Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,110 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 A Film Unfinished
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
5,110 movie reviews
  1. The film would be just as powerful, if less likely to saturate suburban megaplexes and flatter its patrons, were its saviors -- I don't know - French.
  2. What's special about the movie is how totally it believes in itself as a musical. The tunes, co-written by Sandler and a bunch of his pals, take on rock opera and traditional Jewish folk music with boyish exuberance.
  3. In a dismal summer for movies, Osmosis Jones is a fresh breath of foul air.
  4. The best thing about Together, apart from the way some of its characters grow on you even as others put you off, is the way it snatches idealism back from the brink of life-smothering orthodoxy.
  5. There's almost too much there, but the three-hour-plus film permits the kind of detailing that not only brings the storytelling to life, but sometimes persuades us we're breathing to its rhythms.
  6. Hedaya is sublime.
  7. If there's one image that sums up the filmmaking style of Takashi Miike, it's the close-up of a bubbling hot pot on the family dinner table.
  8. Mindless glitz-o-ramas don't get any snazzier.
  9. Isn't just a feel-good movie; it's a feel-good-and-righteous movie. And audiences will forgive its flaws.
  10. It brings an enlivening wit to a comedy of culture collision.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Love hurts in Secretary -- but not too much. It's not impossible to imagine adventurous young couples seeing this movie and rushing home to try out the handcuffs and paddles.
  11. A solid, not to say ironclad, winner in the less than overcrowded family animation arena.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Its quirks are exactly what make Signs interesting, entertaining, and good.
  12. Armed with a dinner theater accent and hair that looks like an LP melted on his head, Turturro pockets the picture. As a demonstration of his newly accessed maturity and benevolence, Sandler helps him do it.
  13. Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
  14. Everything you could want in a sequel. It satisfyingly regenerates the characters and qualities that made the first film so popular. And then it moves them forward into newer, fresher, more elaborate, more involving territory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Moves the franchise even closer to Indiana Jones territory, with bloodcurdling action scenes and a passel of climactic computer-generated slime beasties unparalleled in their potential ability to -- I'm quoting from both book and film here -- '' rip, tear, rend, kill. ''
  15. The gusto in the flying bullets, the fleeing lovers, and the flowing music will make you want to hang around until the party is over.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This crudely powerful film is a throwback. Unfolding at an elliptical pace that feels like a revelation, or tedium, or both, Japon recalls the glory days of 1970s art-house filmmaking.
  16. Although there's a certain connect-the-dots quality to the storytelling, there's no denying the care and craftsmanship that Gardos has brought to her debut film.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This real-life alliance is part of what makes the slice-of-life comedy The Wash work as well as it does, despite a somewhat skimpy though often crassly amusing script written by the film's director, D.J. Pooh.
  17. Medea works on von Trier's own imagistic terms. There are shots and sequences in this movie that feel unique.
  18. May not be as dramatic as Roman Polanski's ''The Pianist,'' but its compassionate spirit soars every bit as high.
  19. A delightful alternative to most current multiplex fare, which wouldn't recognize a juicy bon mot if it tripped over one in the aisle.
  20. Sweetly macabre charmer.
  21. Brightly sidesteps the cliches that cling to the genre like barnacles and reinvents a lot of the old moves.
  22. The cast helps enliven what could otherwise come off as a treatise. All four actors played these roles during the play's off-Broadway run.
  23. Give your brain the night off, and Myers will make you smile too.
  24. In the end, it's simple warmth and sincerity that make this ensemble piece so disarming.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's maddeningly chowderheaded, simplistic, pretentious, and not a little silly. You can't take your eyes off it.
  25. The film's unhurried pace is actually one of its strengths. Entirely appropriately, the tale unfolds like a lazy summer afternoon and concludes with the crisp clarity of a fall dawn. That's not just a farm movie, that's life.
  26. D'Onofrio's affably wide-eyed weirdness generates not only pleasure, but a genuinely authentic conundrum, bouncing forward and backward toward the truth.
  27. This is that rare art flick whose subject goes nuts because his work is not self-indulgent ENOUGH.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Bloody and bloody funny, and Jackson and Carlyle make the best salt-and-pepper team since Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte knocked heads in ''48 HRS., '' but ultimately the movie can't find a way out of its own dead end.
  28. As luminous as the star presence at its center. It's at once a touching teacher movie and an even more touching love story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A broad, very funny, unexpectedly graceful comedy of character and community.
  29. Even when it falls back excessively on coincidence and contrived set pieces, even when it gushes irretrievably over the top in its final act, Washington makes Training Day sizzle.
  30. Distress of Parents is a real pleasure.
  31. Isn't always on the money, but when it is, it really is.
  32. Charming and, compared with most Hollywood films like it, refreshing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    How you feel about About Schmidt may depend in large part on how you feel About Jack.
  33. The film is profane. But who knew police brutality could play as a laughing matter?
  34. The reason Bread and Roses works as well as it does is that as didactic as it sometimes gets, its heart is always bigger than its ideology.
  35. Corny. But it's corny in a way that a Hollywood movie about a boy who just wants to go home ought to be corny. Plus when it's done with this much care, corny works for me.
  36. Slightly misshapen and unbalanced, with a few loose ends, a few extraneous dream sequences. But there's something going on all the time.
  37. Wacky enough and gadget-driven enough to appeal to bored kids looking for fresh energies.
  38. They're as special as special effects get.
  39. Titanic is a big-budget spectacle and director Cameron brings it off with high-tech bravura, placing us aboard the ship in real time.
  40. The film spends its first half explaining the song -- famously and vividly about the cycle of Southern lynching. Its better second half-hour unmasks its composer as a compassionate Jewish guy from the Bronx.
  41. It's the kind of movie you can settle into, secure in the expectation that you can steal from it more than a little vintage Allen fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An epic film in every respect.
  42. A babe-athon, pure and simple.
  43. Too quick to uncritically and unthinkingly accept its subject's rollickingly self-mythologizing take on himself.
  44. Loaded with priceless encounters that would seem incongruous in any other movie but play here as low-comedy facts of some parts of black life.
  45. The film never quite hits a sure-footed stride. The fictional love story stays fictional. But ''Pearl Harbor'' delivers the main event.
  46. Despite its conceptual shortfall, is worth seeing, if only to update yourself on what can emerge from a keyboard these days.
  47. Sequels and fun don't often coincide, but this time they do.
  48. It plays like Scorsese's ``After Hours,'' but for higher stakes.
  49. Frears makes every note count for a lot in this beautifully gauged microcosm of big emotions expressed in small gestures.
  50. (Duffy) navigates the twisted collision of religious faith and the thrill of the kill, altruism and brutality, with an ingenious mix of humor, horror, mysticism, and just plain hipness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This is all far beyond silly, of course - the most inconsequential sort of winking, meta-movie in-joke.
  51. Could have been -- and should have been -- richer and more resonant. It's Hollywood Babylon Lite, only TV movie-deep. But at least it's tangy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Academy accepts submissions only from real countries, and Palestine isn't one. This is as good a joke, and as dark, as anything in the movie.
  52. The film does not offer an optimistic view of relationships.
  53. Even if some of the references are inscrutable, a lot of 8 Women is a riot. Here and there Ozon finds the key to a level of farce that would have amused Bunuel himself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film is depressive, slow, darkly funny, unyielding in its formal rigor, and unsettlingly beautiful. It's obviously not for everyone, but only because not everyone can meet its stare.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a refreshing alternative to hipper-than-thou moviemaking.
  54. There are three main reasons for seeing Someone Like You - Ashley Judd, Ashley Judd, and Ashley Judd.
  55. A relentlessly serious action movie, characterized by, of all things, sorrow.
  56. It's flawed, but it's also rich. And how many films make you feel that you and the filmmaker are following the course of a dream?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An amazing and incendiary movie that dives straight into the rough waters of contradiction.
  57. A bonanza of pop uplift. It wraps the up-from-nothing drama of ''Flashdance'' in the sassy, interracial pep rallying of ''Bring It On'' and the military romance of ''An Officer and a Gentleman.''
  58. A hip-hop cousin of Prince's ''Purple Rain,'' which had braver fashion sense and better original songs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    May bring Goldsworthy's art closer than anything else to ''permanence'' in any traditional sense.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Think low-budget ''Moonstruck'' but think again: A regional dish in the most heartwarming sense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The thrill isn't gone from the sequel, but the surprise is, and it hurts more than you'd think.
  59. Like a good supermarket tabloid, Time Code grabs - and keeps - our attention.
  60. Figgis's film doesn't match its reach.
  61. As generic as its title, but two things enable it to land: the basic likability of Mark Wahlberg as the wannabe protagonist, and the contagious energies in the rock concert sequences.
  62. Spielberg has said that in their collaboration, cut short by Kubrick's death, Kubrick had opened his heart as never before. Although the fingerprint of each is upon A.I, there are times when the prints are blurred and merged. And this film will blur the hitherto distinctive profiles of each.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A small film, but its ease and grace are virtues that can't be overrated.
  63. Cruise will never be a master thespian, but there's no one better at putting across the charisma of control, and the opening sequence of ''Report'' is an astonishingly fluid demonstration of his gifts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If you prefer your domestic clashes sunnier and more strenuously poetic, Respiro may be your respite. If nothing else, it's a reminder of how severely underutilized Valeria Golino is as both actress and cinematic glory.
  64. Turbo-charged wallbanger with the IQ of a tire iron. But it jumps off the screen with the mindless panache of a good bad movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Odd, moving, strained cinematic poetry.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If you've got some very small fry on your hands and 75 minutes to kill, this is as bright, colorful, and fuzzy as you're going to get.
  65. Presents a darkly realistic yet seductive world, with music as the tie that binds.
  66. May not be deep, but it certainly is lip-smacking.
  67. Magnolia is "Short Cuts" with hope. It's my kind of mess.
  68. What Grind lacks in cinematic skill, it makes up for in heart, which is what most dudes-in-arms flicks are missing. Given the option of spending eternity with these gentlemen or the boys of ''American Pie,'' I'd choose the lads of Grind.
  69. Loach makes a working metaphor of the old ant-and-grasshopper story, but the film's images are what echo the loudest.
  70. If there's true magic to be found in the proceedings, it's in Garai's dexterous performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy finally gives us a reason to feel warm and fuzzy about Compton, Calif. It's not an easy feat.
  71. This is a ride, a video game, a soundtrack -- unapologetic and clearly labeled as such. It has no middle speed.
  72. ''The Silence of the Lambs'' was a classic; Hannibal is only a good movie of its type.
  73. A powerful and surehandedly crafted depth charge of a movie.
  74. Has to be appreciated simply for doing its job, for being the only thriller I've seen recently that made me wonder how my knuckles ended up in my mouth.
  75. Wattstax is a disorienting and ironic moviegoing experience. It's a film about the curative powers of rhythm-and-blues music that sets out to frustrate your sense of rhythm in its insistence on the blues.
  76. It hasn't got a brain in its body, but it's fun to watch.
  77. Norton is unapologetic and unflappable in his part. Slimy and vaguely nerdy, he's become the thinking man's thug, even if this character's Armani-wear is better tailored than his psychology.

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