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:
2053

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
68% Me and You (2014) " The film's a treat to watch, with luxuriant camerawork by Fabio Cianchetti and a gorgeous, intimate score by Franco Piersanti." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 54% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " In "Magic in the Moonlight," the debate is between rationalism and faith - what you can see with your own eyes versus what you're willing to leap into the dark for - but it's given a trite, cursory treatment." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 79% Get On Up (2014) " A messy, qualified triumph that even at 138 minutes makes an incomplete case for Brown's meaning to American life and culture, but a triumph nevertheless." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 48% I Origins (2014) " Despite the post-doctoral double-talk in "I Origins," the movie's faith remains in the mysteries of the cosmos, and it all starts to feel a little wet." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " The great pleasure of le CarrĂ©-land - for some, it's the frustration - is that one's own moral certainties are quickly stood on their head." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 60% Lucy (2014) " Wait, wasn't Bradley Cooper here in 2011's "Limitless"? Yes, but "Lucy" takes the concept into eerier and more visually baroque territory than that much-underappreciated genre film." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1.5/4 16% And So It Goes (2014) " "And So It Goes" looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/4 40% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Sophomore slumps don't come any more irritating than "Wish I Was Here," the painfully sincere, emotionally fraudulent new comedy-drama from actor-writer-director Zach Braff." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " If the first half of the movie is fairly sharp as these things go, the second half is increasingly, noisily ridiculous, with Diaz working extra hard for her laughs and verging on the shrill." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " "Boyhood" is a stunt, an epic, a home video, and a benediction. It reminds us of what movies could be and - far more important - what life actually is." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Whether you like it or not, Roman Polanski is a great artist, and even the minor films of his fugitive decades glimmer with the claustrophobia and sardonic bleakness of his greatest work." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Here's a thought for the inevitable next film in this series: Ditch the humans. Stick with the apes. They're a lot more interesting." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " Ebert once described the cinema as "a machine that generates empathy." Watching James's lovely film, you know exactly what he means." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2/4 24% Tammy (2014) " If only "Tammy" were funnier, more structured, less of a mess! But then it might be just another Hollywood formula film." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) " "Third Person" staggers well over the two-hour mark only to self-destruct in a burst of overwrought cleverness." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " "Begin Again" is pleasantly predictable if you're in an undemanding mood. If you're not, it's unbearable, like hearing a treasured folk song given a Hot 97 makeover." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " Vidal was our last great Roman senator, mourning the republic as he gazed at a corrupt empire. "Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to," he said, "I look into my own black heart."" — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 91% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " A documentary whose chief aims - at which it succeeds - are to mourn a fallen activist angel and rile audiences into rage." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " Rossi gives us a survey course when what we need is a seminar; the movie is a useful "What's Wrong With College 101" but the advanced study remains to be done." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 85% Korengal (2014) " The first film was for us. This one's for them." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 65% The Rover (2014) " There's a thin line between the iconic and the generic, and "The Rover," a grim post-apocalyptic drama from down under, wanders back and forth across it in an adrenaline daze." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 19, 2014
1.5/4 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " A flat-footed Italian-American theme park ride that's as far from rock 'n' roll as Newark is from Times Square." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " For all the love emanating from client-pals Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Emeril Lagasse, and Steven Tyler, there's a sadness to this movie that remains just off camera." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " "We Are the Best!" is a messy, congenial empowerment story that knows how aggravating adolescence can be when you refuse to fit in." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " "Obvious Child" is being promoted as a groundbreaking topical comedy about abortion. But it's less than that. And more. And, basically, not." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Lord and Miller are on a roll, and there may be no better moviemakers at playing to our modern need for irony - at giving us the entertainment we crave while acknowledging our distrust of it." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " No, it's not fair that "Words and Pictures" isn't the movie we'd like it to be. But if it were better at being the movie it wanted to be, that wouldn't be an issue." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/4 94% Ida (2014) " A thing of beauty that overstays its welcome. It's possible that Pawlikowski would be a great artist if he weren't so hellbent on convincing us of it." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " If Elgort's Gus is glibly charming and ultimately affecting, "The Fault in Our Stars" belongs to Woodley, a performer who always seems to be backing warily into her own movies." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 5, 2014
90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The fact is that this is a pretty good summer-kablooie movie, and Cruise is better than pretty good in it." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 5, 2014
1.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " There's nothing about this plotline that doesn't feel like a retread, and MacFarlane, I'm sorry to report, still seems like the funniest guy in the writers' room rather than a genuine movie star." — Boston Globe
Posted May 29, 2014
1.5/4 79% Teenage (2014) " A roughly chronological jumble of archival footage, unconvincing period reenactments, gauzy voice-overs, and half-baked ideas that makes one yearn for the stolid dullness of a History Channel documentary." — Boston Globe
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " "Cold in July" ultimately tries to do too much and ends up not doing quite enough - often entertainingly, not always believably." — Boston Globe
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " "X-Men: Days of Future Past" upholds the acceptably high batting average of Marvel's second-tier movie franchise." — Boston Globe
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 83% The Double (2014) " "The Double" is a striking piece of work, but it's nostalgic for a kind of paranoia that may no longer exist. There are different things to frighten us now." — Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " An unusual story and sharp talents have been put through the Disney family-film machinery and come out flattened into formula. It's an average movie, and that isn't bad - just average." — Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/4 100% Manakamana (2014) " "Manakamana" is a haunting experience, one that requires patience (and then some) but that offers spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic rewards beyond the immediate power of words to describe." — Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 71% Palo Alto (2014) " "Palo Alto" has a strong feel for youthful fumblings that fall between self-pity and self-definition, and it's especially wise about the parallel world of American adolescents ..." — Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/4 88% Chef (2014) " You know these ingredients; it's how they're served that counts." — Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 67% Beneath The Harvest Sky (2014) " While the climax of Beneath the Harvest Sky is a jumble of crosscutting, thunderstorms, and an inconveniently collapsing house, the movie never loses the pulse of people and tragedies it knows too well." — Boston Globe
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 89% Locke (2014) " Hardy rises to the gimmick and grounds "Locke" with a performance as watchably charismatic as it is minimalist. You can't take your eyes off him - which is fortunate since there's no one else there." — Boston Globe
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " "Neighbors" represents something of a watershed: the moment when all those Judd Apatow bad boys tremble on the edge of maturity, look back, and see the soulless face of a younger generation gaining on them." — Boston Globe
Posted May 8, 2014
4/4 90% Alphaville (1965) " Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date. If anything, "Alphaville" moves closer to relevance with every passing year." — Boston Globe
Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " I'm still not convinced we needed a new Spider-Man series, but at least this installment is interestingly mediocre instead of actively bad." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2.5/4 83% On My Way (2014) " You can tell Deneuve is relishing the chance to play not a great beauty, not a national legend, but a simple, human basket case - a woman who has been her own worst enemy for so long that she's ready to give up the fight." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " "Alan Partridge" could have been an expansion of Coogan's original character concept into the international big time. Thankfully, it's not." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3.5/4 —— The Zigzag Kid " Simon is immensely appealing in the lead - smart, resourceful, weighed down with a few more cares than a kid his age should have." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " In "Only Lovers Left Alive," writer-director Jim Jarmusch turns one of his silliest notions into one of the more affecting movies of his career." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1/4 23% The Other Woman (2014) " It's "The First Wives Club" rewritten for younger, less demanding audiences, or a "9 to 5" with absolutely nothing at stake." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 46% 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
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