Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,718 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 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
5718 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a unique trip that flirts with hokeyness at the surface but that grows more compelling, awe-inspiring, and tragic the deeper you go.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Boyhood is a stunt, an epic, a home video, and a benediction. It reminds us of what movies could be and — far more important — what life actually is.
  1. Butler's approach is subtle: His documentary allows the story to unfold elegantly, without embellishment, and it is more powerful for that restraint.
  2. The sly and subtle Minus Man is a wicked little sidewinder of a black comedy.
  3. Hartley's spare dialogue cuts right to the characters' psyches; his terse, laconic style accentuates the everyday horror. [20 Sept 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Her
    It is a love story. Also a profoundly metaphysical meditation on what it means to be human. Also one of the more touchingly relevant movies to the ways we actually live and may soon live. Oh, and the year’s best film, or at least the one that may stick with you until its story line comes true.
  4. With its beautifully crafted starburst of colors and themes spanning its requisite Victorian gravity, A Little Princess is a beguiling little supernova of a movie I can't imagine anyone not loving. [19 May 1995, p.64]
    • Boston Globe
  5. Pan's Labyrinth is a transcendent work of art.
  6. 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.
    • Boston Globe
  7. But then Being John Malkovich is a brilliant juggling act, too, brilliantly brought off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    About the search for common ground, among journalists on all sides of the conflict and, through them, between viewers in America and the Arab world. Only within that common ground, Noujaim believes, can something like a workable, personal truth be found.
  8. Few, if any, films this year will approach, let alone equal, Autumn Tale in its subtle sparkle.
  9. [The novel's] themes have never not been fresh and they gleam here under the sympathetic and enlivening touch of Armstrong and her cast, who move through the events with sunny assurance and complete immersion in character. [21 Dec 1994]
    • Boston Globe
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Carol is a movie to drink in with eyes, ears, and sensibilities.
  10. Enigmatic as it is, The Intruder dares us to see movies as visual marvels tethered to humanity.
  11. In an age in which it feels as if seemingly pure intimacy no longer exists, this film thrives on nothing but intimate moments.
  12. Lawrence is back on the big screen, and it simply demands to be seen. Yes, again.
  13. Guy Maddin is a scholar, poet, prankster, and ferociously devoted classicist who likes to resurrect dead cinemas and deader directors and make them vital all over again.
  14. A heady flow of brilliant stupidity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If you look fast, you'll see Waters himself in a cameo (as a flasher; what else?), proof the new film is in touch with its dyed roots.
  15. When a movie about a guy who orders a sex doll off the Internet can turn vice into virtue, something miraculous has occurred. Lars and the Real Girl achieves that kind of miracle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If the movie’s about anything, it’s about the tension between what we owe our families and what we owe ourselves.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    O'Horten is a precise, deadpan drama of slapstick existentialism - a Bent Hamer movie, in other words.
  16. Another complex and magnificently acted melodrama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A mystery, a melodrama, a prison film, and a love story, Incendies is foremost a scream of rage at a society destroyed by religion and by men.
  17. Though the outcome is a matter of public record, it still unfolds like a suspenseful tragedy. Suffice it to say that the wheels of justice turn slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.
  18. A portrait of two different men whose compulsion for Donkey Kong is hilarious.
  19. What he's (Brooks) come up with is one of the most humane works ever made about the lives of working mothers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Confident enough to simply go with the exotica of average middle-class Americans who are well-intentioned, flawed, and dog-paddling like crazy to keep their heads above water. There's nothing at all unusual about them, and that's unusual.
  20. Efficient, cogently argued, and visually compelling documentary.

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