For 2,266 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:
2266 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The Intern is bizarrely retrograde, implying that every working woman only needs a cuddly Yoda daddy to make it in the world of business. It’s soft in the heart — and soft in the head.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Writer-director Liz W. Garcia depicts Leigh’s quandary with a heavy hand that gets heavier as the movie goes on, ending with one of those portentous freeze-frames that worked in “The 400 Blows” and never since.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The Covenant is dopey, formulaic stuff for the Friday night fright crowd. Worse for them, it's never remotely scary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    What it is, distressingly, is a mess - a ragbag of promising ideas and failed narrative, of good acting and plain old bad filmmaking.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Starts off mildly ridiculous, ascends to the full-blown ludicrous, and finally sails boldly off the edge of the absolutely preposterous.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Four Christmases is essentially "Meet the Parents" quadrupled.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    So this is the little movie that caused the big fuss. And little it is, a dopey bro-com that piddles along delivering mild laughs until it turns overly, unamusingly bloody in the climactic scenes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    When it’s time for the hot sex scene between Timberlake’s ambitious Richie Furst and Rebecca (Gemma Arterton), his boss’s luscious second-in-command, the encounter is as charmless and chemistry-free as the wooden banter that has led up to it. I’ve had dentist’s appointments that were sexier.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The producers of Ella Enchanted probably assume, correctly, that many more kids haven't read the book than have, and they're out to give that audience a slick, shallow good time.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It achieves something previously thought impossible: It renders Billy Bob Thornton unfunny.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's bigger, noisier, shinier, and dumber, and it has no earthly reason to exist.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Hirschbiegel and Watts don’t have the nerve for camp. Even a scene of a rejected Diana back at Kensington, forlornly playing Bach at her piano while mascara streams down her face, is played gloomily straight.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The problem is that both Philippa Goslett's script and Paul Morrison's direction lack the stylistic craziness - the sense of real, lunatic danger - a project like this desperately needs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A glorious disaster.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    She has been made lovable -- and a Vanity Fair with a lovable Becky Sharp has no reason to exist. It's as if Shakespeare had put Hamlet on Prozac: What's the point?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Has a welcome humor but only in theory, and theory, chilly and self-involved, is where this filmmaker seems most at home. Like its bio-digital sirens, the movie never quite comes alive.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Watching this movie in 3-D is very much like sticking one's head in a blender and hitting "pulse."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's a working illustration of what differentiates movie stars from TV stars. When we buy a ticket for a George Clooney movie, it's because we want to see George Clooney (or Emma Stone or Tom Hanks or whomever). The real stars of "Glee," on the other hand, are the characters, not the actors.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Is there a statute of limitations for how many good actors can be wasted in a bad movie?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The ugly duckling of Nickelodeon's after-bath lineup. That's its strength.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The movie's primary pleasure is Hopkins, who manages to take the role of Father Lucas seriously without being serious about it at all.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A new movie based on Roth’s 1997 novel “American Pastoral” offers proof yet again that this writer’s great literary gifts are almost impossible to translate to the screen. Roth is a protean American inner voice. The movies, sad to say, remain better at exteriors.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Imagine some very smart people setting out to make a very naughty action film and shooting themselves in the foot. Voila: Crank: High Voltage.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The director deserves admiration for sticking to her guns, but here's a heretical notion: Maybe the producer's cut would have been a better movie. This version may be too late, but it's also too little, and that's what hurts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Truly, there is nothing the woman (Isabelle Huppert) can't do - except save "Promise'' from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The result is a movie that's both clever and stupid - an interesting feat.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    If you're up for a relentlessly overripe melodrama that takes place in movie-Europe as opposed to the real thing (the Parisian streetwalkers in berets are a good tip-off), by all means catch Head in the Clouds.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Williams gives a performance that's honest and carefully wrought but on some level still a stunt. All that courtliness is wearing him out, and it's wearing us out too.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.

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