Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,072 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Back to the Future
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
6072 movie reviews
  1. Despite hard-working performances and the occasional sexual frisson from ingénue Déborah François (a kind of French Renée Zellweger) and seductive Romain Duris (who looks like Tom Hanks by way of Montgomery Clift), Populaire hits mostly wrong keys.
  2. Charming, but not seductive.
  3. A sometimes clever but ultimately clichéd comedy.
  4. Sacrifice wants to have it both ways. It's willing neither to give itself up to the goofy sincerity of genre conventions nor to make the demands on viewers that serious drama requires. The sacrifices Chen's characters make would signify that much more if he'd made a sacrifice or two himself.
  5. A richer movie might speculate on McGartland’s life now. How does a local hero survive in an anonymous void?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A meticulously observed, rapturously directed account of World War III and its aftermath as seen from the point of view of a spoiled young woman. The movie’s pretty fascinating before it goes bonkers.
  6. Whatever the turning point, his transformation from feckless academic to stalwart knight occurs too easily. It should be the heart of the story, but instead is just a troublesome detail in a hollow movie.
  7. Mostly, Smart People is a failure of imagination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Part of Me is one aspect of Perry, but her fans may leave the movie wanting more.
  8. A defective poker comedy where the poker is a lot more interesting than the people playing it.
  9. This good-hearted but undersupplied ensemble piece is only appetizer-deep.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Benton has laid bare a great author's creaky plotting only to deliver a melodrama with bookish pretensions.
  10. The best thing about Money for Nothing is the many talking heads trying to explain what monetary policy is and what the Fed does: controlling the supply of money and, with any luck, guiding the economy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The immediate problem with making a movie based on Potter's life is that it doesn't seem to have been very interesting.
  11. Are we really looking to Evil Dead for gnarly possessions played straight? That’s what Alvarez gives us for an overlong stretch, until his reinterpretation of the malevolent-hand gag kicks off a last act that’s more freewheelingly, twistedly grisly. (Don’t skip the credits, because the fan-energizing momentum peaks at the very end.)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's an actor's film, all right -- peppered with rich supporting performances but unconvincing in the telling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What this dystopia doesn't do is shock. In truth, Code 46 traffics in notions of speculative social fiction that are so familiar by now as to feel disconcertingly normal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In the end, promotion, as good as it may be, doesn't make for a real documentary. Faster is a kind of bone-crushing fun, but there's little drama and certainly no insight.
  12. Redmon's film is a welcome reminder that everything comes from somewhere and responsible people should at least pause to examine the label. For one thing, that's how bigger and better documentaries get made.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If you're young, the film may intoxicate you. If you're older, it may make you relieved you're no longer young.
  13. Is a truly political stoner movie even possible? The entire point of getting high is to take some of the sting out of life. The movie goes after easy targets and goes soft on the harder issues.
  14. While never heavy-handed about its politics, the film makes no effort to disguise its strong anti-Chinese bias.
  15. Joffe's biggest mistake isn't visual, it's chronological. What makes Pinkie so terrifying in the novel is that he's just 17.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    For all its unforgivable blandness, "High School Musical" opens young audiences to the charms of this most transporting of movie genres.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A good-natured but terminally mild British mockumentary.
  16. The problem with this adaptation of Lawrence Block’s detective yarn isn’t that it casts Neeson in a role we’re seeing him play again and again. It’s that no one else in the movie makes a character feel nearly as broken-in and fully inhabited as he does.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It very much wants to be "Garden State" five years down the line.
  17. Somewhere in this movie, amid the ponderous exchanges and unfortunate O. Henry-style coincidences, there's American tragedy.
  18. The frustration, though, is how much the movie leans on made-ya-jump scares and contrived plot devices when its quieter chills and already fraught setups are so potent.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a charming disappointment that retains the elements that make the writer's novels so good without ever bending them into cinematic shape.

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