For 2,192 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Carol
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
2192 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Even more than "Chicken Run," Were-Rabbit is a tiny plasticine masterpiece.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The joke's on us, it turns out; as a director, Affleck has come through with a sharp, morally ambiguous piece of pulp crackerjack.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Like a nightmare you recall during waking hours, and then only in its vast outlines, Antichrist has the power to haunt beyond words. For better and for worse, it is exactly the movie von Trier wanted to make and a piece of staggeringly pure cinema.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The director can work wonders within his celluloid universe, but when the time comes to hand us back to reality, he stumbles. With this movie, that hurts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It’s a long, jangling, melodious soak, rich with backstage incident and wall-to-wall hits.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Does Antarctica attract dreamers or create them? It's a thread that runs throughout the film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A proudly Calvinist work - I mean the comic strip character, not the philosopher - that understands the delights of deep play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Some movies rest on an actor's face, and The Counterfeiters has a great one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Self-consciously poetic and shot within a luscious inch of its life, the film's also an engrossing heartbreaker: a family saga that spans continents, political administrations, and decades of travail to arrive at a harder, wiser place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The ''R'' rating is understandable, but absurd. This is a family film in the most complicated and, ultimately, most cheering sense.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    This is one cinematic novella that stays with you for quite a while.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    I have seen the future of Hollywood movie stardom, and its name is America Ferrera.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The film is startlingly even-handed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Please Give is a moral comedy that feels at times like one of the late Eric Rohmer’s deceptively breezy miniatures, or a mid-period Woody Allen movie minus the fussiness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    I don't think I've seen a mainstream movie get fatherhood so right since "Kramer vs . Kramer": the fear, the indulgence, the snappishness, the pre-occupied "uh-huhs" as a child natters about his day, the steamrolling waves of love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The Fighter is this close to a triumph: a movie that steeps us in the grit of its time and place - Lowell, Mass., in the 1990s - and electrifyingly dramatizes Ward's battles with the family that almost loved him to death.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is just about the sloppiest Shakespeare ever put on the screen. It may also be the most exhilarating — a profound trifle that reminds you how close Shakespeare’s comedies verge on darkness before pirouetting back into the light.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It makes politics exciting again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Seesawing between despair and soul-affirming inspiration, God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary to make you proud of what America offers to the rest of the world and worried that it can't keep its promises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Shine a Light did something I didn't think was possible. It got me caring about the Rolling Stones again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Ends on a note of triumphant populism, but the film’s bitter aftertaste hints that when we ignore the details, we only ensure they’ll be repeated.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    At its best, The Sleeping Beauty reclaims fairy tales as a kind of oral folk REM state, chewing over anxieties about adulthood, behavior, sex, and belonging in potent symbolic form.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Screenwriter Kaufman is in fine meta-fettle here, even if he's still losing control of his material toward the end, and while it's too soon to tell whether Clooney has the stuff of a great director, he certainly knows who to hire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Utterly adorable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Turns out to be one of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play. Granted, that's a tiny genre, and the film's core audience -- theater majors and the people who love them -- is narrow. The lessons, however, are big.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Just don't expect the truth. An extremely bent, highly amusing form of the truth, maybe, but not the truth. 24 Hour Party People shares with the current Robert Evans documentary ''The Kid Stays in the Picture'' an awareness that a good anecdote often trumps the facts, but here the cheats are cheekily laid bare.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The movie's a must for baseball fans in general and Red Sox fans in particular - if nothing else, it will help remove the battery-acid taste of the season now stumbling to a close.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Take Shelter plays Curtis's unraveling at daring length. The film will be too slow and dark for some, and it's definitely overlong.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Michael Clayton is about the gap between predatory professionalism and the sins of real life - about how those sins can corrode the hardest business suit of armor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Bright Star is a thing of beauty and a joy for a movie season that needs it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A quieter, less melodramatic piece of work than last year's "Crash," and arguably a better one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The Dardennes resist the expected cliches: The climactic scenes gather force and purpose and the movie seems headed for a breakthrough of some sort, but then it glides softly and unexpectedly to a halt.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A stunningly well-acted drama for grown-ups.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It isn't often you get to meet the devil in all his glory, but here he is in Deliver Us From Evil, and his name is Father Oliver O'Grady.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The movie’s being promoted as the third in the director’s unofficial trilogy of faith, after “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988) and “Kundun” (1997), and it feels like a self-conscious masterpiece, a summing-up from a filmmaker who, at 74, may be thinking of his legacy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Burma VJ’ retorts that eyes and ears are everywhere in our ever-tightening global communications mesh. Voices, too, and they get heard. The generals and the ayatollahs have every right to be scared.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Korine wants to give us a portrait of our nation’s children — the girls, especially — as beautifully depraved sharks, pleasure-seeking killers oblivious to the comedy and horror of their existence. And damned if he doesn’t pull it off, or come close enough.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Why revisit Shoah 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The movie is genuinely creative, genuinely outside-the-box, and often genuinely scary; parents of toddlers and nightmare-prone children are herewith warned.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It's Cronenberg's finest film, it's star Ralph Fiennes's riskiest role, it's a tour de force for actress Miranda Richardson.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Spare and elegant and harrowing, it's an ode to childhood trust being stretched until it snaps.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    He (Cretton) just loves this place and these people so much, he wanted to give us more of them. For that, we should be grateful.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The movie’s an astonishingly detailed, visually painstaking state-of-the-art production that advances what the cinema can show us—even as the human story at its center feels a little thin after a while.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Brick is Bogart goes to high school, in other words, but that thumbnail description doesn't begin to convey the lasting pleasures of Rian Johnson's directorial debut.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The Namesake has a deep, alluvial poetry to it, like a mighty river reaching the sea. It's mysterious and ordinary, insightful and banal, rambling and precise, and it is altogether unexpected.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Filmed with a cold, poetic beauty, The Return slowly strips away motivation until it arrives at a place of myth both private and oddly universal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Fair warning: I had to see The Girlfriend Experience twice before its pieces settled into coherent shape.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The music is terrific, as it should be in a movie where T Bone Burnett wrote the songs with Stephen Bruton.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Remarkably, ''Me and You" doesn't shock so much as soothe.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker’s obsessions, it has an undertow that’s impossible to shake. [22 Nov. 2012]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A delightfully deranged steampunk adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A visually overwhelming labor of love, a hand-drawn medieval adventure tale that seeks and finds cosmic connections.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Someone walking cold into a movie theater showing Paprika might be excused for thinking the screen was having a Technicolor seizure. Fans of Japanese anime and filmmaker Satoshi Kon will simply feel dazzlingly at home.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    They're both tales of growing up in the shadow of Islamic fundamentalism, but Persepolis is everything "The Kite Runner" is not. It's a personal memoir rather than fiction, coolly observant instead of melodramatic, female rather than male in sensibility and sense of humor - it has a sense of humor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It’s a galling and provocative experience to viewers of any political persuasion, and a reminder to the left of how easily idealism can run amok.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The movie is more pure, profane enjoyment than a body should have in the dog days of August.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A slowly flowering miracle: an epic of normal life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Violence in Green Room is just bad. Unfortunately for its heroes and for us all, it’s also sometimes inevitable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Scorsese and his team of Grade A talents are working on an operatic scale here, and like many operas, this is long, overwrought, sprawling, and more than frequently brilliant. It also hits just enough discordant notes to keep it from greatness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Notes on a Scandal is a nice mug of poisoned eggnog for the holiday season -- a movie so smart and entertaining you almost don't feel its chill sicken your bones.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a foodie's delight, obviously, and best seen either on a full stomach or with restaurant reservations immediately following.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The movie's an unexpected end-of-summer tonic: a trash guilty pleasure with a healthy (if really violent) sense of outrage. It's also Rodriguez's freest movie yet, and possibly his best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    As taut and suspenseful as any fictional mystery.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Sicko is Moore's best, most focused movie to date -- much more persuasive than the enraged and self-righteous "Fahrenheit 9/11."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    In its attention to detail and awareness of betrayals both political and human, "Tinker Tailor'' is a movie for grown-ups.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Entertaining and enraging.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A tart, smart, closely observed satire of the television industry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    De Palma is a cinematic sampler that makes you want to gorge on the whole unholy buffet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The seductively gripping cinematic stunt that calls itself Locke bears a slight resemblance to the recent “All Is Lost.”
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Sachs doesn’t push the tragic aspects of Little Men, but they’re there, looming behind the life-goes-on vibe of the final scenes and waiting for you to work it out on the way home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    In a way, Howard has made a philosophical drama about the way men move through the world. It’s just a really, really fast drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Unearths the expected footage from the crypt -- including a hilarious live video of the band arguing onstage over what to play next. The anecdotes are pungent and revelatory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Fateless looks man's inhumanity to man square in the eye and pronounces it standard operating procedure, and that may be the greater horror.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Nolan brings his Batman trilogy to a close with a majestic, almost completely satisfying crash. Everything feels epic about the film: the characters, the effects, the emotional stakes - even the missteps (and there are more than a few).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Venus is rollickingly funny at times -- but there's an undercurrent of extraordinarily clear-eyed sadness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Somers Town, is a trifle: A short black-and-white lark with sharp edges and a soft center. It has its raptures, though, and then some. A disarmingly slight tale of adolescent friendship, Somers Town is one of those rare movies that seems to discover itself as you watch it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    What’s under the film’s surface is intriguing enough, but it’s the surface itself that holds you in a dark trance. A portrait of alienation filmed from the alien’s point of view — or is it just a woman’s? — the movie’s a cinematic Rubik’s Cube that snaps together surprisingly easily, yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    As superbly crafted -- as good -- as this movie is, Condon never really owns up to the cloud of pessimism at its center.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A transporting cinematic experience with a churl at its center, and how you feel about the movie may depend on how you feel about the churl.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    One of the most enjoyable movies I've seen lately, but it has a biting knowledge of that which history gives and history takes away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It’s all as entertaining as it is outlandish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Tommy Lee Jones makes his feature directing debut here, and the film is as weathered, subtle, and sympathetic as the actor's own face.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Maddin's Winnipeg is a rich, funky, funny stew of fears and desires, of mangled civic chronology mashed up with hothouse private emotions. This is a secret history, and it's a wonder.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    There are the serious Coen brothers movies, like “No Country for Old Men” and, um, “A Serious Man,” and there are the not-so-serious ones. Hail, Caesar! is the opposite of their serious ones, and it is delightful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Richly provocative entertainment, as heady as a cocktail party with the Manhattan literati and as vaguely troubling as the morning after.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    This War/Dance is among the most affecting films I've seen all year; it cuts to the core of being and gives individual faces to sorrow and to hope.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The movie's still a wickedly droll put-on. Better yet, beneath the fun lurks a dry and weary sigh at life's refusal to match the tidiness of art.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Both actors are among the best, most intuitively creative we have, and whatever transpires offscreen in Crowe’s case, onscreen they only serve their characters. Neither man showboats here, and it’s a thrill to watch them work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It's spookily touching to see this massed group of former rock gods gathered to honor one of their fallen. Bald spots and graying shags predominate; the giant velvet lapels of 1969 have given way to sensible sport coats; the granny glasses are for real.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Amy
    Mitch Winehouse has disavowed this movie and his portrayal in it, but it’s hard to argue with the scene where he shows up on St. Lucia, where Amy has fled from the hounds of the global media, with a reality-show camera crew of his own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It's a wrenching, ennobling essay on teamwork and the hard struggle to change one's life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    In many ways, Son of Rambow plays like a pint-size, even cheekier version of the recent Michel Gondry film "Be Kind Rewind." Both are stories about people making movies not because it's their job but because doing so brings a vast sense of play into their lives.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The performances are uniformly excellent, but pride of place goes to Bennett’s Sir James, an upper class twit of Pythonesque proportions. Rarely has a character this moronic been this happy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A straight-up drama and thus the only film in "The Trilogy" not forced into a genre straitjacket -- suspense thriller ("On the Run") or farce ("An Amazing Couple") -- "Life" is also the finest of the three. This isn't a coincidence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Low-budget, sure of itself, and creepy as hell, the film actually scores quite low on the gore meter. Like the best nightmares, though, it proves nearly impossible to shake.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    "No God and no religion can survive ridicule," wrote Mark Twain, but for once the sage of Hannibal was wrong.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Ida
    The first three-quarters of Ida are as astonishing as anything you’ll see at the movies this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Abrams understands what George Lucas never quite figured out: that we’re less interested in the science fiction future than we are in revisiting the past. We don’t really want to see what happens next in that galaxy far, far away. We want to recapture what it felt like the first time we arrived, in 1977, with a movie called “Star Wars.” We want to go home. Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes us there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Sloppily made at times and it comes close to wearing out its welcome, but you can't blame Walker for not wanting to let his subjects go. And as the movie progresses, a viewer begins to understand why: These people are literally singing for their lives.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    An engaged, engaging voyage of (re)discovery that’s too in love with its subject to qualify as food porn. It’s food romance.

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