Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
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For 3,534 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Last Days
Lowest review score: 0 Identity Thief
Score distribution:
3,534 movie reviews
  1. It just may be the most boring movie ever made – period.
  2. Monumentally unromantic.
  3. They miss by a mile – or should I say, a light-year.
  4. Caine acts dignified throughout, but there's no way to dignify dreck.
  5. Arnold Schwarzenegger fights an outer-space monster in a third-world jungle. The monster never has a chance. Neither does the jungle. Neither does the audience. [19 June 1987, Arts & Leisure, p.23]
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  6. A dark comedy about a bachelor party gone awry, it is excessively violent, ghoulish, and gory. Very Bad Things is lack-of-taste taken to the extreme.
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  7. Frankly, it's excruciating to watch.
  8. Paying homage to drug comedies of the '70s, Half Baked is high on getting high and low on laughs.
  9. This romantic comedy is so awfully misjudged and ineptly executed in every department that, while it isn't quite a contender for the "so bad it's good" category, this critic was nonetheless dabbing tears of laughter from his eyes.
  10. Pauly Shore is less a comedian than a class clown, and his dim-witted mugging makes Jim Carrey's antics seem creative triumphs by comparison. Vapid, vulgar, and more to the point, not funny.
  11. The Griswalds drive to Las Vegas "because half the fun is getting there," but the fun never begins in this disappointing sequel to the Vacation slapstick comedies.
  12. Numbingly violent action.
  13. There's nothing fresh or off-beat in Final Destination 3, no talent that is struggling to get out. The only thing struggling to get out was me from the theater.
  14. The subculture of weekend warrior bikers is such rich comic material that the ineptitude of Wild Hogs is doubly offensive.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Veteran comics like Steve Martin and Madeleine Kahn wrestle valiantly with the incoherent story and ham-fisted dialogue, but it's a losing battle all the way. [30 Dec 1994]
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  15. A sham.
  16. Comedy that seems designed to be as bad as it can be.
  17. It's the audience for this film that will require therapy.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    At points, the film sinks below the level of competent.
  18. A movie of such stupendous uninspiration that, watching it, I didn't know whether to be affronted or hornswoggled. Movies this monumentally dreadful, after all, don't come along every day.
  19. Such a feeble excuse for an action comedy that it's already taken pride of place in my upcoming worst-movies-of-2011 list.
  20. I squirmed in my seat throughout Identity Thief, a colossally unfunny and misguided comedy.

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