Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,368 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
5,368 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It can’t be easy to turn the story of Hawaii’s last royal into a waxworks parade, but writer-director Marc Forby has pulled it off.
  1. 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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    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Sorvino can't pass for a man, but that's beyond the point in this rarefied situation. She's beautiful and she can usually act, but here the only convincing thing she projects is fatigue from running around the garden all day.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
  2. The action is mostly witless and predictable. One measure of its desperation and lack of respect for its audience is the frequency with which it labors to wring humor from flatulence and excrement gags.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Handsomely shot and with a likable lead in Kuno Becker, it also suffers from a script so outrageously generic you could buy it at Costco.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Dumbed down, tarted up, and almost shockingly uninspired, it's the worst superhero movie since "Green Lantern."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Zwigoff's overdue for a turkey, in other words. Art School Confidential is it.
  3. Hits mostly flat notes, then a few really sour ones.
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  4. Lila is all come-ons without any charm.
  5. Tawdry, trashy yawn-fest that makes the viewer long for the days when bad girls were dangerous dames with sultry style.
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    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Contains nothing original or over-the-top enough to make it a real scream fest. For most horror fans it will be kind of a snooze.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
  6. The thrill of the ridiculousness is gone. So is all the mystery that made Statham so appealing in the first place.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The line between gross-out humor that's inspired and the kind that's witless is fine indeed, and Movie 43 obliterates it with poop and movie stars.
  7. This is not a movie. It's a coming attraction for a theme park.
  8. Like the horror-flick hacks who infest Hollywood like termites, the Pangs don't build suspense, they assault the senses with twitchy photography and Danny's editing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Family, sadly, is a plate of leftovers: a bland, baldly written melodrama about two longtime best friends and their messed-up families.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There’s a half-realized, half-haunting Hitchcockian psychodrama buried somewhere within That Demon Within. What’s on the surface plays more like Wong and Lam simply forgot to take their meds.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If the director had brought any toughness of perspective - or at least the self-lacerating humor of 2002's "Igby Goes Down,'' still the reigning champ of screwed-up-Manhattan-prepster films - we might be able to digest George's follies without cringing.
  9. Grown Ups 2 offers a bittersweet paean to childhood and youth and their inevitable loss. Take the case of Adam Sandler. Didn’t he use to be funny?
  10. There's just very little in Beautiful Boy that feels fresh or new or truly raw. The houses, that title, every emotion, even the false moves: They're all generic.
  11. The movie needs Richard Dreyfuss .
  12. The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    We get it: Stand Up Guys is supposed to be cutesy criminal magic realism. But Stevens, an actor turned director, never finds the right vibe, and the movie's genuinely creepy misogyny sours the attempts to go sentimental in the final act.
  13. Larceny at its most labored.
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  14. Come on. You want to know if it's funny. And the answer is: kind of.
  15. Talking heads are overused in documentaries, but in this case a dose of perspective, a point of view or two, would have a gone a long way toward turning a pageant of unreliable voices and morbid images into a portrait of the artists and their deadly scene as something more than misunderstood.
  16. For all the controversy surrounding Buffalo Soldiers, you'd think the film would at least be interesting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Beware of stoner rock stars talking politics. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, the ecological/anticorporate idealism of Greendale is so vague as to be insulting to anyone past the backpack-and-Birkenstocks stage of life.

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