Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,303 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 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,303 movie reviews
  1. A mawkish, preposterous melodrama riddled with clichés, stereotypes, bad dialogue, and inept emotional manipulation.
  2. The result is like an issue of National Geographic gone mad.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy.
  3. It's two hours of slumming in a vision of hell hatched from bourgeois comfort. That, and not its unsavory subject matter, is what makes it bummer theater.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A desperate, cynical self-parody.
    • Boston Globe
  4. Boring, mediocre movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Despite a frisky soundtrack that starts off with James Brown’s “Sex Machine” — trust me, it’s downhill from there — this is the visual equivalent of Muzak. You don’t have to see it to have seen it.
  5. Serves up a silly story and clunky dialogue that gets better than it deserves from Jennifer Aspen as Lenny's would-be girlfriend.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    JUST worth your children's time, and hardly worth yours.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The feel-bad movie of the summer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There's a great movie somewhere in The Good German, but it's buried under three tons of run-amok formalism.
  6. Though Zefferelli’s version was trashy and downright nuts, at least it made you feel the love. This pallid replay just seems endless.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    She's like Bob Hope with fake breasts and a wig. Now, that's scary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    As blandly lucid as Barney's is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Bewitched presents a phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show. It's as grating, laughless, and narcissistic (though, to its credit, not as cruel) as that new Lisa Kudrow show-within-a-show-within-a-show, "The Comeback."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    And So It Goes looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus (”As Good As It Gets,” “Georgia Rule”).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    I could pile on the cooking metaphors until you cried "uncle," but the fact remains that there's a very good movie in here that its makers have failed to bring off.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie's cleverest idea is to give the Octopus identical clone henchmen with names like Phobos, Logos, and Huevos, all played by Louis Lombardi with a marvelous fat-boy idiot grin.
  7. Never achieves the exhilarating feat of exemplifying the types of Hollywood movies it wants to unpack.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sure, go ahead and take the kids. But, for pity's sake, read them the book first.
  8. Swing Vote is a satire that's afraid to satirize.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has the distinction of being much dumber and pulpier than the comic book on which it's based -- the ink practically comes off on your fingers as you watch it.
  9. The biggest problem, ironically, is that even though the plot and the action center on smoking pot, it's not enough of a stoner flick. The concept of getting stoned isn't amusing; watching stoned people is.
    • Boston Globe
  10. The cast does capable work, but you’ll wish the movie concentrated more on the comedy, which has some zing, rather than the straighter elements, which quickly start to drag.
  11. It's doom that we're meant to feel here. And repulsion. I hate to say, but I shrugged.
  12. Like so many of these farm-raised films, this one looks polished, but takes no risks, offers no surprises, and contains a final sequence that's laughable for its lack of courage.
    • 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.
  13. Except for a few coups de style, Amateur is a screenful of cool nothingness. [05 May 1995]
    • Boston Globe
  14. Isn't even worth a glance.
  15. There is much to learn from Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies. First, a wealth of sharp professorial minds and great artistic eyes is no guarantee of equivalent documentary moviemaking. Second, when making a sort of thesis statement, it helps to have a thesis.

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