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
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Boyle does have two fun leads in Patel and James, though, and a wonderful musical accompaniment, even if those songs are performed by Jack and not the Fab Four. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home isn't perfect, but it does rise to the occasion. And as the opening film in this new chapter of the MCU, it sets the stage for the bigger and better to come.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) McGregor is certainly skilled enough to make Dan compelling, even if the journey and its twists aren't always embraceable. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Arguably the true stars of Frozen were the Lopez husband-and-wife songwriting team.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker is dark enough that you'll appreciate stepping out of the theater and into the light.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Given the effort by Eastwood and Ray to set history right in how we remember Jewell, their misrepresentation of Scruggs is an incongruous, and from a plot perspective, lazy misstep that mars an otherwise worthy endeavor. ‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood is the work of a middle-aged director, one who looks back by looking forward, and who eschews the familiar for the new.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The director creates a fascinating and frightening world with its own heroes and villains and the rules that govern them both - rules that are exceedingly complex, unlike the fictional black-and-white and occasionally grey domain of superheroes.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is the first film in the series to introduce the concept that a toy can love another toy, and their developing relationship will pull at your heart.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4.5/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) The comic actor is funny, smart, suave, and engaging, and director Craig Brewer is content to stay out of his way...while Dolemite may be the name, this is about Eddie Murphy being Eddie Murphy.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) If anything, the story is like a two-hour-plus highlight reel, loaded with action-packed space battles, laser sword duels, and the return of the ultimate Star Wars villain, Emperor Palpatine.‐ Toledo Blade
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
95% Roma (2018) There is no cloying dialogue, or artificial moments and characters. Every moment is real.‐ Toledo Blade
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
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) As brain-dead fun, this movie is smarter than you think. ‐ Toledo Blade
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Generally, the film feels like it is authentic.‐ Toledo Blade
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 96% 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 52% 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 48% 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
47% 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 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
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
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 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
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 72% 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 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 47% 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