Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,885 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 Oslo, August 31st
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
5885 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It plants a flag for a new corporate entertainment franchise and it will make international containerships of money, so does it matter that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is joyless and incoherent? Probably not.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s entertaining enough if you turn your brain off.
  1. The director, Beeban Kidron, handles the proceedings with an episodic aimlessness on par with Bridget's.
  2. Disappointingly, this scruffy indie doesn’t live up to its promise either, despite a few flashes of subversive inspiration.
  3. If one were to compare this film to one of Jobs’s own products, it would be more like the Cube than the iPod.
  4. The amusement it provides is cheap, disposable, and hardly worth the number of quarters you fed into the slot in a frenzy not to go home empty-handed.
  5. Unfortunately, the potential for screwball comedy is wasted because L!fe Happens never finds its thematic tone or comedic rhythm.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Explicit yet consistently unerotic. It's also intensely sad, capturing everything about these people except the high they ceaselessly chase.
  6. There is no central drama, no surprise, no tension in his comedy. The ads for Along Came Polly make it look so upbeat and simple that you're convinced it must be hiding something, like death or a disease. But the truth is there in the advertising: nothing happens.
  7. Killer Elite is based on a true story and about a half-dozen Jason Statham movies.
  8. The movie may feel tonally consistent with the first, but it’s also overlong and thoroughly routine.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Don't roll your eyes just yet. Step Up Revolution, enhanced by 3-D and set in glitzy Miami, is not as cringe-worthy as you would expect from the fourth "Step Up" installment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There's a funkier and more interesting movie in Maureen, a character played by Juliette Lewis. Maureen is a single mom, a massage therapist, and a dimwit California follower of every new-age theory out there. She's a nasal, needy wreck, and Catch and Release is torn between adoring her and making ruthless fun of her.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A comparison to Baz Luhrmann is useful: Where Taymor self-consciously aestheticizes pop vulgarity, a movie like "Moulin Rouge!" just dives right in.
  9. Isolated offbeat moments aside, The Mexican mostly fires blanks.
    • Boston Globe
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's a smart, provocative idea for a movie. I wish 9 Songs was that movie.
  10. Usually a French comedy such as this requires some crude modifications before a studio like Touchstone can remake it for American audiences. In this case, though, they just need to lose the subtitles and dub in the voices of actors like Rob Schneider or Adam Sandler. Until then, bon appetit!
  11. What starts out as a lowbrow gag very typical of a pedestrian ’toon gradually balloons into absurdity that Mel Brooks would probably love. Here, at least, the Angry Birds fly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All thing considered, MacGruber’ is a lot better than it should be. That still doesn’t mean it’s all that great.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You’d think the 3-D effects would bring the action closer, but the kooky optics often have the opposite effect, turning the athletes into GI Joe and Boba Fett action figures zipping around a dollhouse set.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The only laugh to be had in Total Recall, a ripsnorting sci-fi action extravaganza that starts well and works its way down to average, is in the opening credits, where we learn that the movie's primary production company is called Original Film. Really?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Do your tastes delve into the sick, ultra-violent, and disturbing? Then you may find The ABCs of Death, an anthology of about two dozen short films, inventive and funny. Otherwise, as you consume this serving of alphabet soup, “A” may as well stand for “atrocious,” “B” for “bloodbath,” and “C” for “check, please.”
  12. Unfortunately for Tatum and Seyfried, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams did a far more convincing version of this same basic dance in “The Notebook.’’
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    At its best, the movie's crazy in unexpected and poetic ways; at its worst, merely preposterous.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It can't be easy to turn one of the most stirring human rights dramas of the past quarter century into stultifying screen pageantry, but director Luc Besson and writer Rebecca Frayn have managed the trick with The Lady.
  13. Little of the fragile wisdom with which García Márquez imbued that idea has survived this timid Hollywood treatment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The movie is decent and heartfelt, and it eventually settles into some sharp diamond action, but the small-town homilies are dropped like an anvil. If you thought 1993's "Rudy" was too spare and unsentimental, Final Season is for you.
  14. Its commendable, if juvenile, sense of erogenous adventure is sullied by bland technique, canned suburban punk music, and the fact that all the exploration does amount to maturer characters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    An effective, no-frills gruel-a-thon if that’s your cup of Swiss Miss, and it explores such burning questions as: What happens if you’re dumb enough to leave your bare hand on a metal safety bar overnight?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Reilly gives it his all, and he’s both very enjoyable and about as scary as a stubbed toe.

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