Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,626 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 The Thin Blue Line
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
3,626 movie reviews
  1. Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career.
  2. Visually stunning animation.
  3. Polanski's directing is marvelously assured and Depp is always fun to watch.
  4. Cinema's greatest surrealist is at the peak of his powers in the last movie of his unparalleled career.
  5. This is the kind of movie that literate viewers pine for, laced with gracefulness and wit.
  6. It's an ideal match, and Eastwood deserves accolades as both director and star of this powerfully made picture.
  7. It's all deliberately homemade and raggedy, and that's where its charm comes from, along with the delightful old-music score.
  8. The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date.
  9. Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
  10. Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
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  11. This is a Holocaust movie that is so relentlessly observed and so aware of woe that it never feels like it belongs to a genre.
  12. Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.
  13. Spellbinding.
  14. And yet the great conundrum of the Holocaust is that it was perpetrated by human beings, not monsters. Few movies have rendered this puzzle so powerfully.
  15. This is moviemaking on the highest dramatic, psychological, and moral plane.
  16. Episodic and uneven, but it has moments of great emotional power.
  17. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary is fascinating on all kinds of levels: as a movie about the nature of art, the lure and pitfalls of celebrity, and the complicated conundrums of parenting.
  18. Moore makes no pretense of being "fair and balanced." He makes a passionate case for his own perspective, and invites us to agree with him or not. "I fulminate, you decide" could be his motto.
  19. Required viewing for anyone interested in the struggle for American racial equality.
  20. It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.
  21. The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.
  22. Mood, atmosphere, and character are more important than story twists in this unassuming, acutely observant drama.
  23. This astoundingly beautiful Korean production is poignant, original, and engrossing.
  24. A must-see account that casts a harshly illuminating light on a key period of recent American history.
  25. Hollywood censors made Wilder reshoot one scene, but the original version has been rediscovered; while it's tame by today's standards, it makes the movie's caustic social commentary more potent than ever.
  26. Superbly cast, evocatively directed.
  27. Everything about this subtly directed drama enhances its pathos and humor, especially an astonishing performance by Gorintin, a 90-something woman only a few years into her acting career.
  28. The filmmaker keeps things lively by roaming far and wide with her camera, returning to the statesmanship side of the documentary often enough to let us follow relevant events as they unfold.
  29. A lousy title for a marvelous movie.
  30. It reconfirms Marker as one of the most serious-minded and artistically gifted filmmakers in France, or anywhere else.

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