The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,828 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Alien (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
3,828 movie reviews
  1. The problem here isn't how the figures look; rather, it's what they do and say -- the story is lame and the dialogue no better.
  2. Oh, it's perfect all right. In fact, The Perfect Score is a flawless example of the classic January movie release -- the kind of studio picture that even the studio loathes, and so consigns to the dumping ground of the year's frosty first month.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There ain't much to You Got Served, but at least this teensploitation flick is bookended by two frenzied sequences that fully exploit the visual potential of street dancing.
  3. I confess to a deep uncertainty about whether this can be rightly called a movie. A bunch of scenes, maybe... I confess to a cynical belief that Lola isn't actually a role but just a succession of costume changes.
  4. Despite being set in 1958 Cuba, Havana Nights sticks to the formula. This would be perfectly acceptable if the dancing was "dirtier" and if there was a spark between the young couple.
  5. A plot so thin you could filter coffee through it.
  6. In what is surely a tribute to the dazzling mediocrity of director Luis Llosa, the real jungle looks as bland as the fake jungle.
  7. A lazy, hasty effort that offers little beyond a few jack-in-the-box startles and a high body count, including Hewitt's bouncing about in a shirt half-unbuttoned over a bikini top.
  8. A twisted, but not particularly clever, black comedy.
  9. In its nearly two-hour running time, in its always lugubrious pace, in its almost complete absence of laughs, The Prince & Me is a comedy that plays like a tragedy. No stricken bodies, though, unless you count the ones in the audience slumped back in their seats -- perchance they slept.
  10. Okay, it's just a movie, but his "reward" just doesn't cut it, even on a basic storytelling level. A crooked casino and a nephew's experiment with drugs are not enough justification for the hero's violent acts of vengeance.
  11. The United States of Leland has a resonance of "Elephant" without the visual poetry or structural sophistication, or "American Beauty" without the leavening comedy, but it's neither an insightful nor well-made film.
  12. If laughs are the currency of any comedy, then this one pays minimum wage and, worse, makes you work damn hard even for that pittance.
  13. An overemphatic revenge fantasy devoid of even a trace of excitement or wit.
  14. The plot's not so hot -- it feels like it was jotted down by someone on an after-dinner napkin.
  15. The net result is a few shaky laughs and one unwavering sensation -- that The Terminal is interminable.
  16. Filled with visual potential, yet Levinson can't tap it. He's just a whole lot more comfortable trying to tame the human software than the technical hardware.
  17. With the performers given zilch to perform, the result is a picture that's all chassis and no engine, or, in the parlance of the genre, a bunch of pointy hats in search of a transporting broomstick.
  18. There, in its midst, stands a freeze-dried Arthur -- stripped of his legend, shivering in the cold and wondering, like the rest of us, where in hell the magic went.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The finale just seems hypocritical, even nonsensical in a comedy that derives its few laughs from a farting dog and an accidental gynecological exam. This book is better left closed.
  19. A vigorously cross-marketed product, with comics, collectable cards, games and a television series.
  20. The devil is back in Exorcist: The Beginning, and he is more disgusting than ever. Not more scary, just really yucky, in a kind of maggots-on-a-pizza-slice way.
  21. A crashing bore.
  22. Very little of it works.
  23. Now, forcibly deported to Chicago and peopled with American stars, the same story is huffed and puffed and squeezed into an entirely different cultural context. Guess what? Sayonara sushi, hello turkey.
  24. [Law] talks straight to the camera like the young Michael Caine, but this time our hunk has got zilch to say. That's because a bastard's candour is off-limits in today's politically correct market — it just wouldn't be polite.
  25. It's the perfect sort of movie to have playing on a television in the corner of a rec room during a low-key beer and pizza party.
  26. They are singing the jingle in the bath, in bed, in the car, ready to send you, like George, smack into a tree.
  27. Dull Blade just doesn't cut it.
  28. The countdown begins with the first negative integer — an amped-up score that overpowers the proceedings like a bad band at a high-school dance.

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