Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,096 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Tootsie
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil Inside
Score distribution:
6096 movie reviews
  1. The sweetly enticing Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire repays the bit of patience it asks.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Where Mia and the Migoo triumphs is in the art department alone, with rich brown charcoal outlines, majestic pastel washes that give depth to the landscapes, and riotous colors that are more vivid than the story line.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Unknown is punchy and entertaining. Maybe not the sort of thing you'd want to spend $10 plus a mortgage for popcorn on, but a nifty surprise on DVD several months from now -- or on pay-cable on-demand right now.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It plants a flag for a new corporate entertainment franchise and it will make international containerships of money, so does it matter that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is joyless and incoherent? Probably not.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s entertaining enough if you turn your brain off.
  2. The movie's queer delight is contagious. You'll exit lip-synching.
  3. Spellbinding if ponderous.
  4. The director, Beeban Kidron, handles the proceedings with an episodic aimlessness on par with Bridget's.
  5. Juicy acting and an intense individual and communal commitment that seems to boil up from the streets carry Southie past its structural and technical limitations. [28 May 1999]
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although Americans may be overwhelmed by the dizzy mix of music, dancing, and kung fu, they should have no trouble appreciating the talent of this extraordinary entertainer.
  6. With its inventively nutso action, youthful vibe, and subversive topicality, the “Kingsman” franchise feels more relevant than even Daniel Craig’s James Bond. Screen espionage doesn’t come any hipper these days.
  7. Disappointingly, this scruffy indie doesn’t live up to its promise either, despite a few flashes of subversive inspiration.
  8. Dylan and Nikki are an awkward match at best, and their combined story is about as creative/convincing as a Hallmark card.
  9. If one were to compare this film to one of Jobs’s own products, it would be more like the Cube than the iPod.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A glorious disaster.
  10. The amusement it provides is cheap, disposable, and hardly worth the number of quarters you fed into the slot in a frenzy not to go home empty-handed.
  11. Richard Kelly's Southland Tales isn't just a movie. It's an apocalyptic piñata that's been bazooka-ed open.
  12. Unfortunately, the potential for screwball comedy is wasted because L!fe Happens never finds its thematic tone or comedic rhythm.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Explicit yet consistently unerotic. It's also intensely sad, capturing everything about these people except the high they ceaselessly chase.
  13. The kind of richly layered film that Hollywood seldom attempts, much less brings off. But it's more than brought off here in grand, solid style and beautifully crafted detail.
  14. You keep waiting for it to go into orbit, to be really fizzy and outrageous, like the screwball farce it wants to be. Instead, the film settles for the merely serviceable.
  15. There is no central drama, no surprise, no tension in his comedy. The ads for Along Came Polly make it look so upbeat and simple that you're convinced it must be hiding something, like death or a disease. But the truth is there in the advertising: nothing happens.
  16. Killer Elite is based on a true story and about a half-dozen Jason Statham movies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    And that dog -- or, rather, that digitally enhanced replicant -- is just plain creepy.
  17. The kind of heartwarming, well-intentioned film many audiences claim they want to see at their local theaters.
  18. Kennedy doesn't take the character any deeper than a caricature of rich, nonblack fans of hip-hop culture. But as a caricature, he's fantastic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has a welcome humor but only in theory, and theory, chilly and self-involved, is where this filmmaker seems most at home. Like its bio-digital sirens, the movie never quite comes alive.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Simultaneously overplotted and simplistic, the new barnyard/racecourse comedy from Warner Brothers is predictable every step of the way, and it contains at least three too many poop jokes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A movie only a copyright lawyer could love. It strip-mines at least three Hitchcock classics - "North by Northwest," "The Wrong Man," and "The Man Who Knew Too Much" - then commits unlawful assault on Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" just for the heck of it.
  19. The movie may feel tonally consistent with the first, but it’s also overlong and thoroughly routine.

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