Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,073 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Endurance
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil Inside
Score distribution:
6073 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Shamelessly exploits the horror of domestic violence for melodramatic, cheap thrills.
  1. There’s nary an honorable death that resonates, although we do get some creative visual perspectives on enthusiastically digitized brutality. But wasn’t the game good for that already?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You'll come away from Legendary with no sense of what amateur wrestling is about.
  2. Awful in ways that are just clever enough often enough to make it intermittently watchable.
  3. It is all style and no substance.
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    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie takes a decent “Twilight Zone” idea -- what if you had a second chance at youth? -- and runs it into the ground with watchable but diminishing returns.
  4. The first step in getting beyond preaching to the converted is letting the other side show how wrong it might be.
  5. The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Regrettably, it’s terrible poetry: a roughly chronological jumble of archival footage, unconvincing period reenactments, gauzy voice-overs, and half-baked ideas that makes one yearn for the stolid dullness of a History Channel documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This is no “Bridesmaids.” What the film’s premise has in novelty, it lacks in execution. The characters are uninspired, and they continue to lack depth and plausibility throughout.
  6. The movie is a work of ambivalence. Is English making fun of these women? Or is she making a pilot for Lifetime?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The general consensus on this one: Rats.
    • 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.
  7. Good Deeds is the first of the 11 movies he's written and directed to try a one-tone-fits-all approach. Sadly, that tone is funereal, and it's always a beat out of step with the rhythms of both real life and most movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A grimly preposterous serial-killer thriller set in 19th-century Baltimore, this riff on the final days of the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and other masterpieces of the macabre might qualify as literary desecration if it weren't so silly.
  8. A lot of striking pictures in this would-be feminist "Braveheart," but a film that's pretty flat and earthbound because of the limitations of the figure at its center.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If ever a movie were lost in translation, it’s Mood Indigo, the latest from the scattershot genius Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep”). With his penchant for sad-sack dreamers and gonzo visual gags, Gondry can make a director like Wes Anderson look like a prig, and “Mood” allows him freer access to his fancy than usual.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
  9. Though not everyone agrees, Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” came close to finding the secret for making a movie about the secret of happiness. Peter Chelsom’s Hector and the Search for Happiness tries hard, but fails. Miserably.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s been a while since there’s been this much dead air onscreen; over and over, Smith sets up a sequence, lets his actors shpritz, and stands by as the energy fades into giggly catatonia.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A movie where the miracles -- and treacly moments -- keep topping each other.
  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.
  11. Meretricious without being entertaining, it's an easy game -- and an easier film -- to sit out.
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  12. A fatally insubstantial film.
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  13. The repartee, as ever, is weak. Even with all the extra layers of digital detail, it’s still tough to keep these four straight. And the CG characters’ slimy rendering and motion-capture expressiveness could go down with “The Polar Express” as a study in inadvertent, technologically misguided screen creepiness. Wackier would have been OK, guys — it’s the Ninja Turtles.
  14. As tiresome as the relentless, indulgent inscrutability and lack of story momentum can be, it says something for the movie’s visceral power that there isn’t an urge to quit on it.
  15. The plot doesn’t take clever turns, the visual thrills aren’t all that thrilling, and you’re ultimately left to get your heist-movie kicks elsewhere.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The biggest unresolved question here is why we're paying $9.50, plus popcorn, for something we can presumably get at home for free.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's coherent, well shot, and tartly acted, but it wears you down like a dinner guest showing off his doctorate.

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