The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

For 4,355 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Basic Instinct
Score distribution:
4355 movie reviews
  1. If anybody should know how to make a good Lubitsch farce, it’s Bogdanovich. Luckily, he already has: You should just watch his classic What’s Up, Doc? instead.
  2. And veteran director Costa-Gavras, whose early work ("Z", "State Of Siege", "Missing") proves that he's no stranger to sociopolitical complexities, might well have been the man to make it. But not from this script -- it starts off as puerile and then regresses.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not only does the 3-D format grant you a front row seat at this Jonas Brothers concert, but it puts sweet, sweaty Joe (he's the cute one) practically in your lap. For most JoBro fans, that alone is worth the price of admission.
  3. Although possessed of a laudable desire not to be yet another run-of-the-mill, wacky-impediment, I'm-nobody-and-you're-the-Prez's-daughter romance comedy, damned if the picture can figure out how to be an anti-romance comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I don't know if you have to be a surfer to fully appreciate Chasing Mavericks, but it certainly wouldn't hurt.
  4. A redemption allegory so poker-faced you might forget that redemption is supposed to be a good thing.
  5. The verdict is easy: Pfeiffer terrific, movie not.
  6. The style here is much more in the spirit of the smash and slash of the Conan movies than the banter and computer-generated monsters of the Mummy movies.
  7. The narrative line itself rambles increasingly down a path toward tawdry melodrama, defeating the impact of the handsome visuals and finely etched performances. [13 Jan 1995]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  8. For my first trick, allow me to write off an entire picture by merely affixing to the title a one-word contraction: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn’t. Please hold your applause.
  9. The film's best and most carefully shaded performance belongs to Bacon.
  10. Miracles from Heaven is mostly an embarrassment.
  11. School for Scoundrels suffers from an old-fashioned identity crisis. The poor thing is awfully confused, and so are we. Is it a black comedy that isn't dark enough? Or a dumb comedy that isn't stupid enough, or a gross-out comedy that isn't yucky enough? Or is it really just a romance comedy that isn't sweet enough? Don't have a clue, but this much is certain: It's definitely a failed comedy that isn't funny enough.
  12. Unfortunately, it has the model of the 1939 film to remind us how lacking in delight this version is.
  13. An unholy mess.
  14. It's the same package with new wrapping.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Love Punch feels like a remake of an old MGM caper comedy. It’s not, but it feels that way, which will certainly set it apart from the Disney villains, X-people and radioactive sea monsters of the summer movie schedule.
  15. This is the kind of picture that is faux subtle when it should be bold, and really ham-handed when it should be delicate.
  16. When you watch Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, there's often a sense that you're not just watching him perform in a movie, you're watching the next stage of his unfolding career plan.
  17. Memo to screenwriters cranking out murky existential thrillers: Do not have various characters repeat on several occasions: "I know this doesn't make any sense."
  18. Strictly for the midnight-movie crowd, Drive Angry serves up a non-stop stream of female nudity, flying body parts, gun battles and smart-alecky dialogue.
  19. Although In My Country is charged with moments of grace and feeling, the film is ultimately betrayed by the clunky Jackson-Binoche romance.
  20. Actress Kristen Stewart – coolly intense, androgynous, and intelligent – remains the series' strongest asset, as Bela, the emotional centre of the story.
  21. There’s also not much chemistry between Skarsgard and Robbie in a film that hints at the Greystokes’ great sex life but barely shows it. Instead, we get flashes of flesh that are hilariously dated in their obviousness.
  22. The plot is stale though some of the moves are fresh.
  23. Estela Bravo's film Fidel, The Untold Story has the kitsch appeal of a farm implement on a restaurant wall, or an Andy Warhol Mao poster: Interesting, but not for its original purpose.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While his sincerity is admirable, Pellington is reluctant to offer any ideas that are more theologically complex than 'Faith is valuable' and 'Life is for living.'
  24. When the film’s pace slows down every now and then, and Cohen gets room to breathe, the film is a genuine riot.
  25. Its war scenes are plenty thrilling, but the film’s real achievement is its quiet authenticity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Hotel Transylvania 2 is what you might call frivolously scary: scary by mistake, or scary for no reason.

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