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. Director Penny Marshall's choreography encompasses emotional as well as physical ebbs and flows. Awakenings lives up to its title. [11 Jan 1991]
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  2. The achievement of this movie is that Kaurismäki manages the seemingly impossible task of making a farce about farces. In other words, this is a very good movie in quotation marks and a very good movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A much better movie than the one it honors.
  3. Quite apart from wringing the last molecule of vividness from his freewheeling roster of loose cannons, he brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.
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  4. Gray's haunted, obsessional riffs are absorbing theater. Because Demme had the good sense to lay back and not beat them over the head with his cameras, they're equally compelling on film. [27 Mar 1987]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s a deceptively impersonal style, because Beyond the Hills seethes with astonishment and rage at a broken society marooned between the 21st century and the 16th.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A broad, foursquare piece of populist filmmaking that happens to be tremendously moving.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Has the impact of a left-right combination to the chin.
  5. Alexandra is a pleasure to watch, but it's also one of those lovely, unclassifiable movies that flourishes better with repeated or prolonged exposures.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Black Book takes the conventions of the WWII epic -- the prison breaks, the interrogation scenes -- and undermines them with craft and muscle and the ripe lack of restraint we've come to expect from this director.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In retrospect, it’s obvious why the film was never produced: The director was a lunatic.
  6. If there is any message in Tarkovsky's work, although as a poet he would never stoop to anything as banal as a message, it is that life is an internal affair, played out in one's soul, not in public.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Aristocrats -- the movie, not the joke -- is a working demonstration of the pleasures of the profane.
  7. Burton, who directed the film with animator Mike Johnson, has rarely been in brisker, friskier form.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If The Trip to Italy begins shakily, it ends with expansive bliss, a father and son reconnecting off the shores of Capri as Gustav Mahler’s art song “Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen (I Am Lost to the World)” sends everyone heart-stoppingly home.
  8. Nathaniel fares well with his father's fellow masters, although Frank Gehry seems evasive.
  9. His film aspires to a poetry about barbarism that will not let us forget.
  10. “The Fog of War” (2003), about McNamara, won Morris a best documentary feature Oscar. The Unknown Known takes its title from a favorite phrase of Rumsfeld. It also accurately describes its subject, whose smiling inscrutability makes him consistently fascinating and often maddening.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Like the best spiritual movies, of whatever faith, "Of Gods and Men" moves us toward a union with the infinite, and when we come to the monks' last supper, the moment is staggeringly powerful.
  11. Some might find the dual conclusions too blunt in their irony, but “Norte” does not try to be consoling. Crazy as Fabian’s ideas seem, they might be the ones that prevail.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Should you see it? Of course you should. Anything Miyazaki does is worth your time. But the movie’s a gorgeous, problematic anomaly in an illustrious career.
    • 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.
  12. Smart, unpredictable, and alive with the energies of actors who clearly are enjoying being stretched by their material.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This may not be the greatest movie version of the novel, but it's possibly the truest.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This is music to gorge on, raw ethnic survival in the form of sound.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The deeper Tim’s Vermeer takes you, the peskier and more profound the questions get.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ynever seen a documentary quite like this one, and aren't likely to again.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The script is biting and timely.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film's an even four-hander, with awful behavior spread evenly among the characters and spellbinding performances by the quartet of co-leads.

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