Ty Burr

Ty Burr
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 84% Les Misérables (2020) It's rough and observant, stacked with finely etched characters whose sympathies keep shifting along with ours. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 92% Clemency (2019) The title of "Clemency" refers to the mercy extended to a prisoner, but it's the wisdom of this grave and sorrowful drama to spread the meaning to everyone in its view. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
1.5/4 18% Dolittle (2020) I definitely don't recall a scene in which the good doctor has to perform a rectal probe on said dragon, with much comic passing of gas. If that strikes you as hilarious, by all means go with God. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/4 50% Underwater (2020) "Underwater" manages to keep its characters in the dark while making sure the audience is roughly oriented. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/4 62% American Dharma (2019) The movie's worth taking in, though, as a shaky confrontation with a very American kind of demon, one weaned on the shallow, heroic lies of Hollywood individualism, furious that life rarely works that way, and willing to wreck the house in response. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
2.5/4 94% In Fabric (2019) "In Fabric" is bespoke horror for a discerning and self-selecting clientele. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig has reimagined the novel back to its roots, as the story of not just one woman but all the women Louisa May Alcott may have lived with or known or been. It is an offering - to her, to them, and to us. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Sandler inhabits this character fully and without vanity, working Howard's ready smile and desperate eyes and needling, never-ending sales pitch into a devastating portrait of a lesser shark, the kind who's always late for the kill. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
.5/4 20% Cats (2019) Oh God, my eyes. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 82% A Hidden Life (2019) The film is overlong but worthy, with Malick's by-now-standard cinematic tics - couples frolicking idyllically in meadows, murmured pensees on the soundtrack - gathering a great and righteous weight. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) In terms of pure narrative, it's satisfying. What it very rarely is is inspired. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/4 71% The Aeronauts (2019) It's all CGI smoke and mirrors, but the illusion holds; at times, you grip your seat for fear of falling out and down. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/4 95% Atlantics (2019) [Diop] has woven all these concerns and more into a bewitching and masterful film unlike any you've ever seen. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/4 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) One of the treats of "Varda by Agnès" is seeing the director in photos and on-set footage over the years, forever self-possessed, always questing. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) See it for the arrivals of a directorial talent and a stunning young actress, and see it to remind yourself of this country's ancient and eternal sins. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/4 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" plays fast and it plays farcical, but it also plays fair. Most of all, it plays like a dream. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) You may find yourself crying for them occasionally; I did. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2.5/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Let's go ahead and call Marielle Heller the most skillful director working in Hollywood at the moment, because I can't think of anyone else who could keep "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" from collapsing into a bath of heartwarming schmoo. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/4 93% Honey Boy (2019) The direction by the Israeli filmmaker Alma Har'el goes a long way to making "Honey Boy" watchable, bearable, relatable. Poetic, even. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/4 83% Waves (2019) [A] powerful artistic undertow that sucks viewers in and spits them out gasping. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Even Henry Ford II gets the message here: Sometimes you have to go along with the ride. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) It's the ultimate fusing of Scorsese's two sides... And even though it takes a while to get there, the movie is a masterpiece, one made by a man counting down his own years as if they were rosary beads. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/4 57% Frankie (2019) It's a little too late but it's also surpassingly lovely: an aching frame around the human muddle before we go home for good. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) The movie... is antic, poetic, funny, and alarming in equal measure - a real ride, although where the ride is taking both its hero and the audience is always in question. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 73% Harriet (2019) "Harriet" is a big, conventional Hollywood bio-pic except for the parts that aren't conventional at all... and the movie as a whole is worthy - a stirring if somewhat ham-fisted telling of a life that needs to be known by all Americans. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) "By the Grace of God" isn't about people losing faith in God but finding faith in each other. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It's an Eddie Murphy movie when all is said and done, though, and it's been far too long since we've had one worthy of his talent. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) "Parasite" isn't really a monster movie. Yet on at least one of its nearly infinite levels it is - and the monsters are us. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) The problem with high-frame-rate productions is that they don't look like what we're used to calling "movies." The problem with this one is that there wasn't much movie there to begin with. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 41% The Laundromat (2019) Does it work? Enough for an evening's diversion... but not enough to get you good and mad, the way you should and the filmmakers intend. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/4 69% Joker (2019) This Joker has a ruined poetry to him that makes his victimhood seem a badge of honor and his homicidal urges seem a just, if horrifying, form of retribution. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) "JUDY" IS A MOVIE OF GROTESQUE SENTIMENTALITY, and I know that sounds like a bad thing, but hear me out. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) It's a curio for the completist, but not an unworthy one. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) "The Goldfinch," John Crowley's film adaptation of Tartt's novel, lands unsatisfyingly in the middle. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/4 99% Honeyland (2019) Grave and wise, "Honeyland" is ultimately an act of faith, and the filmmakers extend the idea of balance all the way to the film's implicit moral. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/4 83% Official Secrets (2019) "Official Secrets" scratches the surface of a deep and dark universe of things we're not supposed to know but should. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Based on what we see here, the work was almost absurdly greater than the inspiration. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/4 83% This is not Berlin (2019) The details are fresh and the lead actor holds the screen even as his character withholds himself, defining who he will be in his own time and on his own terms. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Like its heroine, "Brittany Runs a Marathon" works its way up from the easy comic 2Ks to a more nuanced drama of self-confidence that's able to go the distance. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," mishandles Maria Semple's best-selling comic novel into a clattery mess. There are deftly human moments to be found, but you have to dig for them like potatoes. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It's a PG movie with pleasantly canned life lessons, and it's safe for kids and adults alike, although anyone with a shred of cynicism may not want to be seen caving in to the script's emotional inevitabilities. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 87% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" strives to be an epic and pulls it off, even if there are one or two false summits before the final scenes. It's painful to watch because the truth is often painful, especially when so many myths of empire have accreted around it. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/4 23% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" isn't just a poorly made movie. It's a screwed-up one. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 78% Leto (2019) Maybe you had to be there, but it's a movie's job to take us, and this one gets only partway. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) All the films in this franchise are family affairs, but you may find yourself wanting to spend more time on this branch of the tree. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) "David Crosby: Remember My Name" is a testament of achievement and a portrait of ego, but it never quite gets past its subject's illusions to properly consider his art. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) The movie keeps you guessing, mostly in pleasure, at both its meanings and its methods. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The byplay between DiCaprio and Pitt is delicious and finely drawn - you'd better believe Tarantino knows he's dealing with two of our last old-school movie stars and sneakiest actors. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Mannered and remote, the movie throws a lot of punches but hardly ever connects. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 98% The Farewell (2019) Like her heroine, Wang straddles the fence and argues from either side of it; like her, the movie is profoundly Chinese-American, speaking to both audiences and able to be enjoyed by both. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019