Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,372 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Moolaadé
Lowest review score: 0 Porky's
Score distribution:
5,372 movie reviews
  1. A lot of striking pictures in this would-be feminist "Braveheart," but a film that's pretty flat and earthbound because of the limitations of the figure at its center.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If ever a movie were lost in translation, it’s Mood Indigo, the latest from the scattershot genius Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep”). With his penchant for sad-sack dreamers and gonzo visual gags, Gondry can make a director like Wes Anderson look like a prig, and “Mood” allows him freer access to his fancy than usual.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
  2. Though not everyone agrees, Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” came close to finding the secret for making a movie about the secret of happiness. Peter Chelsom’s Hector and the Search for Happiness tries hard, but fails. Miserably.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s been a while since there’s been this much dead air onscreen; over and over, Smith sets up a sequence, lets his actors shpritz, and stands by as the energy fades into giggly catatonia.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A movie where the miracles -- and treacly moments -- keep topping each other.
  3. Watching Granger and Priya chase each other around a hotel like squirrels in a park, you wonder what these two see in each other.
  4. Meretricious without being entertaining, it's an easy game -- and an easier film -- to sit out.
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  5. A fatally insubstantial film.
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  6. The repartee, as ever, is weak. Even with all the extra layers of digital detail, it’s still tough to keep these four straight. And the CG characters’ slimy rendering and motion-capture expressiveness could go down with “The Polar Express” as a study in inadvertent, technologically misguided screen creepiness. Wackier would have been OK, guys — it’s the Ninja Turtles.
  7. As tiresome as the relentless, indulgent inscrutability and lack of story momentum can be, it says something for the movie’s visceral power that there isn’t an urge to quit on it.
  8. The plot doesn’t take clever turns, the visual thrills aren’t all that thrilling, and you’re ultimately left to get your heist-movie kicks elsewhere.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A bumptious splatter farce that manages to improve from awful to moderately engaging as its cast is winnowed down to the five guys themselves.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The biggest unresolved question here is why we're paying $9.50, plus popcorn, for something we can presumably get at home for free.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's coherent, well shot, and tartly acted, but it wears you down like a dinner guest showing off his doctorate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It might even work if In the Cut was remotely convincing as a thriller, but Campion can't help wrinkling her nose at genre.
  9. Crude, lewd comedy that makes ''Animal House'' seem wholesome.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Dazzling to behold yet puny of imagination, the movie takes the “Star Wars” formula — hero myths nicked from Joseph Campbell, cutting-edge visual effects, comic-strip dialogue, goofy-looking aliens — and reduces it to generic Big Box shelf product.
  10. It's hard to believe anyone would think importing a French comedy was a good idea.
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All that’s missing is Clyde the orangutan from Clint Eastwood’s “Every Which Way But Loose,” which, trust me, this movie could have used.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that The In-Laws was directed by Andrew Fleming, who delivered the fizzy Nixon-era comedy ''Dick'' a few years back and who also had a hand in ''Grosse Pointe,'' the wicked, briefly-lived WB parody of TV teen dramas. The man obviously knows from satire, but not on the evidence of anything here.
  11. 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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    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Occasionally veers so far into absurdity that it manages to make its central character - capable, smart, working mom Kate Reddy - look like a nitwit.
  12. It’s a Christmas nightmare, stuck with two obnoxious relatives who think they’re funny, and won’t shut up.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Works so hard to be inoffensive that you may well be offended.
  13. One hopes that, for their own good, when any of these actors are offered a script like this again, they’ll have the sense to just say no.
  14. A one-trick action thriller that feels like a poor cousin of an episode of ''24." Call it ''12."
  15. The fundamental value put forth in Brown’s “Sunday” sequel is not fearlessness but “family.”

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