For 2,311 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Tale
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
2311 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Only Jane, as the cop who knows exactly what Mrs. Collins’s wayward daughter needs, has the sense of threat the movie is seeking. His and Woodley’s scenes together are dirty and alive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Hotel for Dogs is agreeable Saturday afternoon multiplex piffle - friendly, formulaic, completely harmless.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Even the portrayal of the Hasidic community comes to feel like window-dressing, welcome for its exoticism but never truly understood.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    You’ve seen pieces of this movie in “Psycho,” “Silence of the Lambs,” and 2004’s “Cellular.” Still, the early scenes in the Hive give The Call a needed novelty: It’s a workplace drama, and the work is responding to other people’s desperate worst-case scenarios.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates lopes along with bumptious likability but no real energy, urgency, structure, or wit.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A pall of disaster, in fact, hangs over everyone in this shapeless, hankie-wringing adaptation of the best-selling Jodi Picoult novel.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Ty Burr
    Pakula insists that The Pelican Brief is haute cuisine, and the seriousness nearly wrecks it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    True Story, which leads with its chin from the title on down and which turns a startling tale of true crime and false identities into a heavy-breathing drama that, ironically, fails to convince.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Little kids, of course, will swallow it whole without thinking twice.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    At the end, under the closing credits, Freeheld shows us photos of the real Hester and Andree, and we sense an immediacy the rest of the film lacks. These are the people we want to watch and not a movie simulacra, no matter how capably performed and earnestly felt.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Of the two French films opening in the Boston area today - "Beloved" is the other - Little White Lies is the less ambitious, more watchable, and ultimately more annoying.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    That Prom plays as pleasantly and inoffensively as it does is due to the performances, particularly McDonell as the rebellious Jesse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Orwellian paranoia doesn’t die, it just gets fresh trimmings, and while The Zero Theorem is as messy and overstuffed as Fibber McGilliam’s closet, its sorrow and anger and demented humor strike just enough fresh sparks to keep this career alive.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's just another happily idiotic Will Ferrell comedy, ably directed by Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents," "Dinner for Schmucks") and tossing its bawdy jokes at the side of the barn.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    All three actors come at this gloomy, borderline-preposterous tale from different directions; that they meet up at all - and they do - is a tribute to sincerity and craft.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Even older kids will understand that Pixar does it so much better, not because of their computers but because of an intelligent attention to script and character and craft. If the people running Disney don't understand that much anymore, maybe they should turn out the lights and go home.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Maybe it's the era we're living in, but the new film is as much fun as a shroud.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Stitched together from so many other movies that it plays like an attack of multiple déjà vu. Stray bits of “Star Wars,’’ “Pirates of the Caribbean,’’ “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,’’ and “Robin Hood’’ pass by like flotsam, and the overwhelming tone is good-natured but alarmingly generic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties. An alternate title might be "The Joylessness of Sex."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Still as moth-eaten as a Bengal tiger rug on the floor of a London men's club.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The Mighty Macs sticks so closely to the underdog-sports-movie playbook that it's practically generic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Mark Felt is a drama about an aggrieved control freak, which would be fine if director Landesman openly acknowledged it. He’s torn, though between offering a heroic celebration of the republic’s underappreciated savior and a more damning character portrait of a man who, for complex reasons, ended up doing the right thing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The result is a state-of-the-art multiplex three-ring circus whose special effects stagger the senses and play like a video game, whose human drama aims for the cosmic and lands waist-deep in the Big Silly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The only victims in Paid in Full are the dealers and their families -- and the only word for that is one this paper can't print.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The Fifth Estate is itself the response of an entrenched and corporatized information system toward something it barely comprehends. It makes a media format that has sustained us for decades — the two-hour movie — feel like a 20th-century dinosaur.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    People Like Us is neither optimal nor prime.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    As the implausibilities and conspiracies and double-crosses pile up, Broken City paints itself into a corner. A plot can be confusing as long as the filmmakers themselves don't seem confused, but that's not the case here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The latest installment in the venerable sci-fi action franchise turns out to be a straight-up war film, grim and muscular and thundering and joyless. It's the color of cement, and it weighs as much, too.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    In sum, a big, honking tutti-frutti sundae of a movie that nonetheless is shot through with authentic feeling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The new version is a shiny piece of hardware that might as well be called "Sleuth 2.0," and it's exactly what you would expect from Pinter: very clever, extremely cold. Maliciously entertaining, too, until the halfway point, when you suddenly start wondering why anyone should care.

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