Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,456 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Poetry
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,456 movie reviews
  1. Though Zefferelli’s version was trashy and downright nuts, at least it made you feel the love. This pallid replay just seems endless.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    She's like Bob Hope with fake breasts and a wig. Now, that's scary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    As blandly lucid as Barney's is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Bewitched presents a phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show. It's as grating, laughless, and narcissistic (though, to its credit, not as cruel) as that new Lisa Kudrow show-within-a-show-within-a-show, "The Comeback."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    And So It Goes looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus (”As Good As It Gets,” “Georgia Rule”).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    I could pile on the cooking metaphors until you cried "uncle," but the fact remains that there's a very good movie in here that its makers have failed to bring off.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie's cleverest idea is to give the Octopus identical clone henchmen with names like Phobos, Logos, and Huevos, all played by Louis Lombardi with a marvelous fat-boy idiot grin.
  2. Never achieves the exhilarating feat of exemplifying the types of Hollywood movies it wants to unpack.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sure, go ahead and take the kids. But, for pity's sake, read them the book first.
  3. Swing Vote is a satire that's afraid to satirize.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has the distinction of being much dumber and pulpier than the comic book on which it's based -- the ink practically comes off on your fingers as you watch it.
  4. The biggest problem, ironically, is that even though the plot and the action center on smoking pot, it's not enough of a stoner flick. The concept of getting stoned isn't amusing; watching stoned people is.
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  5. The cast does capable work, but you’ll wish the movie concentrated more on the comedy, which has some zing, rather than the straighter elements, which quickly start to drag.
  6. It's doom that we're meant to feel here. And repulsion. I hate to say, but I shrugged.
  7. Like so many of these farm-raised films, this one looks polished, but takes no risks, offers no surprises, and contains a final sequence that's laughable for its lack of courage.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Where "Nemo" was clever, soulful, and marvelous to look at, "Tale" is manic and surprisingly ugly, with a script that leans on the shallowest aspects of hip-hop street cred while pimping for corporate product placement at every turn.
  8. Except for a few coups de style, Amateur is a screenful of cool nothingness. [05 May 1995]
    • Boston Globe
  9. Isn't even worth a glance.
  10. There is much to learn from Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies. First, a wealth of sharp professorial minds and great artistic eyes is no guarantee of equivalent documentary moviemaking. Second, when making a sort of thesis statement, it helps to have a thesis.
  11. An overwrought story of American politics and image-making that really only gets interesting in the final act.
  12. Rambo isn't dull. It is, however, often murkily directed, a real shortcoming in an action movie. In the big rescue-the-prisoners sequence, it's very hard to keep track of who is doing what to whom where.
  13. You could cast this movie with potato chips and still get cheers when one of the bad guys is cuffed. It doesn't matter that none of it is to be believed.
  14. If only there were more genuine rah-rah fun involved, instead of just endless, thudding, seen-it-all-before mayhem.
  15. It’s a fascinating story: part genetic mystery, part socio-racial tragedy. However, Laing’s life, despite its inherent melodrama, does not automatically lend itself to the screen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If you are a devotee of sleaze, you'll salivate at the prospect of Mau Mau Sex Sex, a fond and fawning look back at exploitation, or grindhouse, movies from the 1930s through the 1960s.
  16. Takes a vacation from quality.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The music and the stars aren't enough to save the movie.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Genially terrible, Lost is lazy, sloppy multiplex filler, good for a few solid giggles and not much more.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Abandon is this CLOSE to being good, juicy, bad-movie fun.
  17. Consumerism is running more amok than ever, but this satire of it isn't.

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