Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,401 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Day Night Day Night
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
5,401 movie reviews
  1. A tedious adventure-romance.
  2. It plays like a crude "Godfather" parody, the sort that might amuse as a 10-minute sketch on "Saturday Night Live," but curdles and collapses as a 143-minute film. [09 Dec 1983]
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  3. The most dumbed-down mob comedy in years. It's the kind of movie you tie around the ankles of a stiff you're tossing into deep water and never want to see again.
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  4. Forget the metaphors, why not just make a movie about poor, exploited Mexicans?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Manages a fairly rare trick: It's a movie that's both deeply felt and completely phony.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    ''Love" doesn't have a plot so much as it has a concept, scribbled in crayon.
  5. Every boogeyman and slasher cliché this movie borrows was better somewhere else. Although it probably wasn't grosser.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Delivered with all the subtlety of a steel-toe boot, you may be galled that you've wasted nearly two hours of your own precious life with this silly little puddle of a movie.
  6. Staying Alive, the sequel to John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever," plays like wet cement. [16 Jul 1983]
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  7. The movie tries going for a laugh or two. It even makes stabs at irony. But since none of the story is suspenseful, remotely believable, or, at the very least, cheaply entertaining, who cares?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The film’s zippy graphics are a treat, but its zippy arguments are slipshod.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    There's nothing in Echelon Conspiracy as suspenseful or entertaining as your average episode of "24."
  8. The squirminess stands out here because there's so little going on the rest of the time.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Eerily similar in its story line to "In the Cut," the much pasted Meg Ryan sex-and-death thriller that came out last year. Only it's worse.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You've seen dozens of movies like this on cable in the wee hours.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Lovely Bones, then, is something special: A spectacular, cringe-inducing failure as both a book adaptation and a film.
    • 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.
  9. As with Zombie's two previous schlock horror features, "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects," the atmosphere here isn't so much tense and jolting as unnervingly weird and gory, but it's effective.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You feel like you're not watching the end of the world but the end of a career.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Despite all that onscreen turgidness, Anatomy of Hell is itself so much a matter of the mind that it never rises above theory.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    One could forgive a budget this threadbare, performances this amateurish, a plot this tortuous if the 3-D effects passed the cool test. Sadly, watching ''Adventures" is an experience akin to seeing the world through dung-colored glasses.
  10. It's a terrible sign for a movie when the sole reason for its existence is a satanic opening date.
  11. Just one more touch of “realism” in a sexual melodrama played so straight that it’s nuts.
  12. Put it this way: National Lampoon's Gold Diggers makes "The Anna Nicole Show" look sophisticated.
  13. Too confused to provide any thrills, even indecent ones.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    No one on the screen bothers to commit to a character.
  14. The moviemaking is driven only by contempt; he (Roth) wants to nauseate us into submission.
  15. Nightwatch quickly declines from creepy to silly. [17 Apr 1998]
    • Boston Globe
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This is a movie for the overcaffeinated, undereducated teenager in all of us.

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