Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,662 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 Wendy and Lucy
Lowest review score: 0 The Bounty Hunter
Score distribution:
3,662 movie reviews
  1. The Bhutto family is often referred to as the "Pakistani Kennedys." After seeing this film, that designation doesn't sound so glib anymore.
  2. If this film turns out to be a big success, malls everywhere may want to hire more security.
  3. McCarthy is so careful not to take a political stand that his film seems neutered by good intentions. In the spirit of squishy humanism, he soft-pedals a hard-hitting topic.
  4. It’s not really such a great achievement to have women cops in the movies acting as boorish and rowdy as their male counterparts, especially since the movie seems designed for a sequel. But then again, what movie these days – or at least this summer – isn’t?
  5. Tatum muscles his way through the role with panache, while Foxx never gets a chance to break loose.
  6. Director Robert Stromberg, making his debut as a director after supervising the visual effects for movies like “Alice in Wonderland” and “Avatar,” lacks the transcendent touch.
  7. Crowe is deft at keeping the various plots spinning, but there are too many of them, and they don’t intersect pleasingly.
  8. Blomkamp overdoes even his best effects. (I would have welcomed more vistas of Elysium to break up the grungefest.) If Elysium is an example of how recession-era Hollywood intends to dramatize the rift between the haves and the have-nots, let’s hope the studios don’t also bring back Smell-O-Rama.
  9. Nolan tries to pair the cosmic esoterica with this father-daughter tussle, but the mix doesn't jell. Visionary movies require a bigger vision.
  10. The movie is a decidedly mixed bag, in part, because of the equally pronounced disparities between Burton and Carroll – and between Burton and Disney, for that matter.
  11. So why is everything so thuddingly fun-free?
  12. It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true.
  13. At times, Pride and Glory seems to be about a war between actors, not cops. Nobody comes off well.
  14. By showing scenes of torture without taking any kind of moral (as opposed to tactical) stand on what we are seeing, Bigelow has made an amoral movie – which is, I would argue, an unconscionable approach to this material.
  15. As Disney animated features go, Tangled is middling.
  16. It's enough that these two castaways are friends, but I guess friendship doesn't cut it when you're trying to create a star-driven hit. It should, though. Better a believable friendship than an unbelievable love affair.
  17. This movie might have been better if it hadn't fashioned itself as a cross between "Citizen Kane" and "Chinatown," and instead had used Reeves's story to dramatize the transitional state of 1950s Hollywood.
  18. It's a powerful subject, but director McG and screenwriter Jamie Linden haul out every cliché in the playbook.
  19. Polley has a sometimes graceful understanding of emotional temperate zones and Williams, when she isn't being zombielike, is touching. But Margot comes across as such an elusive and unsympathetic twit that you wonder why we should care about her.
  20. Even though none of these guys is ready to kick the bucket, The Big Year has an unmistakable affinity with "The Bucket List."
  21. Too much of this movie, directed by Peter Ramsey, is more clamorous than inspired, and little kids might find parts of it too scarily intense.
  22. Considering this musical has its roots in Depression-era American, Gluck’s contemporary take on the material is eerily lacking in observations about the rich/poor divide in this country.
  23. This is the kind of movie where we’re not supposed to know at any time who is playing whom, but since the characterizations are glossy and paper-thin, it’s difficult to get worked up about who gets fleeced.
  24. It’s still a bit early in the long careers of these actors, especially Kline, to be playing creaky codgers. It’s bad enough when Hollywood casts women over the age of 30 as grandmothers-in-waiting. Now we have to endure an onslaught of famous veteran actors complaining about their hips.
  25. I suppose it's asking too much for a great actor to be matched up with a great director on a project like this. On the other hand, there's always the sequel.
  26. There’s a creepy subtext to all this, especially when Tim uses his time-travel gifts to woo an American girl without her assent.
  27. Raimi’s film is supposed to be about magic, but magic is in scant supply.
  28. There’s something off-putting about this film’s optimism: After all, how many people can afford to do what Crowley did?
  29. This latest whiffle ball from Team Apatow is a mildly amusing comedy.
  30. However you slice it, The Eagle is hokum, but modern-day Scots may get a kick out of the film's depiction of their ancestors as mud-caked hellions. Modern-day Romans will have to settle for less.

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