Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,403 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 Spellbound
Lowest review score: 0 Uncommon Valor
Score distribution:
5,403 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    For all the talk, there's not a lot of chess here, and the game remains stubbornly on the level of metaphor. You don't feel rooked, exactly, but by movie's end you're more than ready for the check.
  1. Blows to the head are delivered with more subtlety than the message of Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
  2. Von Trier's The Idiots is both lively and juvenile.
    • Boston Globe
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A movie like this needs a suave, amoral villain, so here's Paul Bettany.
  3. First-time director Nick Ryan isn’t entirely up to the challenge in The Summit, but he does deliver some dramatic and visual highs in the attempt.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All three actors come at this gloomy, borderline-preposterous tale from different directions; that they meet up at all - and they do - is a tribute to sincerity and craft.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The acting makes the difference, and in Jacket it rises above the needs of the material.
  4. She's (Dunst) the big reason the film rises above instantly rejectable formula to campy pop.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Part of Me is one aspect of Perry, but her fans may leave the movie wanting more.
  5. Killer Elite is based on a true story and about a half-dozen Jason Statham movies.
  6. But when there's such a lighthearted, boys-at-play manner about the story's established aspects, it creates an odd disconnect from the World War II tolerance lessons that the filmmakers seek to add. War and persecution are bad, kids - except when it's all in good fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What’s best about Funny People, actually, is Sandler, who takes the weird, resentful anger that has always coursed beneath his comedy and puts it right on the surface.
  7. You put up the cash, the movie clunks.
  8. Joshua is the sort of movie in which nobody does what you would do: like spank or demand an extra-strength time out.
  9. The movie is so desperate to be palatable, to appeal to everybody that it doesn't taste like anything.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hotel for Dogs is agreeable Saturday afternoon multiplex piffle - friendly, formulaic, completely harmless.
  10. Freeman and Hunter are both overqualified for material this ponderous, but she plays along, while he appears to have made a minimal emotional investment in the oncoming avalanche of coincidences and cliches.
  11. There are two reasons to put up with Soul Men, and that's the soul men themselves. Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac appear to be having a good time, and for most of this raunchy, poorly orchestrated buddy comedy, that's enough.
  12. Delgo demonstrates how hard it is to create a memorable, credible-looking piece of animated entertainment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Barrels along on a diverting enough sugar high, but in the hangover that follows you may wonder where the wonder was.
  13. Hell itself is going to hell in Sandler's new comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    At its best, the movie's crazy in unexpected and poetic ways; at its worst, merely preposterous.
  14. This movie is the worst episode of ''Gilmore Girls'' ever.
  15. The movie has a dramatic thinness, breezy tone, and unconvincing happy-ish ending that make it feel more inconsequential than anything about killers and imperiled children probably should.
  16. Parental Guidance is overly generous with regard to the silliness. However, it's not clueless. Crystal seems determined to give as generously as he gets. When a bully whacks him, Crystal covers the bully in vomit. Good for him.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Doesn't have the gonzo wit of ''Re-Animator'' or ''Evil Dead 2,'' nor is it flat-out terrifying like ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' or even a zombie-come-lately like this year's ''28 Days Later.''
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The question that has to be asked is: Why? The original six-part BBC ''Singing Detective'' remains one of the signal achievements in the history of television -- really -- and its release on DVD this past spring puts it easily within reach of the curious.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All the pieces are in place for an incisive tale of Brit-pop ego and madness, but filmmaker Stephen Woolley -- a celebrated UK producer ("The Crying Game") making his directing debut -- lets the story get away from him.
  17. Comes off more like a series of painful cliches than a comedy or a love story.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Even a fan, however, might prefer the excellent, recently released concert DVD "Pixies: Live at the Paradise in Boston" to this tepid behind-the-scenes experience.

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