Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,451 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Artist
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,451 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What’s interesting about Vacation is that it holds on to the original’s acrid cynicism for the first 40 minutes or so before turning predictable and bland. There are some real, nasty laughs to be had here, but they’re front-loaded.
  1. The thrill of the ridiculousness is gone. So is all the mystery that made Statham so appealing in the first place.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The line between gross-out humor that's inspired and the kind that's witless is fine indeed, and Movie 43 obliterates it with poop and movie stars.
  2. This is not a movie. It's a coming attraction for a theme park.
  3. Like the horror-flick hacks who infest Hollywood like termites, the Pangs don't build suspense, they assault the senses with twitchy photography and Danny's editing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Family, sadly, is a plate of leftovers: a bland, baldly written melodrama about two longtime best friends and their messed-up families.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There’s a half-realized, half-haunting Hitchcockian psychodrama buried somewhere within That Demon Within. What’s on the surface plays more like Wong and Lam simply forgot to take their meds.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If the director had brought any toughness of perspective - or at least the self-lacerating humor of 2002's "Igby Goes Down,'' still the reigning champ of screwed-up-Manhattan-prepster films - we might be able to digest George's follies without cringing.
  4. Grown Ups 2 offers a bittersweet paean to childhood and youth and their inevitable loss. Take the case of Adam Sandler. Didn’t he use to be funny?
  5. There's just very little in Beautiful Boy that feels fresh or new or truly raw. The houses, that title, every emotion, even the false moves: They're all generic.
  6. The movie needs Richard Dreyfuss .
  7. The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    We get it: Stand Up Guys is supposed to be cutesy criminal magic realism. But Stevens, an actor turned director, never finds the right vibe, and the movie's genuinely creepy misogyny sours the attempts to go sentimental in the final act.
  8. Larceny at its most labored.
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  9. Come on. You want to know if it's funny. And the answer is: kind of.
  10. Talking heads are overused in documentaries, but in this case a dose of perspective, a point of view or two, would have a gone a long way toward turning a pageant of unreliable voices and morbid images into a portrait of the artists and their deadly scene as something more than misunderstood.
  11. For all the controversy surrounding Buffalo Soldiers, you'd think the film would at least be interesting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Beware of stoner rock stars talking politics. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, the ecological/anticorporate idealism of Greendale is so vague as to be insulting to anyone past the backpack-and-Birkenstocks stage of life.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Slightly better than it should be. For Tucker Max, this possibly represents a triumph.
  12. I don't know whether she's (Hudson) drunk, stoned, or simply out of her mind, but if it weren't so sad watching her pick away at this skimpy, overlong romantic lie, she might be entertaining.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Please, moviegoers, time is running out for us. Our civilization (and bottom line) depend on fast-food kiddie meals stuffed with toys. In this way, we conquer the solar system.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.
  13. The Dead Pool is not a subtle movie or a bloodless one, although it does manage to put its own twist on the usual car chase sequence. [13 Jul 1988, p.59]
    • Boston Globe
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Teenage boys will be in heaven. All others: Check, please.
  14. All over the map in the details it throws at us, and the level of immaturity it aims for.
  15. The finale of this tedious piece of Asian-ish action-schlock based on a popular anime series implies an intention to make more. One was plenty for me.
  16. As one of the WWE's marquee pro wrestlers, John Cena is some actor. As a straight actor . . . he's a great wrestler.
  17. It's all emotionally counterfeit, and that bogusness infects the comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Jennifer’s Body falls into the dispiriting category of dumb movies made by smart people, in this case a glibly clever writer and a talented director who think a few wisecracks are enough to subvert the teen horror genre.

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