The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

For 4,469 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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 La La Land
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
4469 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  3. Isn't just ordinarily lame, it easily exceeds any normal requirements for witless sleaze.
  4. Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.
  5. This one is headed straight for star Tommy Lee Jones's career-blooper reel.
  6. The performers are powerless to bring life to this moribund courtroom drama...a snoozer.
  7. 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?
  8. Office Christmas Party is a hopeless muddle. A joyless, laughless – that’s right, not even one laugh – affair that proves how indulgent and (worse) boring ensemble comedies such as this become when the ensemble has next to no natural chemistry and even less of a script to riff off of.
  9. 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.
  10. Don't look for logic here. But if gore is your game, a motherlode awaits.
  11. 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.
  12. Miracles from Heaven is mostly an embarrassment.
    • 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]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  13. 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.
  14. Patch Adams is a flawed visionary, but surely he deserves better than this crass and manipulative movie.
  15. Will be construed by the faithful as an embarrassment of riches and by the rest of us as cruel and unusual punishment.
  16. Quite an artful dissembler. Despite all evidence to the contrary, this clunker has somehow managed to pose as an actual feature movie, the kind that charges full admission and gets hyped on TV and purports to amuse small children and ostensible adults.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If ever there's been a martial-arts movie that makes you feel as if you've been kicked in the head, surely it's Kung Pow! Enter the Fist.
  17. Sparks’s preposterous approach has crystalized into cliché.
  18. Can anyone still be rooting for Rocky or Rambo?
  19. Gosh, what to say about House of 1000 Corpses? That it's about 999 too many, for starters. Then again, in a picture where the body count is the whole point and the only purpose, carping about the math rather misses the mark.
  20. As always in Emmerich's rollicking Armageddons, the cannon speaks with an expensive bang, while the fodder gets afforded nary a whimper. Of course, that's just part of disaster's simple recipe: Blow us up, then blow us off.
  21. Phantom still an auditory lobotomy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Star Trek III or The Search for Schlock: a mission that renders the eyelids heavy. What else can you say about a movie whose mechanically inept, gelatinous monsters out-act everyone on the screen and whose poignant moments are simply guffawful. Not to put too fine a Vulcan point on it, it was ba-a-a-d. [2 June 1984]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The tedious, tortuous storyline and lifeless cast are two larger problems.
  22. Sappy and predictable.
  23. This picture breaks through the limits and goes way beyond the pale -- it seems to enjoy irking us for the sheer hell of it.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's unclear whether any of the actors here have promising political careers since their only purposes are to serve as prey, adversaries and involuntary incubators to their guests.
  24. 54
    There are easily 54 reasons to dis 54, but let's start and finish with the obvious: The script plays like a proud offering from the lead hand at the Cliché Factory.

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