Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,124 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 Weekend
Lowest review score: 0 P2
Score distribution:
5,124 movie reviews
  1. A terrific little uppercut of a boxing movie and close to a perfect one.
  2. Stark, haunting, epic, and mournful, The Claim is a mountain of a film.
  3. There's plenty of invention and exuberant vigor in the chopsocky, and Wilson's cool, ironic drollery provides the perfect foil for Chan's heroics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ynever seen a documentary quite like this one, and aren't likely to again.
  4. Haunting, powerfully acted, penetratingly written, it's about people coming home -- and not coming home -- to their marriages.
  5. A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film.
  6. Reveals real feelings.
  7. If there is any message in Tarkovsky's work, although as a poet he would never stoop to anything as banal as a message, it is that life is an internal affair, played out in one's soul, not in public.
  8. In this engaging, understated comedy, it is the journey and not the destination that matters.
  9. Varda's charmingly eccentric amble, wise in its seeming waywardness.
  10. You'll care what happens in this film with more than enough freshness and originality to avoid succumbing to girls-on-the-run cliches.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Jim Henson folks...come up with another winner.
  11. Nobody's going to think of The Score as trail-blazing, but there's nothing small-time about its dramatic and acting payoff.
  12. In all respects, from choice of material to fullness of execution on every level, The War Zone is an extraordinary piece of work.
  13. The season's brightest piece of counterprogramming.
  14. It's filled with vivid characters and action. Beneath its modesty of gesture, it's one of the year's richest, most humane films.
  15. A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
  16. Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.
  17. Miraculously, the opera comes off, simultaneously ridiculous and thrilling, in a blaze of pageantry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Has the impact of a left-right combination to the chin.
  18. The bleakness of Rosetta will not be for all, but it's one of the best films of the year.
  19. It is haunting in its literal and symbolic meanings, which is the powerful, lingering effect of Yellow Asphalt.
  20. A subtly comic, ultimately moving film about modern adult relationships.
  21. Most of all it's the emotional and spiritual arc of an exile, in all its terrible isolation, that gives ''Before Night Falls'' its power.
  22. Ullmann's film is an achievement of heart and consequence, as full of integrity as Bergman, yet demonstrating more mercy.
  23. A story about the ravages of one war on a single man's soul and psyche becomes an eloquent plea for peace.
  24. It's sweeping yet intimate, stately yet impassioned, stylized yet immediate.
  25. After revitalizing baseball movies with "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham," he's now three for three with the funny, quirky, rueful, and richly textured For Love of the Game.
  26. While it preserves his baseball feats, it looks beyond them to clarify Greenberg's place in American culture.
  27. It's much closer to a European film in sensibility than to one of Hollywood's factory products.

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