Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,262 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Clay Bird
Lowest review score: 0 P2
Score distribution:
5,262 movie reviews
  1. It plays like a crude "Godfather" parody, the sort that might amuse as a 10-minute sketch on "Saturday Night Live," but curdles and collapses as a 143-minute film. [09 Dec 1983]
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    • 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.
  2. Staying Alive, the sequel to John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever," plays like wet cement. [16 Jul 1983]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If you were ever curious how a bad director can destroy the work of two talented actors and a slight, but funny, script, you need look no further than Educating Rita. [28 Oct 1983]
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  3. Although the limits on Beverly Hills Cop III are pretty obvious, it's not a total write-off. Still, it's time to stop making movies about Murphy's Motown cop and start making one about Serge. [25 May 1994, p.69]
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  4. Its squandering of talent makes Class Action a film that deserves to be disbarred, not reviewed. [15 Mar 1991]
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  5. Lethal Weapon 3 is a big, dumb, noisy, comic strip of a movie that begins and ends in flames.
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  6. The concept of Air America is refreshing, but its enactment goes nowhere fast. [10 Aug 1990]
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  7. Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte are back in Another 48 HRS., and so is some of the chemistry between them. But although this sequel is more amped up than the original "48 HRS.," most of the thrills are gone. [8 Jun 1990, p.35]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Mississippi Burning plays loose with truth, turning the history of the civil rights movement on its head. The filmmakers shamelessly transform what was ultimately a triumph of due process and nonviolent civil disobedience into an ugly might-makes-right spectacle. It's "Dirty Harry" coming at you from the left. [27 Jan 1989, p.72]
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  8. The moviemaking is driven only by contempt; he (Roth) wants to nauseate us into submission.
  9. It's amazingly suspenseless and devoid of substance. [05 Mar 1993]
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  10. Hampton's directorial inexperience shows, and the film remains curiously disjointed and devoid of suspense. [06 Dec 1996]
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  11. Nightwatch quickly declines from creepy to silly. [17 Apr 1998]
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  12. Johnny Suede is too devoid of content to sustain our interest. [19 Sep 1992]
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  13. 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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  14. This one is hollow and caves in on itself, growing wearisome and posed, ending in a burst of salvational violence and a coda of sentimentality masquerading as transcendent toughness. [13 Jan 1995]
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    • 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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  15. 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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    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Producer Ray Stark and director John Huston have relied more on the rigid style of the comic strip than on the high-steppin' pizazz of the Broadway show. They've transformed a big-hearted hit that won seven Tonys into a small- minded musical. [18 Jun 1982]
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  16. If unused spit takes, flubbed dialogue, and extra improvisation are so uproarious, why not give us 90 minutes of that? License to Wed is tolerable for about five.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A wan, derivative entry in the torture-porn cycle.
    • 50 Metascore
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      Ty Burr
    The Ten is a virtually snicker-free exercise in audience pain. It's less a movie than an endurance test.
  17. War
    Fun here is fleeting.
  18. As with Zombie's two previous schlock horror features, "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects," the atmosphere here isn't so much tense and jolting as unnervingly weird and gory, but it's effective.
  19. This is less an affront to women than it is to comedy.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A dull little PG-rated spook story for tweener girls.
  20. 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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  21. The movie tries going for a laugh or two. It even makes stabs at irony. But since none of the story is suspenseful, remotely believable, or, at the very least, cheaply entertaining, who cares?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Like most family movies these days, "Alvin" is torn between the glitz that sells and the homilies that endure. It's a load of Ting Tang Wallet-Wallet Bling Blang.

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