Film critic and columnist

Ty Burr

Ty Burr is the Boston Globe’s film critic and cultural columnist. He has been at the paper since 2002. Prior to that, he wrote for Entertainment Weekly and programmed movies for Home Box Office.

Burr is the author of “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame” (2012), “The Best Old Movies for Families” (2007), and the e-book “The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You’re Talking About” (2012). He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. He lives in Newton, MA.

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Sometimes it’s reel embarrassment when watching a movie with mom, dad, or the kids

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Call it Cineshame — the trauma that happens when an inappropriate scene pops up in the movie you’re watching with a parent or child.

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Karen Allen is the one true thing in ‘Year by the Sea’

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If you have a taste for voyages of personal growth with dialogue written in the style of inspirational greeting cards and for small-town whimsy spread as thick as Marmite . . . this movie is for you.

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Struggle at heart of ‘Stronger,’ but some hands are overplayed

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In the film, Jeff Bauman’s family becomes a group of two-dimensional beeah-swilling, Sawx-loving, F-bomb dropping “yo, bro” clichés.

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‘Stronger’ is stronger for sticking to one man’s story: Jeff Bauman

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“Chappaquiddick” and “Stronger” are the two Boston movies at the Toronto Film Fest this year.