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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Roger Dodger
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
3,581 movie reviews
  1. The film means well, but each scene gets clobbered by sappy screenwriting.
  2. The movie is designed to show off Liotta's acting skills, but pointless mayhem and sheer nastiness crowd out any virtues it might have had.
  3. An interesting cast is wasted in this misanthropic thriller.
  4. A total lack of chemistry between the stars -- neither of whom is particularly good at romantic comedy in the first place -- and you have a promising package that grows steadily less lovable as it goes along. Down with this movie!
  5. Norton's high-energy acting is the only element that saves the picture from being a total loss.
  6. The acting is uneven and most of the romancing seems so mismatched.
  7. How did a dignified pro like Duvall get stuck in this fender-bender?
  8. Travolta and Jackson have some effective scenes, but Nielsen is lacking in charisma, and James Vanderbilt's screenplay ought to be court-martialed.
  9. The slasher-movie genre may never die, but can't its perpetrators think up variations more clever than this by-the-numbers rehash?
  10. Violent and vapid, but the visual jolts may please horror buffs.
  11. This boatload of clichés is strenuously unfunny.
  12. This is fatuous twaddle with a nasty, misogynistic edge.
  13. By the time it ended, I'd stopped caring. I suspect most moviegoers will do the same. Here's hoping Shelton scurries back to the athletic world in a hurry.
  14. The plot pants so hard -- that it makes less sense than the average pet-food commercial.
  15. The movie's one good performance is given by the house, full of ominous inscriptions, inscrutable chambers, and fiendish machines. The human characters are played with various degrees of manic overacting.
  16. The film is a disappointment, and at more than two hours' running time, a very long disappointment.
  17. It soon gets down to its real business: fights, face-offs, and showdowns mired in the shallowest sort of Hollywood machismo.
  18. Crash-lands as disastrously as the heroes and never quite recovers its wits.
  19. Perry and Hurley don't have much chemistry, and the story is so dumb you might want to sue it for stupidity.
  20. Moves at a lumbering pace, peppered with ungainly gags and dramatic moments with little emotional power. The ironic commentary on show-biz superficiality is sabotaged by Niccol's failure to make his own story seem real.
  21. A lovestruck Californian kidnaps a neighbor's dog as a way of getting her attention.
  22. The film tries to revive the sort of good-hearted optimism associated with Frank Capra classics of the 1940s era, but pictures like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" were never so simplistic, syrupy, or tedious to sit through.
  23. This movie has promising ingredients. But you'll leave wanting much, much more.
  24. So sloppily made that it's barely coherent.
  25. A director of Frankenheimer's stature deserves less sensationalistic material, and so does his audience.
  26. Goldmember comes after years of escalating vulgarity have thrown the need for caution -- and cleverness -- out of fashion.
  27. At 225 minutes long, it feels like a trilogy in itself. That wouldn't be a problem if it had energy and imagination, but those qualities are missing, as is any sense of historical or philosophical context.
  28. The movie has a well-meaning message about love and loyalty being the bedrock of real family values, but its good intentions sag as the story trades its air of mischievous comedy for trite sentimentality, arbitrary plot twists, and enough maudlin melodramatics to sustain a tabloid TV series.
  29. The film has enough wild driving to satisfy any "French Connection" fan or "Bullitt" buff, but there's precious little for anyone else to enjoy. 2 foolish + 2 flashy = 4 get it!
  30. Opium- addicted Allan Quatermain becomes none other than Sean Connery. At least he gives a real movie-star performance, which is more than the other gentlemen manage. Extraordinary? Balderdash!

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