Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,428 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 Manufactured Landscapes
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,428 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Consumerism is running more amok than ever, but this satire of it isn't.
  3. There’s no end in sight, and that’s what’s really insidious.
  4. The Korean documentary Planet of Snail is spare and unemphatic - too much so - with an abiding sweetness of spirit.
  5. Watching the movie made me long for the big , risky ideas and entertainingly fearless filmmaking in David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees " and Spike Jonze's "Adaptation ," which Kaufman wrote. Both were similarly conceptual escapades, but they let it all hang out.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Watching the movie is a little like picking up issue #42 of a comic book after you've skipped the first 41: There's an entire back story mythos hovering in the background like a phantom limb.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Jarmusch has come up with a dud.
  6. Underdog! Rest assured, there is no superhero cliche left unchewed; they even manage to slide in a "Lady and the Tramp" homage while they're at it.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Shamelessly exploits the horror of domestic violence for melodramatic, cheap thrills.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You'll come away from Legendary with no sense of what amateur wrestling is about.
  7. Awful in ways that are just clever enough often enough to make it intermittently watchable.
  8. It is all style and no substance.
    • Boston Globe
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie takes a decent “Twilight Zone” idea -- what if you had a second chance at youth? -- and runs it into the ground with watchable but diminishing returns.
  9. The first step in getting beyond preaching to the converted is letting the other side show how wrong it might be.
  10. The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Regrettably, it’s terrible poetry: a roughly chronological jumble of archival footage, unconvincing period reenactments, gauzy voice-overs, and half-baked ideas that makes one yearn for the stolid dullness of a History Channel documentary.
  11. The movie is a work of ambivalence. Is English making fun of these women? Or is she making a pilot for Lifetime?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The general consensus on this one: Rats.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sometimes a cute-stalker movie can win the audience's heart. Management only makes you ponder the line between true love and a restraining order.
  12. Good Deeds is the first of the 11 movies he's written and directed to try a one-tone-fits-all approach. Sadly, that tone is funereal, and it's always a beat out of step with the rhythms of both real life and most movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A grimly preposterous serial-killer thriller set in 19th-century Baltimore, this riff on the final days of the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and other masterpieces of the macabre might qualify as literary desecration if it weren't so silly.
  13. A lot of striking pictures in this would-be feminist "Braveheart," but a film that's pretty flat and earthbound because of the limitations of the figure at its center.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If ever a movie were lost in translation, it’s Mood Indigo, the latest from the scattershot genius Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep”). With his penchant for sad-sack dreamers and gonzo visual gags, Gondry can make a director like Wes Anderson look like a prig, and “Mood” allows him freer access to his fancy than usual.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
  14. Though not everyone agrees, Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” came close to finding the secret for making a movie about the secret of happiness. Peter Chelsom’s Hector and the Search for Happiness tries hard, but fails. Miserably.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s been a while since there’s been this much dead air onscreen; over and over, Smith sets up a sequence, lets his actors shpritz, and stands by as the energy fades into giggly catatonia.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A movie where the miracles -- and treacly moments -- keep topping each other.

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