The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,749 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Child
Lowest review score: 0 Batman & Robin
Score distribution:
3,749 movie reviews
  1. A raunchy, fast-paced comedy that, nevertheless, is as flat as the tires on the old Volvo gathering dust in my garage.
  2. There's a lesson behind Gentlemen Broncos , the new film from director Jared Hess: Don't try to mock above your talent level.
  3. Old Dogs is offensive mostly because it wastes time.
  4. Chan's comedic gifts and still-nimble moves are wasted in a string of unimaginative household calamities and practical jokes.
  5. At least Adams and Goode are always watchable, even when you occasionally feel embarrassed for them.
  6. In the case of When in Rome, oh to do what the Romans used to do: Toss the bloody thing to the lions.
  7. A funereally unfunny comedy.
  8. Sappy and predictable.
  9. The one thing that’s briefly enjoyable about From Paris with Love is John Travolta’s appearance. In a black leather jacket, with a shaved bald head and a goatee and a perpetual scarf to hide his jowls, he looks like a well-fed pimp or a gay bear.
  10. 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.
  11. A painfully contrived romantic comedy/thriller that may (or may not) have brought Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston together as a real-life couple.
  12. We know to a certainty what will happen. More to the point, the writers know that we know. But here’s the intriguing bit: They don’t care. Rather, their job as diligent Tinseltown hacks is simply to devise ways of filling up the remaining 90 minutes.
  13. The obvious question about Repo Men: Why bother?
  14. Mostly though, The Back-up Plan feels like a movie aimed right at the funny bones of four-year-olds.
  15. The paradox here is that the message of respect for animal life is outweighed by the lack of respect for human beings.
  16. Think of a really bad, uncensored Saturday Night Live comedy sketch. Then make it worse – make it longer.
  17. Damned if those dual spoilsports, the gladiatorial director Ridley Scott reteamed with his portly star Russell Crowe, haven't drained every drop of merriment right out of the myth.
  18. The best part of Jonah Hex is Josh Brolin on a horse. Especially when he's not saying anything, just moseying into or out of town. Too had he never moseys into a better movie.
  19. Adam is back to lining his pockets again.
  20. So here’s an idea: Maybe filmmakers should shoot what Ashton’s up to off-camera, because not many laughs are making it to the screen.
  21. What "serious" means for young actors, as we know from Miley Cyrus's "The Last Song," is maudlin, and Charlie St. Cloud is no exception.
  22. Aside from uninspired movie-parody gags, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore suffers from gadget overload.
  23. Only read the bottom line of the accountants' review, after your generic masterpiece has gone the distance from theatrical release to video stores to the nethermost regions of the cable dial. If the accountants' judgment proves kind, head to the bank and feel free to enjoy precisely what you've denied so many others – a really good laugh.
  24. The Virginity Hit is another slice of "American Pie," one more youth comedy that encourages its cast (and audience) to ridicule a fumbling, well-meaning teenager.
  25. Unlike Sacha Baron Cohen's rude semi-documentary satires (Borat, Bruno), I'm Still Here never finds a satiric justification for all this grotesque behaviour.
  26. Neither boring enough to qualify as pornography nor vital enough to generate a controversy.
  27. The film is a mawkish mess, only occasionally alleviated by the performances or Shange's poetry.
  28. So intent are the Strausses on showing off their visual chops, they leave the film's story, dialogue and acting in shambles.
  29. Anything but a seasonal treat. This special-effects-heavy, big-budget musical from expatriate Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky (Runaway Train, Tango & Cash) ranks as one of the most misguided children's films ever made.
  30. Where the hell is the movie?

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