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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Moolaadé
Lowest review score: 0 Porky's
Score distribution:
5,368 movie reviews
  1. Offers little in the way of pleasure, even to its target audience -- the easily pleased and undemanding.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Julie Davis, tries desperately to fill (Woody)Allen's Coke-bottle glasses, but it fails. Miserably.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    When all is said and done, the movie's a steaming plate of corn -- and, indeed, that's part of the pleasure. Myles, though, delivers a fine comic performance with no strings attached.
  2. You don’t have to be Jewish to love borscht belt humor, or gay to love camp, or French to love farce. But when all three are thrown into a blender with a dollop of generic family dysfunction, as is the case in Let My People Go!, oy vey doesn’t begin to address the result.
  3. As it is, LaBute has cleverly repurposed his creepy source material. This Wicker Man, which wasn't screened for critics, is a nutty atonement for the gender assaults of his filmmaking and playwriting past, including "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends & Neighbors," and "The Shape of Things."
  4. A slick but dull new shoot- ' em-up from Jamaica, doesn't penetrate the mysteries of high-rolling, high-risk thug life.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Clue the movie, not the board game, isn't so much a drama as it is a marketing gimmick. Presumably, Paramount Pictures believed that an audience was clamoring to see actors play one-dimensional figures from a game. [13 Dec 1985, p.57]
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  5. Blows to the head are delivered with more subtlety than the message of Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
  6. The movie needs Richard Dreyfuss .
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Short, cheap, weird, and passably diverting.
  7. They're still fighting in this sequel. But this is a more visually inspired, muscularly made movie than its predecessor.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This frantic farce about a married couple whose video frolic goes viral would be much less bearable without the topspin Segel imparts to even his silliest dialogue. But he looks hollow-eyed and gaunt, like a man starving himself to prove a point. I want the old, lumpy Jason Segel back. Eat, bubbe, eat.
  8. Hand it to Amanda Seyfried - she seems to have a knack for underplaying unstable characters in a way that lets their nuttiness creep right up on you.
  9. Beneath its glitz, poses, and pub crawlers and club prowlers, it's an old-fashioned morality tale.
  10. Parental Guidance is overly generous with regard to the silliness. However, it's not clueless. Crystal seems determined to give as generously as he gets. When a bully whacks him, Crystal covers the bully in vomit. Good for him.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    When actors are as great as De Niro and Pacino, watching them in a movie like Righteous Kill is deadly.
  11. The problem with 8 1/2 Women isn't that what you see is what you get; it's that what you see is all you get.
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  12. This is a ride, a video game, a soundtrack -- unapologetic and clearly labeled as such. It has no middle speed.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Fly Me to the Moon is a crummy movie for kids, yet it still holds out the prospect of past wonders and future marvels. It's one small step for a housefly, one giant leap for 3-D.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Perhaps because Campbell is a purist at heart, My Name Is Bruce is as awful as anything he has done - a broadly silly gore comedy in which no gag is too cartoonish to be indulged in at least once and preferably three times.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As for the movie itself, it's tolerable.
  13. There is a good chunk of Lady in the Water that is simply too well made and affectingly acted to dismiss as a mere exercise in arrogance.
  14. As for the dialogue, although the characters talk really fast, swear a lot, and overlap their lines, what they’re saying isn’t very funny or authentic. It’s as if David Mamet collaborated on writing an episode of “Two and a Half Men.”
  15. The cynics will slap their foreheads, the squeamish will cover their eyes, but the revenge movie fanatics should be nice and satisfied after the whole ordeal.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It must have looked great on paper. On screen, it’s a soapy mess that even Joan Crawford in her delusional late-period prime couldn’t save.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    "Prison isn't all that different from a nightclub,'' comments Alig toward the end. Funny; this movie isn't all that different from prison.
  16. Doesn't so much strike a lot of sour notes as fail to strike the right ones.
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  17. Ladling in so much schmaltz that even his in-house critic says, ''This thing's worse than `Terms of Endearment.'''
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    When it’s time for the hot sex scene between Timberlake’s ambitious Richie Furst and Rebecca (Gemma Arterton), his boss’s luscious second-in-command, the encounter is as charmless and chemistry-free as the wooden banter that has led up to it. I’ve had dentist’s appointments that were sexier.

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