Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,215 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 Born on the Fourth of July
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
5,215 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    For a movie that's sexist, racist, and possibly the most deeply closeted gay love story to be released this year, After the Sunset is reasonably entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ye bites off substantially more than he can chew.
  5. No one in the film offers a shred of real proof that IBM cheated.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Works hard to give quirk a bad name.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Despite its handsome photography and a few memorable performances, The Aryan Couple is mainly notable for its inappropriate, blithe sentimentality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Williams gives a performance that's honest and carefully wrought but on some level still a stunt. All that courtliness is wearing him out, and it's wearing us out too.
  6. Occasionally wills itself to rude, crude life. But most of the time it's pretty limp.
  7. Isn't even worth a glance.
  8. Berlinger has approached Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 with intelligence and even a bit of thematic heft. But, frankly, the cheap thrill is gone.
    • Boston Globe
  9. Hits mostly flat notes, then a few really sour ones.
    • Boston Globe
  10. The action is mostly witless and predictable. One measure of its desperation and lack of respect for its audience is the frequency with which it labors to wring humor from flatulence and excrement gags.
  11. Ignore the hype. You won't find anything startling or memorable in the derivative Hide and Seek.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    JUST worth your children's time, and hardly worth yours.

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