Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,965 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now Redux
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
3965 movie reviews
  1. Keaton doesn't have quite enough filmmaking savvy to balance the story's heart-wrenching and smile-coaxing aspects.
  2. Runs out of good ideas long before it's over, falling below "Prizzi's Honor" and "The Freshman" in the dubious genre of contract-killer comedies.
  3. Use of a loosely written screenplay and a nonprofessional cast in this picture weakens its dramatic appeal even as it lends authenticity and local color.
  4. Manages to seem fresh, funny, and original from start to finish.
  5. Merchant brings keen insight and rich humanity to this culturally revealing tale of psychological unease in a tense postcolonial world.
  6. The story is less original than its setting - it knocks off everything from "Lord of the Flies" to "The Blair Witch Project" -and its unromantic moods may make DiCaprio's countless "Titanic" fans want to swim in the opposite direction.
  7. The story isn't nearly as funny or suspenseful as it would like to be, although the solid cast gives it occasional dashes of pizazz.
  8. While the story and acting are the opposite of subtle, young moviegoers may enjoy the action and suspense.
  9. The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.
  10. Unexpectedly entertaining, if you're willing to put up with the picture's stagy look, over-the-top moods, and heavy doses of vulgarity.
  11. Although it's less novel and feisty than the original "Fantasia" of 1940, this collection of music-filled animations is highly entertaining at times.
  12. The story is so important and compelling that you wish Jewison had treated it more as an urgent wake-up call than a by-the-numbers morality play.
  13. Harris and Heche make an interesting team--- and the picture reaps the benefit of their creative performances
  14. Morris's unique blend of realism and surrealism gives the film great resonance as a portrait of one eccentric individual and, more important, a study of the morbid proclivities that run beneath the surface of our supposedly civilized society.
  15. As dopey as its heroes, and the cast's admirable energy isn't enough to keep the story punching through the final round.
  16. One of Hollywood's bloodiest and goofiest adaptations.
  17. The story is silly, the acting is campy, the effects are amusingly tacky. A mildly entertaining romp that pokes refreshing fun at its own occasional violence.
  18. The picture has fine ensemble acting and superb Italian scenery. It would have more power if it were shorter and tighter.
  19. The characters are hardly original...but Stone puts them into play with his usual fever-pitch gusto, producing what's probably the most heart-pounding gridiron movie ever made.
  20. The end result smacks more of Hollywood melodrama than true compassion for the suffering poor.
  21. Less a biography than an essay on theatrical illusion and the changing nature of comedy. Love it or hate it, you've never seen anything quite like it.
  22. Too chilly and distanced to build the emotional impact it would like to have.
  23. For a movie about people with hugely complicated inner lives, this sadly unconvincing drama stays resolutely on the surface, rarely hinting at anything like an insight or idea.
  24. Brilliantly acted, sumptuously filmed, and overflowing with mellifluous music.
  25. Doesn't develop enough momentum to justify its too-long running time.
  26. Lacks the subtle sense of mystery that distinguished E.B. White's lovely novel, but nicely conveys its playful spirit and amiable tone.
  27. Kids may yawn at the movie's dawdling pace.
  28. Has a mixture of strengths and limitations often found in historical epics: lots of eye-filling action and spectacle, little in the way of psychology or human interest.
  29. There's precious little to think about despite the screenplay's comic-philosophical musings on fate and coincidence.
  30. Leaves out portions of John Irving's novel that would have given it more balance and perspective, but the acting by Maguire and Caine is first-rate by any standard.

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