For 1,988 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Jaws
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
1,988 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    As its title implies, This Is England isn't a hyperstylized head-trip a la "Trainspotting" but a straightforward calling to account.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
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    On the most basic level the new film is pure vaudeville: a loopy flyaway fantasy that's hysterically funny if only to keep the darkness at bay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    With at least nine primary characters and running two and a half hours, it's a big, fat novel of a movie - a domestic epic that fuses bitterness and forgiveness in completely satisfying ways.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Murderball is a paradox: a movie about quadriplegics that insists we look beyond their disability.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It's one of the small, pitch-perfect treasures of the movie year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    One of the transporting film experiences of this or any other year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    That rose in the desert, a sequel that improves in every way upon its beloved predecessor and a romance that slowly builds a fire from embers thought dead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The movie, a simple yet immensely pleasurable tale of a little boy and his undead dog, is good enough on its own. If you know the back story, it's even better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It is harrowing, heartbreaking, cheering, and unforgettable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Ghobadi shows us a world where a village pond can hold both rare goldfish and unforgivable evil, and where every step is onto booby-trapped terrain.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It's an account of what helplessness does to a man whose philosophy of life has been founded on decisive action.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    A life is not plot; plot is not life. By scrupulously sticking not just to the accuracies of Turner’s life as we know them but to the tiniest of details, the chipped mugs on kitchen tables, the pantaloons on a passing merchant, the spray of storm surf across the bow of a ship, Leigh wants us to truly see the world Turner moved through. Only by seeing that world can we see how he saw and painted it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The result is insanely good, and the best time I've had at the movies in ages.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The New World is something I don't think I've ever seen before on a movie screen: an epic lyrical dialectic. Self-indulgent, gorgeous, maddening, grueling, ultimately transcendent, it's a Terrence Malick movie all the way, and possibly the director's most sustained work since 1972's "Badlands."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Alison Klayman's documentary is one of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year almost completely on the strength of Ai's rumpled charisma and the confusion it creates in the bureaucratic mindset of the Chinese Communist Party.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Blistering and brilliant work.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    All you really need to enjoy "Triplets" is a taste for the weird and the wonderful.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The Dardennes achieve lyricism without seeming to try.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    There's humor in "Le Quattro Volte," and then a deep, abiding sadness, and beyond that a larger, more graceful comedy that extends to the horizons.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    20 Feet From Stardom may possibly be the happiest time you’ll have at the movies all summer, but it comes with a heavy load of frustration. The joy...is in the sound of women singing their big, beautiful hearts out. The pain comes from the anonymity they’ve spent their lives working under and fighting against.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Steven Spielberg overcame the lumpy plotting of Peter Benchley's novel to create an efficient, graceful fright machine in Jaws.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    But it's Polanski who pries the genre open until it goes metaphysical.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The movie’s a funny, dark, increasingly razor-sharp inquiry into the metaphysics of modern fame — how the dream of “being seen” and thus validated on some primal level can completely unhinge the average schmo.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Birdman finds Iñárritu in the mood for play, and with a mighty cast that fields every pitch he throws.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The arrival of Raúl Ruiz’s final work, Night Across the Street, brings the total to four, an elegant, clear-eyed bridge game of artists playing their last trump cards.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    At Sundance, Whiplash quickly picked up the nickname “Full Metal Juilliard” on the basis of scenes in which Andrew, plucked from a late-night practice session to be the orchestra’s drummer, is raked over the coals by his new mentor. Horrifying as they are, these sequences are dazzling exercises in total humiliation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The result is one of the most unforgiving ground-level documentaries about the music business ever made -- the six-string equivalent of "Hoop Dreams."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The Coens also understand the stark immediacy of this tale, and they visualize it with brilliantly judged details.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    In the pop high it delivers, this is the greatest prequel ever made.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It's worth stressing how deeply pleasurable Moolaad is to watch.

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