Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,865 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 In Darkness
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
3865 movie reviews
  1. The story takes place in 2013, but you'd hardly know it from the age-old clichés Kevin Costner purloins to tell this overblown action yarn, which relies so heavily on ideas borrowed from John Ford westerns that the Hollywood giant should have been credited as codirector; too bad Costner can't invest them with Ford's kind of life and originality, though.
  2. Graham was good in films such as "Boogie Nights" and "Bowfinger" where her apparent innocence was a smoke screen for her lustful connivance. To be effective in the movies, she needs something to counteract her wholesomeness.
  3. xXx
    The infuriating thing about XXX isn't that it delivers thrills and spills to moviegoers who don't know any better, but that its Hollywood hype reinforces the notion that brain-dead entertainment is what movies are all about.
  4. It's picaresque, all right, but full of ethnic stereotypes, and filmed much too blandly to compete with the superb ''Black Stallion'' of a few years ago.
  5. Full disclosure: I have to say I did laugh during Your Highness. Twice, I think.
  6. De Niro and Hoffman almost give comic life to this brainless, vulgar farce.
  7. Sometimes, dear reader, there's no place like home, and that's just where you should be when this gorefest opens at a theater near you.
  8. Most of the characters are one-dimensional, and Avary's over-the-top directing doesn't make them interesting for more than a few isolated moments.
  9. Was this spiritless stuff really directed by Paul and Chris Weitz of "American Pie" fame? How the rebels have mellowed!
  10. The plot is a shameless plea for vigilante violence, and the dignity of the black hero is outweighed by the ethnically marked evil of his Hispanic antagonist. Beneath its crisp veneer, much of the movie is a high-energy hymn to hate.
  11. Lachow goes for cuteness and whimsy every chance he gets, missing a lot more often than he hits.
  12. The picture goes for sentimentality rather than substance every chance it gets, and the cast falls right into its syrupy trap.
  13. Stoner jokes, awful gags, and just stupid stuff equate to one bad movie.
  14. The movie means well, but neither its emotions nor its performances ring very true.
  15. Fans of unregenerate underground moviemaking will have a ball.
  16. The acting ranges from adequate (Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey) to awful (Lindsay Crouse and everyone else).
  17. Everyone tries very hard to make the story sweet and funny, but the soggy screenplay defeats them every time.
  18. Falls flat on screen, weighed down by far-fetched plot twists.
  19. The satire is intermittently amusing, but Arcand adds little to the arsenal of standard mockumentary tricks, and the interesting cast doesn't get many interesting things to do.
  20. The story is a string of sub-Scorsese clichés, and if engaging actors like Malkovich and Hopper seem to be sleepwalking through their roles, imagine how unwatchable Diesel manages to be.
  21. The picture's real interest lies in detailing the villain's sadistic crimes, though, and this is rarely fun or edifying to watch.
  22. The Last Airbender is like a Care Bears movie that got waylaid in the fourth dimension. It's insufferably silly.
  23. As soon as I finish writing this review, I'm going to try traveling a few hours in the past. That way, I can improve my life by skipping this movie!
  24. The movie is gorgeously filmed and contains some fascinating lore about life in northern climes. But the plot is tritely predictable and far-fetched. Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, and Vanessa Redgrave are among the performers who deliver less than their best.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Lange and Paltrow give it their all, but they can't save this one from plot holes, continuity mistakes, and heartlessness.
  25. The acting is uneven and most of the romancing seems so mismatched.
  26. Labors mightily to be a frolicsome entertainment, but the results are - well, labored. The dialogue isn't snappy, the story isn't surprising, there's little chemistry between the stars.
  27. Larry and Andy Wachowski directed this lurid, sexually explicit thriller.
  28. Luc Besson's screenplay is dumb, but has just enough weird touches to give occasional glimmers of interest.
  29. What really hurts is the movie's shallow screenwriting, self-indulgent acting, and woozy camerawork.

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