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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Four Weddings and a Funeral
Lowest review score: 0 Daddy Day Camp
Score distribution:
3,662 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's all so geekily gorgeous, it hardly matters that the narrative lapses in and out of incoherence and the dialogue is functional at best.
  1. Apparently, somebody thought it was time for a remake. Clearly, somebody was dead wrong.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Wobbles like a punch-drunk fighter. It never finds its legs, but allows Ryan -- whose wardrobe looks like Erin Brockovich crossed with Barbarella -- the space to do what she does best: turn on the charm, and make audiences wonder why she's slumming in such a lame storyline.
  2. Don't abandon Abandon. In the movies' long weekly line-up, it stands apart -- innocent of banality, and guilty of nothing more damning than intelligent effort that falls a tad short.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The monster isn't very interesting (or scary) to look at: he's just an oily, overgrown gremlin.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Inspector Gadget may be a live-action movie, but at its heart it's more cartoonish than most cartoons.
  3. The fun of Biker Boyz should be in the racing, and though director Reggie Rock Bythewood throws around a lot of techniques, nothing really ignites.
  4. A paint-by-numbers vigilante movie with the usual rogue cop, murdered wife and trail of vengeance.
  5. It's better than 2, but not nearly as good as 1. On the slippery slope of sequel-land, that's an okay average. [15 May 1992]
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    War
    A kind of dumbed-down, souped-up action thriller in a quasi-"Lethal Weapon" mode.
  6. A quirkily efficient genre exercise that knows exactly where and when to administer its cattle-prod shivers.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    How bad does a film have to be to get the death doughnut? Disgracefully bad.
  7. If it weren't for Mo'Nique's fresh, appealing screen presence, Phat Girlz would fall flat.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The Canyons is actually anything but gratuitously sensational. On the contrary, it’s rather restrained, even conservative affair, far more interested in expositional conversation and a sustained tone of bleached-out melancholy than cranking up the heat.
  8. Big Fat Liar becomes a progression of increasingly elaborate slapstick stunts, in the brutal, noisy "Home Alone" vein, in which the complexity of the pranks rarely yields a commensurate comic reward.
  9. The characters don't stay still long enough for the audience to worry about them. The high-priced actors (Freeman is especially wasted) are so much flotsam in the big water-tank action scenes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Simply put, this is a bad, bad film, this summer's answer to last summer's "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman." A dog for the dog days of summer.
  10. The Wicker Man is one of those "what were they thinking?" movies.
  11. If you see Clue only once, and it's hard to imagine seeing it more than once, even for the five different minutes, the "A" is by far the best, featuring as it does (this does not give away the identity of the murderer) a splendidly funny shtick from Madeline Kahn. [13 Dec 1985, p.D5]
  12. If all this sounds familiar, it should. Fathers seldom fare very well in family comedies.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Space Chimps might have been saved, in fact, by using real monkeys in the astronaut roles. Or, better yet, by having a monkey in the director's chair.
  13. Classic style over substance, with some gruesome-looking creatures and settings and non-stop shooting and biting (both the vampires and werewolves get their teeth into it). But, alas, at almost two hours, it is much ado about nothing.
  14. The Art of Getting By is distinguished by a dullness that's almost akin to being in high school again.
  15. It's got thrills and chills and one of the most elegantly conceived monsters in the history of movies.
  16. Parental Guidance is one of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the "Meet the Fockers" line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.
  17. In pairing the two icons, Righteous Kill is definitely an event. What it isn't is much of a movie. Such a waste.
  18. When you pay good money to see an action movie, it's understood that you want it to be action-packed. You do not want it to be action-enhanced or action-flavoured or featuring accents of action.
  19. Just how dumb is Senseless? So dumb it even takes the fun out of stupid.
  20. All of this is interesting, but not all that entertaining.
  21. 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.

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