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 Terms of Endearment
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
5,215 movie reviews
  1. Watching the movie made me long for the big , risky ideas and entertainingly fearless filmmaking in David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees " and Spike Jonze's "Adaptation ," which Kaufman wrote. Both were similarly conceptual escapades, but they let it all hang out.
  2. Creaky, earnest melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Silly, obvious, clumsy, and just gruesome enough to keep jaded genre fans from angrily throwing popcorn at the screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    As blandly lucid as Barney's is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Watching Arthur and the Invisibles is like sticking your head in a Gallic pinball machine: It's hectic, technically impressive, and your skull starts to pound after a while.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Factory Girl is not, strictly speaking, a bad movie. It's something worse: an irredeemably banal drama about some of the most protean, contradictory creative forces of the 1960s.
  3. The next time Grodin attempts a comeback, it would be so great if he avoids movies where he might be upstaged by a sandwich stunt.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Primeval is a hoot if you're in the mood, though, and it gets points for trying to stuff a little globo-think into the minds of Friday night mayhem fans (who will probably rebel, since only one skull pops like a grape).
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
  4. For better and worse, the movie is more attractive and competently assembled than its schlock peers. That's refreshing, but it hardly excuses the appalling lack of suspense, intermittent tastelessness, or shockingly low camp quotient.
  5. The only recommendable thing about Norbit is that he's not as bad as every other person in this movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ghost Rider is the kind of movie that's great stupid fun as long as someone else is buying the tickets.
  6. The real problem with The Astronaut Farmer is that it has no spark.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    It doesn't know if it wants to wallow in its characters' pity or to flesh them out with their own personalities. So it does both, with half-hearted results.
  7. The movie needs Richard Dreyfuss .
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    And that dog -- or, rather, that digitally enhanced replicant -- is just plain creepy.
  8. It's not boring to watch, but in the end it's too lame and too tame. [21 Apr 1995]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Except for the evocative sets and Randy Newman's upbeat musical score, Ragtime is better read than seen. [18 Dec 1981]
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  9. An abundance of style and an almost total lack of substance make Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together a visually arresting but ultimately unrewarding excursion. [31 Oct 1997]
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    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A veritable rip-off of 1995's "The Usual Suspects," Beach's crime caper not-so-subtly apes Bryan Singer's use of multiple red herrings and flashback-heavy interrogation scenes, but lacks the stylistic flair and sophisticated narrative skills to pull off a similar feat of cinematic intrigue.
  10. Probably as tolerable as it can be for a comedy with no obvious creative aim. You can imagine the crew cracking up on some outtake reel, which honestly is what this movie feels like.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The dialogue is brightly self-conscious, and sometimes it clicks. Just as often it curdles into an entitled whining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Faced with a limited location and concept, Renfroe points his camera everywhere: The movie's seriously overshot, never settling for one angle when five would do.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Too many cliches and not enough energy have come along for the ride.
  11. A powerful film of suffering and sacrifice and desperation. But it's vacuous, banal, and, where its mix of sentiment and grisliness is concerned, rather despicable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.
  12. Except for a few coups de style, Amateur is a screenful of cool nothingness. [05 May 1995]
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  13. Flirt has its moments, and Ewell and Nikaidoh are auspicious additions to the Hartley rep company. But Flirt will appeal mostly to Hartley completists. [23 Aug 1996]
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  14. Mixed Nuts is that cinematic oddity: a film that's pretty awful, yet almost perversely endearing -- despite the tiredness with which it plays out its labored jokes before bringing them together in a gooey Christmas ending. [21 Dec 1994, p.94]
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