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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Some music to soothe the socially distanced soul

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Some of these songs directly confront the black hole of annihilation. Others ignore it entirely. Still others just dance around the edge of the pit.


In ‘Uncorked,’ it’s bottle vs. barbecue

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A young man is torn between becoming a sommelier and the wishes of his father that he take over the family barbecue joint.

‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ is a quietly devastating drama about the lives of young women in America

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“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is a road-trip movie, but with the stakes high and the hi-jinks nonexistent.


In ‘Sorry We Missed You,’ putting an all-too-human face on the gig economy

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The film’s central figure delivers parcels for an international delivery service. His wife is an at-home caregiver.