Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,346 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 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,346 movie reviews
  1. A crass, witless knockoff of better films.
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  2. 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.
  3. Another gay movie that luxuriates in emotional implausibility.
  4. Neither thrilling nor psychological, but it's chicly shot and edited and is pretty much art-directed to death.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The saddest part is that "Deck" wastes four comic talents ranging from the near-genius (Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito) to the inspired (Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth ) to the charming (Kristin Davis of "Sex and the City").
  5. There is still a great horror movie about foreclosure to be made. In the meantime, this movie plays games. (How many rounds of hide-and-seek should an audience tolerate?)
  6. After a while, the movie tires of the witch business and trots out a plot twist that permits the effects department to spend money. Some moviegoers might find the bait-and-switch funny.
  7. It has a little something to irritate everybody. People looking for romance will find only cardboard lovers. People looking for a resounding musical will find it odd that the camera runs away from the lip-synching cast. And people looking for opera -- well, shame on you.
  8. Alazy rip-off of ''Dog Day Afternoon'' that is too limp to even offend.
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Irene in Time is the initial first-run feature to debut at the Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston’s newest art house cinema. Both the theater and its audiences deserve much better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Gross and tasteless...this high-school romp mixes the gross and tasteless with sentimental mush.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The accidental comedy sensation of the year to date.
  9. New Year's Eve is fun in the way that eating at a buffet is fun. It's two hours of foods that have nothing to do with each other piled high on a plate because it was too cheap to resist.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Once upon a time, you'd go to see a grade-C genre movie like this willing to trade consistency and artfulness for a few stray thrills or oddball charm. But Darkest Hour doesn't have even as much character as those Discover commercials.
  10. Playing Clouseau's exasperated boss, Cleese rams his head into a wall minutes into the action. That's a powerful image, insofar as his headache was mine.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Consider this the sequel to "Ernest in the Army " that the late Jim Varney never got around to making. It's not very good but at least it's not evil.
  11. An embarrassing romantic comedy from Rob Reiner.
  12. The flat tire of summer movies.
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  13. Slides instantly into the realm of the forgettable.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A wan, derivative entry in the torture-porn cycle.
  14. Virtuosity doesn't really compute, but there's going to be more of its kind of cyberaction, not less. [4 Aug 1995, pg. 51]
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  15. Lethal Weapon 3 is a big, dumb, noisy, comic strip of a movie that begins and ends in flames.
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  16. Cradle of lifelessness.
  17. A video game barely disguised as a movie. Violent, and the monsters are scary for younger children.
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  18. Messing should know this is precisely the kind of movie Grace would ridicule Will for dragging her to see.
  19. Television is a state of mind. And the makers of Saw III have delivered the most despicable episode of "One Life to Live" ever.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A black-dressing young intellectual of my acquaintance recently ascribed a "lazy generosity" to Garfield and his daily antics. If so, the movie gets the laziness but misses the generosity.
  20. The only thing that keeps Cool World from imploding is that Bakshi turns it into a series of animator's riffs, with little explosions of toon action erupting like video game novas into the foreground of the story that isn't happening. [10 Jul 1992]
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  21. The Strauses don't care about how to keep an audience. Their movie has no sense of suspense or dread - Skyline is an apocalypse movie that plods like one of Romero's zombies.

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