Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,842 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 Quince Tree of the Sun
Lowest review score: 0 License to Wed
Score distribution:
3842 movie reviews
  1. Quaid and Church are funny, but too much of this film is not half as smart as it thinks it is.
  2. Bird's keen visual imagination keeps the action grimly watchable.
  3. This sequel to Jia's excellent 1997 drama "Xiao Wu" is less original and absorbing than its predecessor, and less visually impressive than "Platform," his 2000 look at Chinese sociopolitical change.
  4. As speculative storytelling goes, Mozart's Sister is ingenious but as moviemaking it's plodding.
  5. The subject is likable and the story has possibilities, but why does every single performance sink into a self-indulgent mess of hammy overacting?
  6. Like most movies aimed at the younger set, Racing Stripes has easily absorbable lessons to teach: Be yourself, never stop trying if your goal is worthwhile, and so forth.
  7. This is a quintessential Allen comedy: squirmy relationships, dark Jewish humor, an assumption that everybody in Manhattan has money and a touch of glamour, and -- as with most of Allen's movies since the first few years of his career -- not nearly as many laughs as it gamely tries for.
  8. Soft, sentimental, and as unlike real family life as you can get.
  9. Nobody in it seems to possess a nervous system.
  10. Eddie Murphy has impressive energy, but he needs mountains of makeup and special effects to accomplish what Jerry Lewis did with sheer talent in the original 1963 version of the comedy.
  11. From a psychological standpoint, this is murky territory but Jacobs presents it as the height of enlightenment – a confluence of two damaged souls. At least "Good Will Hunting," another movie that played this game, wasn't blah.
  12. Viard's energetic acting is the French production's most memorable asset.
  13. Good acting and understated filmmaking turn off-putting material into a mildly engrossing drama, if not a particularly compelling one.
  14. Too bad the clever bits are swamped by no-brainer gunfights, rescues, and chases galore.
  15. The delayed release of this 1975 drama provides an interesting view of her (Breillat) early development as a world-class filmmaker.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Days of Thunder wants to be an action drama, but it's really just a star vehicle of the most rudimentary sort, with nothing to offer Cruise except a chance to look pretty and chant time-tested punchlines. Ditto for the rest of the cast, which may be talented but gets little chance to show it here. [3 Jul 1990, p.13]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  16. The best you can say about This Means War is that it would make a good date movie for couples in the witness protection program.
  17. The story's celebration of honesty is commendable, even if the treatment of homophobia is no deeper than the hero's swimming pool.
  18. The screenplay isn't remotely as funny as it tries to be, and the visual style is equally unexciting.
  19. Taylor Hackford's thriller makes a mischievous assault on today's legal system, but its points would be more telling if the story didn't veer so often into needless sensationalism and eye-catching effects.
  20. The visuals are spectacular at times, but the screenplay is trite, intermittently vulgar, and just not funny.
  21. Mighty monotonous after a while.
  22. The result is yet another remake that should send viewers scurrying to video stores for the original.
  23. Too chilly and distanced to build the emotional impact it would like to have.
  24. There is a dearth of good children's films right now, at least of the nonanimated variety, and undoubtedly The Last Mimzy will fill a vacuum for some families. But it's a default choice, not a prime pick.
  25. The first half packs some clever surprises, but eventually you'll wish you'd signed up with another movie.
  26. The thriller's best and worst features all stem from a highly unusual plot structure that builds to a genuinely startling conclusion.
  27. Impressively filmed but not dramatic enough to justify its length.
  28. The picture often rambles as aimlessly as its characters, but its vivid depiction of alienation and self-destructiveness among suburban youth has much cautionary value.
  29. The overall effect is imaginative but overambitious, though Troche unquestionably has cinematic talent.

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