Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,934 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Born on the Fourth of July
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
5934 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Across the board, the performances testify, often hilariously, to the pain these characters feel and inflict but are incapable of expressing.
  1. The decadence is obvious. But true to the Valentino prerogative, it's beautiful - sad, too: a dream life moving into the unknown.
  2. At once riveting and heartbreaking. This youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy has the good sense — far rarer among documentarians than you’d like to think — not to get in the way of her material.
  3. Bug
    Engrossingly manic version of Tracy Letts's great stage play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Takahata and his animators balance aspects of nostalgia and the present day, urban modernity and rural timelessness, love and regret with a visual and aural sensitivity that draws a viewer in from the first frames.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Wants to claim Bukowski (1920-1994) as a 20th-century West Coast Walt Whitman -- a people's poet of modern degradation. Through a selective presentation of his writing and a reverently crass treatment of his life, it makes a funny, often intensely moving case, and you're having such a good time that you're glad to let it.
  4. A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A movie called Snakes on a Plane had better be one of two things: So bad it's good or so good it's great. Darned if it isn't a little bit of both.
  5. Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A delightfully deadpan comedy from Germany, is one of those movies where nothing whatsoever seems to happen until you look closely, at which point everything happens.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Lives of Others has similarities to Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 classic "The Conversation" but with undercurrents that resound across an entire century of European political history.
  6. Signe Baumane opens her sardonically hilarious, sneakily moving, autobiographical animated feature, Rocks in My Pocket, with what looks like a darker version of one of those chipper psycho-pharmaceutical ads.
  7. Incisive, highly entertaining political farce.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Jason Schwartzman is a fine actor, but he has a knack for creating characters you want to punch in the face, and Philip, who has a second novel coming out and is intent on burning all his bridges, is almost marvelously obnoxious.
  8. Has a power that doesn't announce itself until it's over: You leave not wanting to give up on life, just resentful of the world we live in.
  9. In this engaging, understated comedy, it is the journey and not the destination that matters.
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  10. Add to those John Curran’s adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s autobiographical book “Tracks.” In it he presents a vision of nature that shimmers with uncanny beauty and eerie solitude, transcended by Mia Wasikowska in one of the best performances of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Happy-Go-Lucky isn't one of Leigh's epic social canvases like "Secrets & Lies" or even "Topsy-Turvy"; rather, it's an edgy character study whose message only gradually emerges.
  11. What starts out as a beautifully depopulated filmic exercise - it's 14 minutes into the movie before Guzman introduces any people - becomes toward the end a nearly unbearable examination of good and bad in the human heart.
  12. Richly textured, beautifully acted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A quirky, welcome addition to Disney's cavalcade of animated stars.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An electrifying, at times heartbreaking documentary from the Egyptian-born, Harvard-educated documentarian Jehane Noujaim (“Control Room”).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What Moreau does with this role is as inscrutably moving as anything Séraphine Louis painted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Anvil! is one of the sweetest, funniest films I've seen this year. Also the loudest and most foulmouthed.
  13. A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film.
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Braga has hardly stopped working since, on either continent, but Aquarius is a comeback, a homecoming, and a character film in which both the heroine and the actress playing her are characters of the first order.
  14. The movie has you from its nearly wordless opening sequence.
  15. The best movie Steven Seagal never made. Except that Statham, while just as marked for death, is harder to kill.
  16. Outrageous controversialist meets brilliant attorney, and fact intertwines with fiction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a small, profoundly satisfying movie that keeps echoing long after it's over.

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