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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The hidden message of The Oath is so inescapable as to be Shakespearean: Character will out.
  1. What you're not prepared for in Marziyeh Meshkini's astonishing debut film is the way its central image instantly leaps into the pantheon of world cinema with a rightness and an urgency that glue your eyes to the screen.
  2. The movie observes the general misery of needing serious medical treatment and the particular awfulness of needing medical treatment you can't pay for.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Giants has SO many insistent high points, in fact, that its breathlessness threatens to turn monotonous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    When The Departed roars to life, as it does in so many of its scenes, you feel like nobody understands movies -- the delirious highs, the unforgiving moral depths -- as well as this man does. Welcome back, Marty.
  3. This is the epidemic from love's point of view, a story as much about how the disease can ravage the heart as it does the body. It is also Téchiné's best film since 1998's superb "Alice et Martin," and 1994's even better "Wild Reeds."
  4. AKA
    The triptych is a device but never a gimmick: three windows into one fractured soul.
  5. The film's triumph - and it is a triumph - in the end rests on the ability of Hrebejk and his actors to convince us that they never stop being normal people.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible.
  6. Enormously enjoyable.
  7. Revanche was a foreign-language Oscar nominee this year, and it's a better movie than most of the films in the main race. The word "revanche" means "revenge" in German, but "waiting" would have been just as good.
  8. In The Hurt Locker, the thrill is unexpectedly contagious. You don't realize how riveted you are until you're back on American soil observing James in civilian life.
  9. Moore's roving essay feels even more urgent now than it did when the jury had to make up an award to honor it at the Cannes film festival in May.
  10. As savage and as epic as film gets.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Too often the movies view the problems of Africa through Western eyes, but "Devil" turns that weakness to a literal strength, because Steidle could do nothing in his position except take photographs.
  11. Fighting has real grit and excellent acting. In other words, there is gold in that dirt.
  12. Throughout the history of film, nothing turns campier faster than dinosaur movies. This one will have a much longer shelf life than most.
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  13. Antal is a professional who respects your dollars. In a season where the blockbusters are as flat as month-old soda, that’s the most romantic gesture a commercial filmmaker can make.
  14. It's a treat to encounter the deadpan light-handedness with which Mamet goes about his business.
  15. As casually insensitive and careless as you might expect from a film of this era, but it's also surprisingly crafty about finding ways to incite discussion
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There’s a lot, in fact, that keeps this film from greatness. One performance alone recommends it. That’s enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In its unstated cynicism, beauty, and self-pity, Last Days fits the myth of Cobain like a torn pair of jeans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Goblet of Fire is the entry in which Rowling finally took off the gloves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The most playful film to come out of the French New Wave, it's also the last time Jean-Luc Godard appeared to have any fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Set two years later, the sequel's the better film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Smartly written and beautifully played, The Savages is about that point in life where you look around and realize that where you are is probably as far as you're going to get. In spite of this, the movie's a comedy, dry and humane.
  16. "Angélica" feels most like the film that argues Oliveira is this close to the beyond without ever bothering to knock first at death's door.
  17. Nobody's going to think of The Score as trail-blazing, but there's nothing small-time about its dramatic and acting payoff.
  18. Washington hasn't been this relaxed in years. When he feels like it he can be the most charismatic star in the movies.
  19. A chillingly effective documentary.

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