Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,065 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 45 Years
Lowest review score: 0 Porky's
Score distribution:
6065 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The real struggle in The Alamo is between historic revisionism and Hollywood notions of sacrifice, and it's not much of a contest: Hollywood wins, as it did in John Wayne's sprawling, factually spurious 1960 film.
  1. It’s network television drama, starring actors best known for their TV work and full of the petty gripes and mild worries of characters who really have nothing compelling to worry about.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's the sort of thing you'll either find enchanting or an excellent reason to reach for the Scotch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The problem with Semi-Pro is that it keeps forgetting it's a parody of sports movies; the final scenes are supposed to be uplifting (sort of) but they're not fooling anyone. The film's much better when it just lets the guys gas and sass each other.
  2. Perrier’s Bounty is all stock material, full of characters that deserve more than the cliched shootouts and showdowns that befall them. Even the movie’s most natural impulses seem to come from a can.
  3. The movie might have something to say about black racism, but the conversations go nowhere, and the cliches of the genre take over.
  4. Once it’s clear the movie won’t be deviating at all from its formula, Frank’s journey gets tedious.
  5. Offers cliches instead of chills.
  6. It’s a stagy, half-entertaining, half-tedious acting competition between five excellent Englishmen.
  7. Just Like Heaven suggests that a post-coma Elizabeth might understand what life is truly all about. Of course, if being alive means having to live in this movie, maybe she was better off the way she was.
  8. As lifeless and unneeded as The A-Team is, it might have been worse.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Funnier than any low-rent rip-off of "There's Something About Mary" has a right to be. It's crass, it's unsophisticated, it aims right for the slapsticky pleasure center of the under-30 moviegoer's brain. So sue me, I laughed. A lot.
  9. Phyllis and Harold is really about Phyllis and how discontent has a way of spilling, then spreading. Kleine never quite says so, but her mother’s life was a tragedy.
  10. Von Trier's The Idiots is both lively and juvenile.
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  11. Sexual doublespeak is everywhere.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The ugly duckling of Nickelodeon's after-bath lineup. That's its strength.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Like many of us who cherish the safe harbor of old movies, Rose and Cary mourn the fact that they don't make 'em like they used to. If they'd paused to ponder why not, they might have a better movie.
  12. That’s the key to this movie — the way Thérèse looks at things; it’s a rare film that focuses on a woman actually looking and how she responds to what she sees.
  13. It’s all a fair attempt, but Aselton isn’t going to make anyone forget Kathryn Bigelow.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is a curious hash: warmly funny in the comic scenes and shamelessly sentimental during the sad bits, of which there are many.
  14. Howard never decides on tones that complement each other, and the dissonance is jarring.
  15. “2” is as flashy and splashy as the original. Both also register right up there on the implausibility scale — that’s like the Richter scale, only with head scratching — but “2” has a lighter touch and more interesting settings. Macau and London, here we come.
  16. Figgis's film doesn't match its reach.
  17. The Dead Pool is not a subtle movie or a bloodless one, although it does manage to put its own twist on the usual car chase sequence. [13 Jul 1988, p.59]
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  18. The movie is so desperate to be palatable, to appeal to everybody that it doesn't taste like anything.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    If anything, Burke & Hare is a slaphappy mess that recalls Landis's earliest work on 1970s midnight movies like "Schlock'' and "The Kentucky Fried Movie.''
  19. A mawkish, preposterous melodrama riddled with clichés, stereotypes, bad dialogue, and inept emotional manipulation.
  20. The Flowers of War is the latest movie focused on the Nanking atrocities. Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death'' was released in the United States last year and presented a far greater, grimmer, and more punishing re-creation of the sacking.
  21. Flirt has its moments, and Ewell and Nikaidoh are auspicious additions to the Hartley rep company. But Flirt will appeal mostly to Hartley completists. [23 Aug 1996]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Dawdles amiably and can't quite decide what it wants to be.

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