Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,372 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 The Master
Lowest review score: 0 Porky's
Score distribution:
5,372 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Real satire must be savage, and Four Lions, for all its daring, finally doesn't dare enough.
  1. It's an unfocused overview that intersperses choppy interviews and observations with clips from "Deep Throat," including some of its most notorious and explicit scenes.
  2. Chasing Madoff is mostly that sort of movie, the kind you make when all you've seen is other movies and television shows about crime, when you want someone to know what you can do with a juicy story that takes some effort to ruin.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Fifth Estate is itself the response of an entrenched and corporatized information system toward something it barely comprehends. It makes a media format that has sustained us for decades — the two-hour movie — feel like a 20th-century dinosaur.
  3. Joffe's biggest mistake isn't visual, it's chronological. What makes Pinkie so terrifying in the novel is that he's just 17.
  4. The novel is extremely funny. It's hilarious as well as horrific (all sorts of bad things are going on outside the limo - and a few inside of it, too). Yet whenever the movie is funny, it feels like a mistake. Comedy has never been a Cronenberg strength.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Most useful and enlightening as a historical tour through the major crises of the Kennedy administration.
  5. Robot & Frank isn't sure whether it's a comedy or drama, buddy movie or sci-fi fantasy, family melodrama or social satire.
  6. To those filmgoers who wouldn't know Rat Fink from Barton Fink, this reviewer's advice is: Pass. The latest counterculture tribute by Mann, director of 1988's "Comic Book Confidential" and 1999's "Grass," is as proudly silly as it is informative, and it can't help that a critical amount of brand coolness gets lost in the translation.
  7. Ultimately, the kids carry this manipulative tear-jerker. They're warm, lively charmers.
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  8. Rich as it looks, it lacks the feverishness of Goya's art.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Only God Forgives is the kind of remarkable disaster only a very talented director can make after he finds success and is then allowed to do whatever he wants.
  9. There's too much narration and too many drug-movie cliches.
  10. Stallone and De Niro simply don’t generate enough combative spark to make this anything more than an amiably mediocre diversion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Depressingly predictable in its dialogue and dramatic beats, Defiance is most interesting as a study of unlikely leaders.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    True Story, which leads with its chin from the title on down and which turns a startling tale of true crime and false identities into a heavy-breathing drama that, ironically, fails to convince.
  11. The most provocative thing about The Beaver is the adult-movie title. The film itself is alternately fascinating and dull, though mostly the latter.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a B-flick all the way, but it has no pretensions to the contrary, and that's some kind of refreshing.
  12. Brown Sugar fails to produce an image of hip-hoppery as fascinating and complex as the moment when Halle Berry set her tongue wagging during a ghetto-fabulous grind with Warren Beatty in ''Bulworth.''
  13. As it is, Behind Enemy Lines will satisfy only those in search of a rousingly, if simplistically, patriotic bloodbath.
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  14. Perhaps Flynn, who did the adaptation, has been a little too faithful to her novel. The faux-punchiness of her dialogue doesn’t help matters. The characters sound like people trying to sound like people in the movies and not quite pulling it off.
  15. It’s clear To is striving to keep the action gripping and creative. Modestly inspired is more like it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Lust, Caution is a disappointment coming from director Ang Lee, but it's a watchable one, and it rattles around in your head for a long time after you've seen it, as much for what it does right as for where it goes wrong.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    To answer your first question: like a cross between Shrek, the Frankenstein monster, and a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie demands you be a glutton for sensation and then has the nerve to ask why you're not hungrier.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie is extremely well produced, it features two excellent lead performances, and it is dull.
  16. Has more ambition than the usual serial killer film, but curiously less urgency.
  17. Only in the last 30 minutes does Evan Almighty put his gifts to decent use. Epically hairy and biblically robed, Carell suggests at that point what a bolder, more psychologically serious treatment of religious conviction would have been like.
  18. But what can you do with Hayden Christensen? He's as close as we have to an android actor. It's all a chore for him. He never looks sufficiently scared, impressed, or surprised by any of this.
  19. This native send-off is robotic enough to leave you eager to see what an artist might do with a reboot.

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