The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,775 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 Tequila Sunrise
Lowest review score: 0 Dead Man on Campus
Score distribution:
3,775 movie reviews
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    In the worst scenes in Deuce Bigalow: European Bigalow, it's as if Schneider and Co. are straining to invent new taboos just so they can break them, a strategy that provokes more confused silence than laughter.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The director's approach is far too ham-fisted and erratic to bring Four Brothers up to the level of enjoyable trash -- it's too crummy to earn that distinction.
  1. Instead, you get a nominal character study that boasts a single mighty performance and one nifty scene; alas, both performance and scene exist in a narrative vacuum - the plot is non-existent and the pace makes the ice age seem hasty.
  2. Falls somewhere on that aesthetic scale between mediocre and flat-out bad.
  3. Scott means for his entertainment package to be hip, hysterical fun. But his stylistic embellishments and indiscriminate appetite for sensation crowds his title character right out of the film.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Most of The Fog will seem drearily perfunctory even to those viewers who don't know Carpenter's version, which itself emulated the elegant gloom of Val Lewton's horror pics of the 1940s.
  4. Unwilling to offend, the scribes have committed the greatest offence of all - they've neglected to tell a story, airbrushing out anything remotely dramatic.
  5. 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.
  6. One of those purposefully glum studies in alienation that Hollywood occasionally produces as blue-state specials for disenchanted liberals.
  7. 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.
  8. Forgettable.
  9. None of this is funny enough to justify stealing 90 minutes of your viewing time.
  10. An Adam Sandler movie without Adam Sandler, it turns out, is not necessarily an improvement.
  11. By then, the lofty ambitions can't disguise the sad reality - it's long, it's cluttered, and it's trite.
  12. With some movies, though, it's just the opposite. Like this one. It's a whole lot easier to forget than to forgive.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Basic Instinct 2 is double trouble -- the femme is to die for, the film is to die from.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Like a two-bit philosopher working the wrong side of the stone, Howard has managed to turn gold into lead.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. The intriguing thing about The Peaceful Warrior is that nothing else in the movie feels haphazard.
  22. Little Man will probably satisfy fans of the Wayans.
  23. 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.

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