Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,857 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Terms of Endearment
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil Inside
Score distribution:
5857 movie reviews
  1. Hopped up on standard action riffs, most of the film feels like hand-me-downs purchased from the John Woo outlet.
  2. There is one bright spot. Ellie Kendrick plays Dolly's silly, breathlessly romantic little sister, Kitty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie has style but increasingly little sense.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The immediate problem with making a movie based on Potter's life is that it doesn't seem to have been very interesting.
  3. The movie is so dependant on its source material that it fails to put Carter, Thompson, Penn, and Christy to better use.
  4. Eckhart, who gets more rugged by the picture, certainly works hard to bring the audience along. But he's a nervous wreck for nothing. This movie isn't talking to us, it's talking to other serial killer movies.
  5. The platitudes in this gratuitously sentimental movie are taken a lot more seriously than the people.
    • 62 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    At one point in ''Praise,'' Godard mentions that the Bois de Boulogne, the Parisian park, is all that's left of the French forests from the time of the Roman conquest. In Praise of Love, glowing like an ember, is all that's left of genius.
  6. It’s a movie content to stay within the show’s comfort zone, changing things up mainly with flashier, 3-D visuals, a couple of which are dazzlers, and a theme that doesn’t connect in any notable way.
    • 41 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    The premise of Agent Cody Banks is more than a little bizarre.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The latest installment in the venerable sci-fi action franchise turns out to be a straight-up war film, grim and muscular and thundering and joyless. It's the color of cement, and it weighs as much, too.
  7. It’s not a good sign when the first few minutes of a movie about singing, dancing, rapping, video-camera-wielding teenagers reminds you of a certain grimy horror franchise.
  8. There are laughs here and there, and Graham and Klein aren't nearly as grating as what surrounds them. But there's no getting around the fact that far from seeming a labor of love, Say It Isn't So seems merely labored.
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  9. It makes you wonder if the series' animators, who took time out for "Rio" just before this, aren't so secretly yearning to sail different creative waters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hard, gleaming images and an oblique storytelling style come to Wang the way the bike comes to Jian -- secondhand.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie is decent and heartfelt, and it eventually settles into some sharp diamond action, but the small-town homilies are dropped like an anvil. If you thought 1993's "Rudy" was too spare and unsentimental, Final Season is for you.
    • 49 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    The final act of Dark Matter is grim but unconvincing, and the shortfall leaves an ugly, exploitive taste in your mouth.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The unforced cleverness of the opening scenes gives way to lazy plotting, awkwardly staged musical numbers, and car chases. By the end, the movie resembles just another formulaic, family-friendly piece of product, one the kids will enjoy and you’ll endure as it goes in the DVD player for the 40th time.
  10. Neither hot nor square, it's as simple and earnest as any after-school special and as cameo-laden as any rap video.
  11. Silly little thriller.
  12. The ending steals actionably from "The Blair Witch Project," the movie that helped spawn these first-person chillers.
  13. Predictable and not terribly clever, but among the slim pickings of movies geared to the pre-school and grade-school set, it could be much worse.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Basically, if the first “300” was a pep-talk from Coach on how to lose with dignity, Rise of an Empire is an inspirational speech on the value of teamwork.
  14. But despite the vibrancy of its images and the exquisiteness of its craftsmanship, Jefferson in Paris doesn't often light a fire under its material. [07 Apr 1995]
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  15. Humorless, pretentious black-and-white tone poem about a very young Abe Lincoln.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As a credible love story, though, the film never leaves the runway. If you're a fan of these actors, you may want to look up Jet Lag when it comes out on video, or catch it on an Air France flight while flirting with the passenger in the next seat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What this dystopia doesn't do is shock. In truth, Code 46 traffics in notions of speculative social fiction that are so familiar by now as to feel disconcertingly normal.
  16. Pretty clearly determined to deliver the antidote to Stallone's movie, the filmmakers take their cues from Christopher Nolan's Batman filmscape, dropping Dredd into a fictional concrete sprawl (actually South Africa) that's relentlessly grounded, visually and dramatically. In a generic way, the environment works.
  17. Cronenberg hasn't so much filmed Naked Lunch as tamed it, turned it into entertainment, with oozy rubber bugs, big and little, that look left over from David Lynch's movie of "Dune," or the intergalactic dive from "Star Wars." [10 Jan 1992]
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  18. If there's nothing here for romantics, there's even less for gourmands. Nettelbeck fails to produce a good food metaphor, let alone an impressive, palate-aching preparation montage

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