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Ty Burr

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 48% True Story (2015) "Leads with its chin from the title on down and which turns a startling tale of true crime and false identities into a heavy-breathing drama that, ironically, fails to convince. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 89% Ex Machina (2015) ""Ex Machina" isn't quite "Citizen Kane" for an era of Internet tycoons, but it suggests that that's not such a bad idea. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "A meditation on fame, acting, aging, and acceptance, "Clouds" is a multilayered rapture on the subject of woman, performing. Not only does the film demand repeat viewings, it rewards them. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 81% Ned Rifle (2015) "At its worst, "Ned Rifle" is a self-involved movie about self-involved people. When it clicks, though, we're in a pared-down moral universe that carries unsettling echoes of our own. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 91% White God (2015) "Think "The Incredible Journey" crossed with "The Birds" crossed with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Or maybe just imagine "Cujo" as told from the dog's point of view. Don't take grandma. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 85% While We're Young (2015) "Baumbach may be the sharpest social satirist of his generation - in some ways, he's a Woody Allen with clearer vision and fewer nervous tics - but the message of this droll, enjoyable bourgeois vaudeville can be boiled down to Father Knows Best. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/4 54% Woman in Gold (2015) ""Woman in Gold" is dutiful and surprisingly dull, rolling along pre-ordained tracks and the familiar cadences of screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell's dialogue and situations. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1.5/4 19% Serena (2015) "It's reassuring, really, to be reminded that top-tier Hollywood stars can make lousy choices just like the rest of us. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "As portraits of mental illness go, "Kumiko" is slender but even-handed, neither romanticizing its heroine's mania nor tipping into melodrama or horror. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) "So shameless is this movie's urge to batter you into laughter and tears that you give in, exhausted and maybe even a little grateful. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/4 95% It Follows (2015) "Where most teen horror movies revel in the peer group splintering and getting slaughtered, this one is more interested in how people gather around a loved one and shield her from harm. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/4 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "I'm attaching four stars more out of helplessness than critical acumen, by the way; if the film is beyond language, it's certainly beyond a traditional rating system. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "The movie needs to be seen and discussed by everyone within shouting distance of the college experience: parents, students (of both genders), administrators, alumni, coaches - the list goes on. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 85% Cinderella (2015) ""Cinderella" has been made with enough skill and sincerity to disarm all but the most jaded viewers. It's a happy ending for everyone -- Disney's accountants most of all. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3.5/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) "Szifr├│n gives us a window onto other people's worst impulses rather than a mirror reflecting our own; the laughs come fast and full, and they come a little too easily. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3.5/4 94% The Search For General Tso (2015) "Keeps digging and digging until it has not only solved the enigma of this particular dish but cast a light on an entire secret chronology of food, immigrant culture, and the way the two amplify each other. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/4 82% Queen and Country (2015) "There's no way around the fact that this is a lesser endeavor than "Hope and Glory," but when it's good, which is often enough, "Queen and Country" glows with a master storyteller's sense of memory. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 5, 2015
96% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "Dore's film should be seen. Take your daughters. And your sons. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 26, 2015
56% Focus (2015) "You come out feeling you've been had by well-intentioned crooks who aren't ready for the big show. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 26, 2015
62% Maps to the Stars (2015) "A lot of the movie works, but enough doesn't for "Maps to the Stars" to go down as a lost opportunity and one of this director's braver missteps. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 59% The Last 5 Years (2015) "Jordan comes out of this movie respectably, while Kendrick comes out of it a star. In fact, she's potentially the first great movie musical star of her generation. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/4 99% Leviathan (2014) ""Leviathan" plays like downer Tolstoy, masterfully specific to these people and unforgivingly allegorical toward the country at large. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 91% Mommy (2015) "Dolan is able to weave dialogue, camerawork, a fluid yet urgent editing style, and a magpie's ear for pop music into a cinematic world that you can almost hold in your hand before it starts spilling over. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1.5/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "The credits for "Jupiter Ascending" acknowledge nearly 1,600 artists, technicians, visual imagineers, and pixel-pushers who have labored mightily to bring this story to life. Their efforts only reveal the underlying conceptual hollowness. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/4 89% Still Alice (2015) ""Still Alice" is much too clear-eyed to hold out false hope, but it's a moving testimonial to going down with grace. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "Coursing underneath the film's calm, observant surface is a fury at a system that sets people in the same leaky boat at each other's throats. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/4 36% Song One (2015) "Take away the Brooklyn chic and the medical emergency, and "Song One" is a pretty good study-hall daydream. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) ""Year" is a fascinating movie but, despite its title, it's fairly flat - the pace rarely modulates. A work to admire, sometimes very much, but not an easy one to love. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "The film is, simply, a tragedy in which American certainty comes to grief against the rocks of the real world, and it views its central figure as a decent man doing indecent things for what he keeps telling himself is a greater good. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "If the past is a foreign country, then "Mr. Turner" is one of the most rhapsodic foreign films you may ever see. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 12, 2015
3.5/4 99% Selma (2015) "More often than not ... "Selma" focuses on the one thing we don't expect in a movie about Martin Luther King Jr. - his doubts - and Oyelowo comes through with a deeply felt and quite brilliant performance. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 12, 2015
3.5/4 72% Inherent Vice (2015) "Anderson moves further from conventional storytelling with each new film, and closer to something more intuitive, more damning, more true. He hasn't made it there yet. God help us when he does. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 12, 2015
1.5/4 53% The Interview (2014) "Everyone here is in way over his or her head. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 26, 2014
1.5/4 71% Big Eyes (2014) "Waltz ham-and-eggs Adams off the screen. In the process, the movie strands her character without an inner life, a psychology, or anything that would indicate what makes her tick. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 26, 2014
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) ""Unbroken" stirs a moviegoer by default; it's an astounding story of human endurance that has been brought a little too safely to the screen. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Marshall's film captures enough of the emotions that course through this sneaky fairy tale about childish things like love, sex, grief, insecurity, abandonment, and forbearance. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 26, 2014
2/4 27% Annie (2014) "By the end, the movie resembles just another formulaic, family-friendly piece of product, one the kids will enjoy and you'll endure as it goes in the DVD player for the 40th time. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 18, 2014
1.5/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "Jackson has marched the modern fantasy-action epic into a thundering blind alley; the movie exhausts your senses without ever engaging your imagination. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 16, 2014
3/4 88% Top Five (2014) "It's a slap-happy movie and often scurrilously funny - the sound of a gifted comic mind finally finding its onscreen voice. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2.5/4 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) ""Exodus: Gods and Kings" does a fair job of giving us what might be called The Second-Greatest Story Ever Told. What it never convinces us of is why. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "There's a film to be made about how government secrecy came spiraling out from Bletchley to conquer the future in which we now live, but "The Imitation Game" would rather give you a very good night at the movies. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) "The movie gets much of the book and has the added benefit of scenery - lots of it, deserts and mountains and forests spreading out to the far horizons. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/4 98% The Babadook (2014) "A potent journey through the fears, anxieties, and repressed rages of motherhood. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2.5/4 48% Miss Julie (2014) "It's a handsomely mounted, intentionally claustrophobic film; too claustrophobic over the long haul, with relentless close-ups that constrict the galvanic emotions on display. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/4 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) ""Keep on Keepin' On" might document the passing of a musical torch from one century to the next, but for one sticking point: The first torch plain refuses to go out. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "We expect expert acting from Ruffalo, and we get it, but the secret hero of "Foxcatcher" - and the performance you keep coming back to - is Channing Tatum as Mark, a lost boy in the skin of a brute. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/4 82% The Homesman (2014) "For a movie headlined by two Oscar-winning Hollywood stars - and directed and co-written by one of them - "The Homesman" is awfully close to outsider art. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Mockingjay - Part 1 does get a mid-film lift when Katniss and Gale go up against Snow's air force with a few bows and arrows; the scene is ridiculous, and it works. But the rest is a muddy, underlit slog, a movie that searches in vain for its own pulse. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 19, 2014
3/4 75% Rosewater (2014) "What makes "Rosewater" different from similar entries in what might be called the Triumph of the Imprisoned Spirit genre is that the hero is hardly an ideologue, despite having sympathy for the Iranian reformers and the Green party. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Hawking himself has seen this film and pronounced it "broadly true," and that diplomatic generalization touches on what's right about it and what's wrong. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 13, 2014
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