Boston Globe's Scores

For 6,367 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Spartacus
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
6367 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You’ve seen almost all of this before, with more wit and a better villain.
  1. As a general survey of Williams’s life, as a collection of precious backstage outtakes, and as a nostalgic trip back into his comedy stylings, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind does the trick. It’s a sad, but satisfying, visit with a special man.
  2. The idea behind Eugene Jarecki’s nonfiction film The King — you can’t really call it a documentary — is crazy-good inspired.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    There are a lot of reasons to be thankful for Sorry to Bother You — one being that it represents the return of the inspired/demented midnight-movie satire — but the rise of Lakeith Stanfield to leading man status is probably the most satisfying.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The final shots are both majestic and damning, and they lift the film with a kind of gentle contempt into a surrealism that makes an awful kind of sense, the world in its lushness swallowing Zama as it will swallow us all. Some movies unfold as dreams; Zama dances us playfully toward the edge of nightmare and then asks us to open our eyes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A family affair, a family failure. The life of Whitney Houston seems like a cage match between competing egotists who call one another relatives. No doubt a certain pall hangs over the film, perhaps inevitable with the subject, and aided by the cathartic candor of most interviewees.
  3. It’s fast, it’s funny, it’s superficial, it’s full of likable stars and scientific mumbo-jumbo, and, above all, it taps into the human urge to see big things become little and little things get big. It’s as close to lizard-brain entertainment as superhero blockbusters get, and as the mercury pushes toward 100, I’ll take it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    One of the more entertaining yet profoundly disturbing documentaries of this or any year.
  4. Character quirks know no limits in the indie dramedy Boundaries, a multi-generational road-trip movie that gives both Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer richly drawn roles to play.
  5. Murky, clunky, but sometimes nihilistically exhilarating.
  6. Is the movie any good, and does Irving embarrass himself? The answers are: sort of, and nowhere near.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Damsel, goofy, absurdist, and subversive, feels like a brave step in an uncertain direction.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    How do you make a boring movie about this guy? Beats me, but director Ben Lewin has managed to pull it off. Based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s 1994 biography of the same title, The Catcher Was a Spy is a decorous, dutiful dogtrot that tells Berg’s story with excellent production values and a conspicuous lack of energy. In its tastefully dull fashion it wastes not only a fascinating subject but the mercurial actor playing him.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    You can go see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom or you can save yourself the time and money by chugging a six-pack of Red Bull and running through the dinosaur exhibits at the Harvard Museum of Natural History until you can’t breathe. As experiences go, they’re equally adrenalizing and equally ephemeral.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s unnerving in ways that elude easy explanation and that slip under your skin and stay there.
  7. Hawke delivers a strong melancholy variation on his familiar emotional cool as Reverend Toller.
  8. Though not as graphically powerful as other documentaries on similar subjects, such as Fredrick Wiseman’s “Meat” (1976) or Georges Franju’s “Les Sang des Bête” (1949), the emphasis on the disastrous global impact of these practices is more disturbing .
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Hearts Beat Loud is gentle, funny, humane, and predictable, kept from becoming tiresome by a cast of pros that includes not only Offerman but Toni Collette as Frank’s landlady and possible love interest and a frisky Ted Danson as a philosophic stoner who owns the neighborhood watering hole.
  9. Tag
    What’s most unexpectedly gratifying is how much energy veteran standup director Jeff Tomsic and his splashy cast pour into ensuring that this is legit entertainment, packed with gonzo wit and even some sentiment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Nancy is an eccentric, pungent gift of a film about a woman without identity played by an actress without persona.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    The result is a clattery, unfocused affair that at times is more irritating than fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    High-concept, low-budget, proudly set-bound, Hotel Artemis shouldn’t work at all. Somehow, miraculously, it does.
  10. The drama palpably, potently conveys the group’s misgivings, their jangling nerves, the foolhardy resignation pushing them on despite themselves.
  11. In this semi-autobiographical period piece, Simón achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child. Though her techniques can get repetitive and stall the narrative, more often than not her elliptical editing recreates an innocent’s perception of the slow drift of time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    It’s an eerie mood piece that slowly and surely tightens the thumb screws before all hell breaks loose; that and the fact that much of Hereditary takes place in one rambling dark house is evidence that Aster has spent a lot of time studying “The Shining,” “The Exorcist,” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” It’s nice to have a classicist back in town.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    We go to heist films to see the suckers get taken in high style. This one just robs us bland.
  12. For your two hours of discomfort, you will gain a better understanding of the insidious ways in which sexual predators work, and a clearer picture of how a victim’s denial and memory can conspire to bury the truth in the name of self-protection. You will also gain the experience of watching a wisely written, inventively directed, and extraordinarily acted story
  13. In his three-decade run, Rogers touched millions of souls. But the film is honest in questioning whether, in the end, he really made a difference.
  14. As he did with his "Everest" cast, Kormákur draws a strong, pathos-rich performance from Woodley, filled with moments of her character confronting her own mortality and looking back on safe choices not made. It’s solid drama, but also very slow going.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Throw out any expectations you might have of coherent narrative structure or directorial control, and you might have a pretty good time.

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