Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,160 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Duck Season
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
5,160 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    May not be the best movie ever made about the perils of family life, but it is among the most ruthlessly comic.
  1. Moore's roving essay feels even more urgent now than it did when the jury had to make up an award to honor it at the Cannes film festival in May.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is Bowie's alter ego as the androgynous Martian rock star that remains, 30 years later, his most enduring artistic achievement.
  2. That commendable sense of balance, which Dolgin and Franco use to approach this family reunion, ultimately makes the finished product devastating.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Screenwriter Kaufman is in fine meta-fettle here, even if he's still losing control of his material toward the end, and while it's too soon to tell whether Clooney has the stuff of a great director, he certainly knows who to hire.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Richly allusive and eloquently stylized.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The thread that winds through their stories is love lost and connections found, but only the audience is able to weave it into something to keep.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Earnhart's fundamental compassion toward his subjects elevates a riveting work that feels like a hybrid of ''Crumb'' and ''Nashville,'' with maybe a side of ''King of the Hill'' tossed on the barbecue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The ''R'' rating is understandable, but absurd. This is a family film in the most complicated and, ultimately, most cheering sense.
  3. In ''Trials,'' Hitchens is almost endearing, stalking Kissinger from one event to the next like a bleary-eyed Michael Moore.
  4. Proves acutely subtle. But its question of what we forgive art in the face of atrocity and immorality is one for the ages.
  5. Roughly translated, Touchez pas au Grisbi means ''don't touch the loot.'' But in literal terms, this film version of Albert Simonin's blockbuster really couldn't care less who ends up with the cash.
  6. An upsetting landmark. Don't take the children.
    • Boston Globe
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Watching Gus Van Sant's Gerry is the cinematic equivalent of watching paint dry. I mean that as high praise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Does a terrific job of evoking the electric magic of an extraordinary era.
  7. The best movie Steven Seagal never made. Except that Statham, while just as marked for death, is harder to kill.
  8. The kind of richly layered film that Hollywood seldom attempts, much less brings off. But it's more than brought off here in grand, solid style and beautifully crafted detail.
  9. Resonates with intelligence and a poignancy made more sorrowful by what happened to all of us, but especially to New Yorkers, on that terrible day.
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The most playful film to come out of the French New Wave, it's also the last time Jean-Luc Godard appeared to have any fun.
  10. Delightful and original, the film conjures up a corner of Paris distinct and specific, yet fairy-tale fanciful.
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  11. It is an uncompromising family tale, one that's dark but lyrical and moving in its rendering of the ties that bind even the most dysfunctional families, despite valiant efforts to destroy them.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Poetic, surreal, and curiously powerful.
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  12. There's nothing paltry about its poultry.
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  13. Souffle-light and airily playful.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is art paying homage to art.
  14. Nicholson, Hunt, and Kinnear will win you over as they turn the film into a valentine to New York's walking wounded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Across the board, the performances testify, often hilariously, to the pain these characters feel and inflict but are incapable of expressing.
  15. From start to finish there's a shimmer of discovery about it - our discovery of it, Coppola's discovery of how much she can do.
  16. Hollywood filmmaking at its best, brimming over with feeling, texture, spirit, and several kinds of keenness that transmute experience into big pop myth.
    • Boston Globe
  17. Intimidated by the words "avant-garde film"? Then hand yourself over, without reservation, to the skills of documentarian Martina Kudlacek and her astonishingly accessible primer, In the Mirror of Maya Deren.

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