Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,244 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,244 movie reviews
  1. My Blue Heaven is weightless and unwieldy. It's a confused carnival of silly subplots and characters who never manage to form an ensemble. [17 Aug 1990, p.37]
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  2. There's no getting around the fact that it's an uneven exercise that shows signs of having gestated too long. [04 Jun 1999]
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  3. The Dead Pool is not a subtle movie or a bloodless one, although it does manage to put its own twist on the usual car chase sequence. [13 Jul 1988, p.59]
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  4. The Disney people have taken such obvious care in making Return to Oz that it's a shame it didn't turn out better. It has its moments - mostly visual - but when it isn't a grim downer, it's largely inert. [21 Jun 1985, p.21]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If you enjoy laughing at a movie, rather than with it, then you might get a few chuckles. [18 Dec 1980, p.1]
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  5. Nothing about this movie works, not the title (it used to be called "Clubland "), not Blethyn's attempt to inject comedy into her rickety stereotype of a character.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
    • 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.
  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.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Innocuous amusement for 5- to 8-year-olds and other people stuck in the anal stage of development.
  7. Stardust certainly could have gone somewhere fun. But the magic and zip you need to get a blimp like this off the ground is scarce.
  8. Unlike most of what Moore has been in, Dedication is unlikely to delight retirement homes on movie night. But it's not imaginative, lively, or true enough to speak to its intended audience of American Apparel shoppers, either. It's a slog.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    When Laura Linney turns up about an hour into The Hottest State, you can see the movie that might have been.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film is low budget but puffed with self-importance, and it offers proof that Hollywood filmmakers should probably steer clear of topics that actually matter.
  9. Despite timely and worthwhile subject matter, there is nothing very inspired or inspiring in what makes it to the screen. Maybe they're saving all of that for the sequel, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hobbled by its vaguely insulting comic-book version of the '60s and by a humorlessness that can only come from talented people convinced they're creating work for the ages.
  10. You don't have to hand the folks behind Dragon Wars much (the acting, directing, costumes, editing, props, music, etc: They're all off). But when they decide to sic that giant snake and those prehistoric dino-birds on downtown Los Angeles, the movie turns shockingly watchable.
  11. The film logs almost all of its laughs when it's at its crudest, meanest, and most unfiltered. Everything else - and that is to say most of the movie - is a big, fat, derivative waste of time.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This version 3.0 needs an upgrade.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sydney White makes "Mean Girls" look like Shakespeare.
  12. Human trafficking is an awful societal issue, and Trade happens to be an awful movie about human trafficking.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The producers - Fox Films and the usually reliable Walden Media - have tried to gin up the story for multiplex audiences. They've succeeded in making a movie for no audience at all.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    In this bilingual morality movie about love, family, and fate, however, the unpredictability turns out to be highly predictable.
  13. The Hollywood version of one of those fawning "60 Minutes" segments about musical prodigies. For most of it, I could hear the congested awe of Morley Safer.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There have been plenty of movies adapted from video games before, but Hitman may be the first one that actually feels like a computer wrote and directed it.
  14. Blithely inept.
  15. A sorry excuse for a ghetto SOS.
  16. 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.
  17. The best thing in Meet the Spartans is the swift kick in the bombast it delivers to the oh-no-not-us homoeroticism of "300."
  18. It's a warmed-over suspense thriller that's more disturbing than it is surprising or scary.

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