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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Ty Burr

A Capitol idea turns 79

By , Globe Staff

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is as relevant today, and as unrealistic, as it was in 1939.

Movie Review ★ ★ ★ ½

‘First Man’ flies viewers to the moon

By , Globe staff

Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in a powerful movie that tells the human story behind the Gemini and Apollo missions, showing us that the most personal moments can coexist within the most momentous events.

Ty Burr

‘Saturday Night’ lame?

By , Globe staff

At its rare political best, “SNL” can feel thrilling. But so much of it disappoints — and yet year after year, week after week, we tune in by reflex.

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★

‘The Hate U Give’ is a powerful story, and not just for your teens

By , Globe staff

Angie Thomas’s best-selling 2017 young-adult novel avoids “After-School Special” clichés for the most part and works instead as one young woman’s powerful coming of age in the middle of a fractured society.