Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,626 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 Thin Blue Line
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
3,626 movie reviews
  1. The dialogue and acting are stagy at times, especially in the early scenes, but the characters are compelling and the Indian atmosphere is vividly sketched.
  2. It's been a while since we've had a good monster movie, and while Cloverfield probably won't give you sleepless nights, it will certainly keep you awake in the theater.
  3. A high-class weepie for adults who disdain the lower forms of four-hankiedom.
  4. The battle scenes and a few of the human vignettes are powerful, but too often the film falls back on conventional plot mechanics.
  5. Its best moments are as exuberant and insightful as anything the screen has given us this season, and its passionate concern for believable characters in a recognizably real world offers a refreshing change from the current spate of feel-good fantasies.
  6. Frankenheimer doesn't recapture the magic he once created in movies like "The Manchurian Candidate," but he does cook up an effective thriller in the "French Connection" vein.
  7. Taking great commercial risks, director Martin Scorsese avoids movie-star performances and the psychological storytelling that Hollywood movies normally thrive on.
  8. Sometimes disturbing but consistently fascinating.
  9. Wittily written and deliciously acted, Lonergan's debut film is a clear cut above the average.
  10. The comedy is often crass and crude, but it makes telling points about how much of "race" is more about the words and gestures we use than the actual colors of our skins.
  11. Quirky, heartfelt acting makes this a superior entry in the perennial teenage-misfit genre.
  12. The best moments in “Parnassus” are not otherwordly but worldly. It’s a movie about a dying magician and the death of magic. This is a subject that obviously means a lot to Gilliam, and he makes us feel it in our bones.
  13. An eye-opening movie, both socially and politically.
  14. What goes on inside the mind of a terrorist who is willing to blow himself for the cause? The War Within is one of the few films that attempts to deal with this subject in a nonexploitative way.
  15. More thoughtful and varied than the average Hollywood cartoon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The action is talky and philosophical but in sweet celebration of everyman going nowhere.
    • Christian Science Monitor
  16. Mos Def makes it work. It's a truly daring piece of acting because it skirts racial stereotyping and is so out of key with everything else in the movie. But that's just why it is so good.
  17. The movie is enriched by its fine acting and by its creative respect for an innovator whose influence still permeates contemporary art.
  18. Add marvelously imaginative directing -- finally Yakin fulfills the promise he showed in "Fresh" almost a decade ago -- and you have a colorful, creative, deliciously frolicsome romp.
  19. This intensely topical satire tackles a wide range of important issues, from corporate whistle-blowing to the toll sexual license takes on stable family structures.
  20. Has to be called one of the year's best movies. Credit goes partly to the built-in fascination of its subject and partly to its excellent cast.
  21. The subject and the film clips are great, although the documentary as a whole is a bit gimmicky.
  22. The story is a sort of "Stella Dallas Meets Slums of Beverly Hills," helped by heartfelt acting from its talented stars.
  23. Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston give mature performances as the bereaved parents, and David Morse brings an offbeat touch to the basically decent man who traumatized their lives.
  24. Sail to the box office, swashbucklers. Dumas is back in style.
  25. The timing is slack and the jokes repetitive. But, like most Will Ferrell movies, it has enough riotous moments to carry you through the dull stretches.
  26. Even when its emotions run a bit out of control, Kramer vs. Kramer is a strong and positive film. Its performances are first-rate, from Hoffman and streep down to Howard Duff (as a divorce lawyer) and a terrifically talented lad named Justin Henry, who visibly matures in his portrayal of Billy, the contested kid.
  27. If Baron Cohen is going to continue making scripted comedies, he needs to work with directors far less slapdash than Larry Charles. He can be one of the funniest people on the planet, but he needs a real dictator – I mean, director – calling the shots.
  28. Anderson's cinematic style gets more adventurous from one movie to the next, and he begins this story with bursts of originality that leave his respected "Rushmore" far behind.
  29. Janeane Garofalo and Uma Thurman make a bright-eyed comedy team in this romance.

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