Boston Globe's Scores

For 5,356 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
5,356 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All the pieces are in place for an incisive tale of Brit-pop ego and madness, but filmmaker Stephen Woolley -- a celebrated UK producer ("The Crying Game") making his directing debut -- lets the story get away from him.
  1. Comes off more like a series of painful cliches than a comedy or a love story.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Even a fan, however, might prefer the excellent, recently released concert DVD "Pixies: Live at the Paradise in Boston" to this tepid behind-the-scenes experience.
  2. What I found more disturbing was the casual misogyny of the convoluted story line.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Behind the familiar hits, Jersey Boys is a story about the pressures and rewards of professionalism. Far too little of that has made it into this biopic. It’s just too mediocre to be true.
  3. Alba, meanwhile, is again ridiculously shoehorned into a comedy gig, although she does have an amusing opening bit spying while nine months pregnant. If only diaper bomb gags weren't the inevitable follow-up.
  4. Though Murray and Curry gamely deliver some chuckle-worthy one-liners along the way, they're mostly leashed to material as moldy and uninspired as the "Jeffersons" theme song.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    As B-level suspensers go, though, The Return isn't actively awful -- just slow and cursed with a lead who acts with her t-shirt.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Aggressive visual invention is rarely its own reward, and this movie does nothing to better the odds.
  5. The truth is, indeed, still out there. And when Carter finds it, may he heed its wisdom: Let go.
  6. The sequel goes down the tubes by spreading itself across four time zones and inviting comparison to the original by spending most of its time back in 1955, where another mess must be set right. [22 Nov 1989, p.35]
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The crazy train of Insidious runs fully off the rails when the filmmakers go logical and some of the strange gets explained away as a double shot of demonic possession and astral projection.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    All the good intentions in the world can't save White Irish Drinkers from playing like the baldest of retreads.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It's another one of those loud, penis-obsessed bro farces, lazily written (by actor Seth Rogen, among others) and haphazardly directed.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Meant to be an insider's tale, but it feels like it comes from the cinema of hangers-on.
  7. This isn't a genre-less character study, it's myopic romantic comedy, and watching a woman of Catherine Zeta-Jones's easy carnality and fathomless beauty compete for the attention of Gerard Butler, who's pining for Jessica Biel, is dismaying, like spotting Anna Wintour in line at a soup kitchen.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Generic teen dice-and-slice with interior design by way of ''Saw." The movie's tight and reasonably well shot, though, and there are flashes of nasty invention between the ritual guttings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Sydney White makes "Mean Girls" look like Shakespeare.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Wilde is stuck with the harder job of simultaneously playing sexy, innocent, conniving, and heartsore, and the effort appears to give her a headache. "This is kind of like an old movie," Liza says to Jay in one scene. Lady, don't you wish.
  8. The Strip makes you appreciate what hard work effortless comedy is.
  9. You couldn't ask for a better setting for a horror movie. What you could ask for is a better script.
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There are rich issues at play here, about the nature of attraction and whether individual will is or isn't pinned to the wheel of physiology. But Decena hasn't dramatized them; he's used them as talking points set to an indie-film guitar strum, and the result is both earnest and passionless.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A dunderheaded comic melodrama with clothes to die for and dialogue to shrink from. It’s downright depressing.
  10. Isn't all wrong. But even at its very best, it's just all right.
  11. For Hilton haters, the stupid and grotesque remake of House of Wax will only stoke their schadenfreude.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    I say kill off everybody else and bring back Farrell for the sequel.
  12. The lack of sexual tension is astounding.
  13. Stardust certainly could have gone somewhere fun. But the magic and zip you need to get a blimp like this off the ground is scarce.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The results are -- there’s no other word for it -- a disaster.
  14. As for other voices, the most notable are Adam Sandler, whose capuchin monkey wears out his welcome pretty quickly; Maya Rudolph, whose jivey giraffe comes perilously close to aural blackface; and Nick Nolte's gorilla.