Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,478 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Truman Show
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
3,478 movie reviews
  1. Worth a dozen "Blair Witch Projects," with much more harrowing psychology and pithy dialogue. It's a bone-chilling plunge into no-holds-barred storytelling.
  2. A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best.
  3. This is an op-ed polemic, and it's refreshing to see one so skillfully produced by filmmakers with a shoestring budget and meager access to mainstream distribution. A must-see movie, no matter what your politics are.
  4. There's a new visual idea every second, each teeming with energy, pitch-dark comedy, and inspired cinematic lunacy.
  5. Smart and sumptuous.
  6. This documentary strives to fill the gap, and the result is memorable; viewing is mandatory.
  7. His readings of his own work are especially thoughtful, moving, and provocative in the best possible ways.
  8. The movie is woven with care and complexity, again confirming von Trotta's place as one of the world's greatest female filmmakers.
  9. A walloping entertainment, brimming with the magic-realist action that made Ang Lee's somewhat similar "Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" a hit.
  10. Strange, scary, and atmospheric, with a delicious Claude Debussy score.
  11. The director's cut of this 2001 cult fantasy is a deliriously subtle exploration of storytelling possibilities, and a deliciously wry teen-pic to boot. Brilliant.
  12. Deeply personal, morally alert, and highly entertaining.
  13. A skeptical view of George W. Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, using argumentative strategies common to agenda-driven documentaries.
  14. The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release.
  15. Not a great movie, but a valuable and revealing document.
  16. It's all deliberately homemade and raggedy, and that's where its charm comes from, along with the delightful old-music score.
  17. Supercharged with an energy and ingenuity that "Run Lola Run" once had a patent on.
  18. Leaving aside Huston's bland acting and a few other flaws, Sayles's politically charged drama raises a rousing number of issues and ideas, inviting us to ponder them and draw our own conclusions.
  19. This is a funny, sad, stunningly smart movie about the end of movies, made in Tsai's inimitable, unblinking style. No movie lover should miss it.
  20. One thing few will disagree on is the quality of the film's acting, especially by Gael García Bernal as Guevara and Rodrigo de la Serna as his friend. Both effortlessly embody the footloose, sometimes feckless quality of this "On the Road"-style adventure.
  21. Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-"handled" terms is worth the price of admission in itself.
  22. Thai filmmaking continues its renaissance with this moody, offbeat drama.
  23. While it's not a great movie, it's a revealing study of how long it often takes for businesspeople to realize they're being freaked out, not flattered.
  24. What makes the movie powerful is Timoner's decision to structure it via Taylor's perspective on his competitor, with no holds barred.
  25. Harrowing, extremely disturbing at times, but brought to the screen in dazzling pop-art images that make the movie's grim content very much worth watching.
  26. Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.
  27. Informative documentary about the recent history of efforts to legalize gay marriage, tying these in with the history of marriage as an institution.
  28. The acting is brilliant and Leigh's screenplay - developed through his usual process of improvisation and rehearsal - is very long on compassion, very short on preaching and politics.
  29. This sometimes harrowing, often delightful drama stands with his (Sembène) most compassionate, colorful, and artfully filmed works.

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