Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,131 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 Poetry
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
5,131 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The problem is that both Philippa Goslett's script and Paul Morrison's direction lack the stylistic craziness - the sense of real, lunatic danger - a project like this desperately needs.
  3. None of these characters provides more than a smattering of laughs, but Def is the one guy we might like to see more of, if only because his role is small and better executed than it deserves.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sometimes a cute-stalker movie can win the audience's heart. Management only makes you ponder the line between true love and a restraining order.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's bigger, noisier, shinier, and dumber, and it has no earthly reason to exist.
  4. For long stretches of the PlayStation-minded Gamer, the action does drag.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The general consensus on this one: Rats.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Be warned, though: This is the multiplex equivalent of ADD.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Genially terrible, Lost is lazy, sloppy multiplex filler, good for a few solid giggles and not much more.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    2 1/2 hours of tumescence disguised as a motion picture.
  5. Neither (Bullock/Reynolds) brings out anything good in the other, and watching them try hurts the eyes, the tummy, and the libido.
  6. The finale of this tedious piece of Asian-ish action-schlock based on a popular anime series implies an intention to make more. One was plenty for me.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Aliens in the Attic is conveyor-belt family product, an action/adventure/sci-fi/comedy made from the bland corporate DNA of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. It appears designed for families who never leave the mall.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Jennifer’s Body falls into the dispiriting category of dumb movies made by smart people, in this case a glibly clever writer and a talented director who think a few wisecracks are enough to subvert the teen horror genre.
  7. It’s like Bob Fosse night at the martial-arts studio. Most of the killing here is done with bladed throwing stars that, like the ninjas themselves, arrive from nowhere. They appear to have been used to edit the film as well.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A comedy that can’t even admit to its own overwhelming sense of disgust.
  8. Fienberg’s film spends most of its time trying to convince us that true love starts when you stop playing games. Then, in the final minutes, it reverses itself and puts gamesmanship back up on another wobbly pedestal. The result is hard to cheer.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Slightly better than it should be. For Tucker Max, this possibly represents a triumph.
  9. It’s a fascinating story: part genetic mystery, part socio-racial tragedy. However, Laing’s life, despite its inherent melodrama, does not automatically lend itself to the screen.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film’s so formulaic your 6-year-old will be ticking off the plot points as they lope by.
  10. Talking heads are overused in documentaries, but in this case a dose of perspective, a point of view or two, would have a gone a long way toward turning a pageant of unreliable voices and morbid images into a portrait of the artists and their deadly scene as something more than misunderstood.
  11. The Strip makes you appreciate what hard work effortless comedy is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    When is a comedy not a comedy? When it’s not all that funny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Almost but not quite as obnoxious as its title. Little kids will love it. You’ll need a hazmat suit.
  12. It’s unclear what Amy Adams did to deserve Leap Year, but all that’s missing from the movie is a set of jailhouse bars over her scenes.
  13. This is many lousy movies for the price of one.

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