The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

  • Movies
For 3,801 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Katyn
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
3,801 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The Art of Getting By is distinguished by a dullness that's almost akin to being in high school again.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    The most important question is one that should be answered before setting foot in the theatre, and it is this: How badly do you want to see Cameron Diaz’s butt? If your answer is so very badly, or even pretty darn bad, then by all means, buy a ticket.
  3. It's got thrills and chills and one of the most elegantly conceived monsters in the history of movies.
  4. Parental Guidance is one of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the "Meet the Fockers" line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.
  5. In pairing the two icons, Righteous Kill is definitely an event. What it isn't is much of a movie. Such a waste.
  6. 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.
  7. Just how dumb is Senseless? So dumb it even takes the fun out of stupid.
  8. All of this is interesting, but not all that entertaining.
  9. 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.
  10. Crazy as this might sound, it turns out that self-indulgent ramblings designed to put your children to sleep are pretty much the opposite of art.
  11. Like its characters, That Awkward Moment has commitment issues: It lacks the courage of its bad taste.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sadly, Bacon is only intermittently convincing as a man hell-bent on revenge or a father tortured by what he has unleashed on his family.
  12. Alig's superficiality seems to have been his only talent. His banality is a problem that the film can't overcome.
  13. Runner Runner is a bad run of cliché clichés.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It works best when it doesn't take itself seriously, and some of the ways in which ESP is faked are briefly engaging, like short con games or magic tricks revealed. But, finally, the film doesn't offer the sense of release, or of surprise, that it seems to take for granted.
  14. Isn't so much a movie as a 90-minute Trivial Pursuit contest to name bit players from TV's distant past.
  15. It's a dumb-ass comedy done strictly for a seriously large paycheque.
  16. There are a couple of minutes of unscheduled surgery to put this in the sadistic fantasy genre of "Saw" and "Hostel," but mostly the movie plays out like a cheap survivalist copy of the television series "Lost."
  17. If you have kids who are easily frightened, bring them to Alpha and Omega, a 3-D movie with training wheels. Kids may not like it, but they'll never fall off the ride.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    You know a movie has taken a very strange turn when you find yourself eagerly awaiting the next appearance by Donny Osmond.
  18. Well acted and crisply directed, this latest version can at least make a claim to competence.
  19. Notable for its enthusiastic abandonment of any semblance of narrative coherence.
  20. Say this for I Am Number Four: It's blessedly free of any original sins. Instead, they're all copied. Here a little "Superman," there a bit of "Spider-Man," now it's "Twilight" with aliens, then it's a spaghetti western with trucks – this thing borrows more heavily than an investment bank in an unregulated market.
  21. What Happens in Vegas should damn well have stayed in Vegas.
  22. The story, of course, is a line on which to pin the comic set-pieces, and that's where Pink Panther 2 comes up lustreless. Zwart has no discernible sense of comic rhythm, beyond managing to punctuate scenes with a wall crashing in.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The sisterhood is already grumbling about a movie that suggests women will happily choose a mate over friendship, but actually it's the stereotypes of good behaviour rather than bad that bring this rom com crashing down.
  23. The Invisible isn't the formulaic horror film that the studio is selling it as but surely it wasn't supposed to be an accidental comedy either.
  24. Scott means for his entertainment package to be hip, hysterical fun. But his stylistic embellishments and indiscriminate appetite for sensation crowds his title character right out of the film.
  25. Rambo's return is thick with usual thrills. [26 May 1988, p.C1]
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