For 2,032 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 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Pianist
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
2,032 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Comparisons have been made to the films of Jim Jarmusch and early David Lynch, both warranted. Amirpour wears her influences like a badge of honor but she also has a nascent sensibility of her own, arguably more feminine and certainly more sensual.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Still: The Hours is a book about people writing, reading, and living another book, and that literariness makes the movie resist itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Mostly it’s a footloose tour through the noise and sun of a summer metropolis and an unassumingly wise portrait of a friendship.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    The Wrestler is a character study, no more and no less, yet it's open-ended enough to function as many things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Cousin Jules is one of those rare experiences that’s rooted in the past yet feels very much of the moment. On top of that, it’s timeless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Goblet of Fire is the entry in which Rowling finally took off the gloves.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    It's not so much a remake as it is a loving re-creation of the 1933 original on extra-strength steroids, with a side order of Botox. You've seen it all before but most assuredly never like this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    If you miss the old cliches, consider whether, after 21 Bond films and countless parodies, your response is simply Pavlovian.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A sweet-natured trifle, as flavorful and as thin as a crepe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    The World’s End is more frantic than funny, but it’s still funny enough — just — to outweigh its own silliness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The last time I felt the sort of outrageously kinetic action-movie high District 9 delivers, it was 1981 and George Miller, Mel Gibson, and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" had just come roaring out of Australia.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Alison Klayman's documentary is one of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year almost completely on the strength of Ai's rumpled charisma and the confusion it creates in the bureaucratic mindset of the Chinese Communist Party.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    She’s a diva — she knows it, we know it, the director knows it — but over the years Stritch seems to have learned that the only way to deal with that is honestly. So she’s a paradox: a diva with no illusions about herself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Does Antarctica attract dreamers or create them? It's a thread that runs throughout the film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It's an account of what helplessness does to a man whose philosophy of life has been founded on decisive action.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A textbook case of filmmakers who can't make up their minds about their characters; it's a failure of nerve disguised as dramatic ambiguity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Quiet, observant, and intensely moving whenever Heiskanen is on screen, and it has a valedictory sweep that feels like a summing up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    At the technical level, The Secret World of Arrietty isn't as ambitious as the studio's finest work, and the animation is stronger on texture than detail.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Watching Melancholia is like being stuck next to a brilliant depressive at a dinner party. The food is exquisite, the conversation scintillating, and the longer you sit there the more trapped you feel in another man's all-encompassing gloom.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Queen of Versailles is still worthwhile, not because it questions all-American entitlement but because it prompts us to think hard about what, exactly, we believe we're entitled to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    The word “feminism” itself has become toxified. For young women who might be despairing as they fight the good fight, this film provides context, roots, and the wisdom of elders.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Builds slowly and naturally to an unbearable personal crisis.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Not all of Nine Lives clicks, but at its best it finds an inarticulate sisterly solace that makes you want to see what this director could do with one life per film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Despite the lumps in the batter, Love & Mercy ends up involving and affecting, because the performances are honest and the stories it tells are inherently dramatic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A hugely entertaining personal documentary about what steroids mean to American pop culture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    At its most unsettling level, Spellbound asks us to consider what words are for and what childhood should be. It's as profound as anything you'll see this year, and, yes, it should have won the Oscar.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    What saves the movie are those sequences of massed animals running riot through Budapest, overwhelming squadrons of police sharpshooters, and taking over a student performance of Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.” Hardly subtle, yet the scene yields one shot — of dogs glaring down from the box seats of a fancy concert hall — that’s nearly worthy of Buñuel.

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