Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,931 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Under the Sea 3D
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
3931 movie reviews
  1. Superbly cast, evocatively directed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A lousy title for a marvelous movie.
  5. It reconfirms Marker as one of the most serious-minded and artistically gifted filmmakers in France, or anywhere else.
  6. The filmmaking is meticulous and the ideas are endlessly thought-provoking.
  7. A triumph of psychological drama, owing as much to Ms. Bier's sensitive style as to Anders Thomas Jensen's smart screenplay, based on Bier's own story idea.
  8. Like all this adventurous filmmaker's work, it's truly one of a kind.
  9. You run across animation this ingenious about as often as a moving castle comes your way.
  10. A lyrical, yet intensely rooted, tragic vision.
  11. A smart and scary voyage into the uncanny realm where hard realities,mind-spinning myths, and hallucinatory visions blur.
  12. This low-key drama is a miracle of mood, atmosphere, and sensitivity.
  13. Expressively filmed story of rivalry, romance, and cultural conflict.
  14. Like its star, it's quietly sincere and compulsively watchable.
  15. Barbet Schroeder directed the ingeniously made film, which weaves fact, hypothesis, and conjecture into a harrowing yet continually gripping and often highly amusing narrative. [12 Oct 1990]
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  16. Smart, funny, and splendidly acted.
  17. Brilliantly acted, sumptuously filmed, and overflowing with mellifluous music.
  18. Helen Mirren gives the mostly subtly expressive performance based on a living historical figure that I've ever seen.
  19. A quintessential Mike Leigh performance. It deepens as it goes along until, in the end, in its final close-up, it overwhelms.
  20. Harrowing, extremely disturbing at times, but brought to the screen in dazzling pop-art images that make the movie's grim content very much worth watching.
  21. A travelogue unlike any other.
  22. This strikingly unusual movie is at once an old-fashioned melodrama, a boldly stylized spectacle, and a very grim fairy tale, acted and directed with originality and flair.
  23. Well worth seeing on the wide screen before its video release next year. It's guaranteed to take your breath away.
  24. The secret to enjoying 8 Women is to check your analytical mind at the popcorn counter and settle back for almost two hours of cinematic mischief.
  25. Feisty, funny, and smart.
  26. Acted as a drama, paced like a ritual, filmed as a slice of rural Iranian life.
  27. The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers.
  28. The result is a history lesson both invaluable and horrific.
  29. Concise, humane documentary.
  30. Superbly acted, movingly written, and directed with a tough-minded lyricism rarely found in today's films. A summer movie to love.

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