Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,281 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 Gomorrah
Lowest review score: 0 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
Score distribution:
5,281 movie reviews
  1. The cinematic equivalent of a high, arching rainbow of a three-pointer from midcourt.
  2. A slick, twisty, top-of-the-line crime thriller with gorgeously sensual textures and a screenful of wickedly faceted performances.
  3. It's the best drug-busting movie since ''The French Connection.''
  4. One of the most compelling films the Holocaust has yet produced.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A rambunctious joy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The key to why the new ''American'' is so good and so true, though, is Brendan Fraser as the title character.
  5. An inventive, propulsive office thriller.
  6. What Christlieb and Kijak do so well is keeping these folks from not seeming like loons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie's strength is its refusal to offer easy answers.
  7. The film makes more apparent than ever that Howard is quite underrated as a filmmaker, possibly because he's been hidden in full view in the mainstream for so long.
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  8. As full of joy as pain, it's a perspective we need to see more often.
  9. Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
    • Boston Globe
  10. The film's bountiful warmth and gusto do their work. By the end, we feel part of the family, too.
  11. Serendipity returns us, if only for a couple of hours, to the Manhattan of our dreams.
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a honey of a performance: controlled, achingly human, and funny in the deepest ways.
  12. It's a treat to encounter the deadpan light-handedness with which Mamet goes about his business.
  13. It's deeply stylized, but there's an accompanying patience and gravity that are hard to shake. They're the architecture of a lingering, unsentimental sadness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Elaborately layered movie about schemes and more schemes that pile up faster than chips on a blackjack table. The other half is realizing, about halfway through the film, that you won't figure it out until it's over.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Scorsese and his team of Grade A talents are working on an operatic scale here, and like many operas, this is long, overwrought, sprawling, and more than frequently brilliant. It also hits just enough discordant notes to keep it from greatness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A quirky, welcome addition to Disney's cavalcade of animated stars.
  14. Whatever portion of the alienated teen angst championship Thora Birch left unclaimed after ''American Beauty,'' she nails down brilliantly in Ghost World.
    • Boston Globe
  15. Fresh, original, and arresting.
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  16. As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best.
  17. Bernal, with his sweet man-boy looks, makes Padre Amaro's portrait of corruption all the more flabbergasting in its irony.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's Cronenberg's finest film, it's star Ralph Fiennes's riskiest role, it's a tour de force for actress Miranda Richardson.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Pixar is so good at what it does that every other kiddie-entertainment purveyor -- including parent company Disney -- flounders in comparison.
  18. The most disorienting and trippiest data-retrieval caper in years.
    • Boston Globe
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A comedy, and for all its cliches and clumsiness, close to a great one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A tremendous human drama, with each stage of its characters' journey a white-knuckle thriller in miniature.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Utterly adorable.

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