Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,189 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 Badlands
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
5,189 movie reviews
  1. It's much closer to a European film in sensibility than to one of Hollywood's factory products.
  2. There was little mirth or innocence in the world that Wharton was able to write her way out of (she was much happier living in Paris), and Davies and his leading lady lift the silks to reveal it as the minefield it was.
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A film of great ingenuity and imagination, full of suggestive power, and it deserves to be seen.
  3. Time of Favor, which boasts a haunting score, is an unflinching, complex portrait of a modern Israel that is rarely seen on-screen.
  4. 'Titanic'' was a case of a cheeseball story riding terrific effects. The Perfect Storm is in every important way deeper.
  5. What you're not prepared for in Marziyeh Meshkini's astonishing debut film is the way its central image instantly leaps into the pantheon of world cinema with a rightness and an urgency that glue your eyes to the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is a warts 'n' all portrayal - there's no dodging the feelings of both disgust and amusement.
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  6. He's (Dafoe) the stuff bad dreams are made of. He's also the best movie vampire since Schreck's original. He deserves a bloody Oscar.
  7. Has extraordinary depth and insight about the limitations and follies of human beings.
  8. Plays like a dislocated version of ''Death in Venice,'' but in a dryer, higher climate that features exponentially more firepower.
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  9. The film's disturbing images are presented matter-of-factly, which makes them more powerful, not less.
  10. It's a meditation on life and death, but it's less somber and more light-handed, subtle, and mischievously funny.
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  11. The film's triumph - and it is a triumph - in the end rests on the ability of Hrebejk and his actors to convince us that they never stop being normal people.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Another phantasmagorical tale of life among the Nazis, is upon us. This one works much better.
  12. Like so much Iranian cinema, Blackboards is a work of lyrical propaganda. But its metaphors are opaque enough to avoid didacticism, and the film succeeds as an emotionally accessible, almost mystical work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Polite but emotionally devastating, How I Killed My Father throws such questions out like smart bombs, and they detonate long after the end-credits have rolled.
  13. Such moral outrage, apart from the artistry in which it is embedded, tells us that the forces of change are stirring in Iran.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    More movies should be so funny and perceptive, with writing this sharp and acting this believable.
  14. Richly compelling.
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  15. Richly textured, beautifully acted.
  16. Magically transports the viewer across time and space. As it does so, it becomes a humbling reminder of the universality of the human experience.
  17. A miracle of data retrieval as the grown schoolchildren are measured against their footage from the earlier films.
  18. As a flawed but lovably lionhearted woman, Barrymore triumphantly comes of age as an actress.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Mines laughs from the ways in which its antihero's reductive philosophy consistently goes kerflooey in his face, but there's a weary sadness to it as well.
  19. As bloody as any recent film. But it's shot through with a harsh, stony humor that's invigorating enough to be regarded as a slap back at death.
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  20. Like its subject, Pollock is a messy creation, but one whose depth of commitment and high attack keeps it on track.
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Cantet's script and direction are flawless, and, matched step-for-step by Jocelyn Pook's mournful score, he builds the tension to near unbearable levels.
  21. The film is rightfully carried by Nico and Dani and under Gay's artful helmsmanship it's carried with remarkable sympathy and believability.
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  22. Warm, smart, and funny!
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Essential viewing for anyone who wants to know the roots -- and perils -- of modern political dissent.

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