The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,662 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 M. Butterfly
Lowest review score: 0 Another 48 Hrs.
Score distribution:
3,662 movie reviews
  1. Yes, from "Blonde" to "Bunny," it's abundantly evident that the two scribes have mastered, truly mastered, the serious art of self-plagiarism.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The storyline is a sinkhole that swallows up any sense and suspense.
  2. An ugly, strictly-for-meatheads comedy that can only be recommended to couples who wear matching Tie Domi Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys out on a date.
  3. All of this is interesting, but not all that entertaining.
  4. One smart thing Green's character Ezekiel does is split from Sex Drive as soon as his two scenes are over.
  5. The Boondock Saints II does, from time to time, display a vulgar charm. Or maybe it just wears you out.
  6. As for Keitel, he pops up in a brief cameo as a housing contractor, with a dump-truck full of sand, the one that De Niro is standing right behind. The pair engage in a heated argument, as they once did so memorably those many years ago, and then the truck dumps that load exactly where you know it must. An esteemed actor gets buried but, what-the-fock, the franchise laughs on.
  7. The high point might be the opening scene, before the stars arrive on screen.
  8. Some of the most memorable performances from great actors are also their worst: Add to that list Anthony Hopkins's turn as a sinister old Jesuit.
  9. Don't mean to boast, but I can suspend my disbelief as willingly as any credulous moviegoer. Yet not even an industrial crane would have helped here.
  10. With its stilted dialogue, fragments of voice-over and over-busy camera, Red Riding Hood feels off-kilter from the start.
  11. Apparently, somebody thought it was time for a remake. Clearly, somebody was dead wrong.
  12. By comparison to this effort, "Pineapple Express" seems like a model of thoughtful maturity.
  13. Last Night is a New York morality play: A film in love with (lower) Manhattan that is suspicious of real romance. What it lacks is Allen's sense of horseplay; his appetite for lunatic adventure. When you take a bite of the Big Apple, you're not supposed to nibble.
  14. Bad Teacher should be a hoot. But it isn't. Love the theory here, hate the practice.
  15. Over on the aliens side, it's hard to make out faces, but there's no doubt about their place of origin: These slimy, growling, bug-eyed and distinctly non-scary things are straight from central casting.
  16. In today's cultural climate, any remake of Conan the Barbarian can only be considered (a) redundant or (b) a cruel case of rubbing salt in our cinematic wounds. Either way, it ain't a pretty sight – in fact, it's downright barbaric.
  17. The film has one sly, ominous touch Peckinpah would have liked. David is writing a script on the defence of Stalingrad, a battle that swallowed two million lives. Otherwise, the new version is a vigilante action film bereft of subtlety or restraint.
  18. All the borderline pantomime acting and wigged buffoonery is deliberate and silly, but The Three Musketeers remains charmless, a romp brought down by its lead-footed script.
  19. Add up these three intentions – the down-and-dirty tone, the tender and uplifting message, the starring vehicle – and the math ain't funny. Bottom line: This movie is a whole lot less than the sum of its parts.
  20. Virtue aside, however, Red Tails is a lousy film. Not wincingly bad, mind you, just mediocre.
  21. Valuable life lessons always come at a steep price, and this one is no exception. Sorry, but you'll have to shell out for The Divide and then suffer through its nearly two hours of bloody inanities. Weigh the balance, make your choice.
  22. W.E. is a heavily made-up face masquerading as a movie and demanding to be admired – demands that might just leave you with an acute pain in the other end.
  23. Admittedly, it's been a long time since Kelly McGillis was being hyped as "the next Grace Kelly." But of all the films in all the world for whom the former Top Gun lust object could have done a walk-on, this lacklustre haunted-house feature is the one she chooses?
  24. Call me Grumpy, but this seems less an adaptation than a random assault.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Ye gods, there's a lot of hacking and many seismic eruptions in The Wrath of the Titans, the latest 3-D action film that treats the Greek gods as action figures.
  25. Another Nicholas Sparks novel, another cinematic brush with insulin shock.
  26. The film sputters and stalls and winds up behaving like the worst sort of oldster – passing gas and pretending to be deep.
  27. Try not to be in the same room as Jesus Henry Christ. At the very least run when the first fire alarm sounds.
  28. The biggest high comes from the images evoked by the title alone, or the title in tandem with the movie poster, doesn't it?

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