Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,854 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Farmingville
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
3854 movie reviews
  1. Even though none of these guys is ready to kick the bucket, The Big Year has an unmistakable affinity with "The Bucket List."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. There’s a creepy subtext to all this, especially when Tim uses his time-travel gifts to woo an American girl without her assent.
  8. Raimi’s film is supposed to be about magic, but magic is in scant supply.
  9. There’s something off-putting about this film’s optimism: After all, how many people can afford to do what Crowley did?
  10. This latest whiffle ball from Team Apatow is a mildly amusing comedy.
  11. 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.
  12. My first thought in watching The Hobbit was: Do we really need this movie? It was my last thought, too.
  13. The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester’s disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing.
  14. Allow me a quick lament: Do we really want to see a great actor like Cumberbatch, not to mention Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton, entombed in yet another superhero franchise?
  15. 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.
  16. By bringing the story into Iraq, Grant Heslov courts tastelessness. Gooniness and Gitmo don't mix.
  17. It’s essentially a buddy-cop romp with the usual assortment pack of graphic gruesomeness.
  18. Not infrequently the movie is as mediocre as its target. The great Steve Coogan movie has yet to be made.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. The only grace note in this otherwise determinedly graceless movie is the classy way Walker’s exit is handled.
  22. Overall, Diggers is like an Ed Burns movie -- but with fishing gear.
  23. 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.
  24. Once around the block with these folks is more than enough.
  25. He's a mishmash of cultural opposites, and his motormouth swagger is fitfully amusing. So is his backhand.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.

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