Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,372 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 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
5,372 movie reviews
  1. Even by the standards of mental-institution-movie misogyny, what an accidental but predictable creepshow this is.
  2. Will your preschoolers enjoy it? Perhaps. Is it worth 88 minutes of their lives, or yours? Not in a world where "Sesame Street" is on TV every day. Not even in a world where "Sesame Street" didn't exist.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Non-"Twilight'' fans would be better off surfing YouTube.
  3. What is offensive is how the masquerade punks these other people - and to no seeming purpose, other than to provide Gandhi with footage for this documentary.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    By far the funniest part of Strange Wilderness is the trailer for "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" that's running before it.
  4. Positively reeks of self-importance -- the jokey, ham-fisted, pseudo-socially relevant, punch-pulling kind. It reeks worse of acting -- the Jack-Lemmon-in-a-coma Kevin Spacey kind.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Return is a slow-paced, incompetently directed film with both eyes focused on the box office. [26 Mar 1983]
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  5. There’s no redeeming this softcore nonsense, which plays like a script that “Storage Wars” stumbled across in Joe Eszterhas’s old locker.
  6. One of those movies that an audience knows is terrible the minute it starts.
  7. Phar Lap wastes its brilliant potential through embarrassingly inept acting, a cloying soundtrack, stereotyped characters and pedestrian direction. [13 Jul 1984]
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    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Like criticizing the light fixtures on the Titanic. This ship was going down anyway.
  8. By the time the giant, snarling spider shows up - the most boggling of the movie's various "holy schnitzel" touches - parents of the littlest "Hoodwinked" fans may be feeling hoodwinked themselves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Women on the 6th Floor is delicate and sensitive and utter bollocks - a bourgeois wet dream made to soothe the souls and stir the loins of powerful men in midlife crisis. But some of us wish we could see this movie told from the maids' point of view.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Take represents the downside of the new documentary renaissance.
  9. Hampton's directorial inexperience shows, and the film remains curiously disjointed and devoid of suspense. [06 Dec 1996]
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  10. The latest Guy Ritchie shoot-em-up, is a joke. You laugh with it but mostly at it.
  11. 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.
  12. War
    Fun here is fleeting.
  13. Grant and Parker stand around as if they're waiting for someone to yell, "Cut.'' He's in one movie. She's in another. Neither is any good.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Adrian Lyne pulls out more manipulative nonsense than Machiavelli ever thought of. Lyne stops at nothing to provoke artificial sentimental feelings from the audience. Like the movie itself, the audience's reaction is only skin deep. [18 Sep 1987, p.58]
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  14. Tom Six's movie has the freakiness and sadism of its genre, but it's so heavy with self-appreciation -- Dude, we had the craziest premise for a movie! -- that it can't lift off into the perverse ecstasy of decent exploitation. That was also the problem with "Snakes on a Plane.''
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of this Lord, find a copy of the 1999 DVD "Lord of the Dance" and don't waste your time with this flat vanity piece.
  15. One thing you have to give Bay credit for: He has a knack for bringing A-list talent down to his level. Like Mark Wahlberg, Oscar nominee for “The Fighter” and “The Departed.”
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Kick-Ass 2 is a special kind of crap: the kind smart people make for audiences they think are stupid.
  16. You don't want to think, what would Preston Sturges or Alexander Payne do with this material? But there is a seed of satirical cynicism in this movie that a smart, clear mind could have finessed. Jake Kasdan is not that director. He doesn't appear to know what to do.
  17. This movie brings to mind much better cable TV shows like the marijuana comedy "Weeds,’" the one-on-one psychodramas of "In Treatment," and the astonishingly cinematic "Breaking Bad."
  18. A crass, witless knockoff of better films.
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  19. Aeon Flux is the sophomore picture from Karyn Kusama, who's first movie was a modest boxing film called "Girlfight." Here she's in over her head. The movie's sexual and scientific ideas never come through, and the characters would be fun only if they came with a joystick.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A film of singularly boneheaded conceits, Butterfly is populated by, and appears to have been made by, stoned college dudes more hung up on oh-wow twists than the need to make sense.
  20. Another gay movie that luxuriates in emotional implausibility.

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