Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,571 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Oslo, August 31st
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
5571 movie reviews
  1. There's nothing really wrong with it -- it's bad, but no worse than it needs to be, which is the problem.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    You get the impression that the cast and crew of Another Gay Movie could have made a genuinely funny film if they weren't obsessed with out-grossing the already gross "American Pie."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The problem is that both Philippa Goslett's script and Paul Morrison's direction lack the stylistic craziness - the sense of real, lunatic danger - a project like this desperately needs.
  2. The images are pretty, and Gene Quintano's screenplay gets everybody from point A to point B, though with no discernible knack for wit or subtlety.
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A glorious disaster.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    She has been made lovable -- and a Vanity Fair with a lovable Becky Sharp has no reason to exist. It's as if Shakespeare had put Hamlet on Prozac: What's the point?
  3. Here Aniston suffers every manipulative cliché and contrivance in the tearjerker playbook. She works hard, and it’s painful to watch.
  4. A movie that passably ambles along in generic-melodrama mode before finally insulting audience intelligence one time too many.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has a welcome humor but only in theory, and theory, chilly and self-involved, is where this filmmaker seems most at home. Like its bio-digital sirens, the movie never quite comes alive.
  5. The directors don't know how to make this new plot funny or infectious. Most promises of comedic pleasure go as unfulfilled Stifler's T-shirt. This movie hasn't a clue where to begin the donation process.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    It would have done better to go straight to video, where it belongs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Watching this movie in 3-D is very much like sticking one's head in a blender and hitting "pulse."
  6. If nothing else, Beloved Sisters is one of the most visually striking biopics around. Too bad you have to wade through so much verbiage in order to enjoy it.
  7. Beyond the Black Rainbow has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a working illustration of what differentiates movie stars from TV stars. When we buy a ticket for a George Clooney movie, it's because we want to see George Clooney (or Emma Stone or Tom Hanks or whomever). The real stars of "Glee," on the other hand, are the characters, not the actors.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If you enjoy laughing at a movie, rather than with it, then you might get a few chuckles. [18 Dec 1980, p.1]
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  8. For too long, this movie asks us to be interested in something that rarely in the history of the service industry has been sustainably entertaining: how dull certain jobs can be.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Is there a statute of limitations for how many good actors can be wasted in a bad movie?
  9. Comes tantalizingly close to being interesting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The ugly duckling of Nickelodeon's after-bath lineup. That's its strength.
  10. To those of us in the audience who might be strangers in paranormal precincts, it looks suspiciously like a séance.
  11. Brilliantly named Half Past Dead -- or for Seagal pessimists: ''Totally Past His Prime.''
  12. It’s network television drama, starring actors best known for their TV work and full of the petty gripes and mild worries of characters who really have nothing compelling to worry about.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie's primary pleasure is Hopkins, who manages to take the role of Father Lucas seriously without being serious about it at all.
  13. It has no pulse, no apparent breath.
  14. Just Like Heaven suggests that a post-coma Elizabeth might understand what life is truly all about. Of course, if being alive means having to live in this movie, maybe she was better off the way she was.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Except for the evocative sets and Randy Newman's upbeat musical score, Ragtime is better read than seen. [18 Dec 1981]
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  15. None of these characters provides more than a smattering of laughs, but Def is the one guy we might like to see more of, if only because his role is small and better executed than it deserves.
  16. The real problem with The Astronaut Farmer is that it has no spark.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Imagine some very smart people setting out to make a very naughty action film and shooting themselves in the foot. Voila: Crank: High Voltage.

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