Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,933 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 The Secret of the Grain
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
5933 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Skips lightly along the sewers of human depravity as if the trip alone was worth the telling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Machine Gun Preacher is crude and ham-handed from its ridiculous title on down, but it still gets to some interesting places.
  3. It's hard to care about people this generic - even when they're naked.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What’s missing is the assurance of tone that a Lumet would provide.
  4. Cronenberg's direction is technically impressive, but he's better suited to stories based on surges of feeling between killers, not lovers. This M. Butterfly never takes wing. [08 Oct 1993]
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  5. A thriller whose title remains printable only because the right people probably don't know that it refers to a violent sex act.
  6. It's hard to tell whether this is a tribute to female solidarity or a lamentation.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    G
    If the movie's not as bad as it sounds, it's not all that great, either.
  7. You'll laugh at Bones a lot more often than you'll be scared by it, assuming you'll be scared at all.
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  8. The best thing about the new film of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine is the machine.
  9. Gets by on the watchability of its young stars.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A muscular Australian B-movie down to the thin characters and boilerplate dialogue.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The issue is contentious, messy, prone to wishful thinking. Some see a corporate plot to privatize schools. Others see a last chance to save them. Won't Back Down is on the latter side, obviously, and it has the boilerplate urgency of a TV movie that has been blessed with a high-end cast.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The film's final scenes are among its silliest, unfortunately.
  10. Daredevil the movie strains itself trying to catch up with Sam Raimi's web-slinging megasmash. It's a faceless copy, right down to the muscle-rock groaning on the soundtrack.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There’s a lot of intelligence in Transcendence. Ironically, almost all of it feels artificial.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s the kind of Hollywood formula product that proves why the formula’s so hard to kill: simultaneously easy to like and impossible to respect.
  11. Cooper swaggers as convincingly as always, the food-prep montages are mesmerizing, and we even get a couple of solid twists and an education on the sous-vide trend.
  12. About everything is big in The 13th Warrior except the writing, which is microscopic.
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  13. It begins promisingly.... But the film has no center, succumbs to drift, and gets away from Hackford. [03 Mar 1984]
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  14. Chazz Palminteri's the best thing in the movie. He now has the look of a slightly beefier Steve Buscemi. But where Buscemi is all nerves on edge and something bad waiting to happen, Palminteri has a winning ease.
  15. In The Bucket List, Nicholson is human-ish. And Freeman is so human.
  16. This is the sort of asinine action exercise that needs a star to blow up cars and leap from rooftop to rooftop with gusto.
  17. He concocts a climactic war that flattens downtown Chicago. Bay is such a little boy's director. You know he picked that city because it's the one with the best rock-'em-sock-'em street names. Wacker! Wabash!

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