Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,356 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 I'm the One That I Want
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
5,356 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Japanese animation is beautiful, and the script adaptation for the English-speaking audience is well-paced, clever, and absorbing enough to keep parents from squirming.
  1. Colorful as the 3-D aliens-among-us comedy is to look at, though, Corddry is handed a role that’s beige as can be, and so are his castmates.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hirschbiegel and Watts don’t have the nerve for camp. Even a scene of a rejected Diana back at Kensington, forlornly playing Bach at her piano while mascara streams down her face, is played gloomily straight.
  2. For better and worse, the movie is more attractive and competently assembled than its schlock peers. That's refreshing, but it hardly excuses the appalling lack of suspense, intermittent tastelessness, or shockingly low camp quotient.
  3. There are times when it moves into the guilty pleasure zone.
  4. The question in Red Planet isn't whether there's any life on Mars, but whether there's any life in the film. The answer is no.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Bewitched presents a phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show. It's as grating, laughless, and narcissistic (though, to its credit, not as cruel) as that new Lisa Kudrow show-within-a-show-within-a-show, "The Comeback."
  5. Lopez smiles, whines, and blinks her way through this movie. She seems more relaxed than she ever has. And yet it seems like she’s hiding in romantic comedies, lest we discover that she doesn’t have a “Monster’s Ball’’ or even a “Blind Side’’ in her.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A veritable rip-off of 1995's "The Usual Suspects," Beach's crime caper not-so-subtly apes Bryan Singer's use of multiple red herrings and flashback-heavy interrogation scenes, but lacks the stylistic flair and sophisticated narrative skills to pull off a similar feat of cinematic intrigue.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
    • 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.
  6. The laughless outtakes for ''Armed and Fabulous" helpfully remind us that it could have been worse.
  7. In the end, it's much ado about not very much, certainly not enough to catapult Bass into a film career, but probably enough to satisfy 'N Sync fans.
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  8. Finding Home is well meant and earnest but is stretched to almost twice what would have been a comfortable length.
  9. The problem with the new movie is the same as with the previous one. Vardalos has this idea that she's a marm. And while it's true that she personifies her movies, I don't quite buy her librarian mode.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You feel like you're not watching the end of the world but the end of a career.
  10. In a season mostly given over to unwatchable movies being cleared off studio shelves, it's at least about something. And there's no denying the lurid urgency with which it jumps off the screen.
    • Boston Globe
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It is spectacularly average. Neither an inspired reimagining nor a painful dud,
  11. Audiences are going to want to brace themselves, too – for a movie that refuses to recognize when it’s going too far, with its wince-eliciting jokes about jailhouse rape in particular.
  12. Like a lot of action-movie directors, Gray lacks the imagination to view the art of cat-and-mouse as more than a chance to play with state-of-the-art war technology.
  13. The movie might have worked if it winked more - or if it played things completely straight.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Any good will the movie generates, though, is grated right back off by Black, whose obnoxiousness has lost whatever charm it once possessed.
  14. Thurman is bespectacled again for Motherhood, and it saddens me to report that neither she nor this comedy turns into more than an argument against procreation.
  15. The 6-year-old I went with had the villain pegged in the first 15 minutes. Needless to say, she completely ruined the movie for me. Meddling kid.
  16. Dreary-looking and painfully slow, but it's not terrible.
  17. That the mushroom-dwelling blue creatures still manage to be endearing even in their second big-screen extravaganza (in 3-D, no less) is about the best that can be said of The Smurfs 2.
  18. The Fourth Kind doesn’t build, instill, or maintain an audience’s fear. It just spends 98 minutes trying to prove that what you’re watching actually happened.
  19. “You don’t need a man to define you!” Very true, and so much for feminism. The rest of the film takes a long, convoluted, predictable, and mostly unfunny route to prove that the opposite is the case.
  20. Another gay movie that luxuriates in emotional implausibility.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Noisy, silly, gratingly upbeat, and piously sentimental, 'Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is what passes for wholesome family entertainment these days. It's the sort of movie to send small children and grandparents out of the theater hugging each other and strong men in search of bourbon.

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