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 The Child
Lowest review score: 0 Thunderbirds
Score distribution:
3,828 movie reviews
  1. The picture's charm lies in the continuing by-play between the filmmakers and their subject, with each side doing its best to deconstruct the other.
  2. The embodiment of the very message it so modestly conveys -- it's the accomplished little guy we fervently root for.
  3. Here's a truly novel sports film: It actually has a script, decent acting, sympathetic characters. And it's fun.
  4. Men may be gay by nature, but women are lesbians by choice -- for them, it's a simple matter of trading up. Such is the implied message of Kissing Jessica Stein.
  5. The combined talents of Apted, Stoppard and the stellar cast make Enigma a puzzle worth solving.
  6. Ali
    It's not Smith's fault that the movie can't quite pry apart the man from the myth from the metaphor. The three may well be inseparable by now and, at this point in his history and ours, that's surely the way we prefer it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a fine, funny, humane film.
  7. Rare is the movie that arrives without fanfare -- that sneaks between the cracks, pops up relatively unheralded on the big screen, and takes the viewer by delighted surprise. Well, check the moon for blue because Birthday Girl is just such a picture.
  8. This engaging documentary is an excursion into the immense "art" form of hip-hop.
  9. Solondz has finally made a movie that isn't just offensive -- it also happens to be good. He's still shouting, still violating our politically correct sensibilities, but the shocks now have thematic purpose. They don't just titillate, they resonate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This spoof's heart is genuinely warm.
  10. Waydowntown may not be perfect, but it is perfectly astute in the target it selects and in the questions it raises.
  11. Peter Fonda's the bee's knees in the performance of his career.
  12. Bad history it may be, but Elizabeth is a movie that makes you want more, as it plays to the myth of history's great actress-monarch, a character who puts today's tinselly political heros and heroines (royal and not), to shame.
  13. A trifle compared to Robert Altman's great films -- But it's a very assured trifle, and an unusually good-natured Altman film.
  14. Go
    Like circus acrobats who bounce up smiling, the characters end up on their feet, and you realize in retrospect that they survived because somebody, finally, stopped to think. A final thought on Go: Go.
  15. A tormented and tormenting man uses violence to break the historic chain of violence, then bequeaths to his loved ones the most precious gift he can give -- his total silence and perpetual absence.
  16. A laugh and a half, a genial crowd-pleaser.
  17. EDtv is precisely the kind of brisk, straightforward, amiable and accessible material that shows Howard’s skills to advantage.
  18. An entertaining oddity, an amiably black comedy whose bared teeth double as an engaging smile: It takes a satiric bite and leaves you laughing through the pain.
  19. Visually impressive, splendidly performed, thematically significant, this is a movie in full possession of every key cinematic asset except one -- a solid script. Casino is a polished vehicle with an untuned engine.
  20. It's got thrills and chills and one of the most elegantly conceived monsters in the history of movies.
  21. An unusually smartly written and performed American independent film.
  22. The cinematic equivalent of a "good read" - pick it up and you can't put it down; put it down and it's gone forever.
  23. Pick your cliche - searing, rivetting, haunting - Keitel delivers a performance to rival Brando's in "Last Tango In Paris."
  24. Frankly, with so much to feast my dazzled eyes upon, I barely noticed that the plot was missing in action. And that's because the action itself is so pure.
  25. The comedy is warm and witty and wafer-thin, as easy on the palate as a raspberry sorbet on a summer afternoon.
  26. The film is an attack on religious hypocrisy, mixing melodrama and black humour in a volatile blend.
  27. The climax, however, is far superior here, open-ended and ambiguous and neatly linked to this film's recurring metaphor: Teeth, of course, which "outlast everything," which survive the death of the body just as marriage can survive the demise of love. They both endure, yellowed and rootless.
  28. By its third act, Okwe has found his solution and Dirty Pretty Things comes across as both clever but a little pat, another British drama about the misfits who pool their resources to defy the oppressive system, though it does not precisely leave a warm glow.

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