The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

For 4,041 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Room
Lowest review score: 0 Senseless
Score distribution:
4,041 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ambitious but generic martial-arts movie.
  1. There are the usual gaggle of embarrassing friends, a lot of voice-over and montages, a wedding, a funeral and wait … something’s missing. Oh, right. Hugh Grant.
  2. No matter how you judge it -- as a strict morality play or simply a psychological thriller -- Apt Pupil just doesn't make the grade.
  3. Sometimes, a strong premise makes for a weak movie, which ends up drowning in its own clever conceit.
  4. Lola Versus is all Greta all the time, a bonanza for fans and proof that Gerwig's easy offbeat charm, obvious smarts and physical comedy gifts can carry a film.
  5. Under better circumstances, Cooper might be said to have stolen the picture outright. But as it is, and compelling as he is, there's just nothing here to steal.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    On screen, the result feels stagey and cramped, as though the film had been "adjusted for your TV set" before going to video. [13 Dec 1996]
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  6. Light to the point of disposability, Sweet Home Alabama is a small screwball comic idea that spins out far too long.
  7. The Mosquito Coast is a work of consummate craftsmanship and it's spectacularly acted, down to the smallest roles (Martha Plimpton as a classically obstreperous preacher's daughter, for example), but its field of vision is as narrow and eventually as claustrophobic as Allie's. [28 Nov 1986]
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  8. As for Vaughn, he seems exhausted by his strenuous efforts to bring a few sparks of spontaneity to such an overcalculated Christmas product.
  9. Rude, lewd and occasionally in the nude, The Hangover brings a collection of fresh faces to the familiar raucous male-bonding comedy.
  10. A story only slightly more complex than your average episode of "Friends."
  11. The emotional geometry is familiar enough to be credible yet odd enough to be creepy.
  12. Since "To pay or not to pay" is banal, the plot takes the popular path of excess to a brain-boggling twist (to be specific would be to ruin what fun there is), then spirals off in a series of ever more unlikely gyrations, until a heretofore decent picture has gone completely south into fantasy-land.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Alas, the perfect Steve Martin vehicle will probably never be the perfect film, no matter how endearing the silver-haired actor makes himself. And so it is with Father of the Bride; good, but by no means great. [20 Dec 1991, p.C3]
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  13. The movie’s compromised tone, wavering between emo introspection and rom-com cuteness, is awkward in all the wrong ways.
  14. The Distinguished Gentleman isn't - distinguished, that is - but it's a notable cut above Eddie Murphy's recent ventures. [04 Dec 1992]
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  15. A bad-cop, worse-cop movie.
  16. What a shame that The Spirit isn't nearly as good as it looks.
  17. Wants keenly to be hip and modern, but really it's just an old-fashioned drawing-room comedy.
  18. David Lynch's eye-popping imagery is buried under an avalanche of self-indulgence.
  19. With the two American actresses miscast, and the two young British lads behaving like a couple of "Brideshead Revisited" rejects, most of the dramatic heavy lifting is left to veteran English actor Wilkinson.
  20. As an actor, Kirk Douglas still has more to give; too bad he didn't have more to work with.
  21. The contrived script is stretched to the breaking point by Reiner's listless direction.
  22. Joe Pytka does display an occasional nice touch with mood and atmosphere - at its infrequent best, the humor here is almost wry. But his editing is as jumpy as a mare in heat. [19 Aug 1989]
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  23. A movie about con artists that turns out to be a con job, and guess who's getting played for a sucker?
  24. The best sequence is a five-minute set-piece where Clouseau struggles with an accent coach to learn how to order a hamburger like an American.
  25. Pathfinder is aimed more at the action-figure crowd than the history buffs.
  26. Over all, the movie is just funny enough to make you wish it were much better than it is.
  27. Smith’s charisma isn’t always an asset to the movie though. Unlike the unknown Macchio in the original Kid, there’s nothing vulnerable about Smith except for his diminutive size, which is its own problem.

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