Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,641 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 Insider
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
3,641 movie reviews
  1. The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester’s disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing.
  2. Needless to say, everybody comes equipped with their very own overweight baggage; old grudges are revived, new ones are invented; and big personal revelations – most of which you can see coming a mile away – arrive on cue.
  3. By bringing the story into Iraq, Grant Heslov courts tastelessness. Gooniness and Gitmo don't mix.
  4. It’s essentially a buddy-cop romp with the usual assortment pack of graphic gruesomeness.
  5. Not infrequently the movie is as mediocre as its target. The great Steve Coogan movie has yet to be made.
  6. Amy Adams is such a likable actress that she makes the romantic comedy Leap Year worth watching even though we’ve seen it all before.
  7. Patrice Leconte has directed excellent serious films such as "Monsieur Hire" and "Man on the Train," but when it comes to humor he loses his bearings. His latest attempt at seriocomedy, My Best Friend, is a premise in search of a film.
  8. The only grace note in this otherwise determinedly graceless movie is the classy way Walker’s exit is handled.
  9. Overall, Diggers is like an Ed Burns movie -- but with fishing gear.
  10. The law of diminishing returns is no more apparent than in the movie world. A sequel, with rare exceptions, is worse than the film it follows, and sequels of sequels fare even worse. Such is the case with Shrek the Third.
  11. Once around the block with these folks is more than enough.
  12. He's a mishmash of cultural opposites, and his motormouth swagger is fitfully amusing. So is his backhand.
  13. Most of it plays out as sub-medium-grade farce, but Carrey has some funny calisthenic bits where he appears to have the pliability of a rubber toy.
  14. Compared with, say, Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," which featured this sort of stuff in practically every frame, Marshall's film is downright Disneyish.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance.
  15. The romantic comedy 27 Dresses will work best for people who have never seen a romantic comedy. If you have, you might find it amusing to tally up the steals – I mean, homages.
  16. Che
    Although Steven Soderbergh's two-part Che may have an epic running time of almost 4-1/2 hours, its scope is surprisingly narrow.
  17. It’s an only-in-America success story worth recounting.
  18. Lee is very good at creating a sense of free-floating dread, but he, and his screenwriter Mark Protosevich, don’t have a real flair for pulp.
  19. Only Rebecca Hall comes through with a genuineness that rises above Holofcener’s doodlings. Her scenes with Guilbert resonate because, in the end, Rebecca is the only character in the movie who seems to care about anything other than his or her own – take your pick – bank account, complexion, weight, guilt. In this company, she’s practically a saint.
  20. Safe Haven is a species of Gothic chick flick.
  21. Their 40-year marriage seems like more of a trial than this overweening, lightly likable movie acknowledges.
  22. Not awful, not wonderful, Jack the Giant Slayer is a midrange fairy tale epic that’s a lot more ho-hum than fee-fi-fo-fum.
  23. A dash – only a dash – of Tim Burton ghoulishness might have helped.
  24. Very broad, very brash ''film noir'' satire...The action is fast, flashy, sometimes funny, always loud. [13 June 1986, p.25]
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  25. Draggy Italian epic that's big on production values but skimpy on inspiration.
  26. A few of the supporting players, including Kim Dickens, as a suspicious local cop, and Carrie Coon, as Nick’s twin sister, move beyond the formulaic, which is more than can be said for the movie.
  27. Whatever brought Greene down was far more complex than this film allows for.
  28. It's a showpiece for that Belgian city's medieval splendor. You may want to book vacation reservations upon leaving the theater, although the memory of this underwhelming movie may tarnish the sightseeing.
  29. Despite its arty veneer and its ostensibly political edge, Circumstance seems more interested in titillation than revelation.

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