Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,581 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Georgia
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
3,581 movie reviews
  1. Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
  2. Weir had a truly magical touch in early films like this 1977 masterpiece, which offers a transfixing excursion into the "dream time" of Australian myth.
  3. Stillman brings his usual sharp wit to this exploration of upper-middle-class angst, completing the comic trilogy he began with "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona."
  4. This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor. It's a genuine classic.
  5. The movie doesn't reach any deep insights, but its mixture of psychology, philosophy, and realpolitik is downright riveting.
  6. It's never been topped.
  7. Brilliantly acted, sumptuously filmed, and overflowing with mellifluous music.
  8. Indelible images and brilliant use of unconventional music make this a nonfiction film that must be seen – and heard – to be believed.
  9. Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity.
  10. The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
  11. Polanski's directing is marvelously assured and Depp is always fun to watch.
  12. It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
  13. Movies don't come more original, inventive, or outlandishly entertaining.
  14. Egoyan's cinematic brilliance shows up intermittently in this atmospheric thriller, which gains most of its punch from Hoskins's surprisingly subtle performance.
  15. Stay far, far away unless you can handle the copious amounts of blood--and agonizing psychological problems-- that its participants face on what seems like a daily basis.
  16. Put Roeg's powerful cinematic style on the cultural map.
  17. A fascinating nonfiction voyage into rural and urban France, focusing on idiosyncratic individuals who live off things the rest of us throw away, from food to furniture.
  18. It reconfirms Marker as one of the most serious-minded and artistically gifted filmmakers in France, or anywhere else.
  19. The latter element joins with Crudup's excellent acting to make this deliberately scruffy tale a worthwhile experience if you can handle its explicitly sordid subplots.
  20. The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.
  21. Visually ravishing -- an exquisite movie.
  22. An astonishing human, political, and historical document.
  23. Heart-pounding melodrama.
  24. Intelligent yet easy-going masterpiece.
  25. Everyone raves about this 1957 film -- and everyone's right.
  26. This superbly acted, expressively filmed story offers a rare blend of compelling drama, ethical awareness, and sheer human emotion.
  27. The tale is simply told but stunningly photographed and superbly acted in the best tradition of modern Iranian cinema.
  28. Yang favors a gentle and introspective style that shows how deep and strong everyday emotions can run. A memorable treat.
  29. This astoundingly beautiful Korean production is poignant, original, and engrossing.
  30. The story has old-fashioned characters and situations, and Haas has sensibly filmed it in an old-fashioned way, stressing visual appeal rather than the story's sordid undertones. The acting is excellent, too.

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