Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,258 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 Amour
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil Inside
Score distribution:
5,258 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
  1. Watching the movie made me long for the big , risky ideas and entertainingly fearless filmmaking in David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees " and Spike Jonze's "Adaptation ," which Kaufman wrote. Both were similarly conceptual escapades, but they let it all hang out.
  2. Creaky, earnest melodrama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Silly, obvious, clumsy, and just gruesome enough to keep jaded genre fans from angrily throwing popcorn at the screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    As blandly lucid as Barney's is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
  3. The next time Grodin attempts a comeback, it would be so great if he avoids movies where he might be upstaged by a sandwich stunt.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
  4. For better and worse, the movie is more attractive and competently assembled than its schlock peers. That's refreshing, but it hardly excuses the appalling lack of suspense, intermittent tastelessness, or shockingly low camp quotient.
  5. The only recommendable thing about Norbit is that he's not as bad as every other person in this movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ghost Rider is the kind of movie that's great stupid fun as long as someone else is buying the tickets.
  6. The real problem with The Astronaut Farmer is that it has no spark.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    It doesn't know if it wants to wallow in its characters' pity or to flesh them out with their own personalities. So it does both, with half-hearted results.
  7. The movie needs Richard Dreyfuss .
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    And that dog -- or, rather, that digitally enhanced replicant -- is just plain creepy.
  8. It's not boring to watch, but in the end it's too lame and too tame. [21 Apr 1995]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Except for the evocative sets and Randy Newman's upbeat musical score, Ragtime is better read than seen. [18 Dec 1981]
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  9. An abundance of style and an almost total lack of substance make Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together a visually arresting but ultimately unrewarding excursion. [31 Oct 1997]
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    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A veritable rip-off of 1995's "The Usual Suspects," Beach's crime caper not-so-subtly apes Bryan Singer's use of multiple red herrings and flashback-heavy interrogation scenes, but lacks the stylistic flair and sophisticated narrative skills to pull off a similar feat of cinematic intrigue.
  10. Probably as tolerable as it can be for a comedy with no obvious creative aim. You can imagine the crew cracking up on some outtake reel, which honestly is what this movie feels like.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The dialogue is brightly self-conscious, and sometimes it clicks. Just as often it curdles into an entitled whining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Too many cliches and not enough energy have come along for the ride.
  11. A powerful film of suffering and sacrifice and desperation. But it's vacuous, banal, and, where its mix of sentiment and grisliness is concerned, rather despicable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.
  12. Except for a few coups de style, Amateur is a screenful of cool nothingness. [05 May 1995]
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  13. Flirt has its moments, and Ewell and Nikaidoh are auspicious additions to the Hartley rep company. But Flirt will appeal mostly to Hartley completists. [23 Aug 1996]
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  14. Mixed Nuts is that cinematic oddity: a film that's pretty awful, yet almost perversely endearing -- despite the tiredness with which it plays out its labored jokes before bringing them together in a gooey Christmas ending. [21 Dec 1994, p.94]
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  15. The movie might have been more tolerable had Besson searched harder for a performer and not a specimen. Barbara Stanwyck in her prime might have made more sense.
  16. By now, Rocky of the drooping eyes and damaged brain has turned guru, emphasizing heart, soul and family ties when the evil promoter starts goading him and playing mind games with his protege. Stallone, said to be following Arnold Schwarzenegger into comedy, is starting earlier than anyone realized. [16 Nov 1990, p.78]
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  17. My Blue Heaven is weightless and unwieldy. It's a confused carnival of silly subplots and characters who never manage to form an ensemble. [17 Aug 1990, p.37]
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  18. There's no getting around the fact that it's an uneven exercise that shows signs of having gestated too long. [04 Jun 1999]
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  19. The Dead Pool is not a subtle movie or a bloodless one, although it does manage to put its own twist on the usual car chase sequence. [13 Jul 1988, p.59]
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  20. The Disney people have taken such obvious care in making Return to Oz that it's a shame it didn't turn out better. It has its moments - mostly visual - but when it isn't a grim downer, it's largely inert. [21 Jun 1985, p.21]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If you enjoy laughing at a movie, rather than with it, then you might get a few chuckles. [18 Dec 1980, p.1]
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  21. Nothing about this movie works, not the title (it used to be called "Clubland "), not Blethyn's attempt to inject comedy into her rickety stereotype of a character.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
  22. Underdog! Rest assured, there is no superhero cliche left unchewed; they even manage to slide in a "Lady and the Tramp" homage while they're at it.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Innocuous amusement for 5- to 8-year-olds and other people stuck in the anal stage of development.
  23. Stardust certainly could have gone somewhere fun. But the magic and zip you need to get a blimp like this off the ground is scarce.
  24. Unlike most of what Moore has been in, Dedication is unlikely to delight retirement homes on movie night. But it's not imaginative, lively, or true enough to speak to its intended audience of American Apparel shoppers, either. It's a slog.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    When Laura Linney turns up about an hour into The Hottest State, you can see the movie that might have been.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
  25. Despite timely and worthwhile subject matter, there is nothing very inspired or inspiring in what makes it to the screen. Maybe they're saving all of that for the sequel, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
  26. You don't have to hand the folks behind Dragon Wars much (the acting, directing, costumes, editing, props, music, etc: They're all off). But when they decide to sic that giant snake and those prehistoric dino-birds on downtown Los Angeles, the movie turns shockingly watchable.
  27. The film logs almost all of its laughs when it's at its crudest, meanest, and most unfiltered. Everything else - and that is to say most of the movie - is a big, fat, derivative waste of time.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This version 3.0 needs an upgrade.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sydney White makes "Mean Girls" look like Shakespeare.
  28. Human trafficking is an awful societal issue, and Trade happens to be an awful movie about human trafficking.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    In this bilingual morality movie about love, family, and fate, however, the unpredictability turns out to be highly predictable.
  29. The Hollywood version of one of those fawning "60 Minutes" segments about musical prodigies. For most of it, I could hear the congested awe of Morley Safer.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
  30. Blithely inept.
  31. A sorry excuse for a ghetto SOS.
  32. Rambo isn't dull. It is, however, often murkily directed, a real shortcoming in an action movie. In the big rescue-the-prisoners sequence, it's very hard to keep track of who is doing what to whom where.
  33. The best thing in Meet the Spartans is the swift kick in the bombast it delivers to the oh-no-not-us homoeroticism of "300."
  34. It's a warmed-over suspense thriller that's more disturbing than it is surprising or scary.
  35. This is one of those your-roots-are-showing family circuses where just about everybody seems like a clown.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is a movie that's both clever and stupid - an interesting feat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Not good enough to take seriously and, sadly, not bad enough to be any fun.
  36. This story could have gone in a number of more inspiring allegorical directions but winds up your average bedtime story instead.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Highly formulaic, make-'em-laugh-then-make-'em-cry comedy.
  37. Drillbit Taylor sounds like a rediscovered blaxploitation movie or a name near the top of the NFL draft.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
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    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.
  38. When the big twist is revealed at the end of The Life Before Her Eyes, you might think the only way to appreciate its cleverness is to see the film again. I did that. It didn't help.
  39. I was not a fan of Albert Brooks's "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" (2005), but Brooks, at least, seemed willing to concede before it was over that his movie was a terrible idea. Spurlock seems opportunistically optimistic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All that's missing is coherence. Call it Blunderbuss Satire.
  40. The truth is, indeed, still out there. And when Carter finds it, may he heed its wisdom: Let go.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Short, cheap, weird, and passably diverting.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this "Mummy" feels like a threadbare toss-off.
  41. Swing Vote is a satire that's afraid to satirize.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
  42. You can't blame John Cusack for jumping at the chance to play Igor.
  43. The movie is a work of ambivalence. Is English making fun of these women? Or is she making a pilot for Lifetime?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    When actors are as great as De Niro and Pacino, watching them in a movie like Righteous Kill is deadly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Family, sadly, is a plate of leftovers: a bland, baldly written melodrama about two longtime best friends and their messed-up families.
  44. The thrill of the ridiculousness is gone. So is all the mystery that made Statham so appealing in the first place.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
  45. Watching Granger and Priya chase each other around a hotel like squirrels in a park, you wonder what these two see in each other.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Four Christmases is essentially "Meet the Parents" quadrupled.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Lussier stages his movie not so much around nail-biting moments as novel ways to fling entrails at his viewers. But if you take pleasure in such mindless gore, there must be worse ways to spend 100 minutes.
  46. At the very least, a movie like this requires coherence to stay afloat. Barring that, it needs a star to distract us.
  47. Fired Up feels like everybody's first time doing anything - writing, acting, directing, cheerleading.
  48. This is not a movie. It's a coming attraction for a theme park.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Its swooping 3-D visuals let fans briefly feel they can touch a group that barely exists behind a wall of beefy security men.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Starts off mildly ridiculous, ascends to the full-blown ludicrous, and finally sails boldly off the edge of the absolutely preposterous.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A "great poet" movie, the poet in this case being Dylan Thomas, and it's utter bollocks.

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