Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,221 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Tootsie
Lowest review score: 0 The Nutcracker
Score distribution:
5,221 movie reviews
  1. I'd take a chance on it anyway, even if it stumbles and loses its way.
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  2. As savage and as epic as film gets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Black gets to play an actual character instead of a loudmouthed cartoon. The movie's bright and endearing and surprisingly lacking in a point. I wish I liked it better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Orlowski does share Balog's smoldering rage at a society that refuses to face the consequences of its actions, and that rage forms the necessary spine of Chasing Ice. This is an agit-doc with no apologies and a lot of sorrow.
  3. Bridesmaids openly, comfortably turns the stress of being girlfriends into comedy. It's really about the single friend backing away from the edge of temporary insanity. This isn't the greatest such movie. That would be Nicole Holofcener's "Walking and Talking" (1996), with Catherine Keener and Anne Heche.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Less a documentary than a cry of outrage -- a series of exotic images that slowly turn horrifying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Beneath the period décor and lamp-lit elegance, this is a story of a profound emotional crime prompted by profound love.
  4. I've never seen a movie so perfectly balanced between unabashed nerdiness and hipness.
  5. In an eco-horror show that politely masquerades as a documentary, the former vice president effectively warns of man-made cataclysm.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The oddest moment in this riveting documentary comes when Marina Abramovic, the performance artist, meets David Blaine, the illusionist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film confirms director Audiard as a master of visual mood, in this case one of barely expressed emotional panic.
  6. A story about the ravages of one war on a single man's soul and psyche becomes an eloquent plea for peace.
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  7. There are laughs in it. But mostly you sit around waiting for it to be funnier, or at least funny more often. The problem is that it hasn't figured out a way to be funny while satisfyingly accommodating the pain in these characters.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The thread that winds through their stories is love lost and connections found, but only the audience is able to weave it into something to keep.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Unfolds with the serenity of a fable but underneath it draws intelligent, deeply troubled connections between the personal, political, and spiritual.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    "No God and no religion can survive ridicule," wrote Mark Twain, but for once the sage of Hannibal was wrong.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What works best in Shrek 2 are the smaller roles, the pile-driving pop-culture jokes, and the moments of weird, early-Mad-magazine comic invention.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If there's a larger theme in Zatoichi, it's that nobody is quite who he or she seems.
  8. For most of Lady Vengeance, Park is playing with us. But the jokey atmosphere dissipates and the fun turns inside out in the movie's last act.
  9. The sight of Adams gliding and beaming and chirping in this movie - a self-mocking cartoon that transforms into an inspired live-action musical farce - is just about the happiest time I've had watching an actor do anything all year.
  10. "Angélica" feels most like the film that argues Oliveira is this close to the beyond without ever bothering to knock first at death's door.
  11. It's slambang in pacing, bald in exposition, and offers cast-of-hundreds spectacle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The ‘"unreasonable man" himself is interviewed, too, and he comes across as patient, articulate, and maddeningly uncompromising.
  12. If this is an unusually sentimental outing for Jia, it’s also characteristically tinged with woe. He’s just added a touch of sweetness to these otherwise sugarless lives.
  13. Though at times it threatens to become too generic to be original, or too original to be generic, it retains enough indirection to frustrate those looking for thrills and to engage those willing to be challenged. And by the time the bottom drops out in a characteristically enigmatic ending, Night Moves distinguishes itself as a genuine Reichardt movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    So, yes, something needs to be done, and if it takes Sting reuniting the Police in-concert to sing “sending out an SOS’’ on behalf of the plaintiffs (among other worthy causes), so be it.
  14. This is the epidemic from love's point of view, a story as much about how the disease can ravage the heart as it does the body. It is also Téchiné's best film since 1998's superb "Alice et Martin," and 1994's even better "Wild Reeds."
  15. Unlike in “Winged Migration,’’ the majestic imagery fails to tell a story or advance a message.
  16. Rules and regulations, which the military is very good at, are about behavior. Law is about justice. The Invisible War makes all too clear that the military isn't very good at justice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Poetic, surreal, and curiously powerful.
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