Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,372 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 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
5,372 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like Anderson, many directors claim to value local color, but few have gone as far, or achieved such impressive results, as has Chris Smith in The Pool.
  1. Judy Irving's terrific documentary 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is ostensibly about birds, but only in the way that a game of Scrabble is about tiles.
  2. It is an uncompromising family tale, one that's dark but lyrical and moving in its rendering of the ties that bind even the most dysfunctional families, despite valiant efforts to destroy them.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Tarantino and Rodriguez want you to cover your eyes in disbelief and get the unholy giggles at the same time. You do, but in two very different ways, and that's the movie's strength.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    I can't think of another movie this year that made me laugh or weep harder for the whole lumpy business of being - the compromises and connections that get us through the day and somehow add up to entire lives.
  3. Eerily tragic and chillingly hard to come to terms with.
  4. A rousing, sometimes funny, frequently depressing documentary.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Wake in Fright is a monster movie, and the monster is us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Director Paul Greengrass creates an aura of urgency so compelling, so rooted in detail, that we temporarily forget what we know and hold our breaths for two-plus hours of tightening suspense.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Pacific Rim is, hands down, the blockbuster event of the summer — a titanic sci-fi action fantasy that has been invested, against all expectations, with a heart, a brain, and something approximating a soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Barry Levinson's Diner is an extremely clever, slick male fantasy that takes some time to work out its mood and tone but ultimately blossoms into a moving film. [16 Apr 1982]
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  5. It infuriated me. It broke my heart. It convinced me that Caro, who's from New Zealand, is a strong, clear-voiced filmmaker
  6. They may not be as cool as Bono's fly shades, but the plastic yellow glasses required for viewing U23D supply an amazing fly-on-the-amp view of the Irish rockers in their natural habitat.
  7. Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.
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  8. Is The Story of Film worth 15 hours of your viewing life? Well, that's between you and your kino conscience. The first part certainly is. Cousins is extremely good at laying out the emergence of a film grammar. More important, he communicates the sense of wonder and excitement that characterized the emergence of so astonishing a medium.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Writer-director Coogler could easily have turned Fruitvale Station into a work of agitprop — a film to work you into a froth of anger — but he’s after things that are harder to grasp: the measure of a man’s life and the smaller struggles, satisfactions, and injustices that can fill it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What does it add up to? What’s it all about, Wes? In a word: evanescence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Timothy Treadwell was killed, along with his girlfriend, by a rogue bear in October 2003.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A bleakly comic, brutally Darwinian gangland saga that at times comes close to being this year's "Drive." It also does something that, if you're from around these parts, seems downright perverse. It takes the Boston out of George V. Higgins.
  9. If their movie doesn't float your boat as a work of science-fiction, action, philosophy, heliocentrism, or staggering visual spectacle (although, it really should), then it certainly succeeds as a parable for cinematic ambition.
  10. Really the film is a deft first-person character study with a war zone for a background.
  11. What keeps the film going, and helps it keep its comic tone, is the constant threat of cataclysm - and the deadpan Buster Keaton charm of the ever-responsive Pinon as he combats the giant Rube Goldberg meat-grinder that the house, in effect, is. [17 Apr 1992]
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  12. This is a film of our times - paranoid, heartbroken, disillusioned - and the rare recent American movie whose characters react the way actual people might.
  13. Varda's charmingly eccentric amble, wise in its seeming waywardness.
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  14. There is a great and perhaps unique French cinematic tradition of braiding together love and manners and the past. Think of "Children of Paradise," "Casque d'Or," "The Earrings of Madame de . . .," "Elena and Her Men." Now one can think of The Princess of Montpensier, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Inland Empire may be the most aggressively surreal feature film ever released to movie theaters in this country, and it's possibly close to the movie David Lynch carries around in his head.
  15. Wiseman has made several films about both disability and dance, but this new one might be his most hypnotic, rhythmically assembled observation of corporeal expression.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Among the most insane mainstream movies ever released.
    • 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.

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