Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,281 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 Gomorrah
Lowest review score: 0 P2
Score distribution:
5,281 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is a movie that's both clever and stupid - an interesting feat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Not good enough to take seriously and, sadly, not bad enough to be any fun.
  1. This story could have gone in a number of more inspiring allegorical directions but winds up your average bedtime story instead.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Highly formulaic, make-'em-laugh-then-make-'em-cry comedy.
  2. Drillbit Taylor sounds like a rediscovered blaxploitation movie or a name near the top of the NFL draft.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    21
    The movie's chief audience, consequently, will probably be gullible and young, responding to the cliches only because they haven't seen them before. They have a word in Vegas for these people: Suckers.
  3. When the big twist is revealed at the end of The Life Before Her Eyes, you might think the only way to appreciate its cleverness is to see the film again. I did that. It didn't help.
  4. I was not a fan of Albert Brooks's "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" (2005), but Brooks, at least, seemed willing to concede before it was over that his movie was a terrible idea. Spurlock seems opportunistically optimistic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In Made of Honor, the leads are beautiful and everyone else is a freak. So where does that leave us?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All that's missing is coherence. Call it Blunderbuss Satire.
  5. The truth is, indeed, still out there. And when Carter finds it, may he heed its wisdom: Let go.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Short, cheap, weird, and passably diverting.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this "Mummy" feels like a threadbare toss-off.
  6. 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.
  7. You can't blame John Cusack for jumping at the chance to play Igor.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. At the very least, a movie like this requires coherence to stay afloat. Barring that, it needs a star to distract us.

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