Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,974 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Broken Flowers
Lowest review score: 0 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
Score distribution:
5974 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. About everything is big in The 13th Warrior except the writing, which is microscopic.
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  3. It begins promisingly.... But the film has no center, succumbs to drift, and gets away from Hackford. [03 Mar 1984]
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  4. 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.
  5. In The Bucket List, Nicholson is human-ish. And Freeman is so human.
  6. This is the sort of asinine action exercise that needs a star to blow up cars and leap from rooftop to rooftop with gusto.
  7. 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!
  8. Reviewing a Tyler Perry movie is a bit like reviewing the weather report. People who want to watch it are going to do so, regardless of what anyone says about it. And that's not even factoring in Charlie Sheen.
  9. Efficient, but in the end quite pedestrian.
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  10. Like the current hit "Taken," Last House 2009 packs a vicarious jolt that might feel cathartic to certain moviegoers.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in Bel Ami. He just isn't right.
  11. To Chu’s credit, he does work hard not only to legitimize 30-somethings’ halcyon recollections, but also to make the material relevant to a new generation.
  12. The closest most people will get to that state of existential freedom is watching actors in a movie about it, and the pleasure usually comes with a price — a reminder that identity, though arbitrary, is also inescapable. In movies like Dante Ariola’s debut feature, Arthur Newman, so, too, are the cliches and platitudes.
  13. For all Kendrick's stolidity, he delivers a couple of wrenchingly tender scenes.
  14. There's always been room for rudeness in humor. In fact, it can be invigorating. But Bubble Boy goes through the motions of being outrageous when all it's really got is a rage to conform to formula.
  15. Larry Crowne isn't a movie for adults. It's a movie for adults who don't like things with screens and keyboards.
  16. The movie is as inconsequentially pleasant as its star, and far nicer than the title lets on, too.
  17. Rodriguez does a fair job of keeping the zaniness coming: Vergara’s machine gun bra, Gibson delivering exposition in a “Star Wars” prop, bad guys offed by helicopter blades in dementedly creative ways. It’s enough that you’ll hope Rodriguez makes good on that new faux trailer — for “Machete Kills Again . . . in Space.”
  18. The movie is a serviceable way to pass the time: Kids will cheer the bright colors and funny new words ("Kowabunga!").
  19. It's not that What a Girl Wants is dreadful; it's merely slapdash, wildly inconsistent in tone and style, and mind-numbingly predictable in character and plot.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The premise of Agent Cody Banks is more than a little bizarre.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    What a waste.
  20. Butler serves the cause well, considering. Think that cause is a thankless one? Shhh, don’t tell Secret Service agent Channing Tatum or president Jamie Foxx, headed your way in June with, yes, “White House Down.”
  21. It makes for a structurally glitchy inspirational exercise whose climax carries all the goosebump-making drama of a Pats preseason game.
  22. The film feels long when it should be brisk, and it's bloated with stretches of hot, dead air. The racial kitsch goes nowhere.
  23. Priest is based on a series of Korean graphic novels. What it's really based on, though, is other movies - a whole lot of other movies.
  24. By taking nonsense seriously Outlander never achieves camp. It's a comic book that's mistaken itself for scripture.
  25. If “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) had mean Mr. Potter standing on the bridge ready to jump, rather than James Stewart’s beaten down hero George Bailey, it still would not have been as namby-pamby as Mark Pellington’s treacly and bromidic The Last Word.
  26. Gangster Squad is an almost movie. It's almost terrible. It's almost entertaining. But it's missing the shameless insanity of a wonderfully bad movie, and the particular vision, point of view, and coherence of some very good ones. So it sits there in between - loud, flashy, and unnecessary.
  27. The ending steals actionably from "The Blair Witch Project," the movie that helped spawn these first-person chillers.

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