Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,073 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 20 Feet from Stardom
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
6073 movie reviews
  1. Visually, the film is at its most interesting when Scott's camera rises over Osaka and photographs it in ways that make it look like a modular electrified Lego city with neon and plexiglass trim. We get the feeling that in Osaka we're staring the near future in the face. But if Scott has gone to Osaka in search of a new Blade Runner, he comes up with nothing more than an Asian French Connection II. Many exchanges play like truncated pieces of scenes that originally existed more fully. And the film's frequent nocturnal motorcycle revvings don't have the panache of The Warriors, much less The Wild One. [22 Sep 1989, p.31]
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    • 43 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Machine Gun Preacher is crude and ham-handed from its ridiculous title on down, but it still gets to some interesting places.
    • 49 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    The only victims in Paid in Full are the dealers and their families -- and the only word for that is one this paper can't print.
  2. The film is overripe with erotic symbols.
    • 54 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    You can’t make this stuff up, but you can botch the telling of it, and that’s what sinks this satiric drama.
    • 61 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Amirpour has the potential to see things as no other filmmaker does, but she doesn’t yet have a vision, and she may not as long as she keeps fiddling around with genre conventions laid down by others. She’s an eccentric magpie of a director, and this time the pieces she collects glitter but never quite cohere.
  3. But, oh, the action. Tommila and Jackson have a couple of escape sequences that are exhilaratingly choreographed, never mind that one employs a meat freezer as its key prop. Kids should dig these bits. After all, off-kilter as Helander’s sensibility continues to be, he’s got a passion for popcorn-movie energy that can be contagious — especially when he’s not trashing Santa.
  4. Everyone's Hero is sincere and heartwarming; sometimes it's funny.
    • 67 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Time to Leave is an unintended litmus test for lovers of foreign films.
  5. This one is nearly as bad as it gets, suggesting that all the wrong people were wielding the sledgehammers here.
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  6. The movie seems destined to win a place in the nocturnal-cityscape-hell hall of fame. Its externals are brilliant, but The Hudsucker Proxy is virtually nothing but externals. [25 Mar 1994, p.52]
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  7. The Man with Two Brains has moments, but they aren't inspired. [04 Jun 1983]
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    • 65 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    There's a great movie to be had in the notion of a busybody whose advice keeps blowing up in his face, but Dan in Real Life merely sets it up and walks away.
  8. Isolated offbeat moments aside, The Mexican mostly fires blanks.
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  9. While Last of the Mohicans is an eyeful - how could anything shot in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina not be? - it's mindless, meticulous in its externals, taking refuge from awareness by clinging to Cooper's distortions. In the end, it'll be remembered for its three S's: Stowe, Studi and the scenery. [25 Sep 1992, p.27]
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  10. It doesn't belong at a megaplex. It should be playing on a Clear Channel station.
  11. In the end, this feeble effort remains tainted, however unfairly, by the creator’s personal life. Maybe Allen should have titled it “Rationalizing Man.”
  12. There's always been room for rudeness in humor. In fact, it can be invigorating. But Bubble Boy goes through the motions of being outrageous when all it's really got is a rage to conform to formula.
  13. The film plays fast and loose with the book, until its emotional depths, spiritual conflicts, and Waugh's discreet humor have been wrung out.
  14. Only occasionally do the thrill of the game and the passion of its players come together. That said, these guys' nakedly neurotic enthusiasm keeps the movie from being a total jumble.
  15. New York, I Love You wants us to know that the city is a sexy, romantic, thrillingly random place where anything can go down. Sadly, two of those things are your eyelids.
    • 65 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    It's both achingly affectionate and a terrible mess.
    • 53 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    You have an overstuffed story line, sloppy filmmaking, a general thinness of conception (if you've seen "Sister Act," you've pretty much seen The Fighting Temptations), and a lead performance that starts out obnoxious and becomes actively grating.
  16. Eden is "Once" after two kids and 10 years of marriage have sucked the music out of life.
    • 57 Metascore
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    In the end, promotion, as good as it may be, doesn't make for a real documentary. Faster is a kind of bone-crushing fun, but there's little drama and certainly no insight.
    • 48 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    Often as noisy, dippy, and enjoyable as 2004's "National Treasure," and when it's not, it's just another sequel, more absurd than most.
  17. Watching what Howard has done with the book - covering up the lewdness, blunting the snobbery, and spackling the amazing plot holes - is dismaying. This adaptation has the stink of superiority about it.
    • 45 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    A reasonably watchable sci-fi B movie, a case of a good director and some intriguing ideas struggling to overcome formula plotting, limp dialogue, and a serious case of the sillies.
  18. The moments that elevate Wrath above the routine are right in line with Liebesman's "Battle: Los Angeles'' high points: frenetically shot u-r-there combat sequences that feel like the real thing.
    • 49 Metascore
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    Has a raggy charm, like the dogs, and a solid moral ending. For a late-summer children's film, it does the job.

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