Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,544 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 The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
3,544 movie reviews
  1. Nicolas Cage, Ving Rhames, and Steve Buscemi are among the few performers who emerge with a shred of dignity at the end.
  2. Almost entirely devoted to combat violence and sentimental interludes.
  3. Crass and soulless.
  4. Bataille was a serious philosopher as well as a sensation-seeking writer, but you'd never guess his provocative ideas from this updated version.
  5. Breillat is a smart, serious observer of sexuality's often disruptive role in human life, but this existential drama is sadly pretentious.
  6. Tennant's featherweight comedy is clearly pitched at the date-movie crowd, and couples may enjoy it if they can get past the picture's simplistic ethnic stereotypes and its willingness to wish away every real-life family problem the characters will surely face after the feel-good finale.
  7. 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.
  8. Sordid and sleazy, although the lead performances are hard to fault.
  9. Falls flat, with more "sound design" than delicious music, more slick film editing than graceful ballroom gliding.
  10. MESSAGE Nuclear blackmail is a horrible crime but can be defeated by vigilant and courageous authorities.
  11. 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.
  12. Alas, the movie is less clever than its characters.
  13. Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
  14. It's astounding that the ingenious creator of "JFK" and "Wall Street" could make an epic on war and empire that's so utterly simplistic and unreflective.
  15. Its main message is that everyone should believe and behave in exactly the same way. Groupthink wins again!
  16. I hate to sound per-Snickety, but this lemon of a movie is a sadly unfortunate event.
  17. De Niro and Hoffman almost give comic life to this brainless, vulgar farce.
  18. This noisy, disorganized story is riddled with clichés, stereotypes, and self-indulgence from beginning to end.
  19. The picture's real interest lies in detailing the villain's sadistic crimes, though, and this is rarely fun or edifying to watch.
  20. Downright awful.
  21. The plot is hamstrung by trite formulas, and there's too much violence and family tension for very young viewers. Shaquille O'Neal is likable as the title character, though.
  22. Suffers from a lack of chemistry.
  23. Barry Levinson's filmmaking style is often imaginative. The story contains horrific scenes of sexual torture as well as sadistic killings and other disturbing material, though.
  24. Ron Shelton's romantic comedy has no more visual excitement than a televised golf tournament, but the climax is truly surprising, and there's solid acting by Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.
  25. Cumming's antic acting is the only asset of this boisterous comedy.
  26. Like a nincompoop version of "The Usual Suspects."
  27. Adam Sandler's creative songs and silly expressions on "Saturday Night Live" may have turned him into a celebrity, but this movie based solely on his antics doesn't work.
  28. Plenty of mad moviegoers will put this in their diaries as one of the worst pictures in ages.
  29. The overlong comedy has few laughs and flirts far too much with racist, homophobic humor. A waste of a fine cast.
  30. Sadly it's been botched. Guess Who serves up such flat dialogue and stilted situations that it's hard to sit through.

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