Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,287 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 Bugsy
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
6287 movie reviews
  1. An invitation to see something a little less pretty, and potentially more enduring.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In a better movie -- a much better movie -- LaBeouf might make the same sort of impact Dustin Hoffman did in ''The Graduate.'' But the kid's young. There are movies to come.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A tale of narrow talent destroyed by pop hubris, raging insecurity, substance abuse, and murder.
  2. Clueless and sad.
  3. Moves from cheekiness to ineptitude, often in a single take.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Would it be rude to suggest that your time might be better spent with your own children?
  4. Attempts none of the witty, provocative visual and metaphysical set pieces from any of the ''Nightmare'' movies. And it offers none of the real fright of the early ''Friday the 13th'' films. In fact, the movie is deeply, proudly unimaginative.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The feel-bad movie of the summer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie is pricelessly comic -- the Harvey/Joyce scenes catalog the couple's neuroses with glee -- but it just as often reaches for something richer.
  5. A cheery version of a darker, grislier movie, one in which people like Daniel beat up people like Charlie, girls like Vicky end up in far more compromising positions, and women like Celia turn to Scotch and prescription drugs to cope with their pain.
  6. A patient, suspenseful exercise in genre craftsmanship
  7. What Grind lacks in cinematic skill, it makes up for in heart, which is what most dudes-in-arms flicks are missing. Given the option of spending eternity with these gentlemen or the boys of ''American Pie,'' I'd choose the lads of Grind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy finally gives us a reason to feel warm and fuzzy about Compton, Calif. It's not an easy feat.
  8. As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best.
  9. Serves up enough action and passion to stay afloat, but at the end of the day it's just not the perfect ride those earlier films were.
  10. This present-day Paris of Le Divorce is smartly shot and costumed, and the whole affair is breezy and uncharacteristically insouciant, given the reserved nature of the folks responsible for it.
  11. This is a movie about excess. It's excessively long (at least it feels that way), the slo-mo is used in excess (so are the swords), and our heroine, Yuki (Yumiko Shaku), when she does emote, is excessively weepy for a coldblooded assassin.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Those who love police overkill, guns, jingoistic race-baiting, guns, macho smugness, and guns will be well served.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Freaky Friday version 2003 is a shinier, snappier animal, partly because young girls now dress like Avril Lavigne, and partly because Jamie Lee Curtis has her best role in years and knows it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Without even trying, Coccio may have stumbled over the truest metaphor for Columbine yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Blistering and brilliant work.
  12. Like a Bond picture with no spies or villains or car chases or gadgets or explosions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    May not be the best movie ever made about the perils of family life, but it is among the most ruthlessly comic.
  13. Its commendable, if juvenile, sense of erogenous adventure is sullied by bland technique, canned suburban punk music, and the fact that all the exploration does amount to maturer characters.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 0 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An overlong, joyless, and inconsequential affair, full of dead air, and possessing only a few moments of jaw-dropping bad taste. It's a dull disaster.
  14. For all the controversy surrounding Buffalo Soldiers, you'd think the film would at least be interesting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Beautiful, but story doesn't fly.
  15. Loach makes a working metaphor of the old ant-and-grasshopper story, but the film's images are what echo the loudest.
  16. In a summer in which every blockbuster is zealous to be a video game, Rodriguez, with a wink, has produced his own.
  17. Cradle of lifelessness.

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