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Ty Burr's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Dallas Morning News

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) At nearly three hours, "Toni Erdmann" is expansive but rarely self-indulgent, and the emotional payoff, when it comes, feels truly and bizarrely earned.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) If you're 13 and have a purple streak, you'll probably be sobbing happily into your box of rubberized nachos. The rest of us can only wonder if we were ever that young while praying for better dialogue.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 25% The Comedian (2017) The stand-up routines - from Jackie and the pros alike - are funny and blue enough to shock a few laughs out of you, sometimes in spite of your better judgment, and the star seems once again genuinely invested in creating a character.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) He told the truth about the consequences of America's original sin with unblinking, blistering candor, and with a logic of thought and an elegance of affect that made it impossible for a white majority to dismiss what he was saying.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 41% Gold (2017) The movie's an easy, engaging watch, even if it's literally all over the map.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3.5/4 100% Tower (2016) "Tower" is, in a sense, about the last day of this country's innocence, or whatever was left of it after Dallas, 1963.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 82% The Founder (2017) "The Founder" is fast food for thought.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) I think Jarmusch has actually remade "Groundhog Day" as a work of spiritual ecstasy. I also think Paterson the man may be a Zen Ralph Kramden.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) The problems are a screenplay that can't decide which story to tell, unmemorable casting choices in key supporting roles, and a central performance that, curiously, isn't very much there.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) It breathes with the open-ended friendliness of a '70s film - vintage Jonathan Demme, perhaps.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/4 84% Silence (2017) As a work of craft, "Silence" is unparalleled. As a work of spirit, it aches with sincerity. As a work of art, it feels as though it hasn't fully left its maker's head.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The film's made with more heart than art and more skill than subtlety, and it works primarily because of the women that it portrays and the actresses who portray them.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/4 86% Lion (2016) "Lion" is shameless and heartfelt and you'll probably have a good, happy cry at the end.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) You don't get groundbreaking cinema from "Fences," but what you do get - two titanic performances and an immeasurable American drama - makes up for that.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/4 81% Patriots Day (2017) At best, it's unnecessary. At worst, it's vaguely insulting.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) It's a film for those who feel a little out of step with the 21st century, as Mia does with her love of classic cinema and Sebastian does with his angry jazz certainty. A lot of us can relate. If you can't, we don't really want to hear about it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It offers more details of interoffice politics among the squabbling factions of both the Empire and the Rebel Alliance than probably anyone but a mid-level manager cares for. Yet you generally feel you're in good hands.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/4 89% Jackie (2016) What is this movie trying to do? Simply dramatize everything that can go on inside a woman simultaneously marginalized and revered.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The sadness of "Manchester by the Sea" is the kind of sadness that makes you feel more alive, rather than less, to the preciousness of things.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/4 89% Elle (2016) Huppert is phenomenal in her most unnerving performance since Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) This is not a well-made film but it is an enjoyable one, in part because it's genuinely unpredictable and in part because it's a pleasure to see one of the great stars of his era on a movie screen once more.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/4 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) A gifted director ruining a good book by literalizing what a writer made us visualize for ourselves.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The movie works unnervingly well in its individual scenes, but it's a coffee-table book of a nightmare, easy to admire, easy to close the cover on.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling proves to be a good, sharp hand with dialogue while still having a ways to go in terms of shaping a movie; that said, you can feel her enjoyment in exploring the terrain she has created.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) Teller is cornering a market on recklessness in the roles he chooses -- the energy from that demonic drum solo at the end of "Whiplash" seems to carry over into the ferocity with which Vinny pounds at life.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) Fine, full-bodied filmmaking, with a sense of the alien-ness out there in the universe that flatters our intelligence while making us feel tantalizingly small.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) I like this movie a lot, but it may be too intimate, too slow for some moviegoers. The approach feels organic and wholly intentional, though ...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Against the steepest of odds, Iggy survives. Nearing 70, he looks healthier than ever, as if everything we know is wrong and wretched excess guarantees longevity.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) In its quietly radical grace, it's a cultural watershed - a work that dismantles all the ways our media view young black men and puts in their place a series of intimate truths.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) There may not be a director currently working who's more of an evil genius, or whose movies offer more double-edged delights.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) "Inferno" is the exact cinematic equivalent of an airport paperback, which is what's fine and forgettable about it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
1.5/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) It might have fared better as a TV mini-series, where novelistic plot strands can be unpacked at length. McGregor is simply wrong for his role: He's too young, too modern, too smart.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/4 97% Aquarius (2016) Filho is a born filmmaker whose storytelling rarely follows expected narrative pathways, and "Aquarius" takes its sweet time, focusing on what appear to be inconsequential details and gradually building force by accretion.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/4 90% Certain Women (2016) It's low-key, allusive, lit up with implied meanings without ever leading us by the hand.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 51% The Accountant (2016) Taken on its own, "The Accountant" works its way from a state of enjoyable popcorn suspense to a pitch of absolutely preposterous - but still pretty enjoyable - nonsense.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 79% American Honey (2016) Yes, it depicts teenagers doing things the grown-ups would rather not admit they actually do, but it does so with a poetic curiosity and a sense of what it's like to be young, poor, and rootless - both future-less and free.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2.5/4 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) There is a movie here amid the uproar and it's worth attending to: powerful but imperfect, both a dramatization of an overlooked chapter in American history and a clichéd gloss on it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 82% Girl Asleep (2016) I hope Myers and Whittet make more movies. Maybe it's best to consider this one just practice.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) "The Girl on the Train" deserves to be a minor guilty-pleasure hit, for its performances and hot-house plotting, and for its keeping of the compact of classic women's films, where the heroine most wronged turns out to be most right.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 33% Masterminds (2016) Weird-stupid more than good-stupid ...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) It'll take decades for the 210 million gallons of oil spilled by the Deepwater Horizon to be absorbed back into the environment. It only took Hollywood six years to rework disaster into entertainment.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) While there's enjoyment to be had, there's not a whit of surprise. You come to an Antoine Fuqua movie not to be taken somewhere new but to tour an old neighborhood with tough-guy professionalism.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) While it hits predictable beats of uplift, the triumphs are often measured out painfully, and the heroine faces barriers of class, gender, and crippling self-doubt.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 81% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Fascinating but frustratingly murky ...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
1.5/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) If "Bridget Jones's Baby" is the best an actress like Zellweger can expect from the film industry, maybe she'd be better off just saying "Hashtag: Let's not."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
1.5/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) "Blair Witch" comes to the party very late and very tired, and it doesn't improve from there.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) It's well and compellingly made, working hard to bring the blurry figure of Snowden into focus while dramatizing his transformation from patriotic civil servant to appalled citizen whistle-blower.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) Take the kids and watch their little minds get blown.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) Whether you want to accept it or not, Eastwood remains one of the best and most quixotic filmmakers we have, torn between jingoism and doubt, exceptionalism and despair.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 89% Morris from America (2016) While "Morris From America" trundles along familiar tracks, Hartigan's eye for detail and individuality yields enough dividends to keep the film moving tartly and congenially along.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016