Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,690 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 Eureka
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
3,690 movie reviews
  1. In place of a conventional plot, this utterly unique Swedish movie offers a series of related episodes -- Some are funny, some are tragic, all are dreamlike and unpredictable, suggesting that the 21st century will be a lot weirder and wackier than we expect.
  2. Weir had a truly magical touch in early films like this 1977 masterpiece, which offers a transfixing excursion into the "dream time" of Australian myth.
  3. Stranger than fiction, indeed.
  4. Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity.
  5. Moody, atmospheric, and bewitching, like other first-rate examples of modern Thai cinema.
  6. Egoyan's cinematic brilliance shows up intermittently in this atmospheric thriller, which gains most of its punch from Hoskins's surprisingly subtle performance.
  7. The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
  8. Hands down the funniest movie I've seen all year and also the smartest.
  9. Masterly by any measure.
  10. The reason we feel so close to Socha, a man who at first seems nothing more than a racist scoundrel, is that his moral odyssey, with its advances and retreats, is so emotionally believable.
  11. 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.
  12. The New Wave of Romanian cinema is the most exciting in the world right now. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is its latest masterpiece.
  13. Elf
    It's a terrific movie, smart and funny enough to hold up at any time of year.
  14. In sum, the classical Ron Howard and his splendid cast have made a spellbinding movie that joins "Million Dollar Baby," as well as "Raging Bull," the first two "Rocky" pictures, and "Fat City" as one of boxing cinema's all-time heavyweight champs.
  15. Stunning.
  16. This kind of quiet ambiguity, avoiding easy answers to complex human conflicts, is all too rare in American movies.
  17. A marvelously captivating animated feature.
  18. Put Roeg's powerful cinematic style on the cultural map.
  19. Smart, funny, stimulating.
  20. Magical movie, which has brilliant fun with the contrasts between film and theater, love and infatuation, reality and fantasy.
  21. Ten
    Iran's greatest filmmaker is fond of stripping personalities bare through conversations they have while riding in cars. Here he pushes his favorite dramatic device to its limit.
  22. An astonishing human, political, and historical document.
  23. Obviously a profoundly personal film, but it's also a smartly conducted tour through the world of building and design that Kahn towered over during the most successful phases of his career.
  24. Granik filmed in actual locations and enlisted many locals as actors. They blend unobtrusively with the professionals in the cast.
  25. This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione."
  26. LaBute is coming of age as an artist, and his future looks brighter than I ever would have suspected a year ago. Enfant terrible or not, he's starting to become a substantial figure in American film.
  27. Articulate interviews and an unusually creative visual style make the picture as lively to watch as it is illuminating to think about.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the great American films of the past decade, and the crowning masterpiece of Lumet's long career.
  28. Maier is a great artist who discounted adulation entirely. Her life was a masquerade; her genius, quite literally, was unexposed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's something both simple and sweet about Bolt, yet epic, that's entirely surprising.

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