Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,368 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 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
5,368 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. Oranges and Sunshine is like a Mike Leigh movie drained of all its bodily fluids.
  2. Almost all mainstream movies steal from other movies, but the better ones get away with it because they possess some distinctive identity. The best that Ken Scott’s Unfinished Business can come up with is Vince Vaughn — as the straight man.
  3. A sodden-looking film.
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  4. This story could have gone in a number of more inspiring allegorical directions but winds up your average bedtime story instead.
  5. Ignore the hype. You won't find anything startling or memorable in the derivative Hide and Seek.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In Undead, sadly, rigor mortis has set in.
  6. The sex bits are flat, the racial innuendo is flatter, and somewhere, Cosby is having a Pudding Pop and shaking his head in disbelief.
  7. Boston University product Gary Fleder (“Kiss the Girls”) directs the action with grungy efficiency, and the movie does hook us with a certain lurid anticipation of just how far things might escalate.
  8. Rarely is a movie audience asked to put up with so much noise for such a thankless payoff.
  9. It is Kevin Pollak who steals what there is of a show as Jamal's passive-aggressive, pressure-cooked agent. His comedic timing, particularly given the thinness of the script, is the only genuinely impressive slam dunk this movie has to offer.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Indeed a rip-off - a rehash of Hong Kong superstar Chow's greatest celluloid moments with an overlay of Hollywood action cliches, youth-flick silliness, and ah-so stereotypes.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Such a meticulously wrought piece of hokum that it's both easy to admire and impossible to warm up to.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There are two problems with A Good Day to Die Hard: It’s terribly filmed and nothing in it makes any sense.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Stupid, sadistic, misogynistic, confusing, and more than a little ridiculous. Here’s the thing, though: It keeps you watching, if only to see how tortured the plot or characters are going to get. I’m not sure that “entertainingly awful” is a recommendation, but the shoe fits.
  10. Writer-director Boaz Yakin delivers his conflicting elements mostly as intended, and with obvious ambition. But he fails to take care of certain fundamentals - most problematically, coaxing out the emotion he's seeking from Statham and young newcomer Catherine Chan.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s clear what MacFarlane is shooting for — nothing less than the chance to be both the Bob Hope and the Mel Brooks of his generation. Be careful what you wish for.
    • 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?
  11. As lifeless and unneeded as The A-Team is, it might have been worse.
  12. No one in the film offers a shred of real proof that IBM cheated.
  13. Unfortunately, though, Rossato-Bennett and Cohen seem to think that the technique is a panacea. In fact, it is not even original, as music therapy in nursing homes has been around for some time.
  14. By now, Rocky of the drooping eyes and damaged brain has turned guru, emphasizing heart, soul and family ties when the evil promoter starts goading him and playing mind games with his protege. Stallone, said to be following Arnold Schwarzenegger into comedy, is starting earlier than anyone realized. [16 Nov 1990, p.78]
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    • 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.
  15. Puzzle is neither puzzling nor much fun. It reminds you how much better Julie Delpy told the same story in “2 Days in New York.”
  16. Sadly unworthy of Douglas.
  17. Blithely inept.
  18. So heavy and lifeless that you keep waiting for those three little front-row kibitzers from "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" to appear at the bottom of the screen to start goofing on it.
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  19. The movie might have been more tolerable had Besson searched harder for a performer and not a specimen. Barbara Stanwyck in her prime might have made more sense.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Gospel of John is to "The Passion of the Christ" as tap water is to parboiled sacramental wine.

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