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 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 0 Porky's
Score distribution:
5,160 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Gospel of John is to "The Passion of the Christ" as tap water is to parboiled sacramental wine.
  1. For most of the movie, however, Halle sprints, Halle swims (55 laps!), and Halle screams. It's a two-hour fitness video -- a portrait of the Oscar winner as personal trainer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hints at a place where desire, fear, pleasure, and power all intersect, but it never actually goes there.
  2. Comes tantalizingly close to being interesting.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has a welcome humor but only in theory, and theory, chilly and self-involved, is where this filmmaker seems most at home. Like its bio-digital sirens, the movie never quite comes alive.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A bumptious splatter farce that manages to improve from awful to moderately engaging as its cast is winnowed down to the five guys themselves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Beware of stoner rock stars talking politics. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, the ecological/anticorporate idealism of Greendale is so vague as to be insulting to anyone past the backpack-and-Birkenstocks stage of life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Truly, there is nothing the woman (Isabelle Huppert) can't do - except save "Promise'' from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions.
  3. Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The producers of Ella Enchanted probably assume, correctly, that many more kids haven't read the book than have, and they're out to give that audience a slick, shallow good time.
  4. Comes up short when things get serious, resorting to cliches and a whole lot of hooey about "moral fiber."
  5. Boring, mediocre movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    We haven't had a good Frankenstein, Dracula, or Wolf Man movie in a long time, so here's one where the whole gang shows up. One catch: It's not good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The director deserves admiration for sticking to her guns, but here's a heretical notion: Maybe the producer's cut would have been a better movie. This version may be too late, but it's also too little, and that's what hurts.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Works so hard to be inoffensive that you may well be offended.
  6. When it's funny it's uproarious. Otherwise, you're crestfallen to discover that the movie is a relentless sucker punch to black entrepreneurship.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A peppy, fast-moving, wafer-thin amusement that's fine for kids if you don't mind a lot of Three Stooges-style martial arts. For grown-ups, it's the equivalent of a 59-cent tin globe.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is a revenge thriller that's too taken with its own ambience to actually thrill.
  7. Watching [Berry] run around in that getup I felt embarrassed, the way I do for people who put on makeup before climbing a StairMaster -- it's too much.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    So unfocused is Shonda Rhimes's screenplay and so flabby is Marshall's direction.
  8. There's nothing really wrong with it -- it's bad, but no worse than it needs to be, which is the problem.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The overall effect is ghoulish.
  9. Serves up a silly story and clunky dialogue that gets better than it deserves from Jennifer Aspen as Lenny's would-be girlfriend.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    She has been made lovable -- and a Vanity Fair with a lovable Becky Sharp has no reason to exist. It's as if Shakespeare had put Hamlet on Prozac: What's the point?
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If you're up for a relentlessly overripe melodrama that takes place in movie-Europe as opposed to the real thing (the Parisian streetwalkers in berets are a good tip-off), by all means catch Head in the Clouds.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As it is, the movie only shudders to life when Dickie Pilager's onscreen.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Where "Nemo" was clever, soulful, and marvelous to look at, "Tale" is manic and surprisingly ugly, with a script that leans on the shallowest aspects of hip-hop street cred while pimping for corporate product placement at every turn.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Such a meticulously wrought piece of hokum that it's both easy to admire and impossible to warm up to.

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