For 2,259 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 I Am Not Your Negro
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
2259 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Of all the "Liaisons" adaptations, this may be the most sentimental.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    You can feel her (Bening) drag Being Julia uphill for an hour and a half until the final 15 minutes, when the ground finally levels out and the picture becomes fine, vengeful fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A rigorous and bracingly charming movie about moviemaking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A very good drama about the difficulties of being young, black, and gay. With a bigger budget and a sharper focus, it might have been a great one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    There are sequences in The Big Red One that you can't forget, and every one of them could have been made better with a bigger budget and a realism that was beyond Fuller's grasp at the time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie has a curious and cumulative power.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a perfect example of how far production design and editing WON'T take you when the story's not there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    As luscious as the filmmaking craft here is, it lacks the rude vitality, the unpredictability, the pure American craziness of the films that should have won him (Scorsese) the Oscar: "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and "GoodFellas."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film's no masterpiece, but at least you're in the hands of people who know what they're doing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Dolls is an art film, and a languid, inexplicably haunting one at that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    I wish Hotel Rwanda felt like something more than a very, very good TV movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The reason to see The Merchant of Venice is Al Pacino.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a tale powerfully told, nevertheless, with an unusual vantage point in its upper-class young hero.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Succeeds at its main tasks. It re-creates new wave New York with Proustian force, from the Kiev (the diner) to Fiorucci (the clothing store).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a bit of a mess but strong stuff nevertheless -- a mournful, often wickedly funny religious satire that suggests what Kafka might have come up with had he been raised Catholic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In pace, sensibility, and big, beating heart, this is a child's first indie film, and it's the better for it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a mixed bag almost by definition. Yet the good is good indeed, making this show worth a look for devotees of the form.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Don't see the movie if you can't handle two rather sexy senior citizens threatening to meet in body and mind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film bears a resemblance to such multicharacter dramas as Robert Altman's ''Short Cuts" and Paul Thomas Anderson's ''Magnolia" -- like them, it's a portrait of a society straining at the seams -- but it manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie's still shameless; the difference is you don't mind.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    There’s something happening here and it isn’t exactly clear. What is clear is that Eytan Fox may yet make a great film for the 21st century.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    You really don't need to borrow someone else's kids to ponder and enjoy what Millions has to offer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    True to its title, Schizo is both gripped by the past and pulled toward an unknown future.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Boys of all ages, by contrast, will be mesmerized by the relentless, breathtakingly visualized action.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    More than anything else, Oldboy recalls Alfred Hitchcock with all restraint tossed to the wind, or Hitchcock's most obsessed devotee, Brian De Palma, at his most nastily inspired.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Like a meal prepared by an extreme chef, ''Hustle" is more than a bit of a mess. It still tastes like nothing you've ever had before.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What makes Palindromes bearable is that Solondz has yet to come up with an answer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Focuses on a parallel universe that moviegoers rarely consider: that of the invisible, hard-working craftspeople who put the illusion together.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Dreamlike and the slightest bit precious, the film is a beautiful, over-cultivated hothouse flower.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Watching these pint-size Astaires and Rogerses practice the fox trot, tango, rumba, and swing is the immediate hook to Mad Hot Ballroom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In more ways than one, Mark Wexler gets the release he's seeking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    As female-bonding comfort food goes, ''Sisterhood" is that rare meal both adolescent girls and their mothers will be able to agree on.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    As a portrait of dysfunctional pedagogy, it's both refreshing and more than a little terrifying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In Batman Begins, Christian Bale gives us the best Bruce Wayne that has ever graced the screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The filmmaker's obsessions have got the better of him. That said, I can't recommend the film highly enough, since bad Miyazaki is still leagues better than anyone else.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Heights breathes, is briefly and immediately present, and is over. In this summer of noisy steroid cinema, such small favors are welcome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The filmmakers bank against their impulse toward melodrama and deliver a reconciliation that is heartbreakingly understated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie's overlong and there are lumps in the batter, but this is a ''Charlie" that the author would recognize as upholding his playfully dyspeptic tradition.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    There's an evenhanded humanism flowing through The Edukators that may strike doctrinaire viewers on either side of the divide as mushy, but it's tough enough for the rest of us to chew on for a long time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In the end, it's a lovely little movie about very big things, and the smallness both illuminates it and keeps it from greatness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a quietly wrenching eye-opener.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Clean has the same mixture of human tenderness and borderline-silly Eurochic that marks Wenders films like "Until the End of the World."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Proof is proof that you can drain most of the juice out of a play and still have an enjoyable night at the movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Lord of War is advocacy entertainment -- an act of mainstream provocation -- and, for the most part, it works unusually well.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Slow, unadorned, compassionate, and earnest, Loggerheads is a low-fi throwback to the independent films of the 1980s and '90s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Not all of Nine Lives clicks, but at its best it finds an inarticulate sisterly solace that makes you want to see what this director could do with one life per film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a merry deconstructive delight and easily the best party in town.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    After Innocence isn't bravura filmmaking, and it doesn't have to be -- this is one of those documentaries where the subject is compelling enough to do the legwork.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The Syrian Bride could be one of those big, teeming matrimony comedies like "Monsoon Wedding" or "Father of the Bride" but for the barbed wire running right down the middle of the aisle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    "Bad Santa" it's not. Bumptiously entertaining it is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Mrs. Henderson Presents is a very old hat, and Judi Dench wears it beautifully.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A gracefully subtle metaphor about life's Deep Magic has become a war film; what was a one-chapter battle toward the end of the book is now a ripsnorting Armageddon that looks like something Hieronymus Bosch might dream up after a heavy meal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's not so much a remake as it is a loving re-creation of the 1933 original on extra-strength steroids, with a side order of Botox. You've seen it all before but most assuredly never like this.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Susan Stroman directed the show on Broadway and what she has done here is photograph that show -- no more, no less. This is good news for anyone who couldn't afford a trip to New York and $100 tickets, but it's a fairly odd approach to cinema.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    As a coherent, well-judged alternative history, the movie's a mess. As a thought-provoking and frequently hilarious jeremiad, it scores again and again.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a solid, earnest drama of moral redemption that places old cliches in an unfamiliar setting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The Unknown White Male that Murray has made asks profound questions. They're just not necessarily the right ones.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Travels around the world via the oceans' floors to show us symbiosis at work in a variety of ecosystems.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Like its protagonist, the movie is smart, soulless, glib, and utterly charming -- just the thing to warm up a movie season that's been late to bloom.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's that gulf between earnest idealism and beaten-down realism that's the unexpected drama of Beauty Academy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The acting is playful aces all around: Fillion gives good exhausted incredulity, Banks gives good virginal idiocy, and Rooker gives great conflicted monster arrogance even before the aliens get him.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's raucous and loud as hell; the hyperactive editing could trigger grand mal seizures.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Jeff Feuerzeig's film is as good a portrait of the artist as a beloved basket case as you'll see, but it's kept from greatness by the questions it refuses to ask itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    4
    Immense, mystical, and deranged beyond immediate comprehension, Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 is an apocalyptic allegory of Mother Russia and its current state of squalid exhaustion.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    American Dreamz pitches its softballs with style. Martin Tweed, the preeningly heartless British host of the title TV show, just may be the great comic role that has always eluded Hugh Grant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie has more style than depth and it's sometimes in danger of confusing the two.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie balances cardboard comic bad-guys with believable teenagers, has the courage to avoid romance, and unlike most Hollywood films suggests parents can be helpful and loving as well as clueless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film isn't especially deep, but it's mostly delightful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Giuliani Time has an ax to grind and wields it with dull-edged force.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    To paraphrase the old ad for Levy's rye bread, you don't have to be Jewish to love "Keeping Up With the Steins," but it helps.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie wins you over through crack comic timing and an awareness that the point of driving isn't how fast you get there but what you see on the way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A generally thrilling entertainment that's not quite the grand slam you want it to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Kang balances the uproariously comic with the profoundly sad, and the two tones amplify each other with subtlety.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    There's conspiracy here, as there is in all of Dick's books, and it wraps the film up with a moving but somewhat neat bowtie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    One reason World Trade Center is such a good, healing cry is that it absolves us of the discomfort of thinking about everything that has happened since.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film is something to see, and when it addresses the mysterious bond connecting creative people, it has an urgent, ugly splendor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film reveals its secrets slowly, and Chabrol tightens the screws not according to the rules of Hollywood suspense but with a cool, level gaze.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The charm of Conversations With Other Women, a gimmicky but oddly moving two-character drama that flies in from who knows where, is its intelligentknowingness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Alive with infectious rhythm, likable characters, and slick dance moves, Step Up gives clichés a good name.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Illusionist is like an overupholstered wing chair in the corner of a men's club -- you settle in only to be startled by how ridiculously comfy you are.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Crank is an efficient, witty, junkyard dog of an action movie for its first hour. Unfortunately, the script runs out of gas before the hero does. While it's cooking, though, it's violently preposterous fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A gorgeous, meandering travelogue that only gradually bares its teeth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The primary talking head is Ono, of course, who's serenely protective of Lennon's greater legacy. Her cooperation ties the film's hands, but only to a point.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In Shortbus, the impish writer-director John Cameron Mitchell does the unthinkable: He puts the joy back in movie sex.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The pleasure of Infamous is in its gallery of larger-than-life portrayals.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's like "The Illusionist" crossed with a really hard Sudoku.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Harrowing and inexorable, the film recaptures the progressive insanity of Jim Jones and the hundreds of worshipers in his thrall, and it certainly gives you willies to last for days.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A shamelessly enjoyable retread, an ode to la belle vie that has been well turned on a factory spindle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Longley takes us through that country without a map; he's an artful, optimistic empiricist who believes what we see matters infinitely more than what we're told.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis, Captive is the first film written and directed by Gaston Biraben , who has worked steadily as a Hollywood sound editor since the early '90s. That professionalism shows in the polished filmmaking as well as an occasional tendency toward shallower melodrama than the situation deserves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    If you miss the old cliches, consider whether, after 21 Bond films and countless parodies, your response is simply Pavlovian.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie's an uncategorizable mixture of the tacky and profound, and on some weird level, you have to respect it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Their film is a fiendishly detailed toy -- the sort found at the back of a forgotten museum -- and while the shadow play it presents is an old and eternal one, you never cease to hear the whirr of the gears.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The Aura is richer and less showy than "Nine Queens," and it lifts off from the gangster genre to contemplate deeper mysteries.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Say what you will about Gibson, but he's a genuine filmmaker, and Apocalypto gallops along the thin line between the deluded and the inspired with such conviction that you're yanked into its wake.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Off the Black is a small, dry, emotionally loaded short story that has been carried to film like baked fish to a platter.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Stuffed with smart performers doing graciously silly work, and all Levy has to do is manage traffic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie's a cheeky, low-budget goof on dice-and-slice horror films, but for all the visible seams, it's a lot cleverer than "Scream."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie works.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's foreign, it's inspiring, it has an adorably resourceful kid; it depicts grinding misery in a land far from West Newton, and it holds out the possibility of clambering over all that misery to attain your dream.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The ‘"unreasonable man" himself is interviewed, too, and he comes across as patient, articulate, and maddeningly uncompromising.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's like an After-School Special version of "Pan's Labyrinth ," and I actually mean that as a compliment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The admirable feminist agenda occasionally trips up the narrative, but the film's performances keep it on track.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    For smart kids between the ages of 8 and 12, the movie hits the sweet spot with a satisfying cosmic bang. It's a cross between "A Wrinkle in Time" and a middle-school version of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's an angry story, but also a strangely hopeful one, in the sense of new life sprouting through a battlefield. Above all, it's personal and specific, and that IS news we can use.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Promises minor pleasures and delivers them. In the process, it's gracious enough to kick in a few extras: a nifty central gimmick, a self-effacing lead performance, and a big slice of ham from supporting actor Jeff Daniels .
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Almost as funny as it is hyperactive, the new computer-animated family comedy is luscious to look at and as fizzy as a can of soda popped open in your face.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In After the Wedding Susanne Bier pushes the envelope further, toward operatic passion and the visual symbolism of Ingmar Bergman.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's to the "Lethal Weapon" movies what left-hand driving on a country lane is to a freeway chase: pokey, more than a little daft, but with a bloody surprise around every hedge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Waitress isn't a great film, but it is great, deep-dish fun, with a generosity of spirit that extends first to the sisters on the screen and in the audience, then to the rest of humanity.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A fully felt, decently crafted teen B-movie melodrama, plenty preposterous in places but alive to the vibrant miseries of being young and misunderstood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Mostly Election tracks the shifting of power among men for whom power is all that matters, no matter how much lip service they pay to loyalty. The final sequence is a shocker but it's also completely logical.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    How often are psychosexual lunacy and classic cinema combined so fiendishly well?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film's slick and entertaining, an obvious must-see for musical hounds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The Boss of It All finds the common ground between business and acting -- panicky improvisation -- and wonders whether applause or an executive comp package is the greater reward.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Steel City may be the only movie released this year that's so observant you can hear what the characters AREN'T saying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film itself is a classic of romantic wish fulfillment, exactly the sort of beautiful lie that Hollywood specialized in. [Review of re-release]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Like its hero, the movie doesn't flinch for most of its running time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Andrew Currie's stylish satire falls into the narrower niche of zombie farce, as pioneered by "Shaun of the Dead ," "Slither," Robert Rodriguez's half of "Grindhouse."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a predictable but acridly pleasant 12-step bonbon: self-help noir.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Darker, leaner, less expansive , and meaner, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is all business, and it casts a spell utterly unlike the first four films.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Especially wonderful is Taraji P. Henson as Petey's longtime girlfriend Vernell , a vision in Foxy Brown period clothes with a pixie smile, lollipop legs, and a filthy mouth. After "Hustle & Flow ," this is at least the second movie Henson has stolen, and will Hollywood please do something about it?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Arctic Tale has a very precise audience in mind: Young children who aren't yet ready for the graphs and sociopolitical alarm bells of "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Anne Hathaway's Jane is headstrong and clever, balanced and true.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    When it's not opting for whimsy, Rocket Science makes you cringe, which is what's good about it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Shot with intentionally banal anti-style - minimal soundtrack music, found sound, jitter-cam - the movie achieves a wisdom that's bigger than it seems.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Either you'll find the man hilarious -- or he'll seem like one of those awful, tedious comedians who only THINKS he's hilarious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Dans Paris provides a brooding, poetic echo - an after-dinner mint to a lasting meal.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The Last Winter sounds like a genre-movie platypus - a little bit of this, a little piece of that - but it stops short of laying an egg. In fact, it works eerily well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    One such paradox, which Into the Wild doesn't note, is that those who flee civilization more often than not bring it with them. The bus in which Christopher McCandless died is now a tourist destination.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    So there's a hole at the center of "Pete Seeger" that the movie fills with loving remembrances, testimonials, and new interview footage of the singer at his hand-built cabin in upstate New York.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The result is both a surprisingly lucid portrayal of clinical depression and dramatically a bit stiff.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Turns out to be a sweetly grim lark: a road film through Limbo. It takes the self-pity associated with ending one's life and uses it for the purposes of mordantly aware comic fantasy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A documentary that falls somewhere between overlong and compelling as it follows the 39th president on his controversial book tour.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie's not even close to Pixar standards - the animation is slapdash and the story construction's a mess - but the vibe is loose-limbed and fluky, and the gags have an extra snap that's recognizably Seinfeldian.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Slick, impassioned, and guardedly upbeat, Ted Braun's film is a morale booster aimed at US audiences rather than the 2.5 million displaced Sudanese tribespeople whose villages have been destroyed and families slaughtered. That we need a pick-me-up more than they do is pathetic, but there you are.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    This charming, bittersweet 90-minute monologue consists of the actor telling tales of his childhood and early years, when he was an ugly duckling from an uglier family. The anecdotes are bruisingly funny and delivered with clarity and light mockery.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Not all of it works - and not all of it works the way the target audience of jacked-up young males might want it to - but the movie is hugely provocative fun, and I'm pretty sure that's on purpose.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's assured and neatly crafted - the time zips by while you're watching it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A broader work than Baumbach's last movie, and it's funnier, too, even as you gasp at the misbehavior.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie never goes as deep as the novel (no movie could), but it's a worthy approximation: a Merchant-Ivory movie that turns in on itself with a lucid and painful sigh.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The Orphanage gets by on mood and a mournfulness that's not easily soothed. Sadness and loss, it says, are the threads connecting the spirit world and our own, and women, who bring life into the world, understand that far better than men ever will.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Sweeney Todd comes as close to raging at normalcy as Burton has dared. It's no coincidence that the rage is borrowed from a greater artist.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Cloverfield is content to be a creature feature; that's what makes it bearable and what keeps it from greatness. The genre, not the script, does the psychological heavy lifting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Warmly shot (by Yves Sehnaoui) and comes with a strong, burbling soundtrack of Arab pop; it slides down easily and occasionally too easily.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    How are girls supposed to behave in a culture that tells them they're Disney princesses for the first 12 years and sex toys after that? Girls Rock! has one answer: Strap on a Fender and rage against the machine.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The result is a genuinely cathartic night at the movies - which is one of the reasons we go to them in the first place. Art it ain't, but popcorn is rarely this skilled or seductive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Predictable but still keeps you laughing along the way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What Redbelt reminded me of more than anything else was a modern version of a classic film noir, particularly 1950's brilliantly seedy "Night and the City," with its pro-wrestling subplot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Take away the storming music and grand vistas, and it's all a standard sword-and-sorcery adventure; director Andrew Adamson is more than a journeyman but much less than the visionary Peter Jackson is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Merely grand old-school fun - a rollicking class reunion that stands as the second best entry in the venerable series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A hugely entertaining personal documentary about what steroids mean to American pop culture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Of all the comic book movies that have spun out of theaters this long and pulpy summer, Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army is the most unapologetically comic book-y.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    You come away impressed, oppressed, provoked, and beaten down, holding on to Ledger's squirrelly incandescence as a beacon in the darkness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It spreads the punishment around, from the executive suites of Hollywood to the mean streets of Baghdad. Everyone here comes out smelling bad - that's why the film's so good.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The period ambience, comforting yet urgent, is the best part of Kit Kittredge - that and Breslin, who never once gets actressy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Cool, carnal, and lethal, The Last Mistress is a period drama with a difference.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Trumbo never wavered in his belief that his persecution was only a horrible symptom. He understood the real victim of blacklist America was America itself.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Mad Detective is equal parts gonzo inspiration and overwrought indecision. It could be called "The Lunatic From Kowloon."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Parents are another matter. Almost to a man and woman they lay expectations on their children that ignore who those children are.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie's cheap, it's clever - it's even a little scary in places.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Low budget, self-distributed, awkwardly charming, it's the kind of midrange Hollywood entertainment that's supposed to be extinct in this modern age. It makes you want to support your local vintner and your local moviemaker.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film's a propulsive international espionage thriller, built on the hurry-scurry bones of the "Bourne" movies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Sollett's working with stale material, clearly. He genuinely likes people, though, and his fondness revives "Nick and Norah" and sets it spinning with camaraderie and hope.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a genre film - the action is fierce and nonstop - with a brooding undercurrent of unease that aims for the complexities of John le Carre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A charming, damning portrait that has been stinging audiences in the Czech Republic since its 2006 release. In any language, what the movie says about surviving fascism by rolling with it speaks loud and clear.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie is almost willfully dull, for its real subject is everything we never say to our parents, or they to us.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Actually, the movie's a better movie than the book was a book, in part because Meyer struggled to put her characters' galloping emotions into print whereas director Catherine Hardwicke just visualizes them in all their inarticulate purpleness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Any movie that shows its heroes firing up a joint between stints as high-school anti-drug crusaders is true to its black little heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It makes a nicely grim little Halloween appetizer, although you may want to go home and hide under the bed afterward.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A novelist and screenwriter, Claudel's directing for the first time here, and he leans on melodramatic contrivances more than he needs to. Still, he gives us a lean and observant weepie, and the mystery of Thomas's Juliette pulls you in.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    JCVD may not be the first meta-musclehead movie, but it's certainly the most surprising.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Because its gaze is so level and so unyielding, it stands as one of the better dramatic films made on this subject (although it's not nearly as fine as Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Harvey is so thin it barely registers as a movie, yet these two actors - British apples and American oranges in their respective approaches to character - almost miraculously weave something memorable out of nothing much.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A violent, melodramatic, feverishly overplotted tale of midlife crisis and crazy love. It's good, nasty fun until it gets boxed in by its own contrivances toward the end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    "The Corpse Bride" with teeth, Bruno Bettelheim retooled for the multiplex, a nightmare of daft and creative consequence. I really liked it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    I can promise you a fairly good thriller with mixed-bag elements: preposterous plot, smartly elegant direction, one of the worst recent performances by a major actress, and a dynamite stick of an action scene that can stand close to the greats (the car chase in "The French Connection," the single-take battle sequence in "Children of Men") and from which the movie never really recovers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie stakes out a whole new arena - male social performance anxiety - and ruthlessly mines it for comic embarrassment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a worst-case-scenario of bachelor party morning-after, and it is howlingly funny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The whole thing's weightless: An upscale date-movie bonbon that keeps yielding pungent aftertastes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's pretty endearing - a low-budget labor of schlock.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Referencing the popular song, the movie's title reminds us that "the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat." That, in a rind, is Riklis's deeply frustrated view of his country's stalemate, but you can only take a metaphor so far before it falters in the face of endless geopolitical complexity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Isn't so much a story of perseverance and musical triumph as it is of despair, acceptance, and social commitment. The movie's a call to arms: We are our brothers' keepers, it says, and our brothers are in terrible shape.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie’s electrifying without being completely satisfying. Zonca and his star don’t play by Hollywood rules, which is both good (keeps us off-balance) and less so (at times the film doesn’t seem sure where it’s going).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Rudo y Cursi is a grave and calculated affront to the men of Mexico, and that's the source of its roistering charm.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The last time I felt the sort of outrageously kinetic action-movie high District 9 delivers, it was 1981 and George Miller, Mel Gibson, and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" had just come roaring out of Australia.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's an "Annie Hall" for the iPod generation: über-designed, pleasing to the touch, making up in generic sweetness what it lacks in bite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    This version of Where the Wilds Things Are isn’t about childhood at all but about childhood’s end and what’s gained and lost by it. That’s why very young kids, dull Disney princesses, overprotective parents, and self-serious grown-ups should probably stay away.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Unmistaken Child stands as a window on a beautiful and mysterious world. The questions it leaves hanging are for us to untangle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What makes Cheri’ worth your while is that its true subjects are women and age, and its observations apply to both 19th-century France and the modern film industry.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What Zombieland’ has instead - in spades - is deliciously weary end-of-the-world banter.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It pleases me to report, then, that Downey brings his brain, his wit, and his gift for intelligent underplaying, even as he understands he has been hired to play Sherlock Holmes, action hero.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Through a fluke of release-schedule timing, it arrives as the anti-“Inglourious Basterds’’ - a story about heroic Nazi-killers in which heroism itself sinks under bewildering crosscurrents of motive and uncertainty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Thirst is deliriously bonkers and keeps getting more so; you watch it holding your breath, waiting to see where Park will zigzag next.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Bandslam is “Camp’’ with rock ’n’ roll instead of show tunes, but its roots go back to the Busby Berkeley backstagers and Mickey-and-Judy let’s-put-on-a-show musicals of the 1930s.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It all feels studiously artless - some people huffily insist that Bujalski’s movies aren’t movies at all - but the more you contemplate his landscapes, the more his control over their various elements is revealed. He’s the real deal: a maturing artist obsessed with how and why - and if - his generation will mature.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Fascinating, like a car wreck seen through a rearview mirror.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It’s like Sinatra said: If you can make (do without) it there, you can make (do without) it anywhere. The movie leaves it up to you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    So, yes, something needs to be done, and if it takes Sting reuniting the Police in-concert to sing “sending out an SOS’’ on behalf of the plaintiffs (among other worthy causes), so be it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It’s the best Tyler Perry movie to date - the writer/director/actor/mogul’s most confident and competent mixture of uplifting black middle-class melodrama and low-down comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It’s a harsh experience, at times engrossing, at other times stiff and unconvincing, but it asks a necessary question: What happens to the country’s whites after white rule is gone?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Best of all, An Education isn’t alarmist. It knows other people can’t seduce us if we don’t seduce ourselves first and that Jenny is level-headed enough to handle it and learn.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Bronson isn’t a story in the traditional sense at all. It’s a meditation on the art of rage - an action painting passing itself off as an action movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It’s rooted in observed reality and idiosyncratic individuals. It’s possible, Silva is saying, to live among people and still be terribly, crushingly isolated.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    An almost fetishistic re-creation of a horror-suspense movie from around 1978.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Shockingly, the new film turns out to be very good, at times close to brilliant: a darkly detailed marvel of creative visualization that does well by Dickens and right by audiences - when it’s not trying to sell them a theme park ride.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In short, “Imaginarium’’ is a Terry Gilliam movie and it’s a mess, which over the years have come to mean much the same thing. It’s one of his better messes, though, or at least this critic was won over by its ramshackle whimsies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Freeman portrays Mandela not as a saint but as a man who knows he has the political freedom of being seen as one; it’s a majestically two-dimensional performance with glimpses of a third dimension peeking through.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In its sneaky, cheeky way, Defamation is a mitzvah, an act of kindness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The British actor Christian McKay resurrects the young Welles as a magnificent mountain of talent, ego, and unsliced ham. He, and he alone, is reason enough to see this movie. The problem is the “Me’’ - Zac Efron.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Fish Tank should be seen for what it does well and for what it hints may come, if Andrea Arnold and her audiences are lucky.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The one thing that should have been changed but hasn’t is the title, which makes no sense at all in a movie about kung fu.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A patient, slightly stiff, often intensely moving portrait of a girl who believes her choices are literally black and white.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Does what an exploitation movie should: It gets in, it scares you silly, and it gets out, all while playing fair by the audience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In Polanski’s hands, it’s an unholy pleasure: a diversion that stings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    There’s still enough to chew on to recommend the movie, not least the oddly touching sight of two siblings whose very identities have been altered by surgery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The performances are what put it over -- that and the observant camera of director Udayan Prasad.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Noah Baumbach makes nature documentaries disguised as indie comedy-dramas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In rock, it's about the attitude as much as the music. In some cases, more so. And the Runaways were all attitude.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie makes the case that the best American filmmakers may be the uncelebrated ones who helplessly turn life into art simply as a means to get out of bed every day.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    This Robin Hood is mostly a smart, muscular entertainment; it doesn’t breathe new life into a genre as did “Gladiator,’’ Scott’s first pairing with Russell Crowe, but it’s a brawny reimagining of a beloved old myth, a period popcorn movie turned out with professionalism and gusto.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Abramoff may be in prison but the mindset that produced him -- and the pay-to-play government it needs to survive -- is triumphant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Eric begins this story as a sad-eyed cipher and ends it as a whole man, and maybe that’s structure enough, and reason enough, for one film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Too shapeless and cursorily plotted to fully work as a story, but Koppelman and his co-director, David Levien, generously surround the hero with reliable actors doing solid work; if you can get past the catastrophe of Ben’s behavior, the film’s a genuine pleasure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Despicable Me has enough visual novelty and high spirits to keep the kiddies diverted and just enough wit to placate the parents.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Shirin Neshat's film, a magical-realist cry from the heart, is as up-to-date as last year's pro-democracy protests.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Too many of the sequences are two-character dialogues that take place in restaurants; after a while, the film starts to resemble sketch existentialism.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Expendables is the closest thing to movie Viagra yet invented. It's reprehensible. It's stoopid violent. It's a lot of unholy fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie is of this precise moment and you should probably see it now, since it will be dated by next Tuesday.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    You probably won't see a better directorial debut this year than David Michôd's Animal Kingdom.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The enjoyment of the film comes from watching Mesrine's ambitions grow slowly but exponentially; the shock is in being reminded and re-reminded of his sadism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A pretty decent crime drama - not a patch on the best parts of his directorial debut, 2007's "Gone Baby Gone,'' but it's moody and grim and engrossing if you approach it with the right expectations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Until it spins manically out of control in the last act, Easy A is a charmer: a high school satire with a lethally sharp script and a big, smart, adorable star performance from Emma Stone.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    So few Hollywood movies go here that this one's oddly welcome, even in its most turgid moments, of which there are many.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A multi-character melodrama about the supernatural that's affecting both in spite of and because of its flaws.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What sustains the film is its tone of almost hallucinatory foreboding. White Material isn't about the calm before the storm but the seconds before the deluge.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Unstoppable is edited for maximum impact without showboating. The central situation sustains the drama and the way it's filmed, and when that situation is over, so's the movie. More films should be this enjoyably functional.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Jarecki's not remotely in Scorsese's league yet, but he knows New York and he has seen the dark soul of man. Maybe next time he won't blink.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In Summer Wars, it's what's old that's made to seem refreshingly new.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The result is, like its characters, a good and decent film in a world that rather heartlessly demands more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's earnest and well-acted and sturdily filmed: We're in good hands and we know it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A breezily stylized, very enjoyable trot through the writer's life, theme by theme, era by era.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It has its own bizarre charms and a breezy confidence that renders it the very definition of a simple pleasure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Gorgeously shot (by Lee Hyung Duk) and well worth seeing for Jeon's deceptively simple performance. Unlike its heroine, though, it gets away without a scratch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    For a passive-depressive Norwegian crime drama with not a lot in the way of plot, A Somewhat Gentle Man has a charmingly fluky sense of humor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film is an astonishing visual experience and at times almost profoundly suspenseful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    I'm still not sure what "source code" means here. I suspect the actors, the director, and the screenwriter haven't a clue either. But the thing keeps you watching.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A drably directed yet terrifically affecting drama about family bonds, classic rock, and the human brain. It's sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Smart, sick, and subversive, Super gives you what you want only to make you wonder why you want it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A sweet-natured trifle, as flavorful and as thin as a crepe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Perfectly fine summer folderol, epic enough on its own terms if not quite big enough to expand beyond its genre and matter to people who find it difficult to care about characters who spit gobs of flaming phlegm. I realize there are fewer and fewer of us, but we're a hardy band and stubborn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    There's a thin line, though, between honoring what came before you and replicating it, and Super 8 occasionally wobbles over that line into predictability.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Submarine has its own specific miseries and darkly funny vibe. It makes quirkiness briefly seem like a good thing again.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Too much of the show, though, feels like frenetic movement for its own sake, as though Conan were one of those cartoon characters who runs off a cliff and stays in the air through the ceaseless pumping of his legs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie clips are luscious, as you'd expect, and Cardiff's own "home movies," shot on various movie sets with a 16mm camera, catch the gods during downtime.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    As eye-opening as this movie is, the real story is outside the Times building, in the browser windows and iPads of me and you and everyone we know.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's a guaranteed good time at the movies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    That it works like a charm - that it mostly keeps its manic energy in check, and that it plays to chick-flick formulas without ever groveling - is due almost entirely to the leads.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A hell-for-leather action film with a healthy serving of scares. It really is "Aliens" on the open plains, "Independence Day" for the nation's centennial, and what the movie lacks in originality and stick-to-your-ribs Western authenticity, it makes up for in pell-mell multiplex entertainment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Rise is very consciously a drama about a Simian Spring, and it's close enough in its details to a recent documentary to be thought of as "Project Nim: The Revenge."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Halfway into this film, I wanted to smack the mopey bohemian couple played by July and Hamish Linklater; by the end, I realized the director was smacking them for me, and hard. In a case of biting the hand that feeds her, July has made possibly the worst date movie ever for trendy modern couples - a work that traps a pair of passive-aggressive hipsters in a drift of their own making.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    To a Western audience, the movie may at times feel pat, cooked up, wishful beyond realistic measure. But we're not the ones who need to see it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What the movie doesn't do, oddly, is leave much of an impression after it's over.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Leclerc and company manage to raise serious points and deliver intelligent laughs at the same time, which is no small feat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A cheerfully rambling documentary that's much more thought-provoking than the sum of its parts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The film's a potboiler but a gripping one, and it leaves you chewing on both its nuances and implausibilities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Hardly a consistent piece of work, but even when it falls apart toward the end in a mess of bad acting and amazingly youthful pretentiousness, you may find it hard to look away. Handmade and helpless, it's nevertheless the real deal, an artful blurt of sensitivity and rage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A rhapsodic erotic romance that takes place in a cultural prison, and it pulses with a defiance that would be mischievous if it weren't so rip-roaringly angry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The dolphin is, quite simply, remarkable, and the unstated message of resilience and adaptation ripples easily off the screen to the smallest viewers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's fast, it's funny, and it works.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A bleakly allusive look at frozen lives, Curling is very much a specialty item - a movie that goes nowhere slowly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Blackthorn is less interested in realism than in elegy, and in bringing this American folk hero in line with the Latin American places and people with whom he ended his days. Given a choice between the legend and the facts, Gil and Barros make up a new legend - and then gild it with light.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman cut their teeth on 2010's glib social-media mystery "Catfish,'' and since they're clever boys, they make the most of the series' new toy. Otherwise, Paranormal Activity 3 is almost identical to, and just as eerily effective as, the first two films in its alternation of cheesy "boo!'' tactics and genuine scares.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie has a devilish wit that works for parent and child alike, and it moves like a bobsled. It's funny and fun, and if it's not up to Pixar level, it still represents the best of what the competition has to offer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    This doesn't feel like art, it feels like a cop-out, as though Durkin couldn't decide how to end his movie, so he didn't. He's a mature filmmaker - a natural - but he's still thinking in shorts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Because the "Harold & Kumar'' universe seesaws so delicately between the subversively smart and the ineffably stupid, even the lamest jokes get a witty spin - and even the cleverest ideas can turn into groaners.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Tomboy is as visually beautiful as its 10-year-old heroine is defiantly plain.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    War Horse is the best film of the year. The year, unfortunately, is 1942.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Where Pina excels - where it resembles no previous dance film - is in the staging of several of Bausch's signature works for Wenders's cameras.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    As the title character in Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close skulks through Edwardian-era Dublin like a eunuch on a stealth mission.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Her chattiness here is unexpected and disarming, and if the film's overindulgent, it puts you in a forgiving mood. How often do we get to hear a lioness speak?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    His abiding interest is in the ways that human beings work together, his famous fly-on-the-wall shooting style revealing the constant struggle to connect and create. Wiseman's are the movies to show to the aliens when they arrive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie is cruelly frank about the ways damage cascades down to the powerless, but while it's not for the fainthearted (or for animal lovers), rewards are there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A scuzzy little cross between a crime movie and a horror freak-out that gets under your skin and stays there, even if you can't understand half of what the characters are saying.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In Darkness is a disaster movie, and the disaster is the Holocaust. In the space between the two halves of that sentence, you have what works about the film and what's a little creepy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Against the odds, John Carter is itself pretty amazing - an epic pulp saga that slowly rises to the level of its best imitations and wins you over by degrees.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Marston's a miniaturist even when The Forgiveness of Blood calls out for larger gestures, and you occasionally sense a more bruising, compelling movie lurking behind this one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What The Hunger Games does have is a game cast, a large budget well spent, Collins on board as co-writer, and Lawrence as Katniss.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Boy
    Hyper-stylized, funny, a crowd-pleaser.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The movie balances nicely on the edge of meta-horror, with characters breaking free of their assigned roles (in more ways than one) and monkey-wrenching the very urban legend they're dying to get out of.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The Fairy may be as close as we'll ever get to a live-action cartoon.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    In general, the more young people who see the film, the more who will be made aware of a fascinating, complicated near-relative whose numbers are dwindling rapidly.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Tim Burton has got his groove back.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Because its subjects are so driven and so talented, First Position, which is about ballet, is more gripping than the norm.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and stay away.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Where Do We Go Now? has a heart and an anger to offset its structural fuzziness. It's refreshingly open-minded about faith, too.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A playful French meta-mystery that's occasionally too proud of its own cleverness.

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