Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
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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 What Time Is It Over There?
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
3,534 movie reviews
  1. Von Trier sets the action on a theatrical stage, spotlighting the existential isolation that weighs on people who don't seek larger visions of life, individuality, and community. Challenging, dramatic, provocative.
  2. Like its star, it's quietly sincere and compulsively watchable.
  3. Subtle filmmaking and true-as-life acting make this an acute psychological drama with an engrossing sociological subtext. It stands with Doillon's best work.
  4. Beneath its surface of chronic suffering and hospital details, Chereau's best drama etches a humane, sensitive, and richly moving portrait of fraternal love struggling to mitigate human frailty.
  5. Kim's movie conjures a sense of spiritual discipline as suspenseful as it is stunning to watch and exhilarating to contemplate.
  6. What distinguishes the movie is its inventive, multifaceted way of questioning whether the "truth" of past events can ever be separated from the memories, longings, and scanty evidence that inextricably surrounds it.
  7. Almereyda's movie is riveting for several reasons: its inside look at Shepard in action, its vivid account of how a challenging play is brought from printed page to public stage, and its glimpses of Shepard's troubled youth.
  8. Everything about this subtly directed drama enhances its pathos and humor, especially an astonishing performance by Gorintin, a 90-something woman only a few years into her acting career.
  9. A deliciously weirded-out picture by Guy Maddin, a deliciously weirded-out Canadian filmmaker.
  10. A profound film by a legendary director in the greatest period of his career.
  11. Not that Honda's original Godzilla is a message movie first and foremost. It's a horror flick, and an ingenious one at that, with visual effects so vivid that gimmicky spin-offs became an enduring staple of popular film.
  12. The result is a history lesson both invaluable and horrific.
  13. A riveting new documentary about the Arab-run Al Jazeera network, reminds us that news programming can vary so widely from place to place that journalistic myths of "objectivity" and "impartiality" seem more naive than ever.
  14. This movie equivalent of Robert Rauschenberg's artwork "Erased de Kooning" is funny, ornery, and ultimately inspiring.
  15. Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
  16. Blurring all the lines between fiction and documentary, this gentle and amusing movie blends real, unrehearsed material with delightful storytelling scenes.
  17. Riveting and revealing whatever views you have on the partisan issues involved.
  18. Like most of Sokurov's movies, this oblique parable is mysterious, elliptical, irresistible.
  19. Moore makes no pretense of being "fair and balanced." He makes a passionate case for his own perspective, and invites us to agree with him or not. "I fulminate, you decide" could be his motto.
  20. The movie is remarkably touching and engrossing, with Kline's spot-on acting and realistically second-rate singing balancing Judd's one-note performance as his wife.
  21. All told, he's (Linklater) one of today's most versatile American filmmakers, and Before Sunset finds his light shining as brightly as ever.
  22. Feisty, funny, and smart.
  23. One of a kind, turning Foreman trademarks such as self-satirical acting and out-of-nowhere music into powerful elements of an outlandish story.
  24. Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
  25. At its best, A Home at the End of the World has great emotional strength. But it's not the towering achievement it might have been if Cunningham had stayed truer to his original inspiration.
  26. Thoughtful, exciting, moving.
  27. Ingenious, eye-opening documentary.
  28. Smart, funny, stimulating.
  29. Acted as a drama, paced like a ritual, filmed as a slice of rural Iranian life.
  30. Moody, atmospheric, and bewitching, like other first-rate examples of modern Thai cinema.

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