Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,536 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 42: Forty Two Up
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
3,536 movie reviews
  1. This belated "reimagining" is as beguiling as a dried-out palm tree.
  2. Surely it couldn't be meant as dramatic realism! But it is. And amazingly, the movie gets worse as it goes along.
  3. So stupid you'll wish you'd brought a duffel bag of your own.
  4. The nasty, sometimes violent story was written by Christian Forte, a newcomer who is clearly under Quentin Tarantino's unpleasant spell, and directed by Kevin Spacey, an unusually gifted actor who doesn't yet show any special talent for filmmaking.
  5. The animals are cute and Murphy gives a lively performance, but as with his remake of "The Nutty Professor," the original is still the best.
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  6. In short, it's dull, derivative, and as lifelike as a heap of historical figurines. Few will remember this Alamo for long.
  7. Strenuously unfunny sequel.
  8. How could such a high-octane cast produce such low-octane horror?
  9. 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!
  10. In sum, Van Helsing is yet another video game disguised as a wide-screen epic. Here's hoping the box office drives a firm wooden stake through its hokey Hollywood heart.
  11. Great premise, but the ensuing trials and tribulations - not to mention hapless attempts at comedy - are as off-key as a karaoke scene in which Hudson sounds worse than any audition Simon Cowell has ever had to sit through.
  12. The concept of dueling negotiators has strong dramatic potential, but Gray seems more interested in gimmicks and gunshots than in the psychological face-off between sharp-witted foes.
  13. The special effects are extra special. The screenplay is idiotic, though, and Diesel speaks his dialogue like a Sylvester Stallone clone who never finished third grade.
  14. The film contains so many endings that it's hard to tell what impressions the filmmakers want us to leave the theater with. Buy a copy of the book instead. It remains an excellent read.
  15. The blend of live action and animation is competently done, but the subtly mean-spirited screenplay has more sour meows than hearty laughs.
  16. Stiller strives to be a wild and wacky villain, Vaughn endeavors to be a likable and average hero, and both fall flat on their faces, like everything else in this unspeakably stupid comedy.
  17. As he showed in the recent "Catch Me if You Can," also a Hanks vehicle, Spielberg has little talent for emotional realism, not to mention psychological suspense. He should scurry back to "Jurassic Park" as soon as the next flight leaves.
  18. 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.
  19. It seems to have had the opposite effect on the director's taste, as she strives for new levels of raunchiness.
  20. The movie gives us a Round Table and a flashing Excalibur but no magic, no mystery, no mythic resonance. Mostly there's a lot of slashing swordplay that should appeal to the picture's target audience of young males.
  21. Imagine a movie where every character is more self-centered than Ted Baxter in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" of old, add a caboodle of idiotic jokes, and you have some idea of this ugly, unfunny farce.
  22. Viewers of that age may overlook the contrived situations and the awful acting, which consists mainly of frozen grins. Nobody else will.
  23. What ensues is a Halloween-style blood bath accompanied by graphic sex scenes.
  24. Uninspired thriller-comedy.
  25. Even the delightful Duff disappoints.
  26. Even MacLachlan's surprisingly witty performance can't compensate for the trite screenplay and Mistry's lack of charisma.
  27. Cartoonish effects and overacting make this more corn than catnip.
  28. The action is snappy and quick, but why does this youth-targeted adventure pit white male heroes against a trio of villains comprising a black man, an Asian man, and an ugly woman?
  29. Dull despite its suspense-driven story.
  30. 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.

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