Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,285 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 How to Survive a Plague
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
5,285 movie reviews
  1. Affecting, troubling, dazzling film.
  2. Stillman has become a master at escalating the laughter by waiting an extra beat and then understating something devastatingly funny, as when someone looks Chris Eigeman's club manager, Des, in the eye and says, "I consider you a person of integrity - except, you know, in the matter of women."
  3. Films that achieve the dimension of seraphic embrace achieved by 'Innocence, as it explores a return to first love, are the rarest of the rare.
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  4. The sly and subtle Minus Man is a wicked little sidewinder of a black comedy.
  5. Beautifully crafted and brutally honest.
  6. Roberts and Erin Brockovich have Oscar contender written all over them.
  7. With Carrey hitting a career peak, this Grinch doesn't steal Christmas; it restores the season by helping energize us enough to make it through the whole thing.
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Moves like hot mercury, and it draws a viewer so thoroughly into its world that real life can seem thick and dull when the lights come up.
  8. One of the year's most winning performances, Logue's Dex will grow on you as he stumbles toward emotional fullness.
  9. A civilized delight.
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  10. Slly, sublime, buoyant mischief that is virtually without parallel in 20th-century art, much less 20th-century film.
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  11. A gorgeous autumnal period piece that catches a vanishing proprietary class on the eve of its extinction in Ireland in 1920.
  12. The story is spun forth ravishingly, tenderly, and urgently, with a captivating mix of beauty, spare sophistication, and profound humanity.
  13. You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of works in any given year to which one is moved to apply the word ''masterpiece.'' Raul Ruiz's Time Regained is one of them.
  14. Terrific French film about that most universal of subjects - work.
  15. Deeper and richer in humanity than all but a handful of the American films released this year.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The one aspect of the original Producers that still stuns is the roaring, over-the-top, in-your-face thereness of its two lead performances.
  16. Simple, but loaded. It celebrates the humanity and humanism at the heart of Iran's remarkable flow of films, but it's also more of a rebuke to materialistic values than any ideologue could ever hope to be.
  17. We're in a golden age of comedy, and one of the reasons is Margaret Cho.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The impact of this stunning film - and the lessons to be learned from it - are as remarkable as when it was first released 30 years ago.
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  18. Few, if any, films this year will approach, let alone equal, Autumn Tale in its subtle sparkle.
  19. A sweet screenful of quirky chaos.
  20. Lawrence is back on the big screen, and it simply demands to be seen. Yes, again.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Foreign intrigue is raised to an art form.
  21. Not only exhilarating and cathartic. It's too funny to be ignored.
  22. Satisfying in every respect, it's a piece of blue-collar chamber music, never treating the characters cheaply, allowing them a complex entwinement of emotions.
  23. Quiet, powerful, contemplative, respectful of stillness, Eureka is the first film this year in which there is obvious greatness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Blistering and brilliant work.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie is pricelessly comic -- the Harvey/Joyce scenes catalog the couple's neuroses with glee -- but it just as often reaches for something richer.
  24. Guy Maddin is a scholar, poet, prankster, and ferociously devoted classicist who likes to resurrect dead cinemas and deader directors and make them vital all over again.

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