The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,924 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Secret in Their Eyes
Lowest review score: 0 Far and Away
Score distribution:
3,924 movie reviews
  1. In the final frames, and the final analysis, Alien gets the worst of both worlds - it's boring and it's messy. The title may be "cubed," but the movie looks awfully square. [22 May 1992]
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  2. Narratively, the film strikes all the sentimental chords that audiences typically find so reassuring, but the music grates here, sounding mechanical and flat, lacking the single ingredient indispensable to any uplifting fable - a charming belief in its own sweet nature. [19 Apr 1996, p. C1]
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  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Try not to be in the same room as Jesus Henry Christ. At the very least run when the first fire alarm sounds.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Like a little boy playing with his first chemistry set, Hughes has thrown together the labelled contents of just about every teen-film cliche. And the experiment is a failure of excess - like a furious potion that bubbles up, fizzes briefly, and then fizzles out before expectant, and then disappointed, eyes. [3 Aug 1985]
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  6. There's no doubt the cast is driven and talented; some day, it might be interesting to watch a film about what such kids are really like.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A perfunctory gore fest and quite possibly the year's worst date movie.
  7. General Boredom meets Major Tedium on the Civil War fields of Virginia.
  8. Through it all, actress Posey strikes attitudes and preens across the glib surface of the film, and though her campy excesses are tolerable for a brief time, the performance becomes an exercise in overkill. [13 Oct 1995]
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  9. 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.
  10. Unwilling to offend, the scribes have committed the greatest offence of all - they've neglected to tell a story, airbrushing out anything remotely dramatic.
  11. JFK
    A three-hour oration, rambling and familiar and repetitive, during which director Oliver Stone uses the assassination of John Kennedy as an elaborate pretext for delivering a dull sermon. [20 Dec 1991]
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  12. In Scrooged, a sub-Saturday Night Live re-make parody of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Ghostbuster Bill Murray busts up two of the festive ghosts (Christmas Past and Future) and mugs more than Mr. Magoo. [24 Nov 1988, p.C19]
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  13. View from the Top never gets off the bottom -- comedies don't come much flatter.
  14. It's like flipping through five years of dog calendars.
  15. Some movies just bring out your inner Matlock: a desire to grab young punks by the lapels, smack them against a wall, knock their cigarettes to the ground and wipe the sneers off their faces. Such is the case with the callow and cynical The Rules of Attraction.
  16. Occasionally, Murphy cuts loose with an ad-libbed riff that's almost funny, but then it's back to the slim-fast plot and the stick-on crudities. [03 Jul 1992]
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  17. Isn't just ordinarily lame, it easily exceeds any normal requirements for witless sleaze.
  18. Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.
  19. This one is headed straight for star Tommy Lee Jones's career-blooper reel.
  20. The performers are powerless to bring life to this moribund courtroom drama...a snoozer.
  21. The visual big top is the scourging and the crucifixion -- again and again, Gibson returns to the blood-letting. Again and again, we're exposed to the clinical repetition of a single act, until an alleged act of passion comes to seem boring and passionless. Is that not a definition of pornography?
  22. It's a comic-book idea that might have been fun. But it's beyond the reach of first-time feature director Kevin Donovan, who squanders his main asset, Jackie Chan, and fumbles the vital action sequences.
  23. Don't look for logic here. But if gore is your game, a motherlode awaits.
  24. Fails as a comedy-drama because it’s neither funny nor involving. But it fails as a buddy movie because Willis and Morgan make for a dull couple.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    War
    A kind of dumbed-down, souped-up action thriller in a quasi-"Lethal Weapon" mode.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Phar Lap is another Australian horsy movie starring an American actor, Ron Leibman (Norma Rae), but this time the American's performance is the only redeeming feature in this otherwise tedious, slow-moving Down-Under tale about a fast-moving horse that should have been named Rocky. [20 Jul 1984]
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  25. Think of it as trope grope. Things are so relatively democratic nowadays that filmmakers have to rummage through the past for a truly shmaltzy story. And they don't come any shmaltzier than this.
  26. Patch Adams is a flawed visionary, but surely he deserves better than this crass and manipulative movie.

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