Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,905 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Gomorrah
Lowest review score: 0 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
Score distribution:
5905 movie reviews
  1. Freshly viewed, the movie's melancholy seems to fit uncannily well in the moment we find ourselves now. In the film there are mentions of nuclear annihilation and worries that heedless lust and wanton partying could bring Rome a second fall.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    One of the most hopeful and heart-rending movies I've seen this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie works as a twinned character study, a moral suspense thriller, and an indictment of an America stacked against its working classes.
  2. Affecting, troubling, dazzling film.
  3. Through patience, skill, discretion, and trust, Jesse Moss has taken a seemingly small town story and turned it into both a microcosm of today’s most urgent issues and a portrait of a single suffering soul.
  4. This is the most significant feature about poor black life since Charles Burnett's 1977 "Killer of Sheep."
  5. Setting aside, just for a moment, his general loathsomeness, there is a case to be made for a less apparent aspect of Benito Mussolini: He was once really hot.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As its title implies, This Is England isn't a hyperstylized head-trip a la "Trainspotting" but a straightforward calling to account.
  6. This is the first beautiful performance in the year's first great movie.
  7. Like no movie before it, Adaptation risks everything -- its cool, its credibility, its very soul -- to expose the horror of making art for the business of entertainment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
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    On the most basic level the new film is pure vaudeville: a loopy flyaway fantasy that's hysterically funny if only to keep the darkness at bay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    With at least nine primary characters and running two and a half hours, it's a big, fat novel of a movie - a domestic epic that fuses bitterness and forgiveness in completely satisfying ways.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For a film about a gaggle of slackers, Beautiful Losers is remarkably polished; with its quicksilver editing and fastidious mise-en-scene, it's as tight as the artists are slack.
  8. The result is a masterpiece of investigative nonfiction moviemaking - a scathing, outrageous, depressing, comical, horrifying report on what and who brought on the crisis.
  9. It's a thrill to watch Posey incorporate, at last, some true emotion into her exuberant screwball wit.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Murderball is a paradox: a movie about quadriplegics that insists we look beyond their disability.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's one of the small, pitch-perfect treasures of the movie year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    One of the transporting film experiences of this or any other year.
  10. Bizarre, shadowy, enticingly eerie...more poetic, more tantalizingly original.
  11. 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.
    • Boston Globe
  12. A marvelous, uncommonly observant, and unexpectedly rousing group portrait.
  13. I was much more disheartened leaving the movie the first time I saw it than I was the second. Its richness resides in its apparent objectivity. Without sacrificing a sense of hope, Cantet suggests that the school system is just like a certain vexing grammatical tense: imperfect but still fighting against irrelevance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Fits is what independent moviemaking should be and can be in this country. Like its heroine, it’s slight but it’s built to last.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The shock, really, is how tender Mad Max: Fury Road ultimately becomes. The film just wraps that tenderness in one of the most epic action extravaganzas of recent years. It's enough to renew your faith in movies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    That rose in the desert, a sequel that improves in every way upon its beloved predecessor and a romance that slowly builds a fire from embers thought dead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie, a simple yet immensely pleasurable tale of a little boy and his undead dog, is good enough on its own. If you know the back story, it's even better.
  14. The immediacy and caprice of violence in The Interrupters are just as strong as in nearly every documentary I've seen about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  15. Farnsworth's embodiment of old American values, with their combination of delicacy, reserve, and stand-alone independence, is a one-of-a-kind treasure.
  16. Cinematic rarity — a genuinely philosophical film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It is harrowing, heartbreaking, cheering, and unforgettable.

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