Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,609 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
3,609 movie reviews
  1. Something happens to Robin Williams in serious roles. He becomes so drab that it's almost as if he's trying to efface himself from the screen.
  2. Is it possible to truly start life all over again? Arthur Newman might have been better if it had not started at all.
  3. The honey runs thick in The Secret Life of Bees, and so does the treacle. The cloying dullness sets in early, although not from the first frame.
  4. Eastwood and Morgan are not con artists, but their awe here is so unblinking that their film comes across as a transcendent con job.
  5. It’s like an over-the-hill gang variant on “The Dirty Dozen,” except not as much fun as that sounds.
  6. Is Malick deliberately courting self-parody here? Probably not. That would imply he had a sense of humor.
  7. It seems a bit cruel to cast Garner, who exudes charm, in such a charmless role.
  8. Oldman makes a four-course dinner out of the scenery with enough slash and burn to leave you wondering if he is vying with Nicolas Cage for the title of filmdom's biggest hambone.
  9. If you go to Burlesque expecting a campy hoot on the order of "Showgirls," you may be in for a disappointment. It's not quite awful enough, although it's plenty bad.
  10. Wilson does his callow good-guy routine (if you close your eyes you'd swear he was his brother, Owen) and Thurman looks as if she'd rather be stalking prey in "Kill Bill."
  11. 360
    Morgan is a wonderful writer when he's working from the headlines, but his "personal" movies, like "Hereafter" and this one, release a bleary, pseudo-profound aspect of his talent that's best left in the dark.
  12. The jokes mostly fall flat and the dramatic scenes fall even flatter.
  13. Bug
    If you have claustrophobia and/or fear insects, the last film you should see is Bug. I'm not sure it's worth a trip even if you don't suffer from those maladies.
  14. Sadly, it lacks the classic awfulness that might have lifted it into the pantheon of Truly Bad Movies. Instead, what we have here is a garden variety bad movie, of which there have been all too many lately.
  15. Potty jokes and bawdy gross-outs predominate, and the few good laughs are swamped by the overall laughlessness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The opening action sequence, unrelated to the main story, is nicely done, but after that it's all downhill.
  16. The Golden Compass is a blatant attempt to duplicate the success of the "Harry Potter" franchise. The only thing missing is richly imagined characters, a comprehensible story line, good acting, and satisfying special effects.
  17. It occurred to me that Emmerich and Co. might be playing this whole thing for laughs. It probably occurred to them, too.
  18. This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing.
  19. Normally I'd watch Helen Mirren in anything, even if she was just putting out the laundry or reading the phone book. But, given the roteness of her line readings here, it might have been better if the phone book rather than Shakespeare was her text.
  20. If you're the kind of moviegoer who likes puzzling out the plots of insoluble movies, then by all means rush to see Stay, a great big blurry mess.
  21. The flashback sequences sometimes come across like "'For Whom the Bell Tolls' for Dummies."
  22. Foster seems blinkered and tone-deaf to what's actually appearing onscreen.
  23. Country Strong is the latest and, in many ways, the least impressive entrant in the achy-breaky sweepstakes.
  24. Writer-director Massy Tadjedin cuts back and forth between these twin temptations. Will Michael succumb and prove Joanna correct in her suspicions? Will Alex's French accent conquer all? Do you care? I didn't.
  25. It would take a lot more than holy water to rescue Season of the Witch from mediocrity.
  26. This is certainly the grubbiest Holmes in movie history.
  27. The novelist Cormac McCarthy was served well by the Coen Brothers' adaptation of his novel "No Country for Old Men" but comes a cropper in The Road, a lugubrious trek through postapocalyptic debris.
  28. Given the decibel level of this movie, it's a miracle that these guys were able to give creditable performances. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the achievement: Imagine delivering a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address while standing under Niagara Falls.
  29. His drug-smuggling underworld, specifically the Amsterdam-New York connection, is likewise drably depicted. Is this because director Kevin Asch and screenwriter Antonio Macia deliberately played it down, or are they just incompetent? I’ll be charitable and vote for the former, but sometimes sensationalism is preferable to being altogether unsensational.

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