For 1,813 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Duck Season
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
1,813 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A meditative and intensely beautiful documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    There's humor in "Le Quattro Volte," and then a deep, abiding sadness, and beyond that a larger, more graceful comedy that extends to the horizons.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    While the “Paradise Lost” films captured events as they unfolded in the heat of battle, West of Memphis has the luxury of at least partial closure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    Despite a moving, canny incarnation of the man by Frank Langella, despite a slickly entertaining coffee-table production as only Ron Howard knows how, the movie feels cooked up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It’s a deceptively impersonal style, because Beyond the Hills seethes with astonishment and rage at a broken society marooned between the 21st century and the 16th.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The achievement of this simply told, exceptionally fine film is the clarity with which it portrays the drama of a good soul in an inert body.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Harrowing and inexorable, the film recaptures the progressive insanity of Jim Jones and the hundreds of worshipers in his thrall, and it certainly gives you willies to last for days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Like last year's Inuit sensation ''The Fast Runner,'' the Maori drama Whale Rider is based on a folk myth, and it's told with an elemental timelessness that feels like a swan dive into prehistory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    I wish Hotel Rwanda felt like something more than a very, very good TV movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    One of the smarter, more unexpectedly touching documentaries of the year, and I recommend it to you whether you love Rivers or loathe the very thought of her.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    As superbly crafted -- as good -- as this movie is, Condon never really owns up to the cloud of pessimism at its center.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    The catch in Gabrielle is that the audience pays as well.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    Exhilaratingly slow, which for many will simply mean SLOW... Those who can downshift appropriately, however, stand to be enraptured.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    A novelist and screenwriter, Claudel's directing for the first time here, and he leans on melodramatic contrivances more than he needs to. Still, he gives us a lean and observant weepie, and the mystery of Thomas's Juliette pulls you in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    You come out of the theater impressed by the scope of Eastwood's reach and frustrated by how little remains in his grasp. As gifted as this filmmaker is, this isn't the sort of thing he does best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Where most documentaries offer us facts to hold on to, his (McElwee's) are obsessed with the mystery of things we don't know and never will.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Reprise is exceptionally smart about the crushing expectations brought to the table by those who love us.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It’s a work of cruel comic genius, in some ways even crueler than “No Country for Old Men.’’
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The Fighter is this close to a triumph: a movie that steeps us in the grit of its time and place - Lowell, Mass., in the 1990s - and electrifyingly dramatizes Ward's battles with the family that almost loved him to death.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    You could argue that Gandolfini doesn’t have enough screen time, but what’s there is, as they say, cherce. The scenes in which Albert and Eva get to know each other are delightful miniatures of emotional intimacy, two bruised romantics amazed to find someone still on their wavelength.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    You never know where Mother is going to go next. All you know is that you're in the hands of a master with an appreciably bent sense of humor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    About the search for common ground, among journalists on all sides of the conflict and, through them, between viewers in America and the Arab world. Only within that common ground, Noujaim believes, can something like a workable, personal truth be found.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ty Burr
    It is harrowing, heartbreaking, cheering, and unforgettable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The filmmakers are smart to cut between their primary interview and later footage of Junge watching that interview and offering further commentary -- living footnotes, as it were.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Ty Burr
    Reducing Life of Pi to a homily does it a disservice. Lee gives the framing story short shrift and concentrates on visualizing the inner tale with as much detail and power as possible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Ty Burr
    It's an honorable attempt, but there's still no genuine need for this film to exist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The triumph of this fond, uncontainable documentary is that it lets you hear that voice again loud and clear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer.