The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,800 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 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Batman & Robin
Score distribution:
3,800 movie reviews
  1. Neither boring enough to qualify as pornography nor vital enough to generate a controversy.
  2. The film is a mawkish mess, only occasionally alleviated by the performances or Shange's poetry.
  3. So intent are the Strausses on showing off their visual chops, they leave the film's story, dialogue and acting in shambles.
  4. 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.
  5. Where the hell is the movie?
  6. Wisdom lies in taking a pass on Hall Pass, but bravery demands something else, something far more instructive: Watch it, every vacuous frame, if only to measure the precise aesthetic distance from blessing to curse.
  7. If you are expecting a pleasant evening of escapism, you will be cruelly fooled. The editor responsible for the trailer is clearly a genius.
  8. It's outstandingly obnoxious.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The sisterhood is already grumbling about a movie that suggests women will happily choose a mate over friendship, but actually it's the stereotypes of good behaviour rather than bad that bring this rom com crashing down.
  9. Brings on a wave of nostalgia accompanied, unfortunately, by a great big yawn that will surely be experienced by parents hoping for a spark of irreverence à la Pippi or the broad comic appeal found in most theatrical family fare these days.
  10. The Art of Getting By is distinguished by a dullness that's almost akin to being in high school again.
  11. Gomez, who turns 20 next year, looks much younger than her age and has the thankless task of playing three roles...It feels like a struggle and the screenplay doesn't help.
  12. Unfortunately, nobody had the good sense to call the comedy authorities and shut this Zookeeper down.
  13. It's a going-through-the-motions domestic comedy that makes, say, "Cheaper By The Dozen" look like a heart-warming, cutting-edge laugh riot.
  14. Taylor Lautner puts the abs in Abduction, but not much else.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    And yes, the super effects are fantastic. But overall, Ra.One fails to impress.
  15. A noxious PG comedy starring Adam Sandler as a pair of middle-aged male-female twins that should have been separated at birth to spare us from this movie.
  16. Like the recent Adam Sandler dud "Jack and Jill," a sizable chunk of Chip-Wrecked was shot on the newest ship in the fleet of a major cruise company – the ultimate in movie product placement!
  17. An unholy mess.
  18. Listlessly directed by Julie Anne Robinson (Miley Cyrus's The Last Song) from a script written by a trio of writers (Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray and Liz Brixius), One for the Money is tepidly glib throughout.
  19. Film encyclopedias may beg to differ, the Cahiers du Cinéma might correct me, but, as far as your humble correspondent knows, Wanderlust is the first mainstream movie ever to star a Floppy Prosthetic Penis.
  20. For a comedy about the quest for inner peace, A Thousand Words reeks of desperation.
  21. Contrast this to "The Iron Lady," a film which managed to be both obnoxiously condescending and flattering to the divisive British leader Margaret Thatcher, and left those of all political stripes irritated. The Lady, devoid of either iron or irony, is merely forgettable, a much deeper insult to its subject.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Hysteria is much closer in its effects to a more significant and much larger 19th-century invention. Like the locomotive, this costume drama proceeds noisily and methodically toward a destination that is agreed upon from the outset. Good orgasms and good movies generally offer surprises; good trains do not.
  22. Will be construed by the faithful as an embarrassment of riches and by the rest of us as cruel and unusual punishment.
  23. It's a dumb-ass comedy done strictly for a seriously large paycheque.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    So why are they divorcing, you ask. Who knows? Certainly not the creators of the very confused Celeste and Jesse Forever.
  24. 2 Days in New York plays like 2 years in Attica. You don't watch this movie so much as serve it out, a light comedy doled out as a heavy sentence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The film is basically a compendium of possessed-child clichés.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Instead of playing the role in drag, the erstwhile Madea simply is a drag.

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