Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,601 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 Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
3,601 movie reviews
  1. Suspenseful and ingeniously directed.
  2. Weir's offbeat directing makes the most of Andrew Niccol's inventive screenplay, which includes large doses of surprisingly sardonic satire aimed at today's entertainment trends.
  3. Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.
  4. A mix of war film, road movie, and romantic comedy-drama, this peripatetic yarn is less resonant than Ghobadi's beautiful "A Time for Drunken Horses," but it has enough energy to keep your eyes popping and your toes tapping.
  5. See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.
  6. Thoughtful and reflective, it stands with the most exquisitely crafted films in recent memory, joining eloquently conceived images to an uncommonly literate screenplay. [17 Sept 1993, Arts, p.11]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  7. Touching, transfixing, unique.
  8. This delicious fable reflects Merchant's great love of language, his delicate visual sense, and his ability to make you think and laugh out loud, often at the very same time.
  9. The movie is true to its own fierce vision and it's the better for it. I haven't seen a stronger or better American movie all year.
  10. Made near the end of Buñuel's career, it's not his greatest movie, but it contains some of his most memorable moments.
  11. Weerasethakul's latest has received mixed responses on the film-festival circuit, yet while it's anything but commercial, it's also anything but unadventurous.
  12. A supremely cranky and lyrical feat.
  13. This wry comedy drama has excellent acting and surprises galore.
  14. A major treat for the eyes.
  15. Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
  16. In the end, the finest achievement of Wright's movie is that it fully captures what Martin Amis, writing on Pride and Prejudice, said of Austen: "Money is a vital substance in her world; the moment you enter it you feel the frank horror of moneylessness, as intense as the tacit horror of spinsterhood." All that, and a great love story, too.
  17. Yang favors a gentle and introspective style that shows how deep and strong everyday emotions can run. A memorable treat.
  18. Content and style dovetail superbly in this offbeat drama, where images continually change in size and shape, evoking the story's message that human experience is always a pathway, not a destination.
  19. What makes the movie powerful is Timoner's decision to structure it via Taylor's perspective on his competitor, with no holds barred.
  20. A hilarious and harrowing cautionary tale.
  21. Tuneful, colorful, delightful.
  22. Stillman brings his usual sharp wit to this exploration of upper-middle-class angst, completing the comic trilogy he began with "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona."
  23. First and foremost a very funny film, and a very pleasant one that doesn't really have a villain. Credit for its hilarity goes largely to Black, who gives the performance of his career as a character who might have seemed merely coarse and crude in less gifted hands.
  24. The latest installment is packed with surprises and emotion for people who've seen earlier stages of the project, but even newcomers will be fascinated by the vivid glimpses it provides of everything from love and family to political action and the pervasiveness of class distinctions in British life.
  25. The story is so powerfully observed that it does indeed become larger than itself – an American tragedy.
  26. From its star-studded cast to its indelible camerawork by the legendary Giuseppe Rotunno, it's an unforgettable experience by a revered master of European cinema.
  27. This sometimes harrowing, often delightful drama stands with his (Sembène) most compassionate, colorful, and artfully filmed works.
  28. Look for realism, and you'll find The Cooler disappointing. Look for a far-fetched yarn that's as unpredictable as a throw of the dice, though, and you'll find it engaging fun.
  29. A heartbreakingly powerful masterpiece.
  30. What makes this small-scale drama so compelling is Pontecorvo's treatment of the main character.

Top Trailers