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 The Weather Underground
Lowest review score: 0 Final Destination 3
Score distribution:
3854 movie reviews
  1. A promising premise and some very good actors are smothered in goo in The Answer Man.
  2. Adam Sandler plays a dual role in Jack and Jill, and he's a lot better as Jill than as Jack.
  3. I suppose the relationship is Oedipal or primal or something or other, but mostly it’s just an excuse for Dolan to stage a series of gaudy shout-fests.
  4. Blunt and Friend strike a few flinty sparks, and Julian Fellowes’s script has its share of dry-as-dust witticisms. Most of the time, though, it’s a stiff pageant.
  5. By the end, 10 Items Or Less has the obnoxiousness of a vanity project. Freeman is having a better time than we are.
  6. By turning the loner Louis into a nutcase – if he blinked at all during the movie, I missed it – the movie becomes a species of horror film.
  7. A little of this movie's preppy, whiny expostulation goes a long way.
  8. Cary Grant, to take the premier example, was a great screwball comic who was, at the same time, intensely romantic. With Grant, funniness and sexiness were twinned. This is an exceedingly difficult combo to bring off, and Duris, though it would be unfair to compare him with Grant, doesn't come close.
  9. As generic as its title.
  10. What Looking For Eric demonstrates is that drama, not comedy, is how Loach makes sense of things. On the other hand, I often find his dramas unremittingly bleak. I guess what I'm really saying is that I'm not a big fan of Ken Loach.
  11. It’s not just Frankie who is putting on a show here. Berry is also overemphatically showing off her chops.
  12. Has some vitality, but it sinks into cliché just the same.
  13. Some of the franchise stalwarts, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, are given too little to do. Most are given too much.
  14. Shriner's direction has an Afterschool Special blandness, but those mechanical owls are quite realistic. While the film was in production Hiaasen said that he had "nightmare visions of the gopher in 'Caddyshack.' " He needn't have worried.
  15. It’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie with a PhD. Or maybe an MA.
  16. The movie will disappoint people expecting a genuine superhero epic or an over-the-top spoof. But those in the mood for an offbeat satire with a gifted cast will have a surprisingly good time.
  17. The acting is amiable but the story isn't much deeper than the callow main characters.
  18. Many will welcome the movie's interest in spirituality, but some may wonder why it's couched in a celebration of sensual pleasures ranging from sex to cigarette smoking.
  19. Gilliam's visual style has never been more energetic or inventive, and nobody could be attracted to dope after this portrait of drug abuse as a hallucinatory quagmire.
  20. The Normandy locations are evocative, but director Sophie Barthes compresses Emma’s multiyear rise and fall into what seems like a month or so.
  21. CQ
    Coppola's satirical debut movie is too ambitious for its own good. The cast is good, though, and ambition isn't the worst fault a fledgling filmmaker can have.
  22. The story has charming and uplifting moments as well as strong performances by an impressive cast.
  23. What diminishes the film's impact is Mary Agnes Donoghue's schematic screenplay, which follows Astrid from home to home as unswervingly as a faithful pet.
  24. Try to imagine "In the Company of Men" with a feminist twist and you'll have the gist of this fervently acted, ultimately unconvincing drama.
  25. The action of this South Korean melodrama is fast and furious, but its emotions and ideas don't manage to keep up.
  26. Expertly made, thanks largely to Jim Caviezel's fervent portrayal of Jesus and Caleb Deschanel's skillful camera work. But the film contains little to learn from, unless one is unfamiliar with basic Christian history.
  27. A romantic comedy that's pleasant, if not exactly spellbinding.
  28. Steven Spielberg's historical drama is more stilted and didactic than its fascinating subject deserves, gathering great emotional force only in a harrowing scene depicting the Holocaust-like suffering of slave-ship captives.
  29. The drama is as obsessive as its heroine. Crossword mavens may enjoy it, but it's too monomaniacal for comfort.
  30. While it's a splendidly acted film, A Beautiful Mind is also a wasted opportunity.

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