Ty Burr

Ty Burr

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Dallas Morning News , Deseret News, Salt Lake City , Entertainment Weekly
Total Reviews:
2001

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 2001
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 53% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " The faithful should welcome it warmly. Others may come away unconvinced while appreciating the film's sincerity and lack of anti-secular axes being ground." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Railway Man (2014) " Throughout, Firth compellingly plays a man struggling to make sense of the ordeal that his life has become. Too often, though, you can feel the movie struggling right along with him." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 20% Transcendence (2014) " How can you tell a movie is the directorial debut of a renowned cinematographer? When everything's interesting to look at except the performances." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3.5/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) " The movie's a cinematic Rubik's Cube that snaps together surprisingly easily, yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " It actually gets the birds right. It's the humans who are hard to identify." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 79% Watermark (2014) " These exceptionally gifted filmmakers are simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Misery loves company, and no one loves both more than this director." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Is Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Dune" the most influential movie never made?" — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " There's darkness and confusion just under its comic-book surface." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 77% Anita (2014) " Frieda Mock's documentary "Anita" is a dutiful history lesson even as it brings us closer to the very private person at the center of that long-ago, still relevant storm." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 3, 2014
57% Blumenthal (2014) " Not all of Fisher's debut feature works, but when it does the results are lacerating, hilarious, and surprisingly forgiving." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1.5/4 22% Sabotage (2014) " Ayer directs with style, very little sense, and a wheelbarrow full of blood squibs." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " It moves with the rhythms and emotions of classic kids' literature, possesses elegance and belly laughs in equal measure, and is almost magically beautiful to look at. And, like bears, it has bite." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " "Noah" is equal parts ridiculous and magnificent, a showman's folly and a madman's epic." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/4 44% The Face of Love (2014) " The only thrill, and it's worth the price of admission, is Bening." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " A humanist fable from India, the film is actually a romance in the classic tradition, a "Brief Encounter" transposed to the rhythms and flavors of modern-day Mumbai." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " What's most disquieting about "Nymph()maniac" is how funny, tender, thoughtful, and truthful it is, even as it pushes into genuinely seamy aspects of onscreen sexuality." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 41% Divergent (2014) " "Divergent" is almost good enough to make you forget what a cynical exercise it is on every possible level." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 89% Omar (2014) " It's told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " They're calling "Veronica Mars" a movie, but no matter which way you squint at it, it's a TV show." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " With "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson is up to his old tricks but with a magnanimous new confidence that feels like a gift." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1.5/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " If you know your muscle cars and supercars and don't care too much about other people, the movie will be your bottle of Yahoo, so pardon the rest of us if we look on these self-absorbed camshaft brats and wish them a speedy flat tire." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 13, 2014
53% Jimmy P. (2014) " Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 6, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " The movie's a portrait of tough yet vulnerable woman fighting age with everything she's got, giving in, getting scared, fighting some more." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 6, 2014
88% A Field in England (2014) " It's about shifting power games, mostly, and suggests a period film made by Samuel Beckett in one of his more playful moods." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 6, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " "Rise of an Empire" may strike some as an improvement on the first film, if only for two reasons: naval warfare and the glorious absurdity of Eva Green." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " The movie's preposterous, complicated, and a fair amount of fun until it tries to make sense in the final ten minutes." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/4 100% Cousin Jules (2013) " "Cousin Jules" is one of those rare experiences that's rooted in the past yet feels very much of the moment." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3.5/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Some movies are great because of their artistry; "Tim's Vermeer" achieves greatness - OK, semi-greatness - by placing the act of artistic creation itself under a microscope." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1/4 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Every so often a bad movie will become so mind-bogglingly, existentially bad that it turns perversely good. Unfortunately, "3 Days to Kill" isn't that bad." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The movie's a gorgeous, problematic anomaly in an illustrious career-a case of rapturous artistic blindness." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " How do you adapt "Winter's Tale," Mark Helprin's epic 1983 magical-realist novel, into a movie? If you're writer-director Akiva Goldsman, you take a meat tenderizer and hammer away until all that's left is romantic-fantasy mush." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " You could take your honey for Valentine's Day. But, really, a dozen fake roses and a card from CVS would be more personal." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.5/4 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " A short, pungent, ambiguous portrait of the poorer sections of Baltimore and the young men who get their kicks riding dirt bikes through the streets en masse, popping wheelies and dodging the police." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " The film doesn't embarrass itself or dishonor its predecessor, which is something." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " My fingers rebel, but type it I must: "The LEGO Movie" is the first great cinematic experience of 2014." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The movie should work like a pip. Instead, "The Monuments Men" is a labored mishmash of tones: Half "Hogan's Post-Doctoral Heroes," half "Saving Private Rembrandt," and half "Ingres's 11."" — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/4 61% Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014) " A woeful mixed bag." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 30, 2014
100% Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014) " The animated shorts category is much stronger, with the two best coming at the art of 'toons from opposite quarters, aesthetic and commercial." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 100% Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014 (2014) " One way or another, these films are about the heroism of stubbornness-the urge to keep living, no matter what, recorded on film." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/4 99% Gloria (2014) " "Gloria," a charmer from Chile, is a character portrait of a woman the movies rarely notice: Divorced, hovering around 60, not especially interested in self-pity." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 30, 2014
1.5/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " The movie's a very somber affair, but if you see it in a disrespectful frame of mind, it's the guilty-pleasure hoot of the season." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Square (2013) " What does a revolution feel like from the inside? I'm not sure we'll ever get closer than "The Square," an electrifying, at times heartbreaking documentary from the Egypt-born, Harvard-educated documentarian Jehane Noujaim." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 16, 2014
B 83% Tom Jones (1963) " While Tom remains a lot of fun, he's just not the irreverent Young Turk he seemed three decades ago." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3.5/4 94% The Past (2013) " An impeccable work that moves forward steadily and without much dynamic modulation, it's a movie not for people who want to escape the world but for those who want to understand it better." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Not a great movie but a fine guilty pleasure of acting excess." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Berg gives us a movingly bullet-chipped plaque of a drama that's good as far as it goes. But it doesn't go far enough anymore." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " In two decades of moviemaking, China's Jia Zhangke has examined the damage of his country's explosive growth with a poetic sense of outrage. With his latest effort, the implied violence bubbles over." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3.5/4 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Stories We Tell is one of those movies you watch on a screen and replay in your head for days, moving between its many levels of inquiry and touched, always, by Polley's compassion toward her relatives in particular and people in general." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Aside from some youthful randiness early in the film, it wouldn't be out of place at a state funeral." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 24, 2013
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