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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Well intentioned on every level, the movie is successful only on some, and it falls flat when trying to visualize the innards of the poem itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The Hunter becomes turgid with corporate conspiracies, hired assassins, and offscreen tragedies, and the appealing leanness of the early scenes gets lost.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    This is no corporate project made to squeeze a few more dollars from a fading cash cow. No one else has been asking for another "Rocky," other than maybe Burt Young . No, this is a rarer beast -- an auteur sequel -- and it's so wrapped up in its maker's personal mythology and psychic needs that it becomes a hall of mirrors to which we're given a slack-jawed ringside seat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The film itself suggests a sketch video on Ferrell and McKay's "Funny or Die" website, padded out to the dimensions of a character comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Shallow and proud of it, an antic cartoon that lacks the comic inspiration to go the distance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The first Guy Maddin movie that feels as if it got only halfway out of the director's head and onto the screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Youth recedes, the body decays, life is a compromised thing: These are truths. But they're not fresh truths, and Moss's riverdogs are hardly the first to have discovered them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Begin Again is pleasantly predictable if you’re in an undemanding mood. If you’re not, it’s unbearable, like hearing a treasured folk song given a Hot 97 makeover.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Genuine, artful simplicity may be an impossible quality in a modern children's movie, so Curious George opts instead for mayhem under a blanket of sweetness. The little ones understand.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    They’re calling it a movie, but no matter how you squint at it it’s a TV show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A sweet, splattery bit of in-jokery; if it’s not actually a good movie, on some level you have to admire the chutzpah of a film set in 1850s Ireland but shot on Staten Island.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Story lines don't come any clammier.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The film's meta-fey title alone is an example of why some people adore Anderson and why he drives others absolutely crazy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    At one point in ''Praise,'' Godard mentions that the Bois de Boulogne, the Parisian park, is all that's left of the French forests from the time of the Roman conquest. In Praise of Love, glowing like an ember, is all that's left of genius.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's predictable fluff, sometimes pleasantly so, at others times irritatingly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Heavy metal, alt-pop, southern rock, orchestral swells, wailing Middle Eastern tunes all vie for our attention, but none of this noise drowns out the sound of good intentions twisting themselves into an impotent knot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    At its occasional best, A Birder’s Guide to Everything hints at the profound pleasure of standing very still and witnessing wonders the rest of the world passes by.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Zemeckis and Hanks really seem to think they’re giving us a Christmas movie for the ages and a technology that will change cinema forever. They’re wrong on both counts. The Polar Express is merely a marvelous toy that has somehow become convinced it has a soul.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The people who've made White Oleander appear to have spent a lot of time worrying about the audience. They should have told the story and let us take care of ourselves.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Likably played by Bruhl, the castaway remains more dramatic device than living, breathing character. And without him truly being there, Dench and Smith are just volleying an imaginary ping-pong ball between them. That's not acting -- that's exercise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Amirpour has the potential to see things as no other filmmaker does, but she doesn’t yet have a vision, and she may not as long as she keeps fiddling around with genre conventions laid down by others. She’s an eccentric magpie of a director, and this time the pieces she collects glitter but never quite cohere.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Haute Cuisine proves the limits of cinema: It’s a movie that needs Taste-o-Vision.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    With Trance, story becomes just another element in Boyle’s commercial pop-Cubism, and the results are nearly fatal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Lust, Caution is a disappointment coming from director Ang Lee, but it's a watchable one, and it rattles around in your head for a long time after you've seen it, as much for what it does right as for where it goes wrong.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Bahrani is brilliant at small gestures and the way they can speak volumes, but in At Any Price he’s aiming for grand tragedy, and he doesn’t yet have the knack. The pacing of the final act is uncertain; the epic sweep doesn’t arrive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The main, if not only, reason to see The Machinist is for Christian Bale's title performance, and even then you have to be a fan of hardcore martyrdom in the service of craft.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    What’s best about Funny People, actually, is Sandler, who takes the weird, resentful anger that has always coursed beneath his comedy and puts it right on the surface.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    I know the opening credits for a James Bond movie are supposed to be silly, but the start of Spectre achieves almost orgasmic levels of kitsch.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The first hour of Magic Mike XXL is deadly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Involving and sometimes comically bleak but never fully convincing as drama.

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