Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,285 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 How to Survive a Plague
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
5,285 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The ugly duckling of Nickelodeon's after-bath lineup. That's its strength.
  1. The movie's comic powers are often marred by silliness and stereotypes. Pootie tanks.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Harmless in the extreme and it'll mute your kids for nearly 80 minutes, but why not just treat the little yard apes to the real deal and take them to ''Spirited Away''?
  2. So heavy and lifeless that you keep waiting for those three little front-row kibitzers from "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" to appear at the bottom of the screen to start goofing on it.
    • Boston Globe
  3. You couldn't ask for a better setting for a horror movie. What you could ask for is a better script.
    • Boston Globe
  4. 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
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A pleasant, thin, hammerlocked movie about the pleasures of breaking free - it's the Cliff Notes version of anarchic classics like ''Bringing Up Baby'' or ''What's Up, Doc?'' Should you want to take the graduate course, you'll find those films at your video store.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that The In-Laws was directed by Andrew Fleming, who delivered the fizzy Nixon-era comedy ''Dick'' a few years back and who also had a hand in ''Grosse Pointe,'' the wicked, briefly-lived WB parody of TV teen dramas. The man obviously knows from satire, but not on the evidence of anything here.
  5. The most dispiriting thing about Anger Management is that its cameos seem like leftovers.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Shamelessly exploits the horror of domestic violence for melodramatic, cheap thrills.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A desperate, cynical self-parody.
    • Boston Globe
  6. Offers little in the way of pleasure, even to its target audience -- the easily pleased and undemanding.
  7. The sex bits are flat, the racial innuendo is flatter, and somewhere, Cosby is having a Pudding Pop and shaking his head in disbelief.
  8. Isn't as funny as it is crude, and isn't as crude as it is labored.
    • Boston Globe
  9. The lack of sexual tension is astounding.
  10. The tame, confused script eventually sinks the film, although Field shows skill directing actors.
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  11. Crude, lewd comedy that makes ''Animal House'' seem wholesome.
  12. It's "Beach Blanket Bingo" revisited, but with a Eurocast and more exotic locations.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The music and the stars aren't enough to save the movie.
  13. Falls flat on two fronts: It's neither deep and interesting enough to be a brainteaser nor sufficiently thrilling to count as a mindless diversion.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A movie where the miracles -- and treacly moments -- keep topping each other.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The best audiences can hope for is that they, too, get amnesia and forget they ever saw this movie.
  14. The screenplay, with its relentlessly schematic characters saying relentlessly schematic things, is so moronic that it makes you long for a documentary on the real Cape League.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A blandly filmed and subtext-heavy talkathon that wastes a game cast on a group of characters about whom it's almost impossible to care. If this were a cocktail party, you'd be back home with a good book already.
  15. Because Spun is so plotless it's almost avant-garde, we're meant to be delighted with its assortment of set pieces.
  16. 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Del Toro does remind you of Brando here; unfortunately, it's the Brando of ''Apocalypse Now,'' the one with the green face and puffy line readings. Jones fares better, even if he wears the same grieving-for-humanity expression throughout the film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Settles for the cliches of American suspense films, right down to an ending that leaves the door open to a possible sequel.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Prinze charming, but can't save movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What it is, distressingly, is a mess - a ragbag of promising ideas and failed narrative, of good acting and plain old bad filmmaking.

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