Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,933 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
5933 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Older moviegoers may also recognize The Space Between Us as a dress-up variation on the old Jeff Bridges/Karen Allen movie “Starman” (1984), and by far the best parts have to do with Gardner’s often comic adjustments to life on Earth.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Gets better -- more rambunctiously astute -- as it goes, and its comic engine sputters into fitful life when Bernie Mac arrives on the scene.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A sweet-natured, terribly unthreatening drama about redemption and renewal, and it may matter more to the man who made it than the audiences who see it.
  1. Once again, even reasonably committed fans will need a scorecard to keep track of who's fighting whom. What's the real target audience - i.e. kids - supposed to make of it all?
  2. The new remake of Arthur is a thin copy of the 1981 original. But it has a few things going for it.
  3. This is a manic hour and a half. It's full of pushy, grabby, assertive, borderline obnoxious characters, not all of whom went to Harvard.
  4. Whether this movie works for you largely depends on whether you're willing to work for it. To which I say: Bring your gym clothes.
  5. At its best, the movie is provocative, sleekly assured, and a legit showcase for its intriguingly deep ensemble
  6. Everybody in the movie is so tightly wound that Walters seems a model of actorly limberness. She cuts through the movie with speed and mannish, zany wit.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It is spectacularly average. Neither an inspired reimagining nor a painful dud,
  7. Under a different set of circumstances - in a different society - the development might have flourished. But The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is a documentary, not fantasy.
  8. The trouble with Grumpy Old Men is the patronizing attitude -- ageism, really -- that takes a too-broad approach to their geriatric world and renders it plastic. It is too cute and sanitized to allow its performers much in the way of opportunity.
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    So it is with St. Vincent, which might be Murray’s “Gran Torino” if you squint at it from one angle, or “Old Meatballs” if you come at it from another.
  9. Rodriguez does a fair job of keeping the zaniness coming: Vergara’s machine gun bra, Gibson delivering exposition in a “Star Wars” prop, bad guys offed by helicopter blades in dementedly creative ways. It’s enough that you’ll hope Rodriguez makes good on that new faux trailer — for “Machete Kills Again . . . in Space.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Rum Diary has been retroactively Hunter S. Thompson-ized. And not for the better.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This is one schlockfest that may be enjoyed more by casual viewers than by hard-core fans, since writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson breaks with the established mythology of both properties whenever he feels like it. Like it matters.
  10. An intermittently arresting, mostly standard action entry that deals death noisily more than cleverly - a lot like the original.
  11. Things bottom out when Zoe not only hooks up with another lover (there is not an ounce of body fat in this movie), but also misses her son’s soccer game. And up until then we were all having a good time.
  12. Just a bunch of spotty sketches slapped together that will satisfy no one except the diehards.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Taking wobbly aim at our country's complicated love affair with guns, the movie's the very definition of a cheap shot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A watchable disappointment. Sumptuous to look at, tastefully dull, and ultimately rather silly.
  13. Lively, if overlong, documentary.
  14. The movie tries to do for forearms what the loosely similar science-fiction romance "The Adjustment Bureau'' attempted for men's hats: make them chic.
  15. The early dilemma in "Rise of the Silver Surfer " is this: Save the world or marry Jessica Alba . Your conscience says, "Save the world." But the Maxim reader in you knows better.
  16. Rendition is a reminder that, in the wrong hands, political outrage can be a slog.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Heavy metal, alt-pop, southern rock, orchestral swells, wailing Middle Eastern tunes all vie for our attention, but none of this noise drowns out the sound of good intentions twisting themselves into an impotent knot.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Even older kids will understand that Pixar does it so much better, not because of their computers but because of an intelligent attention to script and character and craft. If the people running Disney don't understand that much anymore, maybe they should turn out the lights and go home.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film doesn't embarrass itself or dishonor its predecessor, which is something.
  17. Ultimately, this film is only scary if you're afraid of artfully self-conscious, grainy cinematography.
    • Boston Globe
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The only reason to see Leaving - and it's not a bad reason at all - is for the sight of Kristin Scott Thomas in a rare happy mood.

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