The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,766 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Merchant of Venice
Lowest review score: 0 Georgia Rule
Score distribution:
3,766 movie reviews
  1. It's difficult to say who is more misguided here: the men (director, screenwriter and producer) who made the movie, or the women who signed on to play the parts.
  2. One of those purposefully glum studies in alienation that Hollywood occasionally produces as blue-state specials for disenchanted liberals.
  3. The result is a curious mix - a picture that simultaneously seems meanderingly loose, affording the cast plenty of performing space, and suffocatingly tight, choking off the audience from any interpretive engagement.
  4. Forgettable.
  5. None of this is funny enough to justify stealing 90 minutes of your viewing time.
  6. An Adam Sandler movie without Adam Sandler, it turns out, is not necessarily an improvement.
  7. By then, the lofty ambitions can't disguise the sad reality - it's long, it's cluttered, and it's trite.
  8. With some movies, though, it's just the opposite. Like this one. It's a whole lot easier to forget than to forgive.
  9. Guaranteed neither to offend nor delight.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    What's amazing is how far McConaughey carries this nonsense despite his total lack of chemistry with Parker and almost Zen-like indifference to his circumstances.
  10. This story, like many of Towne's own, does not come with a happy ending. Or beginning, for that matter, because it's almost immediately clear that Ask the Dust bites the dust -- his dream movie is stillborn.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Here's a movie that tries to be a video game but is less entertaining than a vending machine.
  11. Basic Instinct 2 is double trouble -- the femme is to die for, the film is to die from.
  12. An underdog's breakfast of a movie, with some quite funny characters and set pieces mixed with some excruciating "moral lessons," but at least it moves along at a brisk pace.
  13. If it weren't for Mo'Nique's fresh, appealing screen presence, Phat Girlz would fall flat.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Sure, the food looks good and the prayers are worth hearing, but there just isn't enough wine in the world to tempt the prophet Elijah into dropping by this household when this is the company he'll get.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Though Silent Hill's shoddy dialogue and incoherent story constantly irritate, several sights and scenes possess a certain surreal grandeur...Sadly, that's not enough to compensate for Silent Hill's utter lack of tension, intrigue, character development or satisfactory explanations for what the hell's happening on the screen.
  14. Like a two-bit philosopher working the wrong side of the stone, Howard has managed to turn gold into lead.
  15. The lower orders seem to have been left out of The Lost City -- there just aren't any poor characters -- which for a movie about a workers' revolution seems downright slipshod.
  16. Just my luck that I saw the trailer for the film several times and already knew all of this, which made the long-form version of the movie redundant.
  17. The intriguing thing about The Peaceful Warrior is that nothing else in the movie feels haphazard.
  18. Little Man will probably satisfy fans of the Wayans.
  19. The disturbing thing in this preposterous piece of family fluff from writer-director Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, the Oscar-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) is the sight of bulls with udders.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A family-friendly adventure.
  20. Beerfest is safety-by-numbers comedy. A troupe, as opposed to a single comic star like Adam Sandler, shares the comic load and, well, at least the film is funnier than "Click."
  21. Characters already too wicked to be credible start doing stuff simply too stupid to be believed, with no help from a cast way too overmatched to be useful.
  22. With barely a laugh to be found, Confetti takes the "mock" right out of the mockumentary, and you can guess what's left. Yep, a Umentary, a brand new genre best defined by what it's not -- not real like a doc, not funny like a mock, not this thing or that thing or much of anything.
  23. School for Scoundrels suffers from an old-fashioned identity crisis. The poor thing is awfully confused, and so are we. Is it a black comedy that isn't dark enough? Or a dumb comedy that isn't stupid enough, or a gross-out comedy that isn't yucky enough? Or is it really just a romance comedy that isn't sweet enough? Don't have a clue, but this much is certain: It's definitely a failed comedy that isn't funny enough.
  24. [Lange] does give the movie the only excitement it possesses -- the frisson of a hideous thrill -- but it's still an excruciating embarrassment.
  25. A British flick based on the first novel in a popular teenage spy-thriller series by Anthony Horowitz, looks promising but, unfortunately, doesn't measure up.

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