Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,568 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Final Destination 3
Score distribution:
3,568 movie reviews
  1. House of D, arrives in theaters this week, after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. I'm sorry to report it's the opposite of impressive.
  2. What's the point of the picture, except to allow Kutcher fans occasional peeks at acting talent he usually keeps hidden?
  3. Amiably bland actors can be fun to watch, as Tom Hanks has proved. Freeman is no Hanks, though, and The Hitchhiker's Guide won't boost anyone's career into hyperspace. Or give your mind a workout.
  4. The comedy is shamelessly stupid and flagrantly vulgar by turns.
  5. Luc Besson's screenplay is dumb, but has just enough weird touches to give occasional glimmers of interest.
  6. The result is a quickly paced, slickly filmed entertainment that's also as crude and rude as the PG-13 rating will allow. It's mighty mean-spirited too, aiming "satirical jibes" at everyone from black illiterates to white rednecks, from breakers of the law to enforcers of the law, from society's elites to society's dregs.
  7. The animation is deft but the screenplay is stilted, the voice-performances are unimaginative, and the whole project is surprisingly clumsy in its efforts to please young and old alike. A major disappointment.
  8. The movie is a mish-mash of action-adventure clichés, book-ended with lame attempts at psychological interest. Written, directed, and acted with ham-fisted heaviness.
  9. Serial killing and other insanity in the French countryside, with ineptly dubbed English dialogue.
  10. Repetitious teen-targeted fluff.
  11. Can a mild-mannered toxicologist and an eccentric Alcatraz veteran stop him before it's too late? Learning the answer means sitting through more than two hours of violence, vulgarity, and all-around excess, served up with high-tech trimmings by director Michael Bay.
  12. David Cronenberg's movie is a chilly meditation on this theme, carrying some cinematic interest but surprisingly dull given the story's outrageous subject.
  13. The dialogue is utterly inane, but the high-tech effects deliver the sort of thrills that disaster-film connoisseurs expect.
  14. The acting ranges from adequate (Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey) to awful (Lindsay Crouse and everyone else).
  15. Mostly trite and tacky despite Robin Williams's strenuous acting.
  16. Larry and Andy Wachowski directed this lurid, sexually explicit thriller.
  17. The picture is effectively made, but viewers will want to erase the horrific violence that erupts in scene after scene, leading to an unusually mean-spirited finale.
  18. Movie stars have tamed sassy kids in movies from "The Blackboard Jungle" to "Stand and Deliver," but it's hard to remember an example more patronizing or sentimentalized than this one.
  19. One thing is certain: It's a bomb trying to be a hit, and at that it'll never succeed.
  20. Youngsters may enjoy it. But the humor is generally of the genre heard in the boys' locker room at the high school gym.
  21. When promising independent filmmakers decide to jump on the bandwagon and pump up the gore, the results are sure to be touted as visceral and unflinching. Don't be fooled. Kramer has even commented that the movie should be viewed as a modern-day Grimm's fairy tale. It's grim all right.
  22. The suspense sequences are straight from the standard Hollywood blueprint, and the movie as a whole is so sloppily assembled that it's almost incoherent at times.
  23. Weitz doesn't have the chops for satire, let alone black comedy.
  24. This woozily uplifting saga is big on homilies and deficient in just about everything else.
  25. Bacon lavishes his camera on her (Sedgwick) in various states of dress and undress, but the script, by Hannah Shakespeare - talk about having to live up to a name! - is a cheat. It rarely expands on the boy's crises in having to deal with such a mother.
  26. I suspect audiences will see Shyamalan's portentous doodle for what it is - the height of arrogance and a bad night out at the movies.
    • 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.
  27. Borderline unwatchable, although, as is true of all Gilliam movies, it certainly is different.
  28. I hope Keaton doesn't begin to make a specialty of these roles. They play into what is least attractive in her repertoire – the loosey-goosey, knockabout side of her that all too swiftly devolves into hysterics.
  29. Some movies are so flagrantly awful that they achieve classic status. To this rarefied company we must now add The Astronaut Farmer.

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