Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,934 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Black Stallion
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5934 movie reviews
  1. As Changeling strains toward its mawkishly optimistic conclusion, the old-fashioned moviemaking that Eastwood settled into doesn't suit either him or his star. It feels like a corny joke.
  2. This nostalgic licorice whip of a movie assumes there's still an audience for a straight-faced, family-friendly salute to the 1970s heyday of competitive roller disco.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A heartfelt but muddled melodrama.
  3. If Pulse is unsurprising as a horror movie (come on: chalky, soul-sucking freaks again?), as a campaign against the Internet, digital piracy, cellphones, and anything that computes anything (like laptops or brains), it's a riot.
  4. For some, Atlas Shrugged Part II is a ridiculous movie. For others, it's scripture.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film itself suggests a sketch video on Ferrell and McKay's "Funny or Die" website, padded out to the dimensions of a character comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An earnest, extremely grueling, prodigiously crafted true-life drama that takes one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history and reduces it to a bad day at Club Med.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Wants to be as shocking as its title, but it doesn't have the nerve.
  5. For the haters out there, you could see where Sandler reprising his role as a cartoon Dracula in Hotel Transylvania 2 might just be the perfect metaphor: Yep, there he goes again, evilly sucking the lifeblood out of decent entertainment. Now come on, let’s grab the torches!
  6. Very little of it is as persuasive or enveloping as its beloved English counterpart. But it works very hard to distract 11-year-olds from thinking about the November arrival of “The Deathly Hallows.’’
  7. Too much of Taxi is just tired.
  8. It's an exasperating exercise in B-movie hokum and screenwriter's gimmickry.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    At best, it's unnecessary. At worst, it's vaguely insulting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie is both stunning on the level of visual pageantry and curiously inert as cinema.
  9. The moral weight of Hitler's Children is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness.
  10. Or maybe Major, like Oedipus, is really searching for herself? Do people even have selves? Are identities and souls just a bunch of clichés spun out by teams of screenwriters? If these questions interest you, do yourself a favor and watch the 1995 original movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    One of the prime laws of the multiplex states that any action or horror movie series will devolve into ritualized violence, self-mocking camp, and egregious silliness by part three. Blade: Trinity is right on schedule.
  11. This sequel, with the return of the first movie's insatiably slutty Los Angeles collegians, is as vulgar as its predecessor and just as almost-smart.
  12. It comes down to this: Which is more important, the innocence of a child or the survival of the species? And if the race survives, will it just become like the enemy aliens that must be destroyed to do so?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This payback-revenge storyline, told mostly at night with minimal dialogue, is tense but familiar, and Bruno's quick-draw costume changes are fun to watch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The problem with Flash of Genius isn't that the subject is dull but that the movie is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie looks great and sounds better, and its status as a pioneering work of cinematic eye candy seems secure. For one thing, it's hard to imagine ''Moulin Rouge'' without it. As a movie about recognizable human beings, however, One From the Heart remains a failure.
  13. A climactic contest takes place in arctic weather that would rival any New England Patriots playoff game. Had the filmmakers drawn more on this rowdy, hardy spirit, not to mention the hirsute gravitas of Peter Mullan, it might have done justice to its legendary subjects.
  14. Fatal Assistance has few answers, and adds little clarity.
  15. That Morgan Freeman voice! It’s so rich and full and authoritative that even when he’s telling Judah, “OK, OK,” you almost believe people used that word in the year 33. If they were very progressive.
  16. A cheery version of a darker, grislier movie, one in which people like Daniel beat up people like Charlie, girls like Vicky end up in far more compromising positions, and women like Celia turn to Scotch and prescription drugs to cope with their pain.
  17. The filmmakers don't appear to know what's important, let alone how to pace an epic for big drama and maximum thrills.
  18. Underneath its mea culpas lies a subtext that exonerates the post-Third Reich generations of its past.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Elsa & Fred does graze against an interesting idea: that the vitality of our youths lives on in the prison of aging bodies.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates lopes along with bumptious likability but no real energy, urgency, structure, or wit.

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