Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,897 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 This Is Not a Film
Lowest review score: 0 Barb Wire
Score distribution:
3897 movie reviews
  1. For a while, it's like really cool, with lots of energy and stuff, but then it gets like major repetitious, and you wish it was like over, y'know? As if!
  2. It's all energetically filmed, but I miss the cool, modest clarity of the first version. Bigger isn't always better, even at the movies.
  3. With the exception of a few laughs - including a hysterical footsie scene and another that involves Saran Wrap - this one's a no-brainer.
  4. A genuine PG, gentle and wholesome almost all the way through. It's not a great movie, but it should attract family audiences.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is "high concept" moviemaking at its most relentless, but it has a few chuckles, and Linda Hunt pulls off some fine moments in a small role. Ivan Reitman directed, by the numbers. [15 Mar 1991]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  5. What damps down the psychological power of One Hour Photo is director Mark Romanek's reluctance to let the film become as idiosyncratically unnerving as its main character.
  6. Documentary about stock trading, with some vivid images but no clear perspectives or opinions on the material it presents.
  7. As a zoological spectacle the movie is riveting. But the narration tries to make us think of these adorable animals as if they saw the world in human terms.
  8. Virtually every person in the story is fabulously cute, picturesquely forlorn, adorably ditzy, or winsomely philosophical. In short, there's plenty of smooth storytelling but not a hint of reality here.
  9. The comically tinged action is as lively as it is brainless, and it revels in violence a bit less eagerly than many thrillers of its ilk.
  10. The movie paints a vivid portrait of a time and place, but falls back on familiar formulas that diminish its value as both emotional drama and slice-of-life realism.
  11. Konchalovsky keeps the action reasonably quick, but sentimental storytelling eventually swamps the picture.
  12. It's all rather exhausting, as opposed to exhilirating.
  13. The story wants to be a sort of "Last Tango in Paris" redux, but it falls into mere melodrama after a brilliant beginning.
  14. What would you do if you could take a pill and suddenly access 100 percent of your brain power? This is the premise behind Limitless, a sci-fi thriller that looks as if its makers utilized around 30 percent of theirs.
  15. The movie's concept is amusing, but much of the acting and dialogue is as uninspired as the story's deliberately bland suburban setting.
  16. The story raises challenging moral and legal questions but loses energy in a miscalculated romantic subplot.
  17. The film has plenty of shortcomings, but it's fun to see Caan back in action.
  18. At least Dennis Hopper plays the bad guy with wildness and wit. Costner's stolid hero seems a washout by comparison.
  19. Annie turns out to be a reasonably entertaining movie.
  20. Solid acting and an intriguing plot compensate for some dull spots.
  21. The Brothers Bloom is much more interested in showing off its own smarts, such as they are, than in challenging the audience's.
  22. The action is fast, furious, and loaded with explosive effects, but the theme is a regrettable return to the us-against-them paranoia that dominated much science fiction in the cold-war era.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The energy slacks off in the final third. It’s a bit like “The Sixth Sense” – but without any of the mystery.
  23. Akerman is among the most imaginative filmmakers in her native Belgium or anywhere else, but here she doesn't get very far beneath the surface of her subject.
  24. This offbeat drama has more atmosphere than logic, but a few sequences are strikingly well acted and filmed.
  25. This dark psychological story falls short in terms of filmmaking and acting, but it's original enough to stand out from the crowd.
  26. Caine puts all his formidable talent into pulling this off, but Jewison's directing and Roland Harwood's screenplay (based on Brian Moore's novel) provide a regrettably shaky foundation for him to build on.
  27. The movie's heart is in the right place, but it looks and sounds regrettably bogus.
  28. Along with its try-anything-for-a-yuk screenplay, the worst thing about Hitch is its running time of almost two hours. Did the studio forget to edit this flimsy thing down?

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