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 Piano
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
3,766 movie reviews
  1. The filmmakers have also advertised that their new movie eliminates the "Pow! Right in the kisser!" threats of spousal abuse that permeated the original series. The question of audience abuse has yet to be addressed.
  2. Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) is no stranger to cornball excess but Stealth is his chef-d'oeuvre, a movie so audaciously preposterous and jingoistic it plays like a parody of the genre.
  3. At 70 minutes, this groin and groan comedy seems almost dismissively short, but don't believe the myths you've been told: longer is not always better.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The tedious, tortuous storyline and lifeless cast are two larger problems.
  4. Grade Underclassman an "Unacceptable effort," and "D" for derivative.
  5. Sounds promising. What a disappointment then to report that Just Like Heaven is more like purgatory, a sweating, straining attempt to marry the wisecracking fury of the modern sitcom to the classic Rock-Doris, Cary-Kate romantic comedy.
  6. This one's just painful.
  7. And De Bont's effects are wildly over the top, devoid of the stylish cuts and intriguing angles that enriched the original. In fact, there's so little panache in his destructive action that it begins to seem like a weird act of self-destruction.
  8. It's obvious now that the cinematic junk routinely released every Friday can be safely categorized as a mere failure. But this alleged comedy is a whole other species entirely. This is a bona fide, absolute, unmitigated fiasco.
  9. Don't look for logic here. But if gore is your game, a motherlode awaits.
  10. Without Spielberg's technical pizazz, and with a gummy mixture of homage and spoof, Congo chokes on its own tongue in cheek.
  11. Sure ain't a movie. Nope, it's a product, pure and very simple and carefully tested to sell to the widest possible market.
  12. Classic style over substance, with some gruesome-looking creatures and settings and non-stop shooting and biting (both the vampires and werewolves get their teeth into it). But, alas, at almost two hours, it is much ado about nothing.
  13. Wayne's World has been engineered to amuse people who are mirror images of its heroes, but it goes wickedly wrong: It's so dumb it talks down to the stupid.
  14. RV
    Yes, Virginia, there is a poop fairy, which is why studio heads persist in tucking the likes of RV under their pillows, confident they'll awaken Monday morning to find all that brown turned straight to green.
  15. Compared to Al Gore's new global-warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," The Omen makes the Apocalypse look comforting and child-friendly.
  16. Crazy as this might sound, it turns out that self-indulgent ramblings designed to put your children to sleep are pretty much the opposite of art.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Tedious, baffling and ultimately laughable.
  17. The Wicker Man is one of those "what were they thinking?" movies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The creators of Flyboys know no image too clich├ęd, no narrative convention too exhausted and no psychological motivation too pat that it can't do service.
  18. There's are nagging problems with the script, which feels like it has lost a few pages during its rewrites. Instead of an orderly, inexorable pressure of events, we get a surfeit of red herrings, followed by the rather uninteresting killer simply stepping out of hiding.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    An achingly sincere but often staggeringly inept attempt to introduce Walsch's message to movie audiences.
  19. There are a couple of minutes of unscheduled surgery to put this in the sadistic fantasy genre of "Saw" and "Hostel," but mostly the movie plays out like a cheap survivalist copy of the television series "Lost."
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Lazy, perfunctory and free of tension, the new version will satisfy neither the admirers of the original nor anyone looking for a gory respite from seasonal good cheer.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer must be stopped. For the last two years, this filmmaking team has created a series of spoof movies so feeble, shoddy and unfunny that they may be part of a diabolical, "Manchurian Candidate"-like plot to stunt the intellectual development of American adolescents.
  20. A 105-minute cringe-a-thon that reduces the Katharine Hepburn of her generation to a sitcom harpy presiding over a brood of Valley Girl chicks.
  21. Not quite repellent enough to avoid tedium, Hannibal Rising is both too familiar in portraying Hannibal as a Dracula-like aristocrat monster, and crud in its exploitation of wartime atrocities.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Grumpy, dopey and wheezy. In this dispiriting spectacle of feuding codgers, two of the finer comic actors of their genration are reduced to being cute and talking dirty. [31 Dec 1993, p.C3]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  22. If all this sounds familiar, it should. Fathers seldom fare very well in family comedies.
  23. So what's Hanson exploring this time? His boring side, apparently.

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