Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,034 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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Capturing the Friedmans
Lowest review score: 0 Porky's
Score distribution:
5,034 movie reviews
  1. When Jamie Lee Curtis ran from a killer in 1980's "Prom Night," she was 22 and had a unique gift for belting out fear. She was the Beverly Sills of slasher flicks. That "Prom Night" was dumb, but it wasn't insulting in the way this remake is.
  2. A horror film with a moral. No matter how nasty a gang of murderers is, the moviemaker calling the shots is ultimately worse.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Finding Amanda, unfortunately, is one vast, irritating surface.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    The filmmakers are idiots.
  3. The grime, filth, slop, vomit, and crotch-nibbling pigs double all too easily as a recipe for this movie's failure. It hasn't been made so much as excreted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Like "Blair Witch," Quarantine uses the conceit of a movie-within-a-movie to give documentary immediacy to its assorted grotesqueries.
  4. Bangkok Dangerous is bad without lifting a finger toward interesting. The trouble with it is that the people who've made it don't appear to understand life enough to allow any of it into their movie. This is an airless affair.
  5. Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes "ka-ching!"
  6. The Unborn joins a growing glut of Holocaust- and Nazi-themed material -- "Valkyrie," "Defiance" - that are long on posturing, suppositions, and righteousness, yet short on moral complexity. Nazism and its crimes have lately inspired theme parks more than actual movies. Too many rides on that roller coaster and I feel sick.
  7. Looks like something stubbed out in an ashtray.
  8. The writers don’t write, the director doesn’t really direct, and the actors don’t exactly act. They wait for the movie’s contraptions to impale them.
  9. Another helping of egregious slicing and slashing.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey, and in Old Dogs, we have the season’s blue-ribbon gobbler.
  10. Lowbrow vampire spoof.
  11. The movie crassly repurposes tragedy to excuse its cliches.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 12 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Vengeance has the odor of court-ordered community service. The jokes never rise above the groin. The trees look plastic, the characters more so.
  12. We’ve just been treated like a fire hydrant.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    This low-budget film from writer-director Stewart Raffill (“Across the Great Divide,’’ “Mac and Me’’) is processed cheese molded into a series of loosely related, sloppily choreographed, and inexplicably auto-tuned dance numbers.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 12 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's more like "Porky's for Dummies," a thoroughly depressing teen farce in which Internet voyeurism has replaced human intimacy and where privacy is SO 20th century.
  13. This is another miserable movie about women at war over nonsense.
  14. The dismemberment and torture are now shtick. The filmmakers - "Saw" veterans - struggle to imbue this movie with the usual righteousness.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The most painful movie so far in a year that's already scraping the bottom of the barrel, Your Highness is a tedious, dung-colored misfire that sullies the genre of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "The Princess Bride."
  15. The movie is terrible partly because it's badly written, directed, and conceived and partly because it lacks the necessarily thematic coherence to accomplish proselytism of any kind.
  16. It's a crude, queasy, ugly remake of a crude, queasy, ugly, yet artistically superior 40-year-old Sam Peckinpah movie.
  17. People do stupid things all the time. My friend and I sat through Compliance, didn't we? But there is a level of stupidity displayed by the people in this movie that beggars belief. Their behavior is to stupidity as the Death Star is to a doughnut.
  18. If nothing else, The Inbetweeners Movie earns itself a footnote in any comprehensive history of local movie exhibition. This has got to be the first time a wedgie has been inflicted onscreen at the Kendall.
  19. The problem with this numbskull travesty isn't that it's fatuous and smug (which it is). It's that it's slack and dull.
  20. All the makers of Texas Chainsaw 3D cared about was getting your $16.
  21. As a five-minute sketch it would have been so-so. But as a 93-minute slog through witless puerility, it seems like an eternity in hell, baby.
  22. Plummets into the realm of ludicrous failure.

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