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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Hidden
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
5,034 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has the distinction of being much dumber and pulpier than the comic book on which it's based -- the ink practically comes off on your fingers as you watch it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There are about 15 minutes of genuine, bust-a-gut comedy in Bringing Down the House, and, surprisingly, they belong to Steve Martin, who hasn't been funny on film in years.
  1. Noe's summation is an ideological sucker-punch from a filmmaker who gets off on abusive relationships. He may as well have thrown a big ''whatever'' up on the screen.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Equilibrium just happens to be a really bad comic book.
  2. May not emerge as the biggest disaster of the holiday movie season, if only because we haven't yet seen all the other year-end films. But it is a huge high-energy misfire, bringing Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Crowe to earth with a thud.
  3. Dukakis gets off some of the film's best lines and keeps the worst from sinking the whole affair; Polley's role is limited, but her character's audition for a feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here.
  4. The casting alone should warn you about what kind of bottom this movie's going to hit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There are rich issues at play here, about the nature of attraction and whether individual will is or isn't pinned to the wheel of physiology. But Decena hasn't dramatized them; he's used them as talking points set to an indie-film guitar strum, and the result is both earnest and passionless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  5. For most of the movie, however, Halle sprints, Halle swims (55 laps!), and Halle screams. It's a two-hour fitness video -- a portrait of the Oscar winner as personal trainer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hints at a place where desire, fear, pleasure, and power all intersect, but it never actually goes there.
  6. Comes tantalizingly close to being interesting.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has a welcome humor but only in theory, and theory, chilly and self-involved, is where this filmmaker seems most at home. Like its bio-digital sirens, the movie never quite comes alive.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Beware of stoner rock stars talking politics. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, the ecological/anticorporate idealism of Greendale is so vague as to be insulting to anyone past the backpack-and-Birkenstocks stage of life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Truly, there is nothing the woman (Isabelle Huppert) can't do - except save "Promise'' from the valley of the shadow of bad French movie pretensions.
  7. Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The producers of Ella Enchanted probably assume, correctly, that many more kids haven't read the book than have, and they're out to give that audience a slick, shallow good time.
  8. Comes up short when things get serious, resorting to cliches and a whole lot of hooey about "moral fiber."
  9. Boring, mediocre movie.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    We haven't had a good Frankenstein, Dracula, or Wolf Man movie in a long time, so here's one where the whole gang shows up. One catch: It's not good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The director deserves admiration for sticking to her guns, but here's a heretical notion: Maybe the producer's cut would have been a better movie. This version may be too late, but it's also too little, and that's what hurts.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Works so hard to be inoffensive that you may well be offended.
  10. When it's funny it's uproarious. Otherwise, you're crestfallen to discover that the movie is a relentless sucker punch to black entrepreneurship.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A peppy, fast-moving, wafer-thin amusement that's fine for kids if you don't mind a lot of Three Stooges-style martial arts. For grown-ups, it's the equivalent of a 59-cent tin globe.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is a revenge thriller that's too taken with its own ambience to actually thrill.
  11. Watching [Berry] run around in that getup I felt embarrassed, the way I do for people who put on makeup before climbing a StairMaster -- it's too much.

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