For 1,910 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
1,910 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Compact, nasty, and altogether wonderful, a tale of brotherly greed and New York comeuppance that shows an old dog dusting off old tricks using new technology.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The strangest thing about Todd Haynes's new movie isn't that he cast six actors to play the various faces and phases of Bob Dylan. It's that he needed only six.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    In his masterful and haunting documentary Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang shows the old China drowning helplessly under the weight of the new.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    One of the most hopeful and heart-rending movies I've seen this year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Implicitly acknowledges and celebrates the glorious chicanery and self-delusion of this most American of businesses, and for that reason it may be the most oddly honest Hollywood document of all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    A film noir? A backstage musical? A whodunit? A comedy? In truth, it's all of the above -- plus a kinky love story, an absorbing melodrama, and a mordantly jaded snapshot of postwar Paris -- and all of them are wonderful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Unfolds with the serenity of a fable but underneath it draws intelligent, deeply troubled connections between the personal, political, and spiritual.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    So clear-eyed and three-dimensional that it makes the recent ''Pearl Harbor'' look like a bunch of kids playing dress up. Aspects of the film have dated, but in the important things it's more mature than anything proposed lately by modern Hollywood.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Moves like hot mercury, and it draws a viewer so thoroughly into its world that real life can seem thick and dull when the lights come up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    But it's Polanski who pries the genre open until it goes metaphysical.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It's a unique trip that flirts with hokeyness at the surface but that grows more compelling, awe-inspiring, and tragic the deeper you go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    A heart-rending account of people trying to dodge the hurdles that politics puts in front of them. By the end of this humanist epic, some are ennobled by their struggle. Most are exhausted.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Chaplin's sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    At its most unsettling level, Spellbound asks us to consider what words are for and what childhood should be. It's as profound as anything you'll see this year, and, yes, it should have won the Oscar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Blistering and brilliant work.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    For some of us, this constitutes a religious event.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The movie is pricelessly comic -- the Harvey/Joyce scenes catalog the couple's neuroses with glee -- but it just as often reaches for something richer.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    To see Au Hasard Balthazar is to understand the limits of religious literalism in movies -- the limits, even, of movies themselves. Bresson pares everything away until all that's left are the things we do and the hole left by the things we could have done but didn't.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The Battle of Algiers is a thinking person's action film in which there are winners -- but no heroes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The result is insanely good, and the best time I've had at the movies in ages.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The chance to watch a four-star classic the way it was meant to be seen -- fresh print, big screen -- is so rare as to be worth the trip.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It's worth stressing how deeply pleasurable Moolaad is to watch.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The one aspect of the original Producers that still stuns is the roaring, over-the-top, in-your-face thereness of its two lead performances.
    • 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
    All you really need to enjoy "Triplets" is a taste for the weird and the wonderful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    You may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    As the Friedmans split apart like fissile neutrons, their story becomes five stories, none of which is remotely like the others.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    This is the kind of film that reminds you of what movies, at their best, are capable of.