Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,312 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Beautiful Losers
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
6312 movie reviews
  1. If 'The Flower of Evil' is not vintage Claude Chabrol, it's at least vintage mediocre Claude Chabrol.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There are rich issues at play here, about the nature of attraction and whether individual will is or isn't pinned to the wheel of physiology. But Decena hasn't dramatized them; he's used them as talking points set to an indie-film guitar strum, and the result is both earnest and passionless.
  2. The performances by Plotnick, Leupp, and Roberson comprise a jarring special effect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    This is at bottom a pulp thriller that strains -- sometimes pretentiously, at other times with gutter magnificence -- to reach the level of basic human truths.
  3. Engrossing, smartly made documentary.
  4. Dukakis gets off some of the film's best lines and keeps the worst from sinking the whole affair; Polley's role is limited, but her character's audition for a feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An overly constructed little thriller that squeezes a fair amount of suspense out of its far-fetched plot.
    • 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.
  5. Mercifully, The Station Agent is not about how these misfits heal one another -- they're not that miserable, for one thing. It's about the unlikely ways proximity, need, and coincidence create friendships.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Skips lightly along the sewers of human depravity as if the trip alone was worth the telling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    For the record, Rare Birds doesn't even fly as a birder's special, since Tasseter's Sulfurious Duck is a fictional species. Now, if they'd seen a Eurasian Wigeon, then we'd be talking.
  6. The average Bollywood routine is passionately cheesy. This movie seems cursed with a lactose intolerance.
  7. The film's good humor is often betrayed by its low-budget roots, however, as though it couldn't afford to be more original or ambitious than its premise.
  8. The result is a cheap and cloying contraption that doesn't know when to stop smirking.
  9. Comes on like a runaway Humvee.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You come away enchanted less by the character than by the woman playing her.
  10. The film winds up stranding us in a desperate wilderness of collapse and betrothal.
  11. The casting alone should warn you about what kind of bottom this movie's going to hit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It has a naive, heartfelt selfishness that may offend some viewers, and a resolve that others will find intensely soothing. ''Dying's not as easy as it looks,'' cautions Ann's doctor (Julian Richings), but here it's as easy as a movie can make it.
  12. What the movie lacks in ambition, originality, and grit, it makes up for in pure feeling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Expect Demonlover to become a midnight-movie staple in the coming years. And expect shards of it to roil your dreams for weeks.
  13. This movie is wretched, condescending, and sad, like watching an elderly man spend more than 100 minutes tapping his arm for the youth vein -- which he never finds.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film is a disquieting and often very funny examination of yuppie unease in the country. The problem is, it's disguised as a dopey suspense thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You have an overstuffed story line, sloppy filmmaking, a general thinness of conception (if you've seen "Sister Act," you've pretty much seen The Fighting Temptations), and a lead performance that starts out obnoxious and becomes actively grating.
  14. Slow and ultimately distressing.
  15. As murky and derivative-looking as the film is, it moves with an authority that pummels you into submission.
  16. Sayles seems to be trying, single-handedly, to correct centuries of First World self-centeredness in Third World contexts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A tremendous human drama, with each stage of its characters' journey a white-knuckle thriller in miniature.
  17. No sophisticated dance, but it moves about with an open heart. And hey, it's at least as funny as that Greek thing.

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