Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,618 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:
3,618 movie reviews
  1. This low-budget drama tries very hard to convey messages of tolerance and compassion, but it's too weakly acted and directed to have much impact.
  2. The problem with Possession isn't that it's filmed in a lackluster way, but that it shouldn't have been filmed at all. Byatt's novel is an adventure in language, telling its story through a kaleidoscopic array of Victorian-style poetry and prose, alongside gripping accounts of the characters' activities and escapades.
  3. Serial killing and other insanity in the French countryside, with ineptly dubbed English dialogue.
  4. The kind of comedy that aims at "edginess" and "sassiness" without managing to be edgy or sassy for a second.
  5. Some scenes paint a convincing portrait of Stern as a witty opponent of stuffiness, prudery, and hypocrisy. Others mix gross-out humor with nasty doses of racism, sexism, and homophobia that reveal a dark side to Stern's professional personality.
  6. A few mildly amusing gags don't outweigh the trite situations and mean-spirited attitude of this comedy.
  7. This belated "reimagining" is as beguiling as a dried-out palm tree.
  8. It has a degree of sociological interest, but it would be more effective if the material were shaped into a more coherent form.
  9. A director of Frankenheimer's stature deserves less sensationalistic material, and so does his audience.
  10. Even MacLachlan's surprisingly witty performance can't compensate for the trite screenplay and Mistry's lack of charisma.
  11. As a movie, it's mediocre.
  12. A romantic comedy-drama has to make sense, though, and Love Actually doesn't, actually.
  13. Repetitious teen-targeted fluff.
  14. Action freaks may enjoy the chasing and chomping, but there's no hint of human interest or moviemaking imagination.
  15. Poor writing and directing are the culprits - and whatever possessed the gifted Moore to make her role a nonstop Diane Keaton imitation? There oughta be a law!
  16. Goldmember comes after years of escalating vulgarity have thrown the need for caution -- and cleverness -- out of fashion.
  17. There's nothing special about this movie -- it's just business as usual for today's debased action-movie genre.
  18. Add a megadose of bombastic James Horner music and a perfunctory love-affair subplot and you have a movie that's its own worst enemy.
  19. The film is as tricky and superficial as its low-life characters, using visual flimflam to mask its lack of substance.
  20. An interesting cast is wasted in this misanthropic thriller.
  21. It soon gets down to its real business: fights, face-offs, and showdowns mired in the shallowest sort of Hollywood machismo.
  22. 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.
  23. It's hard to enjoy this when you're barraged by bathroom humor, animal stunts, and gags about a character whose memory loss is so bad he's called Ten-Second Tom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The disjointedness of The Headless Woman might be the result of narrative complexity or of directorial ineptitude or (my favorite) of narrative complexity mangled by directorial ineptitude. If the residual fog ever clears, maybe I'll be able to tell you for sure.
  24. Like the nuclear sub it's named after, the picture is big, shiny, and expensive. It's also cold, hard, and cumbersome, and lacking the barest hint of emotional or psychological depth. [9 Mar 1990, Arts, p.10]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  25. What's the point of the picture, except to allow Kutcher fans occasional peeks at acting talent he usually keeps hidden?
    • 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."
  26. As dopey as its heroes, and the cast's admirable energy isn't enough to keep the story punching through the final round.
  27. One thing is certain: It's a bomb trying to be a hit, and at that it'll never succeed.
  28. Davis contributes his usual dignity -- not easy when you're playing a character who thinks he's John F. Kennedy dyed black -- but it's not enough to save this silly thriller-comedy.

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