Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,352 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,352 movie reviews
  1. The movie, though, is nonsense. At its most credible, the story evokes fond memories of the adult drug narcs hiding among American high schoolers on ''21 Jump Street."
  2. As art, the movie is neither shallow nor profound, just inconsequential. Yet Coppola is too clever a filmmaker to dismiss the movie out of hand. If her film is mostly surface then she skims with style.
  3. Clearly, there's a story here. The documentary The Other Dream Team tells it in a smart, lively, if somewhat hectic fashion.
  4. A rousing movie that’s satisfyingly infused with traditional Disney sentiment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie lands like a punch.
  5. There’s no reason a conspiracy this outlandish should work twice. But it’s so hilariously within the realm of plausibility that it does.
  6. Enough originality and emotional weight to keep you engrossed even when it lapses into some pretty standard moves at the end.
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  7. One of the most warmly beguiling romantic comedies the Southern Hemisphere has sent our way in ages.
  8. A lovely , old-fashioned farm romance quietly doubling as a comment on immigration and American identity.
  9. I don't think I've seen an actor do more with deadpan expressions than Mara does in this movie. Her face doesn't move but, whether she's tasing a man or standing in front of a mirror watching a cigarette dangle from her mouth, we respond to her.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie's cheap, it's clever - it's even a little scary in places.
  10. The film itself is also a beautiful work of art, exquisitely framed and precisely envisioned.
  11. Rothemund gives us his sophisticated filmmaking only in the finale, which is devastating in its briskness and fury.
  12. Zahedi's search for fulfillment is depleting, like throwing good sex after bad. The more we learn about the hole in his soul, the more vivid his misogamy becomes.
    • 84 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Longley takes us through that country without a map; he's an artful, optimistic empiricist who believes what we see matters infinitely more than what we're told.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This charming, bittersweet 90-minute monologue consists of the actor telling tales of his childhood and early years, when he was an ugly duckling from an uglier family. The anecdotes are bruisingly funny and delivered with clarity and light mockery.
  13. A zestful genre outing, and then some, right up its final overkill.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A small film, but its ease and grace are virtues that can't be overrated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For someone wanting to get noticed as a filmmaker, George Lucas couldn't have done much better than THX 1138, his 1971 feature debut that starts a limited run today in a new director's cut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As luscious as the filmmaking craft here is, it lacks the rude vitality, the unpredictability, the pure American craziness of the films that should have won him (Scorsese) the Oscar: "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and "GoodFellas."
  14. A little Hitchcock and some good Psycho fun at the beach.
  15. The filmmaker doesn't exactly let anyone off the hook.
  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.
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    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The director gives us a small, sincere and nearly perfectly realized film about adolescence in Oklahoma, aptly entitled The Outsiders. [24 Mar 1983]
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  17. There's something touching about the way Goldfinger obeys his moral compass. He doesn't seem at all happy with that luxury. It's a burden by a more extravagant name.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What makes Cheri’ worth your while is that its true subjects are women and age, and its observations apply to both 19th-century France and the modern film industry.
  18. It isn't afraid to genuflect to heroes and heroism and has everything it needs to connect with the resurgence of patriotism after Sept. 11.
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  19. The sweetly enticing Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire repays the bit of patience it asks.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A Matter of Taste, French director Bernard Rapp's polished second film, swims in lies, ones that sate at first, but soon intoxicate, seduce, and drown.
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  20. This Earth doesn't really have anything new to say, but it does present some newly entertaining ways of saying it.
    • 78 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    The film bears a resemblance to such multicharacter dramas as Robert Altman's ''Short Cuts" and Paul Thomas Anderson's ''Magnolia" -- like them, it's a portrait of a society straining at the seams -- but it manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious.
  21. Jackman spends enough time compellingly playing stranger in a strange land that you’ll put up with a few unwanted doses of the old familiar.
  22. 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.
  23. At its best, Up in the Air invents new realms for old Hollywood sophistication.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Stunning performances help make The Sleepy Time Gal a thoughtful, moving piece that faces difficult issues with honesty and beauty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Watching these pint-size Astaires and Rogerses practice the fox trot, tango, rumba, and swing is the immediate hook to Mad Hot Ballroom.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Giuliani Time has an ax to grind and wields it with dull-edged force.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Alan Pakula's literal adaptation of William Styron's Sophie's Choice is an admirable, if reverential, movie that crams this triangle into a 2 1/2 -hour character study enriched by Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and nearly destroyed by Peter MacNicol. [21 Jan 1983]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    So few Hollywood movies go here that this one's oddly welcome, even in its most turgid moments, of which there are many.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A chick flick of a particularly intelligent, ruthless, and loving sort.
  24. At some point we're flashed a junkyard billboard telling us that Collinwood is the ''Beirut of Cleveland'' - yes, but here, it's by way of Looney Tunes.
  25. Structural shortcomings and all -- gives a neglected giant of African independence his due.
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  26. Puts the fun back into going to Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. He said he'd be back, and he is.
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  27. [Verhoeven's] cold, slick, funny, high-powered movie is informed by a humanism this genre almost always abandons in its chase after vigilante splat. [17 Jul 1987]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You probably won't see a better directorial debut this year than David Michôd's Animal Kingdom.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A broader work than Baumbach's last movie, and it's funnier, too, even as you gasp at the misbehavior.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Orphanage gets by on mood and a mournfulness that's not easily soothed. Sadness and loss, it says, are the threads connecting the spirit world and our own, and women, who bring life into the world, understand that far better than men ever will.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    More than a predictable self-discovery yarn about the caterpillar that turns into a beautiful butterfly.
  28. The Eamery, as some called it, was highly successful as a business - and, more important, as an exercise in tastemaking. "We wanted to make the best for the most for the least,'' the Eameses like to say.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Against the odds, John Carter is itself pretty amazing - an epic pulp saga that slowly rises to the level of its best imitations and wins you over by degrees.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s rooted in observed reality and idiosyncratic individuals. It’s possible, Silva is saying, to live among people and still be terribly, crushingly isolated.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In its exuberantly smutty way, The To Do List is a revolutionary development: a teen sex comedy where the girls get to play nasty and the boys stand around looking vaguely terrified.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Like its hero, the movie doesn't flinch for most of its running time.
  29. A luminous love letter to the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef off Mexico's coast, and to the tender bonds between a father and son.
  30. Suggests a summit meeting between ''The Princess Bride'' and ''Bridget Jones's Diary,'' it has a decided charm of its own.
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  31. Even at the movie's most ridiculous (and Mongol is not without its ridiculous moments), this is a picture you laugh with more than laugh at.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Any movie that shows its heroes firing up a joint between stints as high-school anti-drug crusaders is true to its black little heart.
  32. It makes a sane, civil, humanist case for marriage for all.
  33. You aren't likely to see a more ludicrous movie for the rest of the year. But rarely has such ludicrousness been used to pay tribute to a town in need of love. Déjà Vu is generic enough to have been filmed anywhere. But it happens to be set in post-Katrina New Orleans.
    • 76 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    It's an "Annie Hall" for the iPod generation: über-designed, pleasing to the touch, making up in generic sweetness what it lacks in bite.
  34. Bridesmaids openly, comfortably turns the stress of being girlfriends into comedy. It's really about the single friend backing away from the edge of temporary insanity. This isn't the greatest such movie. That would be Nicole Holofcener's "Walking and Talking" (1996), with Catherine Keener and Anne Heche.
  35. This is the first movie to make me equate coming home from prison with coming home from war.
  36. Titanic is a big-budget spectacle and director Cameron brings it off with high-tech bravura, placing us aboard the ship in real time.
  37. 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.
  38. Despite its contradictions, the film stayed with me after I left the theater. It's frivolous. But it's also powerfully surreal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A multi-character melodrama about the supernatural that's affecting both in spite of and because of its flaws.
  39. Daybreakers has unexpected flashes of brilliance.
  40. It's the videotaped equivalent of a primary research data dump. But to quote Bette Davis by way of Edward Albee: What a dump.
  41. Eastwood risks embarrassment flirting with material this naked in its mawkishness, then jumps right in. He seems to want the world to know: Inside the 72-year-old body of this icon of virility beats the heart of a Mexican woman.
  42. Short without feeling scant. That's how big its sense of grief is.
  43. Rapt is smooth, cool, and efficient. It's a movie with very little wasted motion - or, for much of its length, wasted emotion.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The most consistently funny of the ''Austin Powers'' films.
    • 69 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Into the Woods is forced in some places but exquisitely right in others, and it gains strength as it goes.
    • 62 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Once the cat is out of the bag, "Incident" becomes simultaneously entertaining and disappointing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Jensen's charming film, is perhaps one of the first in which the actors are credited not by the size of their salaries and egos, but by their vocal ranges.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Dreamers isn't that bad -- actually, it's funny, affecting, interestingly twisted, and seriously erotic before it heads south in the final stretch.
    • 78 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Jasmine is a creation to stand with this filmmaker’s best, but Blanchett makes it better. She finds the grace notes in a disgraceful woman and leaves us stranded between horror and pity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film's a potboiler but a gripping one, and it leaves you chewing on both its nuances and implausibilities.
    • 70 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    The whole thing's weightless: An upscale date-movie bonbon that keeps yielding pungent aftertastes.
  44. Nearly all the interviews are with the professionals. That's fine, since these guys are almost as good at talking as they are at smiling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It has its own bizarre charms and a breezy confidence that renders it the very definition of a simple pleasure.
  45. It is Close's performance that gives the movie its oomph and will leave adults with smiles as wide as the kids'.
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  46. Give your brain the night off, and Myers will make you smile too.
    • 74 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    The movie is “Gravity” cubed, an epic of space travel and human destiny that swings by Saturn, slingshots through a wormhole, and pinballs across a handful of planets on its way to a rendezvous with infinity, conveniently located inside a black hole.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Pirates offers something for everyone: Bloom and Depp for the ladies, big action and Knightley for the men, self-aware gags for the postmodern crowd, Depp and Rush for fans of top-rank scenery chewing.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Marston's a miniaturist even when The Forgiveness of Blood calls out for larger gestures, and you occasionally sense a more bruising, compelling movie lurking behind this one.
  47. As remorseless in style as it is in message, In the Fog offers little hope and few pleasures, but earns admiration for its elegant exploration of the lowest depths of the human condition.
  48. It plays like Scorsese's ``After Hours,'' but for higher stakes.
  49. It's a surprisingly sweet underdog immigrant coming-of-age story set in 1961. [24 Oct 1997]
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  50. A family melodrama with charm.
  51. Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot have assembled a straightforward documentary that uses Yoni's own words - in the form of his moving, eloquent letters and poems - to create a searing portrait of his short but meaningful life.
  52. The triumph of La Cienaga lies in Martel's way of fashioning the kind of ensemble performance that draws us in by convincing us we're watching behavior, not acting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Le Pont du Nord is not one of Rivette’s greatest works — honor goes to “Celine and Julie” or 1991’s “La Belle Noiseuse” — but it’s a useful compendium of his themes and it captures a very specific time, place, and sensibility.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Raimi crafted a complicated hero who is a welcome relief from the usual two-dimensional offerings. That said, we could use some moxie in the sequel.
  53. Nothing has brought me more cheap pleasure at a movie this year than the sight of shampoo and conditioner bottles falling off a rocking wall while comedian Alec Mapa, as a fellow stylist, tries to keep a straight face. He does a much better job than I did.
  54. You don't need to be a "comic-book person" to find the set pieces exhilarating. But if you are such a person, or a fan of the movies that comic books turn into, The Avengers feels like the moment you've been waiting for.
  55. Black comedy and film noir are around one another smartly and wickedly in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave, a tense, twisty Scottish-made thriller that's going to break out of Glasgow in a big way. [24 Feb 1995]
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  56. There are three main reasons for seeing Someone Like You - Ashley Judd, Ashley Judd, and Ashley Judd.
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  57. Hava Nagila (The Movie) guarantees that the next time you hear the song at a party, you won’t think of it quite the same way. Of course, that won’t slow anyone rushing to the dance floor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    4
    Immense, mystical, and deranged beyond immediate comprehension, Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 is an apocalyptic allegory of Mother Russia and its current state of squalid exhaustion.

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