Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,331 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 Two Days, One Night
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
5,331 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. An embarrassing romantic comedy from Rob Reiner.
  3. The flat tire of summer movies.
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  4. Slides instantly into the realm of the forgettable.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A wan, derivative entry in the torture-porn cycle.
  5. 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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  6. Lethal Weapon 3 is a big, dumb, noisy, comic strip of a movie that begins and ends in flames.
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  7. Cradle of lifelessness.
  8. A video game barely disguised as a movie. Violent, and the monsters are scary for younger children.
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  9. Messing should know this is precisely the kind of movie Grace would ridicule Will for dragging her to see.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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  12. 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.
  13. The Lost City is Andy Garcia's ballad to Havana during the Cuban revolution. You'll have to forgive the penthouse view, though -- it's the only one Garcia can seem to find.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Julie Davis, tries desperately to fill (Woody)Allen's Coke-bottle glasses, but it fails. Miserably.
  14. As perfectly bad horror movies go, Wrong Turn is something new: a gore-splattered workout flick.
  15. When this Vin Diesel vehicle isn't pointlessly frenzied, it's narratively inert, wasting some decent production design, and a French-flavored cast primed for fun.
  16. A terribly self-satisfied lecture about the ubiquity of quantum physics in spiritual life, is dishonest enough to suggest that even its cavalcade of scientists and mystics might not know anything about such topics as reality and the sub-atomic world.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    As for Hawke's direction, if there is any, it certainly isn't apparent. The shots are frequently bland and uneven, and the players act as though their only instruction was ''Just show up at the set and remember your lines.'' At least they seem to have gotten that much right.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    After "Gothika " and "Catwoman ," a viewer has to wonder: Why does this woman keep making thrillers if she can't bring herself to be thrilled?
  17. Scares up few chills.
  18. It's ultimately just a rigorous personal training film made by people who don't seem to like movies or the people who go to them.
  19. His [Director Tony Scott's] pornographic lust for bloodletting, gunplay, and out-of-control camerawork far exceeds his abilities to tell a story.
  20. The kind of comedy that takes the fun out of stupidity.
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  21. If ridiculous, hackneyed, gratuitously violent slasher movies aren't your thing, don't go near Venom with a 10-foot snake pole.
  22. The movie's no good: It's written, directed, performed, photographed, edited, and marketed on a fifth-grade reading level; despite that and its twin stars' saucer eyes and ropy limbs, it's no Muppet movie either.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Pain & Gain, a jokey but fatally tone-deaf true-crime caper, plays like “Fargo” for idiots.
  23. It's a movie only a psychic could love, since a psychic would know to stay home or see "Zodiac" instead.

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