Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,180 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 The Passenger (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
Score distribution:
5,180 movie reviews
  1. Butler's approach is subtle: His documentary allows the story to unfold elegantly, without embellishment, and it is more powerful for that restraint.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Implicitly acknowledges and celebrates the glorious chicanery and self-delusion of this most American of businesses, and for that reason it may be the most oddly honest Hollywood document of all.
  2. Who most of these exquisitely costumed people are I have no idea, but they brush past the camera in such rapids of jubilation it's a wonder they don't knock the thing over. I watched most of the film exhilarated, but depressed that I'm not a big Russophile.
  3. An invigoratingly mordant comedy that proves that Alexander Payne's rambunctious debut, "Citizen Ruth," was no fluke.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The miracle is that 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is better: tighter, smarter, funnier.
  4. In a crisply restored print, it's as joyous as ever. We loved them - yeah, yeah, yeah. Now we can love them all over again.
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  5. A grand, dark, grave, severe piece of first-rate cinema.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A heart-rending account of people trying to dodge the hurdles that politics puts in front of them. By the end of this humanist epic, some are ennobled by their struggle. Most are exhausted.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There are three Poles in The Pianist -- Szpilman, Polanski, and Frederic Chopin. Of the three, fittingly, Chopin speaks the loudest.
  6. The best film of 2001 was made in 1979.
  7. "In Cold Blood," "Badlands," "The Executioner's Song," and now, joining those grisly milestones on the heartland hit list, and every bit their equal, is Boys Don't Cry.
  8. Intriguing, arresting, delightfully refusing to be pigeonholed.
  9. Music for the eyes. That's why it has become a treasured classic. That's why we'll see it again and again.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Reflective, haunting, hilarious documentary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A film noir? A backstage musical? A whodunit? A comedy? In truth, it's all of the above -- plus a kinky love story, an absorbing melodrama, and a mordantly jaded snapshot of postwar Paris -- and all of them are wonderful.
  10. It's terse, atmospheric, fatalistic, with vertiginous camera angles and edits offsetting its gray documentary flatness.
  11. Farnsworth's embodiment of old American values, with their combination of delicacy, reserve, and stand-alone independence, is a one-of-a-kind treasure.
  12. The surehandedly wrought, beautifully acted, almost unbearably tense In the Bedroom is a rare film, not to be missed.
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  13. Never has a film taken such relish in between-the-wars malice as Gosford Park.
  14. Bizarre, shadowy, enticingly eerie...more poetic, more tantalizingly original.
  15. First and foremost, Good Will Hunting is a film riding young, exuberant energies.
  16. Ten
    The new Abbas Kiarostami film is called Ten, and in it something amazing happens: nothing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    For some of us, this constitutes a religious event.
  17. Mesmerizing and unforgettable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As the Friedmans split apart like fissile neutrons, their story becomes five stories, none of which is remotely like the others.
  18. A deep, exhaustive, and moving piece of do-it-yourself detective work.
  19. Not since the original ''Star Wars'' trilogy has film dipped into myth and emerged with the kind of weight and heft seen in Peter Jackson's first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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  20. Nobody ever placed brilliance in the service of silliness quite the way the Python gang did. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is stuffed with both.
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  21. A heady flow of brilliant stupidity.
  22. Its breadth, profundity, and stunningly rendered vision make idealism seem renewed and breathtaking again.

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