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 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
5,258 movie reviews
  1. We have to endure 93 minutes of this torture, with only a few high points.
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  2. Slides instantly into the realm of the forgettable.
  3. Gooding plays the worst role I've ever seen him play in a movie...he perpetuates a kind of black stereotype that should have become history years ago.
  4. The most dumbed-down mob comedy in years. It's the kind of movie you tie around the ankles of a stiff you're tossing into deep water and never want to see again.
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    That this witless, formulaic sequel to the hit comedy Analyze This even dares to spoof ''The Sopranos'' is embarrassing. It's like Freddie Prinze Jr. slamming Gene Hackman as a bad actor.
  5. A video game cum movie that substitutes shrieking decibel levels for a coherent plot and any resemblance to originality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Tries to wring laughs from just about every dusty stereotype about blacks and whites imaginable. But it's all cheap, lazy, and unoriginal.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Julie Davis, tries desperately to fill (Woody)Allen's Coke-bottle glasses, but it fails. Miserably.
  6. The flat tire of summer movies.
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  7. As perfectly bad horror movies go, Wrong Turn is something new: a gore-splattered workout flick.
  8. A flagrantly retro example of a tired genre that would vanish in a puff of smoke if anger management classes were to enter the picture, or if it would ever occur to any one of its endless stream of victims to reach for a light switch before proceeding into a spooky place.
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  9. It touches on universal themes of love, friendship, and family. Suffice to say it falls dreadfully short.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Gross and tasteless...this high-school romp mixes the gross and tasteless with sentimental mush.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The overall tone is one of mild Sex Pistols excess combined with Monkees-era high jinks.
  10. A reassuring little cheeseball of a movie.
  11. Should have been an inaudible man movie. Every time the characters open their mouths, they hammer it deeper into the ground.
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    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Any richness in the drawing of the backgrounds only underscores the weirdly flat, affectless renderings of the characters moving through them.
  12. The question in Red Planet isn't whether there's any life on Mars, but whether there's any life in the film. The answer is no.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    How inept is Serving Sara? It makes even Elizabeth Hurley seem graceless and ugly.
  13. A lame romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor comedic.
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    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Devoid of personality and has an annoying gratuitous sentimental streak.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Like criticizing the light fixtures on the Titanic. This ship was going down anyway.
  14. Pretty lame stuff. Already it seems to be passing with the speed of light into the limbo of utterly forgettable "who-will-I-take-to-the-prom?" movies.
  15. Positively reeks of self-importance -- the jokey, ham-fisted, pseudo-socially relevant, punch-pulling kind. It reeks worse of acting -- the Jack-Lemmon-in-a-coma Kevin Spacey kind.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sanctimonious claptrap -- an inert pageant of waxen figures that fails completely as drama even as it insults the sensibilities of anyone not clinging to rosy memories of the slave-era South.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Probably would have worked better as a slamming soundtrack than as a muddle-headed movie.
  16. By the time I saw poor Tim crushed, head to toe, by a falling sheet of plate glass, I was certain I hadn't signed up for anything this punishing.
  17. Cradle of lifelessness.
  18. This movie is wretched, condescending, and sad, like watching an elderly man spend more than 100 minutes tapping his arm for the youth vein -- which he never finds.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    House of the Dead, sadly, is so bad it's bad.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Worse than junk, in fact. Beyond Borders so trivializes the plight of the world's displaced peoples that it becomes actively obnoxious.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film was conceived as a youthful tour of all that's wrong with the two-party system, with the likably shambling actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as host, but the breadth of subjects covered precludes any response other than nebulous discontent.
  19. The trouble with the movie is basically everything. It's long, sloppy, and -- to both the quantum-physics ignorant and informed -- steadily implausible, never exciting in either its skill or its ludicrousness.
  20. Harwood's screenplay obscures any sort of philosophical, religious, or historical considerations in favor of pulpy and faith-bruising sensationalism.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A film of singularly boneheaded conceits, Butterfly is populated by, and appears to have been made by, stoned college dudes more hung up on oh-wow twists than the need to make sense.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    No one on the screen bothers to commit to a character.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Eerily similar in its story line to "In the Cut," the much pasted Meg Ryan sex-and-death thriller that came out last year. Only it's worse.
  21. Because the characters in the movie have only stock obsessions and vague personal histories, there's no reason to be interested in them.
  22. Not as desperate, unfunny, and nonsensical as its title. It's worse. Worse than you can imagine. Unless, of course, you've imagined 90-something minutes of bloopers and outtakes that congeal into a story -- much the way a scab is formed.
  23. The movie is as grim and grave as the comic book. But it lacks atmosphere. It's often illogical and drubs you numb with its single dimension: noisy retribution.
  24. The 6-year-old I went with had the villain pegged in the first 15 minutes. Needless to say, she completely ruined the movie for me. Meddling kid.
  25. There's not much of a script. The direction is the pits, and stars Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore, playing dueling divorce lawyers who fall in love, are lousy, too.
  26. The movie's no good: It's written, directed, performed, photographed, edited, and marketed on a fifth-grade reading level; despite that and its twin stars' saucer eyes and ropy limbs, it's no Muppet movie either.
  27. It's hard to have sympathy for a movie that tosses in the old shower sneak-up sequence or allows its characters to speak as obviously as possible while standing in a pool of red liquid.
  28. The resulting movie is a nauseating flight of Hollywood navel-gazing.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A black-dressing young intellectual of my acquaintance recently ascribed a "lazy generosity" to Garfield and his daily antics. If so, the movie gets the laziness but misses the generosity.
  29. A terribly self-satisfied lecture about the ubiquity of quantum physics in spiritual life, is dishonest enough to suggest that even its cavalcade of scientists and mystics might not know anything about such topics as reality and the sub-atomic world.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    With its lifeless animation, characterless characters, and plotless plot, Yu-Gi-Oh! is so flat as to make the card game on which it is based seem positively three-dimensional.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Never quite as dumb as "Harold & Kumar," but it's nowhere near as smart, and that's what kills it.
  30. Another gay movie that luxuriates in emotional implausibility.
  31. Put it this way: National Lampoon's Gold Diggers makes "The Anna Nicole Show" look sophisticated.
  32. Just bland behavioral propaganda, and Holmes makes such a guileless and robotic spokeswoman, it wouldn't be nuts to think the White House was just another mansion in Stepford.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Take represents the downside of the new documentary renaissance.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Despite all that onscreen turgidness, Anatomy of Hell is itself so much a matter of the mind that it never rises above theory.
  33. Shyer's version is a thing of infinite emptiness and nauseating vanity. It's not funny, alluring, affecting, or erotic, just conceited.
  34. It has a little something to irritate everybody. People looking for romance will find only cardboard lovers. People looking for a resounding musical will find it odd that the camera runs away from the lip-synching cast. And people looking for opera -- well, shame on you.
  35. As she sashays, mirthlessly, from one thankless confrontation to the next, it's unclear why anyone would find Garner any more deserving of stardom than certain mannequins.
  36. This gnarly and illogical little sitcom is bound to make any adult reconsider that next outing with the kids.
  37. Messing should know this is precisely the kind of movie Grace would ridicule Will for dragging her to see.
  38. Barely any of it is funny, and if a minute of it is meant in mockery, few of the darts ever find the board.
  39. A deplorable piece of cynicism whose only point of interest is Gael Garcia Bernal's accent
  40. Scares up few chills.
  41. The latest cannibalization of a popular older horror film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    ''Love" doesn't have a plot so much as it has a concept, scribbled in crayon.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
  42. What the movie lacks most is a real sense of adventure.
  43. It's ultimately just a rigorous personal training film made by people who don't seem to like movies or the people who go to them.
  44. The fun of these movies is that Linney often seems too refined for such greasy junk, but there she is anyway, hamming it down as it were.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's a family comedy-drama that wants to pluck the heartstrings but keeps getting tangled in its own tinny sentiment.
  45. If ridiculous, hackneyed, gratuitously violent slasher movies aren't your thing, don't go near Venom with a 10-foot snake pole.
  46. His [Director Tony Scott's] pornographic lust for bloodletting, gunplay, and out-of-control camerawork far exceeds his abilities to tell a story.
  47. Neither thrilling nor psychological, but it's chicly shot and edited and is pretty much art-directed to death.
  48. Aeon Flux is the sophomore picture from Karyn Kusama, who's first movie was a modest boxing film called "Girlfight." Here she's in over her head. The movie's sexual and scientific ideas never come through, and the characters would be fun only if they came with a joystick.
  49. An embarrassing romantic comedy from Rob Reiner.
  50. This is by far the most embarrassing of his seven movies.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Charm-free, incoherent, and heartlessly sentimental, this woodenly animated co-production by American, British, and French companies offers boredom and irritation for parents, needlessly scary images for tots, and, for the pubescent boys who apparently run mass culture, a flatulent blue moose. It's ugly to look at, too.
  51. A depressing piece of gun-crazy Hollywood scuzz that, with its gassy style and runaway immorality, makes a Tony Scott movie look like a Robert Bresson picture.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Jovovich is bad, and not in a good way. She turns in an epically expressionless performance (maybe she thought it was one of her modeling gigs?) but she sure looks great.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    ''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
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The accidental comedy sensation of the year to date.
  52. Part sketch-comedy cartoon, part Cracked magazine spoof, installment four is the most scornfully made yet.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    An oddly unsexy melodrama in which every supposedly shocking revelation (rape, incest, homosexuality, pedophilia) is treated with the same blithe shrug of recognition. It's numbing, especially with the film's deadly serious mood.
  53. The Lost City is Andy Garcia's ballad to Havana during the Cuban revolution. You'll have to forgive the penthouse view, though -- it's the only one Garcia can seem to find.
  54. This mangy comedy only demonstrates that Lohan's star power is too bright for falling into mounds of mud, rooting around in cat litter for a contact lens, and getting punched out by a roughneck jailbird, as she does here.
  55. It's a terrible sign for a movie when the sole reason for its existence is a satanic opening date.
  56. This is a movie that's built around characters the audience is bound to find more insufferable than anyone does in the movie itself.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
  57. Too confused to provide any thrills, even indecent ones.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The new prequel isn't really a slasher movie at all. It's a mess, with too much to say, and an odd genre in which to preach.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The results are dull, of all things. The movie itself feels like an overstuffed burrito,
  58. Television is a state of mind. And the makers of Saw III have delivered the most despicable episode of "One Life to Live" ever.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    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.
  59. It's another standard-issue bad star-vehicle action-comedy, this time for Cedric.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      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.
  60. A sloppily made bowl of reheated chick-flick cliches.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    With a "Lost"-meets-"The Haunting" plot and a handful of convoluted thematic twists involving family, history, murder, and death, The Abandoned limps into a nebulous kind of horror netherworld, peppered with painfully long tension-building sequences and unimaginative dialogue.
  61. It's a movie only a psychic could love, since a psychic would know to stay home or see "Zodiac" instead.

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