Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,073 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Manchester by the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
6073 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. At its best, the movie is provocative, sleekly assured, and a legit showcase for its intriguingly deep ensemble
  3. 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,
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. An intermittently arresting, mostly standard action entry that deals death noisily more than cleverly - a lot like the original.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Lively, if overlong, documentary.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. "Wolverine" feels enslaved to its many masters - Marvel Comics, Hollywood, and the young men who devour their products - never sidestepping the déjà vu it inspires.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film itself is painless, strained, occasionally amusing, and utterly disposable — just another studio buddy comedy/action movie that forgot where it put the script.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Still as moth-eaten as a Bengal tiger rug on the floor of a London men's club.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This story of how corporate interests collude against the common good is surely worthy. But you might ask if the facts of the case might have made a better documentary, not a drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A good-natured but terminally mild British mockumentary.
  16. Despite moments of black comedy and some memorable images, this “debut’’ doesn’t offer a lot to love.

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