Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,027 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Look at Me
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
5,027 movie reviews
  1. The film makes more apparent than ever that Howard is quite underrated as a filmmaker, possibly because he's been hidden in full view in the mainstream for so long.
  2. As full of joy as pain, it's a perspective we need to see more often.
  3. Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
  4. The film's bountiful warmth and gusto do their work. By the end, we feel part of the family, too.
  5. Serendipity returns us, if only for a couple of hours, to the Manhattan of our dreams.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a honey of a performance: controlled, achingly human, and funny in the deepest ways.
  6. It's a treat to encounter the deadpan light-handedness with which Mamet goes about his business.
  7. It's deeply stylized, but there's an accompanying patience and gravity that are hard to shake. They're the architecture of a lingering, unsentimental sadness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Elaborately layered movie about schemes and more schemes that pile up faster than chips on a blackjack table. The other half is realizing, about halfway through the film, that you won't figure it out until it's over.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Scorsese and his team of Grade A talents are working on an operatic scale here, and like many operas, this is long, overwrought, sprawling, and more than frequently brilliant. It also hits just enough discordant notes to keep it from greatness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A quirky, welcome addition to Disney's cavalcade of animated stars.
  8. Whatever portion of the alienated teen angst championship Thora Birch left unclaimed after ''American Beauty,'' she nails down brilliantly in Ghost World.
  9. Fresh, original, and arresting.
  10. As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best.
  11. Bernal, with his sweet man-boy looks, makes Padre Amaro's portrait of corruption all the more flabbergasting in its irony.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's Cronenberg's finest film, it's star Ralph Fiennes's riskiest role, it's a tour de force for actress Miranda Richardson.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Pixar is so good at what it does that every other kiddie-entertainment purveyor -- including parent company Disney -- flounders in comparison.
  12. The most disorienting and trippiest data-retrieval caper in years.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A comedy, and for all its cliches and clumsiness, close to a great one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A tremendous human drama, with each stage of its characters' journey a white-knuckle thriller in miniature.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Utterly adorable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's spookily touching to see this massed group of former rock gods gathered to honor one of their fallen. Bald spots and graying shags predominate; the giant velvet lapels of 1969 have given way to sensible sport coats; the granny glasses are for real.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The opening 15 minutes of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World are so well crafted that they restore your faith in commercial cinema.
  13. Nathaniel fares well with his father's fellow masters, although Frank Gehry seems evasive.
  14. AKA
    The triptych is a device but never a gimmick: three windows into one fractured soul.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Yet what I felt when the lights came up at the end of this visionary, titanic, relentless experience was something different: a strange relief that it was, at last, over.
  15. The film's central drama is not between the former secretary and the filmmaker. It's between McNamara and history.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Three quarters of Cold Mountain consist of some of the most masterful and absorbing filmmaking of the year. The final quarter is Hollywood business as usual.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Osama works simply as the story of one unlucky young girl.

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