Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,258 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 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
5,258 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Earnest and predictable, Crossover deserves more than the horselaughs that will probably greet it in theaters -- but not a lot more. The movie is harmless, which is both its strength and its weakness.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Covenant is dopey, formulaic stuff for the Friday night fright crowd. Worse for them, it's never remotely scary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It achieves something previously thought impossible: It renders Billy Bob Thornton unfunny.
    • 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.
  1. Perhaps Employee of the Month, which was typed then directed by Greg Coolidge, is unfolding in the key of satire. But you'd have to be a dog to hear it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is movie goulash: made with love, impossible to digest.
  2. The most popular facial expression for victims in The Grudge 2 is something I'd like to call "deep befuddlement." This time "deep befuddlement" goes double for paying customers.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The bad news, for those looking forward to The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with anything like enthusiasm, is this: Bernard the Elf is history.
  3. A slick but dull new shoot- ' em-up from Jamaica, doesn't penetrate the mysteries of high-rolling, high-risk thug life.
  4. The real problem with Harsh Times is Jim himself. Bale goes at the part with his usual intensity, but the character still seems like a psycho without psychology or a soul.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her t-shirt.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. It's not boring to watch, but in the end it's too lame and too tame. [21 Apr 1995]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe

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