Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,288 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Little Women
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
6288 movie reviews
  1. There is no plot in Pen-ek Ratanaruang's exceedingly mellow situation comedy, and that's preferred, frankly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Open Water is a stunt, one you either buy into or not.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A hardly fair, not especially balanced broadside that has the advantage of being correct.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The first "Candidate" was inspired pop art, a two-dimensional coloring book about 1962 America's subterranean political fears. Demme's film is more nuanced, less crazy-brilliant and, yes, probably less necessary, but it's still a confirmation of all the anxieties out there on the table and festering in our heads.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    When all is said and done, the movie's a steaming plate of corn -- and, indeed, that's part of the pleasure. Myles, though, delivers a fine comic performance with no strings attached.
  2. Spellbinding if ponderous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Extraordinary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The latest and most creatively unhinged film from director Takashi Miike.
  3. Penn's Kumar could become Jeff Spicoli for the generation of college kids who've never seen "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" but always seem to have a copy of "Dude, Where's My Car?" cued up at a moment's notice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There's a thin line between the subtle and the dramatically inert, and Intimate Strangers pitches a tent on it.
  4. A standard issue, first-movie navel-gaze whose cobwebs Braff meticulously sweeps away by directing the bejesus out of it. The photography makes loveliness out of the film's dank, hung-over atmosphere; the camerawork and editing lend the movie a luscious daydreaminess.
  5. A belligerent little sex farce roiling inside an otherwise inconsequential lampoon of corporate America, the movie is rude and ridiculous, fearless up to a point, and breathtakingly hungry to provoke.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If there's a larger theme in Zatoichi, it's that nobody is quite who he or she seems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The way Greengrass lets you feel the violence is impressive. Most movie heroes punch through armies without scraping their knuckles, but Bourne's a believable wreck by midpoint.
  6. Watching [Berry] run around in that getup I felt embarrassed, the way I do for people who put on makeup before climbing a StairMaster -- it's too much.
  7. Bobby marks a turning point for Colin Farrell, whose vulgarities and inelegance tend to get the better of his range.
  8. The ideas are generous and inclusive rather than divisive: Zinn wants history to be seen and to be experienced from every possible perspective.
  9. Gets on your nerves.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The director's cut has been getting a much warmer critical reception than the original release, but not necessarily because it's significantly better.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Deeply, proudly average..."Mean Girls" it's not; a plastic butter knife has more edge. But sometimes it's nice to know your kids won't cut their fingers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A stylish, watchable, very familiar future-cop action thriller. What was once original is now almost completely derivative.
  10. 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.
  11. An hour and a half of cultural and sexual headaches only barely leavened by MacLachlan's performance.
  12. These are not the marks of true cinema; they're the makings of a droopy karaoke video.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A stunningly well-acted drama for grown-ups.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sloppy, crude, pursuing the most far-flung tangents in hopes of a laugh, Anchorman still gave me more stupid giggles than I'd care to admit.
  13. As an up-to-the-minute representation of the specifics of the teen universe, Sleepover lacks authenticity.
  14. The actors give it their best, Thomsen and Werlinder in particular.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If you've seen the Beatles documentary "Let It Be," you know what four men who are heartily sick of one another look like, and in 2001, Metallica had been recording twice as long as the Fab Four.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Giants has SO many insistent high points, in fact, that its breathlessness threatens to turn monotonous.

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