Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,842 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Ballast
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
5842 movie reviews
  1. A rather pat, occasionally desperate road comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It can't be easy to turn one of the most stirring human rights dramas of the past quarter century into stultifying screen pageantry, but director Luc Besson and writer Rebecca Frayn have managed the trick with The Lady.
  2. Directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Christian Gudegast and Paul T. Scheuring, the movie isn't even worthy of former NFL linebacker turned straight-to-video action figure Brian Bosworth.
  3. Dreary-looking and painfully slow, but it's not terrible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Mist doesn't provoke further thought; it provokes active annoyance at being punished in the service of a pulp morality tale with pretensions.
  4. Their movie is watchable - never more gratuitously so than when Alba is filmed showering and slipping into a tank top. But we've been here before, no?
  5. What starts out as a lowbrow gag very typical of a pedestrian ’toon gradually balloons into absurdity that Mel Brooks would probably love. Here, at least, the Angry Birds fly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In sum, a big, honking tutti-frutti sundae of a movie that nonetheless is shot through with authentic feeling.
  6. Disappoints.
  7. Roskam appears more interested in trying to combine genres that don't easily cohere. On one hand, the film's a crime-thriller and police procedural. On the other, it's about the lingering trauma of Jacky's personal misfortune. The other hand is much stronger.
  8. It's an exercise in 1970s mood. But all the film does is conjure, channel, and allude, until there's really no movie of Green's own for an audience to grab onto.
  9. Degenerates into a lot of dull declaiming and attitudinizing, despite a sly tongue-in-cheek quality brought by a preening Stuart Townsend to the Lestat role he inherited from the utterly humorless Tom Cruise.
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Weaver's randy, impatient, very funny performance is the main reason to see Imaginary Heroes.
  10. Unfortunately, the potential for screwball comedy is wasted because L!fe Happens never finds its thematic tone or comedic rhythm.
  11. As the movie is in step with Connelly's aching heroine and not trying to scare our socks off, Dark Water is of a piece with Salles's sensitive filmmaking. Obviously, from a genre standpoint, that presents a tremendous problem. Nobody goes to a horror movie for a good cry.
  12. An earnest, alarmist new docu-plea for nuclear disarmament, concludes with an orgy of such destruction. Mushroom clouds. Infernal white light. Obliterating energy blasts. It's all here, and mostly beyond the pale.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The competent, at times suspenseful Before the Rains orbits us along a trajectory of innocence corrupted, domesticity infested by politics, and local tradition messed with by a powerful Westerner. Unfortunately, that trajectory feels routine.
  13. Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written.
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  14. Even if the story is hackneyed, it's hackneyed in a warm and universal way.
  15. It's as if a version of Oliver Stone's movie has been frozen in some fraternity house beer cooler since 1987 and thawed for the age of plasma screen TVs.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    People Like Us is neither optimal nor prime.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Turns out to be rather less than the sum of its headlines.
  16. In both senses of the word, American Psycho wastes its women.
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  17. Unabashed Fidel worship.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Disappointing not for what it is but what it could have been.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Divergent is almost good enough to make you forget what a cynical exercise it is on every possible level. The original 2011 young adult novel by Veronica Roth — reasonably engrossing, thoroughly disposable — reads exactly like what it is: an ambitious young author’s attempt to re-write “The Hunger Games” without bringing the lawyers down on her head.
  18. The duo provide a bit of wit and warmth amid the contrived subplots and the self-satisfied moralism.
  19. This is a flavorless adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's 73-year-old children's book.
  20. Seems so preoccupied with genuflection that it never achieves its subject's heart-pounding immediacy.

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