For 1,867 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
1,867 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Haggis finally finds the movie's groove late in the game, and the escape sequence itself is hectic, suspenseful, and enjoyably ridiculous.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Glib, fast-paced entertainment that barely leaves a mark - which, given the subject, is just plain wrong.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The only reason to see Leaving - and it's not a bad reason at all - is for the sight of Kristin Scott Thomas in a rare happy mood.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A comparison to Baz Luhrmann is useful: Where Taymor self-consciously aestheticizes pop vulgarity, a movie like "Moulin Rouge!" just dives right in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Real satire must be savage, and Four Lions, for all its daring, finally doesn't dare enough.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A muscular Australian B-movie down to the thin characters and boilerplate dialogue.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A well-made, reasonably diverting night at the multiplex that will seem overly familiar to everyone except teenage girls.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's a surprisingly joyless mash-up of every bit of fanboy flotsam floating around in its maker's cranium.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    To press the point, there is absolutely no need for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Formulaic enough to suggest that franchise would be B level at best, a TV series at worst. But it's also just good enough to make you want to watch it, anyway.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The bottom line: Any movie that gives Jonathan Winters work is doing something right.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's an enjoyably demented meta-finale, the rivals showing what they could do if they ever bothered to actually do it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The carnage is cartoonishly graphic, but the onlookers watching through binoculars from a nearby sandy bluff are impressed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    An important film, on an important subject, that has had the life beaten out of it by Robert Redford, a man who should know better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The Sitter pushes the envelope with such sloppy gusto that you have to give in occasionally, and its comic timing finds its rhythm about every fifth joke.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The Rum Diary has been retroactively Hunter S. Thompson-ized. And not for the better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A sweet-natured, terribly unthreatening drama about redemption and renewal, and it may matter more to the man who made it than the audiences who see it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Little kids, of course, will swallow it whole without thinking twice.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's predictable fluff, sometimes pleasantly so, at others times irritatingly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A comparison to Carver's original story - called "Why Don't You Dance?," easily Googleable, and all of 1,600 words long - is instructive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Monogamy sets up a nifty idea that it doesn't follow through.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Well-mounted and expertly played, Winter in Wartime is a class act that lacks only focus and originality to raise it above the ordinary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Hot gospel singing and earnest family squabbles are all that distinguish Joyful Noise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    For all the talk, there's not a lot of chess here, and the game remains stubbornly on the level of metaphor. You don't feel rooked, exactly, but by movie's end you're more than ready for the check.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Where Mia and the Migoo triumphs is in the art department alone, with rich brown charcoal outlines, majestic pastel washes that give depth to the landscapes, and riotous colors that are more vivid than the story line.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Watching Prometheus is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany's to find a mug from the dollar store.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The only laugh to be had in Total Recall, a ripsnorting sci-fi action extravaganza that starts well and works its way down to average, is in the opening credits, where we learn that the movie's primary production company is called Original Film. Really?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Just a limp, jokey family film that wants to have its fairy tale magic and its hip irony, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's pure plastic product from plot line to the pro forma 3-D to the tidy moral lessons - ersatz family entertainment as disposable as it is diverting. It made me want to go read a book.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    ParaNorman is supposedly for kids, but it's really aimed at their snarky older brothers, and it illustrates the limits of the new family creepshows.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Like Jolie's public persona, Blood and Honey is both strong and headstrong, equally invested in grit and glamour with a hazy understanding of the line separating the two.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Which is precisely what’s missing from Oz the Great and Powerful: that sense of emotional journey.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The Mighty Macs sticks so closely to the underdog-sports-movie playbook that it's practically generic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    W.E., her second effort after 2008's "Filth and Wisdom,'' tries awfully hard. In the end it tries our patience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Has its moments of visual invention and self-aware humor — mostly when the hero’s trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is around — but otherwise it’s an awkwardly plotted extravaganza.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Machine Gun Preacher is crude and ham-handed from its ridiculous title on down, but it still gets to some interesting places.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    I'm still not convinced we needed a new Spider-Man series, but at least this installment is interestingly mediocre instead of actively bad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's the sort of thing you'll either find enchanting or an excellent reason to reach for the Scotch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The Way is a good, cheap vacation. At times, you wonder if Estevez isn't creating a cracked therapeutic remake of "The Wizard of Oz.'' He's got the nerve and the heart, all right. I'm less sure about the brains.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The problem with Hysteria is that it keeps patting itself and us on the back for knowing better.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Trishna should move the soul and engage the tear-ducts, yet it passes by as distant as it is lovely. And the blame must fall on the movie's star, Freida Pinto.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It can't be easy to turn one of the most stirring human rights dramas of the past quarter century into stultifying screen pageantry, but director Luc Besson and writer Rebecca Frayn have managed the trick with The Lady.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    As documentaries go, it's an able introduction that doesn't make its subject nearly as relevant to our current discontents as it could.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    What it is is watchable, a thoroughly professional piece of Great Man hackwork that lacks the invention and spirit of its obvious model, "Shakespeare in Love.''
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The hair is funny, in part, because not much else is. “Burt Wonderstone” is a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Something to see and little to remember, an acrid character study undone by narrative implausibilities and its own lack of purpose.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Mostly, though, Being Flynn is memorable for the sight of a once-great actor rousing himself to a performance the movie itself isn't prepared to handle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Carell's performance is enjoyable but safe, and while he and Knightley play well enough together, there's no genuine chemistry - no zap to convince us these two deserve to be the last lovers on Earth.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The issue is contentious, messy, prone to wishful thinking. Some see a corporate plot to privatize schools. Others see a last chance to save them. Won't Back Down is on the latter side, obviously, and it has the boilerplate urgency of a TV movie that has been blessed with a high-end cast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie never fully clicks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It does give believers and those tottering on the edge something to chew on, and it steadfastly refuses to demonize everybody else.
    • 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."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The film doesn't embarrass itself or dishonor its predecessor, which is something.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in Bel Ami. He just isn't right.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A well-intentioned indie that tries to be a "real" version of a Hollywood romantic comedy and ends up feeling more ersatz than ever.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    People Like Us is neither optimal nor prime.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Basically, if the first “300” was a pep-talk from Coach on how to lose with dignity, Rise of an Empire is an inspirational speech on the value of teamwork.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    An earnest, extremely grueling, prodigiously crafted true-life drama that takes one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history and reduces it to a bad day at Club Med.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It’s the kind of Hollywood formula product that proves why the formula’s so hard to kill: simultaneously easy to like and impossible to respect.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Sensitively written, nicely shot, expertly acted, and intelligently ambiguous, Nobody Walks still manages to send you out with a shrug.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie has style but increasingly little sense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It's both achingly affectionate and a terrible mess.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Divergent is almost good enough to make you forget what a cynical exercise it is on every possible level. The original 2011 young adult novel by Veronica Roth — reasonably engrossing, thoroughly disposable — reads exactly like what it is: an ambitious young author’s attempt to re-write “The Hunger Games” without bringing the lawyers down on her head.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It’s an August dog-day special, in other words: a few easy laughs, one or two flashes of inspiration, and enough sentimentality to ensure that no one actually gets hurt.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    All this manic invention is great fun for a while, until Tai Chi Zero falls apart on the rocks of the eternal verities: story, acting, direction.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The results are exactly as patchwork as that sounds, with sequences of rowdy, sacrilegious invention punctuated by long spells of tedium.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    To truly appreciate Wagner & Me, a BBC documentary getting a spotty theatrical release in this country, you have to cherish the music of Richard Wagner with the same quivering intensity as host Stephen Fry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The director’s first real misfire, a meditation on love and lost paradise that starts with breathtaking assurance and slowly crumbles into self-parody.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It’s a great story, and much of it’s true. This should work like a pip. Instead, The Monuments Men is a tonal mishmash: Half “Hogan’s Post-Doctoral Heroes,” half “Saving Private Rembrandt,” and half “Ingres’s 11.” That’s three halves, so you can see the problem.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Director/co-writer Ariel Vromen has made a grimly passable crime drama in the sub-“GoodFellas”/“Sopranos” vein, and if you’re looking for something to order up on a slow Saturday night, it’ll do.
    • 60 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    With Trance, story becomes just another element in Boyle’s commercial pop-Cubism, and the results are nearly fatal.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    There’s a lot of intelligence in Transcendence. Ironically, almost all of it feels artificial.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie is extremely well produced, it features two excellent lead performances, and it is dull.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Haute Cuisine proves the limits of cinema: It’s a movie that needs Taste-o-Vision.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    This is back-to-basics stuff, which turns out to be not such a bad idea.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Only God Forgives is the kind of remarkable disaster only a very talented director can make after he finds success and is then allowed to do whatever he wants.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    This frantic farce about a married couple whose video frolic goes viral would be much less bearable without the topspin Segel imparts to even his silliest dialogue. But he looks hollow-eyed and gaunt, like a man starving himself to prove a point. I want the old, lumpy Jason Segel back. Eat, bubbe, eat.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    It just plonks down the actress and a handful of stellar co-stars without much in the way of a script, storyline, or actual jokes. Yet you may still come out with a smile on your face. It’s very odd.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The film is unobjectionable, sentimental, and not a little dull.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Goldsman takes Helprin’s book — a work overflowing with events, ideas, characters, passions — and pounds away at it until all that’s left is mush.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    An unusual story and sharp talents have been put through the Disney family-film machinery and come out flattened into formula. It’s an average movie, and that isn’t bad — just average.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie has a problem, too: Spall is likable, Kazan is adorable, Driver is amusing enough as the blowhard best friend, and Radcliffe as Wallace is . . . a passive-aggressive lump.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    A meticulously observed, rapturously directed account of World War III and its aftermath as seen from the point of view of a spoiled young woman. The movie’s pretty fascinating before it goes bonkers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    They’re calling it a movie, but no matter how you squint at it it’s a TV show.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    The movie runs an hour and a half. Lowry’s book can be read in less than a day. It still gives anyone — child or adult — more than enough to wrestle with.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    Above all, it is predictable.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ty Burr
    There’s a thin line between the iconic and the generic, and The Rover, a grim post-apocalyptic drama from down under, wanders back and forth across it in an adrenaline daze.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The film’s so formulaic your 6-year-old will be ticking off the plot points as they lope by.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Almost but not quite as obnoxious as its title. Little kids will love it. You’ll need a hazmat suit.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    2 1/2 hours of tumescence disguised as a motion picture.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Jennifer’s Body falls into the dispiriting category of dumb movies made by smart people, in this case a glibly clever writer and a talented director who think a few wisecracks are enough to subvert the teen horror genre.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Starts off mildly ridiculous, ascends to the full-blown ludicrous, and finally sails boldly off the edge of the absolutely preposterous.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Slightly better than it should be. For Tucker Max, this possibly represents a triumph.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Jarmusch has come up with a dud.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    JUST worth your children's time, and hardly worth yours.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Bewitched presents a phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show. It's as grating, laughless, and narcissistic (though, to its credit, not as cruel) as that new Lisa Kudrow show-within-a-show-within-a-show, "The Comeback."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    In Undead, sadly, rigor mortis has set in.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The top-secret message this pigeon is carrying reads ''Wait for the DVD."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Dreadful.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Aggressive visual invention is rarely its own reward, and this movie does nothing to better the odds.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Teenage boys will be in heaven. All others: Check, please.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A glorious disaster.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Noisy, silly, gratingly upbeat, and piously sentimental, 'Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is what passes for wholesome family entertainment these days. It's the sort of movie to send small children and grandparents out of the theater hugging each other and strong men in search of bourbon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    One aches to think what the great "Looney Tunes" directors could have done with this material.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All the pieces are in place for an incisive tale of Brit-pop ego and madness, but filmmaker Stephen Woolley -- a celebrated UK producer ("The Crying Game") making his directing debut -- lets the story get away from him.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    How's the movie? Technologically incredible, aesthetically pretty hideous, and narratively lumpy: Kids who aren't cynics (i.e., 9 and under) will roll with it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    RV
    RV has teeth -- more teeth than the last few Steve Martin films, anyway -- but it's terrified to bite down, knowing that the paying audience would feel it more than anyone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Zwigoff's overdue for a turkey, in other words. Art School Confidential is it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Handsomely shot and with a likable lead in Kuno Becker, it also suffers from a script so outrageously generic you could buy it at Costco.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Generic teen dice-and-slice with interior design by way of ''Saw." The movie's tight and reasonably well shot, though, and there are flashes of nasty invention between the ritual guttings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The biggest unresolved question here is why we're paying $9.50, plus popcorn, for something we can presumably get at home for free.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    A noisy and lazy stopgap movie that goes absolutely nowhere and takes 2 1/2 hours to get there.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Speaking as both a parent and a critic, I do believe I'd rather drive rusty railroad spikes through my eyes than have to sit through one more computer generated family film about talking animals. The bad news for Hollywood is that after seeing Barnyard my kids feel the same way.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Pure Saturday matinee kiddie fodder and this close to going straight to DVD.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Earnest and predictable, Crossover deserves more than the horselaughs that will probably greet it in theaters -- but not a lot more. The movie is harmless, which is both its strength and its weakness.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The Covenant is dopey, formulaic stuff for the Friday night fright crowd. Worse for them, it's never remotely scary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It achieves something previously thought impossible: It renders Billy Bob Thornton unfunny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Even a fan, however, might prefer the excellent, recently released concert DVD "Pixies: Live at the Paradise in Boston" to this tepid behind-the-scenes experience.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The result is movie goulash: made with love, impossible to digest.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The bad news, for those looking forward to The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with anything like enthusiasm, is this: Bernard the Elf is history.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her t-shirt.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    There's a great movie somewhere in The Good German, but it's buried under three tons of run-amok formalism.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Silly, obvious, clumsy, and just gruesome enough to keep jaded genre fans from angrily throwing popcorn at the screen.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Factory Girl is not, strictly speaking, a bad movie. It's something worse: an irredeemably banal drama about some of the most protean, contradictory creative forces of the 1960s.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Primeval is a hoot if you're in the mood, though, and it gets points for trying to stuff a little globo-think into the minds of Friday night mayhem fans (who will probably rebel, since only one skull pops like a grape).
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Ghost Rider is the kind of movie that's great stupid fun as long as someone else is buying the tickets.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    And that dog -- or, rather, that digitally enhanced replicant -- is just plain creepy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The dialogue is brightly self-conscious, and sometimes it clicks. Just as often it curdles into an entitled whining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Faced with a limited location and concept, Renfroe points his camera everywhere: The movie's seriously overshot, never settling for one angle when five would do.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Too many cliches and not enough energy have come along for the ride.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Watching the movie is a little like picking up issue #42 of a comic book after you've skipped the first 41: There's an entire back story mythos hovering in the background like a phantom limb.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Innocuous amusement for 5- to 8-year-olds and other people stuck in the anal stage of development.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The film is low budget but puffed with self-importance, and it offers proof that Hollywood filmmakers should probably steer clear of topics that actually matter.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Hobbled by its vaguely insulting comic-book version of the '60s and by a humorlessness that can only come from talented people convinced they're creating work for the ages.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Sydney White makes "Mean Girls" look like Shakespeare.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The producers - Fox Films and the usually reliable Walden Media - have tried to gin up the story for multiplex audiences. They've succeeded in making a movie for no audience at all.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    There have been plenty of movies adapted from video games before, but Hitman may be the first one that actually feels like a computer wrote and directed it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The result is a movie that's both clever and stupid - an interesting feat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Not good enough to take seriously and, sadly, not bad enough to be any fun.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    21
    The movie's chief audience, consequently, will probably be gullible and young, responding to the cliches only because they haven't seen them before. They have a word in Vegas for these people: Suckers.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    In Made of Honor, the leads are beautiful and everyone else is a freak. So where does that leave us?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All that's missing is coherence. Call it Blunderbuss Satire.
    • 36 Metascore
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    Short, cheap, weird, and passably diverting.
    • 31 Metascore
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    Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this "Mummy" feels like a threadbare toss-off.
    • 30 Metascore
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    The movie's cleverest idea is to give the Octopus identical clone henchmen with names like Phobos, Logos, and Huevos, all played by Louis Lombardi with a marvelous fat-boy idiot grin.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Ball's trying to be honest about adolescent coming of age, but since he's dishonest about everything else, the movie collapses in on itself.
    • 49 Metascore
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    Family, sadly, is a plate of leftovers: a bland, baldly written melodrama about two longtime best friends and their messed-up families.
    • 26 Metascore
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    Worst of all, the movie's simply not very shocking. Madonna has made a career out of toying with image and ego, but this is a vanity project in the smallest sense possible.
    • 35 Metascore
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    Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
    • 36 Metascore
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    Perhaps because Campbell is a purist at heart, My Name Is Bruce is as awful as anything he has done - a broadly silly gore comedy in which no gag is too cartoonish to be indulged in at least once and preferably three times.
    • 41 Metascore
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    Four Christmases is essentially "Meet the Parents" quadrupled.
    • 30 Metascore
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    If most December movie releases are epic-length and Oscar-ambitious, then Punisher: War Zone has to be considered Hobbesian counterprogramming: It's nasty, brutish, and short.
    • 24 Metascore
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    A chick flick that makes its chick characters - and by extension its chick audience - look like hateful, backward toddlers, and there is something wrong with that.
    • 45 Metascore
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    Its swooping 3-D visuals let fans briefly feel they can touch a group that barely exists behind a wall of beefy security men.
    • 39 Metascore
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    A "great poet" movie, the poet in this case being Dylan Thomas, and it's utter bollocks.
    • 41 Metascore
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    Imagine some very smart people setting out to make a very naughty action film and shooting themselves in the foot. Voila: Crank: High Voltage.
    • 41 Metascore
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    The problem is that both Philippa Goslett's script and Paul Morrison's direction lack the stylistic craziness - the sense of real, lunatic danger - a project like this desperately needs.
    • 50 Metascore
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    Sometimes a cute-stalker movie can win the audience's heart. Management only makes you ponder the line between true love and a restraining order.
    • 32 Metascore
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    Genially terrible, Lost is lazy, sloppy multiplex filler, good for a few solid giggles and not much more.
    • 42 Metascore
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    It's bigger, noisier, shinier, and dumber, and it has no earthly reason to exist.
    • 41 Metascore
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    The general consensus on this one: Rats.
    • 42 Metascore
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    Aliens in the Attic is conveyor-belt family product, an action/adventure/sci-fi/comedy made from the bland corporate DNA of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. It appears designed for families who never leave the mall.
    • 53 Metascore
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    Be warned, though: This is the multiplex equivalent of ADD.
    • 28 Metascore
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    A comedy that can’t even admit to its own overwhelming sense of disgust.
    • 56 Metascore
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    Diary of a Wimpy Kid the movie returns Kinney's tale to live-action reality, and the party's over.
    • 39 Metascore
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    The results are -- there’s no other word for it -- a disaster.
    • 39 Metascore
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    It's coherent, well shot, and tartly acted, but it wears you down like a dinner guest showing off his doctorate.
    • 46 Metascore
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    Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that The In-Laws was directed by Andrew Fleming, who delivered the fizzy Nixon-era comedy ''Dick'' a few years back and who also had a hand in ''Grosse Pointe,'' the wicked, briefly-lived WB parody of TV teen dramas. The man obviously knows from satire, but not on the evidence of anything here.
    • 48 Metascore
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    She's like Bob Hope with fake breasts and a wig. Now, that's scary.
    • 25 Metascore
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    Harmless in the extreme and it'll mute your kids for nearly 80 minutes, but why not just treat the little yard apes to the real deal and take them to ''Spirited Away''?
    • 42 Metascore
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    Bacon makes an appropriately detestable villain; unfortunately, he's the most interesting character here. As for Love, well, this puts her one career rung closer to ''Hollywood Squares.''
    • 52 Metascore
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    A blandly filmed and subtext-heavy talkathon that wastes a game cast on a group of characters about whom it's almost impossible to care. If this were a cocktail party, you'd be back home with a good book already.
    • 66 Metascore
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    Sure, go ahead and take the kids. But, for pity's sake, read them the book first.
    • 43 Metascore
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    Has a welcome humor but only in theory, and theory, chilly and self-involved, is where this filmmaker seems most at home. Like its bio-digital sirens, the movie never quite comes alive.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Truly, there is nothing the woman (Isabelle Huppert) can't do - except save "Promise'' from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions.
    • 33 Metascore
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    The feel-bad movie of the summer.
    • 40 Metascore
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    Del Toro does remind you of Brando here; unfortunately, it's the Brando of ''Apocalypse Now,'' the one with the green face and puffy line readings. Jones fares better, even if he wears the same grieving-for-humanity expression throughout the film.
    • 36 Metascore
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    Abandon is this CLOSE to being good, juicy, bad-movie fun.
    • 52 Metascore
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    There are rich issues at play here, about the nature of attraction and whether individual will is or isn't pinned to the wheel of physiology. But Decena hasn't dramatized them; he's used them as talking points set to an indie-film guitar strum, and the result is both earnest and passionless.
    • 52 Metascore
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    The Gospel of John is to "The Passion of the Christ" as tap water is to parboiled sacramental wine.
    • 39 Metascore
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    There are about 15 minutes of genuine, bust-a-gut comedy in Bringing Down the House, and, surprisingly, they belong to Steve Martin, who hasn't been funny on film in years.
    • 47 Metascore
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    The ugly duckling of Nickelodeon's after-bath lineup. That's its strength.
    • 45 Metascore
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    A bumptious splatter farce that manages to improve from awful to moderately engaging as its cast is winnowed down to the five guys themselves.
    • 63 Metascore
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    Settles for the cliches of American suspense films, right down to an ending that leaves the door open to a possible sequel.
    • 27 Metascore
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    A pleasant, thin, hammerlocked movie about the pleasures of breaking free - it's the Cliff Notes version of anarchic classics like ''Bringing Up Baby'' or ''What's Up, Doc?'' Should you want to take the graduate course, you'll find those films at your video store.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Beware of stoner rock stars talking politics. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, the ecological/anticorporate idealism of Greendale is so vague as to be insulting to anyone past the backpack-and-Birkenstocks stage of life.
    • 40 Metascore
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    Indeed a rip-off - a rehash of Hong Kong superstar Chow's greatest celluloid moments with an overlay of Hollywood action cliches, youth-flick silliness, and ah-so stereotypes.
    • 30 Metascore
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    Has the distinction of being much dumber and pulpier than the comic book on which it's based -- the ink practically comes off on your fingers as you watch it.
    • 43 Metascore
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    A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.
    • 40 Metascore
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    If you're up for a relentlessly overripe melodrama that takes place in movie-Europe as opposed to the real thing (the Parisian streetwalkers in berets are a good tip-off), by all means catch Head in the Clouds.
    • 53 Metascore
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    She has been made lovable -- and a Vanity Fair with a lovable Becky Sharp has no reason to exist. It's as if Shakespeare had put Hamlet on Prozac: What's the point?
    • 49 Metascore
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    What it is, distressingly, is a mess - a ragbag of promising ideas and failed narrative, of good acting and plain old bad filmmaking.
    • 46 Metascore
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    It might even work if In the Cut was remotely convincing as a thriller, but Campion can't help wrinkling her nose at genre.
    • 43 Metascore
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    Williams gives a performance that's honest and carefully wrought but on some level still a stunt. All that courtliness is wearing him out, and it's wearing us out too.
    • 28 Metascore
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    Pureed, predictable conflation of ''Alien'' and ''Titanic'' and ''The Shining.''
    • 44 Metascore
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    The director deserves admiration for sticking to her guns, but here's a heretical notion: Maybe the producer's cut would have been a better movie. This version may be too late, but it's also too little, and that's what hurts.
    • 33 Metascore
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    Equilibrium just happens to be a really bad comic book.
    • 56 Metascore
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    The result is a revenge thriller that's too taken with its own ambience to actually thrill.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Ye bites off substantially more than he can chew.
    • 38 Metascore
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    Works so hard to be inoffensive that you may well be offended.
    • 49 Metascore
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    A peppy, fast-moving, wafer-thin amusement that's fine for kids if you don't mind a lot of Three Stooges-style martial arts. For grown-ups, it's the equivalent of a 59-cent tin globe.
    • 35 Metascore
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    We haven't had a good Frankenstein, Dracula, or Wolf Man movie in a long time, so here's one where the whole gang shows up. One catch: It's not good.
    • 38 Metascore
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    For a movie that's sexist, racist, and possibly the most deeply closeted gay love story to be released this year, After the Sunset is reasonably entertaining.
    • 50 Metascore
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    Such a meticulously wrought piece of hokum that it's both easy to admire and impossible to warm up to.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Where "Nemo" was clever, soulful, and marvelous to look at, "Tale" is manic and surprisingly ugly, with a script that leans on the shallowest aspects of hip-hop street cred while pimping for corporate product placement at every turn.
    • 28 Metascore
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    Reasonably painless if you've never seen a comedy about the travails of newlyweds.
    • 48 Metascore
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    Works hard to give quirk a bad name.
    • 53 Metascore
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    The producers of Ella Enchanted probably assume, correctly, that many more kids haven't read the book than have, and they're out to give that audience a slick, shallow good time.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Hints at a place where desire, fear, pleasure, and power all intersect, but it never actually goes there.
    • 33 Metascore
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    It's a disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
    • 47 Metascore
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    As it is, the movie only shudders to life when Dickie Pilager's onscreen.
    • 43 Metascore
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    So unfocused is Shonda Rhimes's screenplay and so flabby is Marshall's direction.
    • 27 Metascore
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    A dunderheaded comic melodrama with clothes to die for and dialogue to shrink from. It’s downright depressing.
    • 45 Metascore
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    Watching this movie in 3-D is very much like sticking one's head in a blender and hitting "pulse."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Takers might have made a perfectly decent little B heist movie, but someone had to go and forget to give the cameraman his Ritalin.
    • 51 Metascore
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    The film pulls off the remarkable feat of immersing a viewer in their world without providing any insights whatsoever.
    • 40 Metascore
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    The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
    • 39 Metascore
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    Watching Arthur and the Invisibles is like sticking your head in a Gallic pinball machine: It's hectic, technically impressive, and your skull starts to pound after a while.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.
    • 45 Metascore
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    When Laura Linney turns up about an hour into The Hottest State, you can see the movie that might have been.
    • 50 Metascore
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    The larger problem is that the central duo is just plain dull.
    • 41 Metascore
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    It can’t be easy to turn the story of Hawaii’s last royal into a waxworks parade, but writer-director Marc Forby has pulled it off.
    • 39 Metascore
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    You'll come away from Legendary with no sense of what amateur wrestling is about.
    • 27 Metascore
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    Is there a statute of limitations for how many good actors can be wasted in a bad movie?
    • 58 Metascore
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    An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, Freakonomics is a misconceived botch.
    • 56 Metascore
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    While there are moments of eldritch atmosphere and a few pro forma jolts, nothing here justifies our attention, let alone the film's inexplicable R rating.
    • 47 Metascore
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    A torpidly precious love story about death-obsessed adolescents, the film's becalmed and embalmed in its own sensitive self-pity.
    • 38 Metascore
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    The movie's primary pleasure is Hopkins, who manages to take the role of Father Lucas seriously without being serious about it at all.
    • 44 Metascore
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    If not better, a Part II always has to be bigger. In the case of The Hangover Part II, that means raunchier, nastier, darker. It also means much more predictable, which is ruinous.
    • 66 Metascore
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    Dumbed down, tarted up, and almost shockingly uninspired, it's the worst superhero movie since "Green Lantern."
    • 29 Metascore
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    A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
    • 36 Metascore
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    As for the movie itself, it's tolerable.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Hopefully the last, of the fake trailer spinoffs of 2007's "Grindhouse." It makes last year's "Machete" look like "The King's Speech."
    • 44 Metascore
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    A grimly preposterous serial-killer thriller set in 19th-century Baltimore, this riff on the final days of the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and other masterpieces of the macabre might qualify as literary desecration if it weren't so silly.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Butter dearly wants to be a hot-button social satire that plays rough with sacred cows: Midwestern power-moms, the religious right, race, sex, you name it. Mostly, it wants to be an Alexander Payne movie from the 1990s. "Citizen Ruth," say, or "Election." Instead, it's a shrill, cartoonish mess.
    • 57 Metascore
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    I say kill off everybody else and bring back Farrell for the sequel.
    • 51 Metascore
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    All the good intentions in the world can't save White Irish Drinkers from playing like the baldest of retreads.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    If the director had brought any toughness of perspective - or at least the self-lacerating humor of 2002's "Igby Goes Down,'' still the reigning champ of screwed-up-Manhattan-prepster films - we might be able to digest George's follies without cringing.
    • 18 Metascore
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    The line between gross-out humor that's inspired and the kind that's witless is fine indeed, and Movie 43 obliterates it with poop and movie stars.
    • 48 Metascore
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    It's a working illustration of what differentiates movie stars from TV stars. When we buy a ticket for a George Clooney movie, it's because we want to see George Clooney (or Emma Stone or Tom Hanks or whomever). The real stars of "Glee," on the other hand, are the characters, not the actors.
    • 37 Metascore
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    The greater embarrassment is that so many millions of dollars have been wasted on an entertainment that feels so smug, so pointless, and so thunderously empty.
    • 42 Metascore
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    As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
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    If anything, Burke & Hare is a slaphappy mess that recalls Landis's earliest work on 1970s midnight movies like "Schlock'' and "The Kentucky Fried Movie.''
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    It's another one of those loud, penis-obsessed bro farces, lazily written (by actor Seth Rogen, among others) and haphazardly directed.
    • 57 Metascore
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    I could pile on the cooking metaphors until you cried "uncle," but the fact remains that there's a very good movie in here that its makers have failed to bring off.
    • 55 Metascore
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    I don't know if I've ever seen a movie as spectacularly tone-deaf as Hyde Park on Hudson.
    • 52 Metascore
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    It's a solid short film stretched to Silly Putty thinness.
    • 28 Metascore
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    There are two problems with A Good Day to Die Hard: It’s terribly filmed and nothing in it makes any sense.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    This third go-round for the "Wolf Pack" doesn't bother to Xerox the original 2009 hit comedy, as 2011's witless "Hangover 2" did. Instead, the new movie heads in different, if utterly formulaic, directions. So it's not terrible. It's just bad.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    The new Carrie is a thoroughly dispiriting remake — “retread” is the appropriate word — that could have been directed by any proficient Hollywood hack.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    Wilde is stuck with the harder job of simultaneously playing sexy, innocent, conniving, and heartsore, and the effort appears to give her a headache. "This is kind of like an old movie," Liza says to Jay in one scene. Lady, don't you wish.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    All that’s missing is Clyde the orangutan from Clint Eastwood’s “Every Which Way But Loose,” which, trust me, this movie could have used.
    • 36 Metascore
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    When it’s time for the hot sex scene between Timberlake’s ambitious Richie Furst and Rebecca (Gemma Arterton), his boss’s luscious second-in-command, the encounter is as charmless and chemistry-free as the wooden banter that has led up to it. I’ve had dentist’s appointments that were sexier.
    • 67 Metascore
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    A sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.
    • 41 Metascore
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    We get it: Stand Up Guys is supposed to be cutesy criminal magic realism. But Stevens, an actor turned director, never finds the right vibe, and the movie's genuinely creepy misogyny sours the attempts to go sentimental in the final act.
    • 28 Metascore
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    The actor/walking disaster known as Charlie Sheen gives a perfectly credible performance here. It’s the rest of the film that tries your patience.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Despite a frisky soundtrack that starts off with James Brown’s “Sex Machine” — trust me, it’s downhill from there — this is the visual equivalent of Muzak. You don’t have to see it to have seen it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Ty Burr
    One doesn’t really want to beat up on Girl Most Likely, because it means well and everyone in it appears to be having a good time. But so many things are wrong with the film, from a script that’s bright but never sharp to the editing that leaves scenes hanging flaccidly in the breeze.
    • 45 Metascore
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    It’s clear what MacFarlane is shooting for — nothing less than the chance to be both the Bob Hope and the Mel Brooks of his generation. Be careful what you wish for.
    • 52 Metascore
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    The movie’s a somber affair, but if you see it in the right frame of mind, it’s the guilty-pleasure hoot of the season.
    • 35 Metascore
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    Hirschbiegel and Watts don’t have the nerve for camp. Even a scene of a rejected Diana back at Kensington, forlornly playing Bach at her piano while mascara streams down her face, is played gloomily straight.
    • 54 Metascore
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    If ever a movie were lost in translation, it’s Mood Indigo, the latest from the scattershot genius Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep”). With his penchant for sad-sack dreamers and gonzo visual gags, Gondry can make a director like Wes Anderson look like a prig, and “Mood” allows him freer access to his fancy than usual.
    • 34 Metascore
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    Writer-director Liz W. Garcia depicts Leigh’s quandary with a heavy hand that gets heavier as the movie goes on, ending with one of those portentous freeze-frames that worked in “The 400 Blows” and never since.
    • 54 Metascore
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    Behind the familiar hits, Jersey Boys is a story about the pressures and rewards of professionalism. Far too little of that has made it into this biopic. It’s just too mediocre to be true.
    • 42 Metascore
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    Stupid, sadistic, misogynistic, confusing, and more than a little ridiculous. Here’s the thing, though: It keeps you watching, if only to see how tortured the plot or characters are going to get. I’m not sure that “entertainingly awful” is a recommendation, but the shoe fits.
    • 39 Metascore
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    And So It Goes looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus (”As Good As It Gets,” “Georgia Rule”).
    • 64 Metascore
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    Regrettably, it’s terrible poetry: a roughly chronological jumble of archival footage, unconvincing period reenactments, gauzy voice-overs, and half-baked ideas that makes one yearn for the stolid dullness of a History Channel documentary.
    • 42 Metascore
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    The Lovely Bones, then, is something special: A spectacular, cringe-inducing failure as both a book adaptation and a film.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    Everything about Couples Retreat feels plastic, though: the jokes, the trees, the extras, the attitudes. It’s dumbed-down entertainment aimed at a dumbed-down audience - the comedy equivalent of a McMansion.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    You come away with only the memory of Christie, the film's perfect California blonde, lying insensate on the beach in the final ravages of AIDS - a potent and frightening image the rest of The Informers can't live up to.
    • 7 Metascore
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    A sex comedy that appears to have been made by people who've never actually had sex.
    • 48 Metascore
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    ''Love" doesn't have a plot so much as it has a concept, scribbled in crayon.
    • 38 Metascore
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    One could forgive a budget this threadbare, performances this amateurish, a plot this tortuous if the 3-D effects passed the cool test. Sadly, watching ''Adventures" is an experience akin to seeing the world through dung-colored glasses.
    • 45 Metascore
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    A genre cheapie from its digital-video camerawork to its Casiotone soundtrack to its bland, buff cast, the movie is a cultural watershed in a dry gulch.
    • 21 Metascore
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    ''Health Inspector" hopes to do for Larry what ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" did for Jim Carrey, who in this context looks like Noel Coward.
    • 26 Metascore
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    The accidental comedy sensation of the year to date.
    • 46 Metascore
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    Making a comedy that celebrates binge drinking and cretinous behavior isn't a crime against nature. Making one that's as brutally unfunny as Beerfest is.
    • 26 Metascore
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    The results are dull, of all things. The movie itself feels like an overstuffed burrito,
    • 28 Metascore
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    The saddest part is that "Deck" wastes four comic talents ranging from the near-genius (Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito) to the inspired (Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth ) to the charming (Kristin Davis of "Sex and the City").
    • 28 Metascore
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    A pallidly "hip" revision of classic fairy tales that would be better told straight up if anyone had the nerve. It will divert small children, but so will a brightly colored object if you twirl it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Ty Burr
    If you boil off dialogue, performance, narrative logic and grind a movie down to the nub of genre, will there be any suspense left? The answer is yes, but only in a Pavlovian sense. You react to this dull shockathon like a wired lab rat who's seen it all before. And guess what? You have.
    • 54 Metascore
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    Essentially, an act of terrorism against entertainment. It's inconsequential, potty - mouthed, extremely silly, and -- the worst sin of all -- dead boring.
    • 31 Metascore
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    After "Gothika " and "Catwoman ," a viewer has to wonder: Why does this woman keep making thrillers if she can't bring herself to be thrilled?