For 1,994 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Moolaadé
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
1,994 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    After a while, you may suspect that things aren’t adding up. Later still, you begin to realize they may never add up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Coriolanus leaves an acrid, unfinished taste. Fiennes, making his directorial debut, gets into the meat of the thing, and he takes advantage of the bluntness of the text; even Shakespeare newcomers will be able to follow along.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    What Maisie Knew flirts with sentimentality but mostly keeps it at bay until the very end, at which point the filmmakers and we realize the kid has probably earned it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The film that director Morten Tyldum has made from Hodges’s book is a shinier, less trustworthy thing, but it’s ripping old-school Oscar bait, and if it sends moviegoers off to check the facts, all the better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Selma is at its very best when it gets into the nitty-gritty of the SCLC’s arrival in Selma amid colliding factions and forces.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It looks at the all-American obsession with winning and chortles darkly. You still come out of the movie wanting to give your family a hug.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    On the level of a popcorn thrill ride, Snowpiercer is a beaut.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Mostly, though, it's "Godzilla" with a severe case of Murphy's Law, and it is never less than bizarrely delightful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Osama works simply as the story of one unlucky young girl.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Yet what I felt when the lights came up at the end of this visionary, titanic, relentless experience was something different: a strange relief that it was, at last, over.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    One of those lovely little movies that starts out being about a handful of people and ends up being about all of us. That’s a tricky act to pull off and the talented writer-director Ira Sachs stumbles occasionally over moments of self-conscious lyricism. But then the film recovers its balance, looks at its characters with fondness and with faith, and quietly soars.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    An engrossing and enraging drama of one chimpanzee and his life's journey across a landscape of human folly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Poised at the midway point between an ultraviolent video game and a neo-classic dance musical. As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it's pretty amazing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Such smart, whiz-bang fun that you may not realize what it's about until you're safely home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Feels both masterful and hesitant - it’s the work of a born filmmaker who’s still not quite sure what she wants to say.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    For all its pessimism, the movie prompts a viewer to search his or her own memories for actions rather than reactions, and to mull over the differences between the two. It's a dark little ride, but at the end the lights hesitantly flicker back on.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It’s a movie that floods you with emotion when you least expect it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A Hijacking tells a simple story whose ripples ultimately turn into tidal waves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    War Witch deals with a reality so horrific that the film’s touches of magical realism are welcome, even necessary — the only way to retain one’s bearings and sanity in a world without signposts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It's a honey of a performance: controlled, achingly human, and funny in the deepest ways.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Pixar is so good at what it does that every other kiddie-entertainment purveyor -- including parent company Disney -- flounders in comparison.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, The Painting is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Polite but emotionally devastating, How I Killed My Father throws such questions out like smart bombs, and they detonate long after the end-credits have rolled.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    You're left with the bewilderment and joy on Kane's face as he plays the old songs, and the sense of ghosts just behind his back.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterley is sensual in escalating degrees of heat, but the film's eroticism, which is substantial, is laid on with a caress. The movie's a slow-motion swoon back into Eden -- a nature documentary about humans -- and it's hypnotic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    In the tradition of ethnographic dramas from "Nanook of the North" to "The Fast Runner," Tulpan drops us in the middle of a godforsaken nowhere and marvels at the people who live there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Wild Tales rockets along with sleek, amoral charm and a masterful sense of cinematic storytelling; it’s worth noting that one of the producers is Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    With pained gentleness, her film insists we make our homelands within us and take them wherever we go.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    An agit-doc of unusual depth. It has a point -- that the primary business of America over the past half-century has been waging war -- and it supports that point with nuance, research, and a willingness to hear the other side of the argument.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Compston's performance and the downer milieu, presented with appropriate paint-peeling profanity, are more than enough to keep an audience riveted and ultimately moved close to tears.

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