Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,027 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Look at Me
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
5,027 movie reviews
  1. The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.
  2. The Korean documentary Planet of Snail is spare and unemphatic - too much so - with an abiding sweetness of spirit.
  3. Joe
    Joe is one more in the line of Southern Gothic miserabilism that includes “Winter’s Bone” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” films that many have praised but some find condescending.
  4. A one-trick action thriller that feels like a poor cousin of an episode of ''24." Call it ''12."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Tries to wring laughs from just about every dusty stereotype about blacks and whites imaginable. But it's all cheap, lazy, and unoriginal.
  5. An abundance of style and an almost total lack of substance make Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together a visually arresting but ultimately unrewarding excursion. [31 Oct 1997]
  6. It's two hours of slumming in a vision of hell hatched from bourgeois comfort. That, and not its unsavory subject matter, is what makes it bummer theater.
  7. As morally engaged as the movie is, it’s also argumentatively slack. Precisely because it’s so easy to agree that hunger is bad, it’s hard to agree what to do.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ramsay delivers an overdirected, conceptually obnoxious art film that's torture to sit through, listen to, and think about.
  8. People do stupid things all the time. My friend and I sat through Compliance, didn't we? But there is a level of stupidity displayed by the people in this movie that beggars belief. Their behavior is to stupidity as the Death Star is to a doughnut.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The best audiences can hope for is that they, too, get amnesia and forget they ever saw this movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ye bites off substantially more than he can chew.
  9. The first step in getting beyond preaching to the converted is letting the other side show how wrong it might be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Adrian Lyne pulls out more manipulative nonsense than Machiavelli ever thought of. Lyne stops at nothing to provoke artificial sentimental feelings from the audience. Like the movie itself, the audience's reaction is only skin deep. [18 Sep 1987, p.58]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.
  10. Watching the movie made me long for the big , risky ideas and entertainingly fearless filmmaking in David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees " and Spike Jonze's "Adaptation ," which Kaufman wrote. Both were similarly conceptual escapades, but they let it all hang out.
  11. Rarely is a movie audience asked to put up with so much noise for such a thankless payoff.
  12. A powerful film of suffering and sacrifice and desperation. But it's vacuous, banal, and, where its mix of sentiment and grisliness is concerned, rather despicable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Take represents the downside of the new documentary renaissance.
  13. No one in the film offers a shred of real proof that IBM cheated.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sure, go ahead and take the kids. But, for pity's sake, read them the book first.
  14. Like the horror-flick hacks who infest Hollywood like termites, the Pangs don't build suspense, they assault the senses with twitchy photography and Danny's editing.
  15. Stardust certainly could have gone somewhere fun. But the magic and zip you need to get a blimp like this off the ground is scarce.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Dumbed down, tarted up, and almost shockingly uninspired, it's the worst superhero movie since "Green Lantern."
  16. "Star Trek VI" is one of the weaker additions to the Enterprise enterprise. It merely goes through the motions, including requisite moments that feel obligatory and uninspired. There's nothing gravely wrong here - no embarrassing scenes or egregious plot gaffes. There's simply nothing new, and certainly nothing fresh or reinvented. [6 Dec. 1991, p.53]
  17. It plays like a crude "Godfather" parody, the sort that might amuse as a 10-minute sketch on "Saturday Night Live," but curdles and collapses as a 143-minute film. [09 Dec 1983]
  18. The result is like an issue of National Geographic gone mad.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Mississippi Burning plays loose with truth, turning the history of the civil rights movement on its head. The filmmakers shamelessly transform what was ultimately a triumph of due process and nonviolent civil disobedience into an ugly might-makes-right spectacle. It's "Dirty Harry" coming at you from the left. [27 Jan 1989, p.72]
  19. The movie is swept up in earnest self-importance.
  20. 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.

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