The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,743 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Master
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
3,743 movie reviews
  1. The Long Day Closes is a twice-remarkable film. Once, because director Terence Davies opens his personal bottle of memories and makes them interesting to us. Twice, because, in doing so, he triggers our own memories. [11 June 1993]
  2. Their excitement is infectious and the entire endeavour both mind-bending and tremendously human: Near the end, Peter Higgs, the recent Nobel Prize-winner and one of the scientists who first predicted the particle back in 1964, is seen in Switzerland watching the data results come in, while a tear trickles down his cheek.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ida
    Favouring long takes over didactic scripting, Pawlikowski lets his powerful imagery carry the film.
  3. The Witches of Eastwick is an uproarious and entirely successful attempt to examine the differences between the sexes by couching the examination in mythological terms. [12 June 1987]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s not about the world catching up to understand poor, lonesome Hiccup. It’s about Hiccup catching up to the expectations of the world on his own.
  4. Linklater’s film is very much its own hybrid creature. While the dramatic scaffolding is lightly drawn, it becomes apparent that Linklater has organized his material along certain themes, most notably that of the passage of time and the dream life of childhood.
  5. My Own Private Idaho achieves more than most movies dream of attempting. The Shakespearian allusions aside, Van Sant has essentially remade "Of Mice and Men" for the nineties, with Mike as the "mouse," Scott as the "man." It is the mouse who roars.
  6. Hackman is unexpectedly hilarious. With protruding top teeth and a professorial beard, he's a motormouth, badgering and abusing one minute, wheedling and fawning the next.
  7. So energized by the subject that it overflows with inventiveness.
  8. The score (a nifty collection of vintage but never clichéd period tunes) complements the mood perfectly, and the ensemble cast members hit their own notes to perfection.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A gorgeous, witty, seductive movie.
  9. Always perceptive and curiously light in tone if not in content -- such a remarkably delicate look at an absolutely devastating subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The movie made me so happy, and here I am back on the subway with Nerdo, and there's this jerk across the aisle who's like ancient, 30 at least, and he's got the nerve to look right into my see-through Madonna lace outfit. And he winks. Oh, barf- ola.
  10. Sophisticated and unsentimental political film.
  11. The virtue of Midnight Run is not that it does anything new; the virtue is that it does everything old so well.
  12. Inoffensive in its simplicity; its high, if naive, spirits send viewers out into the all too real streets clothed in the glow of a fantasy well-spun.
  13. The intelligence and wit of this glass-slipper heart-of-gold fantasy are shocking.
  14. Mesmerizing.
  15. Lee has forged a work of art in the classic sense -- art that delights and instructs.
  16. Skip work to see it at the first opportunity.
  17. It's intriguing, appalling, savvy, nasty, grossly unsettling -- you may not like what you see, but you'll definitely be affected by the sight.
  18. Stands as an important film, perhaps even a timely one as once again the United States finds itself enmeshed in fending off a guerrilla war in a faraway land.
  19. The best American movie so far this year.
  20. The verdict? Green passes with flying colours -- his is a huge and hugely impressive talent.
  21. A loopy, loving nine innings full of comic curve balls, emotional home-runs and euphoric, summertime music.
  22. One of those rare films that manages to be both terrifically entertaining and consistently thoughtful, it turns an apparently tame deception into a very rich metaphor.
  23. Polanski's view of life is like that of Greek tragedy, with the same cold comfort that tragedy implies; from the larger perspective which art gives us, we know even horrors eventually pass.
  24. May not have the most sophisticated narrative, but it is one of the most spectacular and masterly demonstrations of animation in screen history.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is the funniest teen movie I've seen in eons.
  25. This film and Salinger's novel differ greatly in the details of narrative and character. Yet, there's no mistaking the similarity in tone and sensibility and, particularly, in the capacity to split an audience into warring camps fighting on shared ground.

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