For 1,994 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% 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
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The Lives of Others has similarities to Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 classic "The Conversation" but with undercurrents that resound across an entire century of European political history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Inland Empire may be the most aggressively surreal feature film ever released to movie theaters in this country, and it's possibly close to the movie David Lynch carries around in his head.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Venus is rollickingly funny at times -- but there's an undercurrent of extraordinarily clear-eyed sadness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A compelling and eerily effective little drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Black Book takes the conventions of the WWII epic -- the prison breaks, the interrogation scenes -- and undermines them with craft and muscle and the ripe lack of restraint we've come to expect from this director.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Tarantino and Rodriguez want you to cover your eyes in disbelief and get the unholy giggles at the same time. You do, but in two very different ways, and that's the movie's strength.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A tart, smart, closely observed satire of the television industry.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    With a tranquil fearlessness, it goes beyond the death of memory, to see what might be found in the unexplored country beyond. The answer is both frightening and comforting: More love. Unspecified love. Universal love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Set two years later, the sequel's the better film.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Crazy Love doesn't downplay the awfulness of what happened , but it also knows a good media circus when it sees one.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    This is music to gorge on, raw ethnic survival in the form of sound.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The question remains: Why would Herzog want to dramatize what he has already captured as nonfiction? To better control the material, I think, and to bring it in line with his own obsessions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    If you look fast, you'll see Waters himself in a cameo (as a flasher; what else?), proof the new film is in touch with its dyed roots.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Too often the movies view the problems of Africa through Western eyes, but "Devil" turns that weakness to a literal strength, because Steidle could do nothing in his position except take photographs.
    • 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
    This is the first time, though, his (Mortensen)performance seemed so much bigger than the film surrounding it. That he manages the feat with so few wasted gestures puts him in line with the greats.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    After 152 epic minutes, ‘Lake of Fire’ comes down to this: If you’re not living this woman’s life, maybe you shouldn’t tell her what to do.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The triumph of this fond, uncontainable documentary is that it lets you hear that voice again loud and clear.

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