Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,534 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 American Splendor
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
3,534 movie reviews
  1. At times, the film meanders from its course and loses dramatic focus. But it's vividly acted and creatively directed.
  2. Some may find the movie too crowded and preachy to serve as a meaningful history lesson, but it will delight anyone who thinks our cynical age could benefit from recalling the vigorous idealism and venturesome artistry of a bygone era.
  3. Also predictable is the film's simplistic treatment of themes from religion and myth… It's curious that Spielberg and Lucas see these venerated objects not as symbols of divine inspiration but as repositories of a blind, undiscriminating force that can be wielded (like the three wishes from a genie or a magic lamp) by whoever gets their hands on them. [13 June 1989, Arts, p.11]
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  4. Full of old tricks - cuts between worried faces and overheated gauges inching into the red zone - but director Mostow pulls most of them off with conviction and pizazz.
  5. The cinematography is gorgeous from first frame to last, but the story occasionally rings false.
  6. The performances are excellent and the filmmaking is remarkably restrained, although moments of perverse violence are necessary to the real-life story being told.
  7. 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.
  8. The farce is energetically written, breezily acted, and never quite as dumb as the lunkheads it's about.
  9. Clooney shows strong filmmaking imagination in his directorial debut, but the movie's driving force is Charlie Kaufman's screenplay, a genre-bending romp that blurs all boundaries between the factual and the fantastical.
  10. If one's domestic environment is a kind of autobiography, then the five households visited by this entertaining documentary reveal fascinating lives indeed.
  11. Just loopy enough to be tantalizing, involving, and fun.
  12. At its best it's as refreshing as it is daring. Superbly acted.
  13. Solomon keeps the drama generally clear and interesting, though some touches make the film-noir plot seem too pretentious.
  14. Solid acting and engaging characters round out the neatly assembled tale.
  15. 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.
  16. As deliciously eccentric as the real-life characters it chronicles.
  17. At once sympathetic and unsentimental, this is a model of low-budget storytelling on a human scale.
  18. Funny, sad, and tinged with magic realism, this ambitious comedy-drama is as original as it is nimbly directed.
  19. Ronald Harwood's screenplay, based on his stage play, brings an impressive range of moral and political issues into play. The acting is also strong.
  20. Its grimness is explicit, so approach it with caution.
  21. Blends compassion for individuals with explanations of the socioenonomic factors that influence them.
  22. A refreshingly novel ride.
  23. Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes.
  24. The humor is uneven and sometimes crude, but much of the mock-documentary is surprising and amusing.
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  25. Even if baseball isn't your favorite sport, or if you don't like sports much at all, you'll find something to catch your attention in this smartly made (if unblushingly vulgar) new comedy. [7 July 1988]
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  26. Leconte reconfirms his growing importance to French cinema with this precisely crafted, marvelously acted drama, which makes a powerful statement on capital punishment.
  27. Best of all, Ben Kingsley as the menacing man in the yellow suit, brings the picture pungently to life every time he flashes his enigmatic smile.
  28. Plays out its drama with enough old-fashioned sobriety to lend the proceedings a classical air, offering the comfort of familiarity rather than the thrill of discovery. [13 Aug 1992]
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  29. Some of the film's points are made a bit too heavily, but the subject is as timely as it is timeless, and many of the performances strike a pitch-perfect balance between parody and passion.
  30. The willingness to blend professionals and nonprofessionals is Duvall's most interesting directorial trademark. Most commercial filmmakers hesitate to use this technique, but he doesn't see it as risky.

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