Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,422 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 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
5,422 movie reviews
  1. Its pile-driving succession of set pieces comes at you with numbingly relentless efficiency, presumably in the hope that you won't notice or care how dumb it all is.
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  2. What saves it is that it's lighter than mousse and is animated by a handful of engaging performers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There’s a thin line between the iconic and the generic, and The Rover, a grim post-apocalyptic drama from down under, wanders back and forth across it in an adrenaline daze.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall the concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But as good as it is, the film falls short of translating the exaltation and near-gospel music feel of the band in full flight. [2 Nov 1984]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Wonderful characters, these three, and The Hard Word never figures out what to do with them.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ghosts is better-than-average McConaughey swill, but not by much - that's its pleasure and its curse.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What a waste.
  3. 'Trainspotting'' Lite.
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  4. The problem is that the heart of the movie is McGowan. He's just not a very compelling figure. He's a bit doughy and inert.
  5. Despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
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    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Flatters its audience by dividing the grown-up world into mean idiots and nice idiots, which might be interestingly subversive if the movie had anything on its mind. Instead, it's just a Hollywood crash course: Heist Films 101.
  6. Lots of sex, but little joy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A comparison to Carver's original story - called "Why Don't You Dance?," easily Googleable, and all of 1,600 words long - is instructive.
  7. Will miracles never cease? Alas, they do. Pausing pregnantly between clauses to add to their trite profundity, Quentin recites the moral of the story, and it’s as phony as the towns of the title.
  8. If you walk in with your expectations at a suitably low setting, you won't walk away disappointed.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A tasty diversion from the usual Hollywood fare.
  9. Mostly, Smart People is a failure of imagination.
  10. Just because a Japanese animated film is screening at the Museum of Fine Arts doesn't mean that you can count on Miyazaki-caliber artistry.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even at 85 minutes, the movie contains maybe 50 minutes that scare.
  11. There's something wrong with this picture, and the problem is there on Smith's face -- Smith looks distressingly I-was-an-Oscar-nominee bored. That goes double for Jones.
  12. The characters, in short, are never given enough dimension, enough chance to develop the individual tics and eccentricities on which this kind of comedy thrives.
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Monogamy sets up a nifty idea that it doesn't follow through.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The bottom line: Any movie that gives Jonathan Winters work is doing something right.
  13. Waist Deep is a cynical excuse for the writer and director (and talented actor) Vondie Curtis-Hall to sock some money away for the kids' college tuition. It's as if he watched "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " and thought, "It needs more palm trees."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What it is is watchable, a thoroughly professional piece of Great Man hackwork that lacks the invention and spirit of its obvious model, "Shakespeare in Love.''
  14. All the movie's good style goes to waste on a not terribly compelling conceit and loosely sketched characters.
  15. It's the sort of movie that thinks cutting between two different stories makes it art. Usually, it feels like an exercise in art. There's a lot of calisthenics but very little beauty or truth or whatever it is the movie is going for.
  16. Canner is either overwhelmed by so much impressive access to so many alarming business opportunities or lacking the investigative rigor to drive home the moral problems of these drugs and the existential problems of these women.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Adding to the general air of ''What the hell?'' is Australian pop singer Natalie Imbruglia as Lorna, the beautiful superspy who falls for our hero. With Lorna's help, Johnny discovers that Sauvage is plotting to take over the British throne -- the Battle of Hastings wasn't good enough, it seems.

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