Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,959 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Bolt
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
3959 movie reviews
  1. Less a biography than an essay on theatrical illusion and the changing nature of comedy. Love it or hate it, you've never seen anything quite like it.
  2. Riveting documentary about the early California cable outlet and its ingenious programmer, Jerry Harvey, whose unsettled life and tragic death provide a dramatic framework for the account.
  3. On the screen, Burton turns out to BE the ideal filmmaker for this deliciously bizarre yarn. He's given free rein to his fantasies in past movies, but rarely as wittily and consistently as he does here.
  4. The suspense isn't exactly breathtaking, but there are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon.Family fun for all.
  5. While this isn't a masterpiece on the level of his great "Chunhyang," it packs a sophisticated cinematic punch.
  6. Like most of Sokurov's movies, this oblique parable is mysterious, elliptical, irresistible.
  7. Morris's unique blend of realism and surrealism gives the film great resonance as a portrait of one eccentric individual and, more important, a study of the morbid proclivities that run beneath the surface of our supposedly civilized society.
  8. Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
  9. Excellent acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production a forceful emotional and intellectual charge.
  10. Chilling and instructive.
  11. Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.
  12. Troell, at 78, continues to turn out films that will last for as long as there are movies. No wonder he feels such a deep connection to Maria in Everlasting Moments. The film is one hero's salute to another.
  13. Three short documentaries about photography made by one of France's finest directors.
  14. This masterpiece of poetic realism features one of Gabin's most renowned performances, a smart subtext about French colonialism, and enough exotic atmosphere to keep your head in the clouds long after the final scene.
  15. The movie should fascinate anyone interested in politics, publishing, and the uneasy marriage between big money and mass communication.
  16. It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
  17. Avoiding the clichés and condescension that characterize many films on religious figures, the movie is at once a compelling drama and a thoughtful look at faith-related issues on personal, social, and cultural levels.
  18. Directed by Ulu Grosbard, who has never done a better job of filling the screen with superb acting, and shows great ingenuity at interweaving music with other aspects of the story.
  19. 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.
  20. Visually ravishing -- an exquisite movie.
  21. 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.
  22. A fact-filled study that's also a full-fledged work of cinema art. [2 Sept 1988]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  23. Provides an intelligent, deeply personal view of social and political issues that are longstanding and complex but not, she insists, intractable.
  24. Revealing and harrowing.
  25. The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
  26. It’s the ultimate time-travel movie into the future, a “flowing time sculpture,” in Linklater’s own words.
  27. Movies don't come more original, inventive, or outlandishly entertaining.
  28. Writer/director Peter Duncan's first film is darkly humorous, with dashes of slapstick, brilliant, and original material.
  29. It's great, fantastical fun.
  30. Blurring all the lines between fiction and documentary, this gentle and amusing movie blends real, unrehearsed material with delightful storytelling scenes.

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