the producing partners, Howard's access to original material was presumably nonpareil. And with a subject as rich as the Beatles, "you know that can't be bad."" ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/5 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The high-art appurtenances of the period romance overwhelm the story's potboiler elements, leaving us with a Janus-faced product that peers in both directions but remains uninvolved." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet

Game of Aces (2016)

"[Set up] for a creative chase scenario, although the film has too many weak elements that impede its smooth progression." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/5 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"More methodical than innovative, Don't Breathe is nevertheless an effective suspenser." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 81%

Equity (2016)

"Narratively, some of the film's plotting is too predictable, yet the honesty of the situation rings true. Equity leaves telltale smudges on the glass ceiling as it peels back the transparency." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 81%

Indignation (2016)

"[Schamus] shows a steady hand, yet the film nevertheless feels cautious and underplayed." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Misgivings, maybe, but the go-for-broke performances by Bridges, Foster, and Pine are just so damned enjoyable that little impedes the fun while the movie is unfolding." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Pete's Dragon has the power to breathe fire into the most tepid of souls." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"Birbiglia's penetrating observational skills make Don't Think Twice an exceptional film about both the comedy world and the plight of young professionals who wonder if they've stalled out before even getting into gear." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"There's no one to root for in this movie, and no one whose prospects we care about. Several plot points lack coherence, and inserted flashbacks add to a sense of the film having been fused into shape in the editing room." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/5 69%

Café Society (2016)

"A cut above most everything else that passes for comedy these days. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Characters are fairly undeveloped, and the duplicity of one key player is left unexplored. And if there is a delineating point that separates too much mayhem from just enough, Jason Bourne perhaps crosses that line." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/5 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"The Infiltrator is one of those movies that is always telling the audience rather than demonstrating to us what the characters are thinking or doing - something that's deadening in a thriller." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/5 85%

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016)

"These musicians' backstories are not uninteresting, but they feel like tangential subjects. Neville's attention wanders throughout his movie." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"The film is neither a completely satisfying comedy nor drama -- it's a Swiss Army knife that's short a few utilities to be absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, this is a film that will probably remain unforgettable." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"The Legend of Tarzan isn't half-bad, and the film deftly put most of my fears to rest by creating animals and jungles that serve and enhance the story rather than detracting from it." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 96%

De Palma (2016)

"Since so many of De Palma's films have become part and parcel with the American cultural consciousness of the last 50 years, I can't imagine this filmmaker's insights not providing every viewer with some memorable takeaways." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/5 89%

Dheepan (2016)

"The nonprofessional actors deliver stirring performances and Audiard never sentimentalizes the characters' situation. And despite the film's misguided climax, Audiard again demonstrates that he is one of the top filmmakers working today." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/5 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"This ambitious and well-researched movie often trips over its own feet while translating its knowledge into a dramatic tale." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 83%

Chevalier (2016)

"Maybe the film is just a parable about modern-day men behaving badly. Or perhaps it's even an allegory about the state of modern-day Greece. One thing's for certain, however: [Director] Athina Rachel Tsangari wants viewers to fill in the blanks." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 81%

Sunset Song (2016)

"Sunset Song is not one of Davies' most expressive or artistically successful films, but I'm very glad for the opportunity to have made the acquaintance of Chris Guthrie." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/5 85%

The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016)

"Often impeded by ham-fisted, inspirational dialogue, The Idol is not likely to earn Assaf more worldwide admirers, but for those who are already in his fan club, this film will be received like a bonus gift." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"As a mood piece, A Bigger Splash leaves a lasting impression." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 75%

Last Days In The Desert (2016)

"Last Days in the Desert is a Jesus story that plays well for the nonfaithful who nevertheless appreciate the example of Jesus and his teachings." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 62%

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

"Matt Brown's movie is a perfunctory highlight reel, featuring tepid performances and dull cinematic technique. Although the movie's 108 minutes are hardly infinity, its duration gives the concept a run for its money." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 5, 2016
1.5/5 7%

Mother's Day (2016)

"Mom might say, "Well, it's the thought that counts, dear." But take her to this holiday omnibus, and you'll run the risk of having her think you're as lazy as the movie." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"As long as Sing Street stays on this sweet, sentimental path, the film is an agreeable toe-tapper." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/5 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"Weirder stuff begins happening, but that's best left to the movie's telling rather than mine." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2016
3/5 71%

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"Hanks is perfect in the central role, drawing on both his dramatic and comic acting skills. Yet greater depth might be desirable at several junctures in the story." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"The unusual casting selections may require a brief period of adjustment on the part of the viewers, but in the long run, help cement the idea that the film is only a guesstimate of what happened, not the real deal." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 21, 2016

Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016)

"Maz Jobrani's clowning is a salve for our troubling times." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2016
3/5 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Miles Ahead is a fitting tribute to the legend of jazz innovator Miles Davis." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/5 53%

Demolition (2016)

"It's hard not to find joy in the character's rejuvenation - or renovation, to keep with the construction theme. Nevertheless, Demolition is built on a rickety foundation." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/5 22%

The Boss (2016)

"Don't get me wrong: There are a lot of laughs in The Boss. The problem is that the space in between them is stagnant and shapeless." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/5 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"I Saw the Light errs in the way that so many biopics do: by privileging the romantic over the professional." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3.5/5 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"Embrace of the Serpent does a remarkable job of telling a multifaceted and compelling story." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2.5/5 100%

Hush (2016)

"Hush has a solid first half before the cat-and-mouse shenanigans begin to seem repetitive and prolonged. Still, at 82 minutes Hush is a concise and well-executed horror nightmare." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 70%

Too Late (2016)

"Dialogue ranges erratically between the delightfully hard-boiled to the awkwardly overcooked. In the end, Too Late's self-absorption becomes its overriding characteristic." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 24, 2016
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