Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,523 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Score distribution:
3,523 movie reviews
  1. This business of the 88 minutes ticking away is a pale imitation of the old "High Noon" ploy of playing out suspense in real time. After a while, though, I began to take a perverse pleasure in wallowing in the awfulness of it all.
  2. Everywhere he goes he asks if anybody knows bin Laden's whereabouts – as if anybody is going to tell him! Why should we accompany him on his self-aggrandizing trip?
  3. What Happens in Vegas is not only annoying, it's also incompetent – a bad mix.
  4. The animated characters in "Clone Wars" are about as lively as the actors in the live-action movies, so I guess Lucas has achieved his goal of eliminating humans from his movies altogether.
  5. I don't mind a movie where people spend a lot of time jawboning, but what they say had better be interesting. In Spinning into Butter we are spoon-fed the deep dark revelation that racism can exist as virulently in liberal environs as in reactionary ones. Alert the media.
  6. I guarantee you, if Charles Dickens were alive today, he might well be writing movies but he sure as shootin' wouldn't have written "Ghosts."
  7. The people who made Year One seem to think that all you have to do to make a hit comedy is get a bunch of jokesters together. But where are the jokes?
  8. It's all so resolutely uninspired that even the kids in the audience may want to duck out.
  9. Allegorical in the worst ways, Antichrist is about as profound as a slasher movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    The Wolfman isn’t scary. In fact, it isn’t much of anything.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    There are a few hilarious bits, but even those are drowned out by constant gunfire and Morgan’s motormouthing. Willis is going through the motions; Scott is funny, if irritating; Morgan is irritating and not so funny.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Whitaker and Schreiber, both of whom are capable of brilliance, are stuck in one-dimensional roles. It’s not only the characters who have mechanical organs; the film itself is equally lifeless and cold.
  10. Critics who come out against Kick-Ass are leaving themselves open to that worst of contemporary accusations: a failure to be cool. But pretending that Kick-Ass is just another good-time comic book blowout is the greater failure.
  11. Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliché ever committed to film.
  12. A movie that at best is irrelevant and at worst is unwatchable.
  13. Maybe Hackford, and his screenwriter Mark Jacobson, were attempting to convey the dullness of vice. If so, they vastly overcorrected. But what about the dullness of the performances?
  14. To see Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist is like watching a chemistry experiment gone horribly wrong.
  15. The script by Allan Loeb careens all over the place without ever coming to rest on anything interesting.
  16. It's as if the filmmakers were hungover from the first film and wanted to make a violent action movie instead.
  17. The coarseness wouldn't be so bad if at least the steady stream of obscenities were funny.
  18. Dislikable movie characters don't always result in dislikable movies but that's certainly the case with Sam Levinson's Another Happy Day, a dysfunctional family meltdown movie about an impending wedding that only grows more aggravating as it unwinds.
  19. Sit this one out.
  20. The script is replete with howlers. My favorite, from Kitsch, after the aliens strike: "I've got a bad feeling about this." Indeed.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    David Chappelle's performance as a cabbie is amusing, but the film should have been packaged with a Surgeon General's Warning - "Cigarettes is bad for you."
  21. Rarely have Gibson's tears seemed more fictional than in this supposedly authentic account of a historical event that's far too tragic to merit such superficial treatment.
  22. Stoner jokes, awful gags, and just stupid stuff equate to one bad movie.
  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. In short, this movie is exactly the kind of starry-eyed escapist fantasy that Dr. Powell suspects Prot of having. It's harmless enough, since we can be cured just by leaving the theater.
  25. Action freaks may enjoy the chasing and chomping, but there's no hint of human interest or moviemaking imagination.
  26. Khouri's new picture takes all this talent and turns it into the kind of manipulative mush that Hollywood used to market under the condescending label "woman's picture" years ago.

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