Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,857 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Gomorrah
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5857 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Above all, it is predictable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    To answer your first question: like a cross between Shrek, the Frankenstein monster, and a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Writer Peter Harness has based his screenplay on his own childhood experiences, but personal doesn't necessarily translate to fresh.
  1. Like a Bond picture with no spies or villains or car chases or gadgets or explosions.
  2. Eddie Murphy in another mediocre family comedy? Imagine that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This story of how corporate interests collude against the common good is surely worthy. But you might ask if the facts of the case might have made a better documentary, not a drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Genocide is hard to decorate with the trimmings of dark farce. The Hunting Party wants to get at political truths through audaciousness, but it keeps bumping into that problem of taste, only to back down.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Here the foundation has been miscast. That's M-I-S-C-A-S-T.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has its moments of visual invention and self-aware humor — mostly when the hero’s trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is around — but otherwise it’s an awkwardly plotted extravaganza.
  3. Kim doesn't sweat interweaving his story threads in any tightly controlled way. Just when the need-for-speed stuff really starts to gain traction, he'll shift for a surprisingly lengthy stretch to comic relief with the deputies and local wacko Johnny Knoxville.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The chief culprits are Townsend's TV-movie characterizations and a very muddled message.
  4. Doesn't entirely work.
  5. The Treatment fails to do anything interesting with Jake.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    In the new comedy Hamlet 2, Coogan comes perilously close to wearing out his welcome. It's actually a pretty fascinating sight.
  6. Compared to the first two movie installments, this one is uncharacteristically scattershot in the life-lessons department.
  7. Brüno is what "Borat’" was too well-done to be: a publicity stunt about publicity stunts.
  8. Formally, the effect is like watching really cinematic confetti.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Deathtrap is slick enough that you can't disengage from it without missing something. [19 Mar 1982]
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  9. The platitudes in this gratuitously sentimental movie are taken a lot more seriously than the people.
  10. The movie has to twist your arm to get you to feel for these people. But you wouldn’t be wrong to think it’s been broken.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Leave it to the French to take the joy back out of sex. The high-minded erotic drama Exterminating Angels has heat but little light; it speaks of pleasure while treating it as a dirty word. The cast huffs and puffs but the exercise, sadly, remains academic.
  11. It's a parade float atop which Streep can pose and impose. Sometimes her showmanship amounts to shamelessness. She wants us to watch her sack another part.
  12. 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.
  13. Those looking for further enlightenment might want to pass on the feel-good cinematic hagiography known as Awake: The Life of Yogananda.
  14. Disappointing for a number of reasons. For one thing, it's silly. For another, it's not always silly enough to be diverting.
  15. 'Trainspotting'' Lite.
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As a credible love story, though, the film never leaves the runway. If you're a fan of these actors, you may want to look up Jet Lag when it comes out on video, or catch it on an Air France flight while flirting with the passenger in the next seat.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You have an overstuffed story line, sloppy filmmaking, a general thinness of conception (if you've seen "Sister Act," you've pretty much seen The Fighting Temptations), and a lead performance that starts out obnoxious and becomes actively grating.
  16. In lieu of suspense, Rosenthal relies on a mood of free-floating anxiety, enhanced by West Virginia (actually British Columbia) landscapes where the sun never shines. As one-note as the title suggests, A Single Shot misfires.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Where Burton and his screenwriter, Linda Woolverton, go astray is turning this new 3-D version - a sequel, really, about a grown Alice returning to the psychic dreamworld of her childhood - into a fantasy adventure that looks like every other CGI epic out there.

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