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 Reservoir Dogs
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
1,988 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All the pieces are in place for an incisive tale of Brit-pop ego and madness, but filmmaker Stephen Woolley -- a celebrated UK producer ("The Crying Game") making his directing debut -- lets the story get away from him.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Even a fan, however, might prefer the excellent, recently released concert DVD "Pixies: Live at the Paradise in Boston" to this tepid behind-the-scenes experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Behind the familiar hits, Jersey Boys is a story about the pressures and rewards of professionalism. Far too little of that has made it into this biopic. It’s just too mediocre to be true.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her t-shirt.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Aggressive visual invention is rarely its own reward, and this movie does nothing to better the odds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All the good intentions in the world can't save White Irish Drinkers from playing like the baldest of retreads.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's another one of those loud, penis-obsessed bro farces, lazily written (by actor Seth Rogen, among others) and haphazardly directed.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Generic teen dice-and-slice with interior design by way of ''Saw." The movie's tight and reasonably well shot, though, and there are flashes of nasty invention between the ritual guttings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Sydney White makes "Mean Girls" look like Shakespeare.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Wilde is stuck with the harder job of simultaneously playing sexy, innocent, conniving, and heartsore, and the effort appears to give her a headache. "This is kind of like an old movie," Liza says to Jay in one scene. Lady, don't you wish.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    There are rich issues at play here, about the nature of attraction and whether individual will is or isn't pinned to the wheel of physiology. But Decena hasn't dramatized them; he's used them as talking points set to an indie-film guitar strum, and the result is both earnest and passionless.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A dunderheaded comic melodrama with clothes to die for and dialogue to shrink from. It’s downright depressing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    I say kill off everybody else and bring back Farrell for the sequel.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The results are -- there’s no other word for it -- a disaster.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Despite a frisky soundtrack that starts off with James Brown’s “Sex Machine” — trust me, it’s downhill from there — this is the visual equivalent of Muzak. You don’t have to see it to have seen it.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    JUST worth your children's time, and hardly worth yours.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The feel-bad movie of the summer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    There's a great movie somewhere in The Good German, but it's buried under three tons of run-amok formalism.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    She's like Bob Hope with fake breasts and a wig. Now, that's scary.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Bewitched presents a phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show. It's as grating, laughless, and narcissistic (though, to its credit, not as cruel) as that new Lisa Kudrow show-within-a-show-within-a-show, "The Comeback."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    And So It Goes looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus (”As Good As It Gets,” “Georgia Rule”).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    I could pile on the cooking metaphors until you cried "uncle," but the fact remains that there's a very good movie in here that its makers have failed to bring off.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The movie's cleverest idea is to give the Octopus identical clone henchmen with names like Phobos, Logos, and Huevos, all played by Louis Lombardi with a marvelous fat-boy idiot grin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Sure, go ahead and take the kids. But, for pity's sake, read them the book first.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Has the distinction of being much dumber and pulpier than the comic book on which it's based -- the ink practically comes off on your fingers as you watch it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Where "Nemo" was clever, soulful, and marvelous to look at, "Tale" is manic and surprisingly ugly, with a script that leans on the shallowest aspects of hip-hop street cred while pimping for corporate product placement at every turn.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Genially terrible, Lost is lazy, sloppy multiplex filler, good for a few solid giggles and not much more.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Abandon is this CLOSE to being good, juicy, bad-movie fun.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Watching the movie is a little like picking up issue #42 of a comic book after you've skipped the first 41: There's an entire back story mythos hovering in the background like a phantom limb.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Jarmusch has come up with a dud.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    You'll come away from Legendary with no sense of what amateur wrestling is about.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Regrettably, it’s terrible poetry: a roughly chronological jumble of archival footage, unconvincing period reenactments, gauzy voice-overs, and half-baked ideas that makes one yearn for the stolid dullness of a History Channel documentary.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The general consensus on this one: Rats.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Sometimes a cute-stalker movie can win the audience's heart. Management only makes you ponder the line between true love and a restraining order.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A grimly preposterous serial-killer thriller set in 19th-century Baltimore, this riff on the final days of the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and other masterpieces of the macabre might qualify as literary desecration if it weren't so silly.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    If ever a movie were lost in translation, it’s Mood Indigo, the latest from the scattershot genius Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep”). With his penchant for sad-sack dreamers and gonzo visual gags, Gondry can make a director like Wes Anderson look like a prig, and “Mood” allows him freer access to his fancy than usual.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It’s been a while since there’s been this much dead air onscreen; over and over, Smith sets up a sequence, lets his actors shpritz, and stands by as the energy fades into giggly catatonia.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A bumptious splatter farce that manages to improve from awful to moderately engaging as its cast is winnowed down to the five guys themselves.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The biggest unresolved question here is why we're paying $9.50, plus popcorn, for something we can presumably get at home for free.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's coherent, well shot, and tartly acted, but it wears you down like a dinner guest showing off his doctorate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It might even work if In the Cut was remotely convincing as a thriller, but Campion can't help wrinkling her nose at genre.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Ghost Rider is the kind of movie that's great stupid fun as long as someone else is buying the tickets.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Dazzling to behold yet puny of imagination, the movie takes the “Star Wars” formula — hero myths nicked from Joseph Campbell, cutting-edge visual effects, comic-strip dialogue, goofy-looking aliens — and reduces it to generic Big Box shelf product.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All that’s missing is Clyde the orangutan from Clint Eastwood’s “Every Which Way But Loose,” which, trust me, this movie could have used.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that The In-Laws was directed by Andrew Fleming, who delivered the fizzy Nixon-era comedy ''Dick'' a few years back and who also had a hand in ''Grosse Pointe,'' the wicked, briefly-lived WB parody of TV teen dramas. The man obviously knows from satire, but not on the evidence of anything here.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Works so hard to be inoffensive that you may well be offended.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Almost but not quite as obnoxious as its title. Little kids will love it. You’ll need a hazmat suit.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The bad news, for those looking forward to The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with anything like enthusiasm, is this: Bernard the Elf is history.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
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    The movie's chief audience, consequently, will probably be gullible and young, responding to the cliches only because they haven't seen them before. They have a word in Vegas for these people: Suckers.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    2 1/2 hours of tumescence disguised as a motion picture.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Hints at a place where desire, fear, pleasure, and power all intersect, but it never actually goes there.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Butter dearly wants to be a hot-button social satire that plays rough with sacred cows: Midwestern power-moms, the religious right, race, sex, you name it. Mostly, it wants to be an Alexander Payne movie from the 1990s. "Citizen Ruth," say, or "Election." Instead, it's a shrill, cartoonish mess.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A "great poet" movie, the poet in this case being Dylan Thomas, and it's utter bollocks.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A noisy and lazy stopgap movie that goes absolutely nowhere and takes 2 1/2 hours to get there.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Primeval is a hoot if you're in the mood, though, and it gets points for trying to stuff a little globo-think into the minds of Friday night mayhem fans (who will probably rebel, since only one skull pops like a grape).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Not good enough to take seriously and, sadly, not bad enough to be any fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Big Eyes may not be Tim Burton’s absolute worst movie — we’ll always have “Planet of the Apes” — but it’s pretty close to the bottom. It’s also the film that reveals his weaknesses as a director and, by their absence, his strengths. Gaudy, shallow, shrill, smug, the movie proves beyond a whisker of doubt that Burton has little interest in human beings unless they can be reduced to cartoons.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Del Toro does remind you of Brando here; unfortunately, it's the Brando of ''Apocalypse Now,'' the one with the green face and puffy line readings. Jones fares better, even if he wears the same grieving-for-humanity expression throughout the film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Works hard to give quirk a bad name.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    If most December movie releases are epic-length and Oscar-ambitious, then Punisher: War Zone has to be considered Hobbesian counterprogramming: It's nasty, brutish, and short.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It must have looked great on paper. On screen, it’s a soapy mess that even Joan Crawford in her delusional late-period prime couldn’t save.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Watching Arthur and the Invisibles is like sticking your head in a Gallic pinball machine: It's hectic, technically impressive, and your skull starts to pound after a while.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A torpidly precious love story about death-obsessed adolescents, the film's becalmed and embalmed in its own sensitive self-pity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A peppy, fast-moving, wafer-thin amusement that's fine for kids if you don't mind a lot of Three Stooges-style martial arts. For grown-ups, it's the equivalent of a 59-cent tin globe.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Noisy, silly, gratingly upbeat, and piously sentimental, 'Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is what passes for wholesome family entertainment these days. It's the sort of movie to send small children and grandparents out of the theater hugging each other and strong men in search of bourbon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The top-secret message this pigeon is carrying reads ''Wait for the DVD."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, Freakonomics is a misconceived botch.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Perhaps because Campbell is a purist at heart, My Name Is Bruce is as awful as anything he has done - a broadly silly gore comedy in which no gag is too cartoonish to be indulged in at least once and preferably three times.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's a disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The greater embarrassment is that so many millions of dollars have been wasted on an entertainment that feels so smug, so pointless, and so thunderously empty.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Innocuous amusement for 5- to 8-year-olds and other people stuck in the anal stage of development.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All that's missing is coherence. Call it Blunderbuss Satire.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    So unfocused is Shonda Rhimes's screenplay and so flabby is Marshall's direction.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    We haven't had a good Frankenstein, Dracula, or Wolf Man movie in a long time, so here's one where the whole gang shows up. One catch: It's not good.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Silly, obvious, clumsy, and just gruesome enough to keep jaded genre fans from angrily throwing popcorn at the screen.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    In Undead, sadly, rigor mortis has set in.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Indeed a rip-off - a rehash of Hong Kong superstar Chow's greatest celluloid moments with an overlay of Hollywood action cliches, youth-flick silliness, and ah-so stereotypes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Factory Girl is not, strictly speaking, a bad movie. It's something worse: an irredeemably banal drama about some of the most protean, contradictory creative forces of the 1960s.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Such a meticulously wrought piece of hokum that it's both easy to admire and impossible to warm up to.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    There are two problems with A Good Day to Die Hard: It’s terribly filmed and nothing in it makes any sense.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Stupid, sadistic, misogynistic, confusing, and more than a little ridiculous. Here’s the thing, though: It keeps you watching, if only to see how tortured the plot or characters are going to get. I’m not sure that “entertainingly awful” is a recommendation, but the shoe fits.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It’s clear what MacFarlane is shooting for — nothing less than the chance to be both the Bob Hope and the Mel Brooks of his generation. Be careful what you wish for.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    In Made of Honor, the leads are beautiful and everyone else is a freak. So where does that leave us?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Its swooping 3-D visuals let fans briefly feel they can touch a group that barely exists behind a wall of beefy security men.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The Gospel of John is to "The Passion of the Christ" as tap water is to parboiled sacramental wine.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    If not better, a Part II always has to be bigger. In the case of The Hangover Part II, that means raunchier, nastier, darker. It also means much more predictable, which is ruinous.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Dreadful.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A chick flick that makes its chick characters - and by extension its chick audience - look like hateful, backward toddlers, and there is something wrong with that.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    When Laura Linney turns up about an hour into The Hottest State, you can see the movie that might have been.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Aliens in the Attic is conveyor-belt family product, an action/adventure/sci-fi/comedy made from the bland corporate DNA of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. It appears designed for families who never leave the mall.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    As for the movie itself, it's tolerable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The larger problem is that the central duo is just plain dull.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Equilibrium just happens to be a really bad comic book.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid the movie returns Kinney's tale to live-action reality, and the party's over.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    For a movie that's sexist, racist, and possibly the most deeply closeted gay love story to be released this year, After the Sunset is reasonably entertaining.

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