The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,882 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 Maria Full of Grace
Lowest review score: 0 Far and Away
Score distribution:
3,882 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A perfunctory gore fest and quite possibly the year's worst date movie.
  1. General Boredom meets Major Tedium on the Civil War fields of Virginia.
  2. 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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  3. 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.
  4. Unwilling to offend, the scribes have committed the greatest offence of all - they've neglected to tell a story, airbrushing out anything remotely dramatic.
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. View from the Top never gets off the bottom -- comedies don't come much flatter.
  8. It's like flipping through five years of dog calendars.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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  11. Isn't just ordinarily lame, it easily exceeds any normal requirements for witless sleaze.
  12. Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark.
  13. This one is headed straight for star Tommy Lee Jones's career-blooper reel.
  14. The performers are powerless to bring life to this moribund courtroom drama...a snoozer.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. Don't look for logic here. But if gore is your game, a motherlode awaits.
  18. 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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  19. 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.
  20. Patch Adams is a flawed visionary, but surely he deserves better than this crass and manipulative movie.
  21. Will be construed by the faithful as an embarrassment of riches and by the rest of us as cruel and unusual punishment.
  22. 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.
  23. Sparks’s preposterous approach has crystalized into cliché.
  24. Can anyone still be rooting for Rocky or Rambo?
  25. 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.
  26. 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.

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