Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,690 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 SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
3,690 movie reviews
  1. Excellent acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production a forceful emotional and intellectual charge.
  2. Chilling and instructive.
  3. Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.
  4. Troell, at 78, continues to turn out films that will last for as long as there are movies. No wonder he feels such a deep connection to Maria in Everlasting Moments. The film is one hero's salute to another.
  5. Three short documentaries about photography made by one of France's finest directors.
  6. This masterpiece of poetic realism features one of Gabin's most renowned performances, a smart subtext about French colonialism, and enough exotic atmosphere to keep your head in the clouds long after the final scene.
  7. The movie should fascinate anyone interested in politics, publishing, and the uneasy marriage between big money and mass communication.
  8. It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
  9. Avoiding the clichés and condescension that characterize many films on religious figures, the movie is at once a compelling drama and a thoughtful look at faith-related issues on personal, social, and cultural levels.
  10. Directed by Ulu Grosbard, who has never done a better job of filling the screen with superb acting, and shows great ingenuity at interweaving music with other aspects of the story.
  11. At its best, A Home at the End of the World has great emotional strength. But it's not the towering achievement it might have been if Cunningham had stayed truer to his original inspiration.
  12. Visually ravishing -- an exquisite movie.
  13. Subtle filmmaking and true-as-life acting make this an acute psychological drama with an engrossing sociological subtext. It stands with Doillon's best work.
  14. A fact-filled study that's also a full-fledged work of cinema art. [2 Sept 1988]
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  15. Provides an intelligent, deeply personal view of social and political issues that are longstanding and complex but not, she insists, intractable.
  16. Revealing and harrowing.
  17. The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
  18. It’s the ultimate time-travel movie into the future, a “flowing time sculpture,” in Linklater’s own words.
  19. Movies don't come more original, inventive, or outlandishly entertaining.
  20. Writer/director Peter Duncan's first film is darkly humorous, with dashes of slapstick, brilliant, and original material.
  21. It's great, fantastical fun.
  22. Blurring all the lines between fiction and documentary, this gentle and amusing movie blends real, unrehearsed material with delightful storytelling scenes.
  23. Junge's testimony is a salutary reminder that Hitler was like other people in ways, and that the evil he manifested could visit us again if more civilized humans don't remain watchful.
  24. Thai filmmaking continues its renaissance with this moody, offbeat drama.
  25. Fascinating.
  26. Dumont's cinematic style is aggressively physical and philosophical at the same time. It irritates as many viewers as it inspires, but it prompts more thought than ordinary movies ever do.
  27. Filmed and acted to near perfection, it's one of the year's most innovative and exciting pictures.
  28. John Schlesinger's rollicking version of Stella Gibbons's novel is acted with the highest of spirits by Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins, Ian McKellen, Freddie Jones, and many others.
  29. It takes time to grow accustomed to the docu- drama's stylized approach, influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Jean-Luc Godard. But this nearly six-hour movie is generous with time.
  30. This superbly acted, expressively filmed story offers a rare blend of compelling drama, ethical awareness, and sheer human emotion.

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