Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,124 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 Weekend
Lowest review score: 0 P2
Score distribution:
5,124 movie reviews
  1. Swing Vote is a satire that's afraid to satirize.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie's cleverest idea is to give the Octopus identical clone henchmen with names like Phobos, Logos, and Huevos, all played by Louis Lombardi with a marvelous fat-boy idiot grin.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
  2. You can't blame John Cusack for jumping at the chance to play Igor.
  3. The movie is a work of ambivalence. Is English making fun of these women? Or is she making a pilot for Lifetime?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    When actors are as great as De Niro and Pacino, watching them in a movie like Righteous Kill is deadly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ball's trying to be honest about adolescent coming of age, but since he's dishonest about everything else, the movie collapses in on itself.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Family, sadly, is a plate of leftovers: a bland, baldly written melodrama about two longtime best friends and their messed-up families.
  4. The thrill of the ridiculousness is gone. So is all the mystery that made Statham so appealing in the first place.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Worst of all, the movie's simply not very shocking. Madonna has made a career out of toying with image and ego, but this is a vanity project in the smallest sense possible.
  5. Watching Granger and Priya chase each other around a hotel like squirrels in a park, you wonder what these two see in each other.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Perhaps because Campbell is a purist at heart, My Name Is Bruce is as awful as anything he has done - a broadly silly gore comedy in which no gag is too cartoonish to be indulged in at least once and preferably three times.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Four Christmases is essentially "Meet the Parents" quadrupled.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If most December movie releases are epic-length and Oscar-ambitious, then Punisher: War Zone has to be considered Hobbesian counterprogramming: It's nasty, brutish, and short.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A chick flick that makes its chick characters - and by extension its chick audience - look like hateful, backward toddlers, and there is something wrong with that.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Lussier stages his movie not so much around nail-biting moments as novel ways to fling entrails at his viewers. But if you take pleasure in such mindless gore, there must be worse ways to spend 100 minutes.
  6. At the very least, a movie like this requires coherence to stay afloat. Barring that, it needs a star to distract us.
  7. Fired Up feels like everybody's first time doing anything - writing, acting, directing, cheerleading.
  8. This is not a movie. It's a coming attraction for a theme park.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Its swooping 3-D visuals let fans briefly feel they can touch a group that barely exists behind a wall of beefy security men.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Starts off mildly ridiculous, ascends to the full-blown ludicrous, and finally sails boldly off the edge of the absolutely preposterous.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A "great poet" movie, the poet in this case being Dylan Thomas, and it's utter bollocks.
  9. As one of the WWE's marquee pro wrestlers, John Cena is some actor. As a straight actor . . . he's a great wrestler.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    In short, the financial crisis and social upheaval of 1930s France never looked so appealing.
  10. Like so many of these farm-raised films, this one looks polished, but takes no risks, offers no surprises, and contains a final sequence that's laughable for its lack of courage.
  11. Almost nothing works in this movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Imagine some very smart people setting out to make a very naughty action film and shooting themselves in the foot. Voila: Crank: High Voltage.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Please, moviegoers, time is running out for us. Our civilization (and bottom line) depend on fast-food kiddie meals stuffed with toys. In this way, we conquer the solar system.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Jarmusch has come up with a dud.

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