Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,263 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Amour
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil Inside
Score distribution:
5,263 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hobbled by its vaguely insulting comic-book version of the '60s and by a humorlessness that can only come from talented people convinced they're creating work for the ages.
  1. You don't have to hand the folks behind Dragon Wars much (the acting, directing, costumes, editing, props, music, etc: They're all off). But when they decide to sic that giant snake and those prehistoric dino-birds on downtown Los Angeles, the movie turns shockingly watchable.
  2. The film logs almost all of its laughs when it's at its crudest, meanest, and most unfiltered. Everything else - and that is to say most of the movie - is a big, fat, derivative waste of time.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This version 3.0 needs an upgrade.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sydney White makes "Mean Girls" look like Shakespeare.
  3. Human trafficking is an awful societal issue, and Trade happens to be an awful movie about human trafficking.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The producers - Fox Films and the usually reliable Walden Media - have tried to gin up the story for multiplex audiences. They've succeeded in making a movie for no audience at all.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    In this bilingual morality movie about love, family, and fate, however, the unpredictability turns out to be highly predictable.
  4. The Hollywood version of one of those fawning "60 Minutes" segments about musical prodigies. For most of it, I could hear the congested awe of Morley Safer.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There have been plenty of movies adapted from video games before, but Hitman may be the first one that actually feels like a computer wrote and directed it.
  5. Blithely inept.
  6. A sorry excuse for a ghetto SOS.
  7. Rambo isn't dull. It is, however, often murkily directed, a real shortcoming in an action movie. In the big rescue-the-prisoners sequence, it's very hard to keep track of who is doing what to whom where.
  8. The best thing in Meet the Spartans is the swift kick in the bombast it delivers to the oh-no-not-us homoeroticism of "300."
  9. It's a warmed-over suspense thriller that's more disturbing than it is surprising or scary.
  10. This is one of those your-roots-are-showing family circuses where just about everybody seems like a clown.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is a movie that's both clever and stupid - an interesting feat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Not good enough to take seriously and, sadly, not bad enough to be any fun.
  11. This story could have gone in a number of more inspiring allegorical directions but winds up your average bedtime story instead.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Highly formulaic, make-'em-laugh-then-make-'em-cry comedy.
  12. Drillbit Taylor sounds like a rediscovered blaxploitation movie or a name near the top of the NFL draft.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
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    The movie's chief audience, consequently, will probably be gullible and young, responding to the cliches only because they haven't seen them before. They have a word in Vegas for these people: Suckers.
  13. When the big twist is revealed at the end of The Life Before Her Eyes, you might think the only way to appreciate its cleverness is to see the film again. I did that. It didn't help.
  14. I was not a fan of Albert Brooks's "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" (2005), but Brooks, at least, seemed willing to concede before it was over that his movie was a terrible idea. Spurlock seems opportunistically optimistic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In Made of Honor, the leads are beautiful and everyone else is a freak. So where does that leave us?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All that's missing is coherence. Call it Blunderbuss Satire.
  15. The truth is, indeed, still out there. And when Carter finds it, may he heed its wisdom: Let go.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Short, cheap, weird, and passably diverting.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this "Mummy" feels like a threadbare toss-off.
  16. Swing Vote is a satire that's afraid to satirize.

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