Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,576 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 Porky's
Score distribution:
5576 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie is decent and heartfelt, and it eventually settles into some sharp diamond action, but the small-town homilies are dropped like an anvil. If you thought 1993's "Rudy" was too spare and unsentimental, Final Season is for you.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The final act of Dark Matter is grim but unconvincing, and the shortfall leaves an ugly, exploitive taste in your mouth.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The unforced cleverness of the opening scenes gives way to lazy plotting, awkwardly staged musical numbers, and car chases. By the end, the movie resembles just another formulaic, family-friendly piece of product, one the kids will enjoy and you’ll endure as it goes in the DVD player for the 40th time.
  1. Neither hot nor square, it's as simple and earnest as any after-school special and as cameo-laden as any rap video.
  2. Silly little thriller.
  3. The ending steals actionably from "The Blair Witch Project," the movie that helped spawn these first-person chillers.
  4. Predictable and not terribly clever, but among the slim pickings of movies geared to the pre-school and grade-school set, it could be much worse.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Basically, if the first “300” was a pep-talk from Coach on how to lose with dignity, Rise of an Empire is an inspirational speech on the value of teamwork.
  5. But despite the vibrancy of its images and the exquisiteness of its craftsmanship, Jefferson in Paris doesn't often light a fire under its material. [07 Apr 1995]
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  6. Humorless, pretentious black-and-white tone poem about a very young Abe Lincoln.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As a credible love story, though, the film never leaves the runway. If you're a fan of these actors, you may want to look up Jet Lag when it comes out on video, or catch it on an Air France flight while flirting with the passenger in the next seat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What this dystopia doesn't do is shock. In truth, Code 46 traffics in notions of speculative social fiction that are so familiar by now as to feel disconcertingly normal.
  7. Pretty clearly determined to deliver the antidote to Stallone's movie, the filmmakers take their cues from Christopher Nolan's Batman filmscape, dropping Dredd into a fictional concrete sprawl (actually South Africa) that's relentlessly grounded, visually and dramatically. In a generic way, the environment works.
  8. Cronenberg hasn't so much filmed Naked Lunch as tamed it, turned it into entertainment, with oozy rubber bugs, big and little, that look left over from David Lynch's movie of "Dune," or the intergalactic dive from "Star Wars." [10 Jan 1992]
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  9. If there's nothing here for romantics, there's even less for gourmands. Nettelbeck fails to produce a good food metaphor, let alone an impressive, palate-aching preparation montage
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Youth recedes, the body decays, life is a compromised thing: These are truths. But they're not fresh truths, and Moss's riverdogs are hardly the first to have discovered them.
  10. If we learn nothing else about Krasinski as a filmmaker, it’s that he thinks more is more.
  11. Date Night manages to live down to its store-brand title.
  12. Some entertaining inventiveness, before nagging limitations finally drag it down.
  13. Though offering some chilling twists on the usual conventions, employing wit and restraint where otherwise the filmmakers might have relied on the contents of an abattoir, Aftershock is ultimately predictable in its litany of who lives and who dies, and doesn’t try to be too ironic or self-reflexive about it.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overstays its welcome.
  14. It's a heart-warmer, a well-meaning movie that sets out to wring a modern message (and preferably some tears) from a famous but largely forgotten moment in history.
  15. It begins promisingly.... But the film has no center, succumbs to drift, and gets away from Hackford. [03 Mar 1984]
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  16. The laughless outtakes for ''Armed and Fabulous" helpfully remind us that it could have been worse.
  17. The effects are so showy, and so relentless, that they call attention pretty quickly to the fact that there is not much else to Cats and Dogs.
  18. Unfortunately, the filmmakers seem to have forgotten that comedy is a requisite feature in a comedy.
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  19. There is no central drama, no surprise, no tension in his comedy. The ads for Along Came Polly make it look so upbeat and simple that you're convinced it must be hiding something, like death or a disease. But the truth is there in the advertising: nothing happens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is a well-made film that will seem revelatory to moviegoers unfamiliar with the huge, worldwide gaming culture. They’re going to be pretty hard to find, however.
  20. So much of Virgin is bunk masquerading as sexual politics.
  21. Dramatically speaking, The Caveman's Valentine is a dead end.
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