Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,211 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 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 P2
Score distribution:
5,211 movie reviews
  1. It's ultimately just a rigorous personal training film made by people who don't seem to like movies or the people who go to them.
  2. The fun of these movies is that Linney often seems too refined for such greasy junk, but there she is anyway, hamming it down as it were.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A genre cheapie from its digital-video camerawork to its Casiotone soundtrack to its bland, buff cast, the movie is a cultural watershed in a dry gulch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's a family comedy-drama that wants to pluck the heartstrings but keeps getting tangled in its own tinny sentiment.
  3. If ridiculous, hackneyed, gratuitously violent slasher movies aren't your thing, don't go near Venom with a 10-foot snake pole.
  4. His [Director Tony Scott's] pornographic lust for bloodletting, gunplay, and out-of-control camerawork far exceeds his abilities to tell a story.
  5. Neither thrilling nor psychological, but it's chicly shot and edited and is pretty much art-directed to death.
  6. Aeon Flux is the sophomore picture from Karyn Kusama, who's first movie was a modest boxing film called "Girlfight." Here she's in over her head. The movie's sexual and scientific ideas never come through, and the characters would be fun only if they came with a joystick.
  7. An embarrassing romantic comedy from Rob Reiner.
  8. This is by far the most embarrassing of his seven movies.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Charm-free, incoherent, and heartlessly sentimental, this woodenly animated co-production by American, British, and French companies offers boredom and irritation for parents, needlessly scary images for tots, and, for the pubescent boys who apparently run mass culture, a flatulent blue moose. It's ugly to look at, too.
  9. A depressing piece of gun-crazy Hollywood scuzz that, with its gassy style and runaway immorality, makes a Tony Scott movie look like a Robert Bresson picture.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Jovovich is bad, and not in a good way. She turns in an epically expressionless performance (maybe she thought it was one of her modeling gigs?) but she sure looks great.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    ''Health Inspector" hopes to do for Larry what ''Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" did for Jim Carrey, who in this context looks like Noel Coward.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The accidental comedy sensation of the year to date.
  10. Part sketch-comedy cartoon, part Cracked magazine spoof, installment four is the most scornfully made yet.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    An oddly unsexy melodrama in which every supposedly shocking revelation (rape, incest, homosexuality, pedophilia) is treated with the same blithe shrug of recognition. It's numbing, especially with the film's deadly serious mood.
  11. The Lost City is Andy Garcia's ballad to Havana during the Cuban revolution. You'll have to forgive the penthouse view, though -- it's the only one Garcia can seem to find.
  12. This mangy comedy only demonstrates that Lohan's star power is too bright for falling into mounds of mud, rooting around in cat litter for a contact lens, and getting punched out by a roughneck jailbird, as she does here.
  13. It's a terrible sign for a movie when the sole reason for its existence is a satanic opening date.
  14. This is a movie that's built around characters the audience is bound to find more insufferable than anyone does in the movie itself.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Making a comedy that celebrates binge drinking and cretinous behavior isn't a crime against nature. Making one that's as brutally unfunny as Beerfest is.
  15. Too confused to provide any thrills, even indecent ones.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The new prequel isn't really a slasher movie at all. It's a mess, with too much to say, and an odd genre in which to preach.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The results are dull, of all things. The movie itself feels like an overstuffed burrito,
  16. Television is a state of mind. And the makers of Saw III have delivered the most despicable episode of "One Life to Live" ever.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The saddest part is that "Deck" wastes four comic talents ranging from the near-genius (Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito) to the inspired (Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth ) to the charming (Kristin Davis of "Sex and the City").
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A pallidly "hip" revision of classic fairy tales that would be better told straight up if anyone had the nerve. It will divert small children, but so will a brightly colored object if you twirl it.
  17. It's another standard-issue bad star-vehicle action-comedy, this time for Cedric.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If you boil off dialogue, performance, narrative logic and grind a movie down to the nub of genre, will there be any suspense left? The answer is yes, but only in a Pavlovian sense. You react to this dull shockathon like a wired lab rat who's seen it all before. And guess what? You have.

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