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 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
5,258 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Hollywood filmmaking at its best, brimming over with feeling, texture, spirit, and several kinds of keenness that transmute experience into big pop myth.
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  3. 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.
  4. lluminating and exceptional docu-portrait.
  5. A bleak road movie that often ambles. But its many moments of poetic grace make this haunting and harrowing journey a rewarding one.
  6. As savage and as epic as film gets.
  7. It's the kind of romantic comedy that doesn't cheapen the word ''heartwarming.''
  8. Awash in strangeness, a poem that details what it's like to be 13 at the end of a millennium.
  9. You walk out amazed and refreshed by the way it kicks the assumptions out from under the genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The filmmakers are smart to cut between their primary interview and later footage of Junge watching that interview and offering further commentary -- living footnotes, as it were.
  10. A rarity among modern movies: a coming-of-age tale without cliche or sentimentality. Bolstered by a luminous lead performance from Lauren Ambrose.
  11. Smart, unpredictable, and alive with the energies of actors who clearly are enjoying being stretched by their material.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    I have seen the future of Hollywood movie stardom, and its name is America Ferrera.
  12. More a bleak docu-melodrama than an esoteric morality play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Compston's performance and the downer milieu, presented with appropriate paint-peeling profanity, are more than enough to keep an audience riveted and ultimately moved close to tears.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sensual, funny, and moving film.
  13. A tender genuflection to the women's energies that keep that spinning world from keeling over.
  14. It's lively, edgy, full of zigs and zags, juicy performances, and offbeat fun.
  15. If you thought ''Moulin Rouge,'' or, for that matter, ''Tommy,'' was trippy, Hedwig, with its glorious convergence of material and performer, will show you what you've been missing.
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  16. Like a whacked pinata, it spills over with treasures - and one of the best things to fall out is Steve Buscemi, doing a riotously meek variation on the mad-scientist-with-cracked-lenses-and-lab-coat bit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Nothing if not a celebration of our willingness to be gulled by life's charming strangers.
  17. It's slick, sleek, and stylish, and if it doesn't quite redefine cool, it certainly offers a snazzy update.
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  18. Sad, funny, brilliant.
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  19. The movie is the product of his (Friedman) big, shiny love of forgotten soul legends whom superstardom (and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I might add) has eluded.
  20. Incisive, highly entertaining political farce.
  21. A lively, invigorating comedy: a near-perfect mix of fresh characters, well-cast voices, superb visuals, and a fast-paced, fantasy-adventure plot.
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  22. The film is conducted in a delirious cinema-verite style; most of what you see has a brutal, you-are-there immediacy. You're not merely watching history, you're engulfed by it.
  23. The cinematic equivalent of a high, arching rainbow of a three-pointer from midcourt.
  24. A slick, twisty, top-of-the-line crime thriller with gorgeously sensual textures and a screenful of wickedly faceted performances.

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