Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,929 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 Afterimage
Lowest review score: 0 Final Destination 3
Score distribution:
3929 movie reviews
  1. No amount of technical skill can substitute for genuine shivers, and in the fright department this picture rarely lives up to its hype.
  2. This is a half-baked movie about a half-baked person, but it has a fine, melancholic afterglow.
  3. Auteuil is a superb actor. Still, the real-life Sade would be dismayed to see himself portrayed more as an eccentric old codger than the world-changing firebrand he worked hard to be.
  4. This variation on the "Rear Window" format works best when director Noyce gives free rein to Washington's thoughtful charm.
  5. May not always make sense, but it's crammed with flamboyant images and frisky cinematic pranks -- It's far from a great movie, but there's nothing like it on the current scene.
  6. The movie is visually impressive, but Ishii's virtuoso style can't overcome the flatness of the comic-book story he's telling.
  7. The stars are appealing and the filmmaking is imaginative at times, but the picture never builds much dramatic momentum.
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  8. Sometimes they're truly hilarious; sometimes they're lazy enough to milk laughs from scattershot vulgarity.
  9. Undermines its serious undertones with an avalanche of smirky cynicism designed to flatter the hipper-than-thou fantasies of adolescent moviegoers.
  10. Resembles a fast-and-flashy variation on "The Sixth Sense," with touches of "The Matrix" as a bonus.
  11. The humor is as crude as the characters, but the picture has energy.
  12. Interesting as anthropology, although the subject won't appeal to many people.
  13. The movie has promise as a psychological thriller, but the filmmakers show far more interest in chases and shoot-outs than characters and ideas.
  14. Although it has a good heart and a warm spirit, this prettily filmed drama is more sentimental and manipulative than earlier Iranian films on youth-related subjects.
  15. It's all very colorful, but the movie's diverse elements clash as often as they cooperate.
  16. The acting is weak, largely because many of the performers seem uncomfortable speaking English. The last half-hour works up a fair amount of action and suspense, though.
  17. The cast works hard, but Jordan's directing is too ponderous and slow to build dramatic energy.
  18. Nora Ephron's comedy tries to be sweet, hip, innocent, and sophisticated all at the same time, and it doesn't take long for these contradictory goals to cancel one another out.
  19. Any highfalutin interpretations of his new film only serve to camouflage what is, in essence, a scam about a scam.
  20. Woo's patented pyrotechnics - intricate editing, acrobatic camera movements, slow-motion mayhem - lend intermittent sparks to the violent action sequences, but the two-dimensional characters have little personality.
  21. The pace of this Bolivia/US coproduction is slower than that of a snail, but it gathers some interest as the themes of the vignettes dovetail near the end.
  22. The characters of this Dutch comedy aren't very interesting or original, but it has a stylish look and spirited performances.
  23. Every single frame of this film is as cute, slick, and snappy as the adorable little mice who end the movie with a gag right out of "Babe: Pig in the City."
  24. It's all idiotic but energetic, directed by Jan De Bont in his usual techno-action style.
  25. The story is lively and energetic, if you can take its raunchy jokes and rowdy behavior.
  26. Slow, beautifully filmed, Nolte's Jefferson implausible.
  27. There are lots of lively tunes in an excellent cause, but in the end you wish you'd either probed more deeply into historical events or heard more uninterrupted minutes of inspired performing.
  28. Daum travels to Poland with his wife and their skeptical sons in this documentary, hoping to prove that people who are not Orthodox Jews like them are worthy of attention and compassion.
  29. With all the money expended on this movie, couldn’t anybody come up with a few good lines in between all the kabooms?
  30. The story is so calculated that it ultimately bears little relation to the real world.

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