Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,538 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Steamboy
Lowest review score: 0 Final Destination 3
Score distribution:
3,538 movie reviews
  1. This is a startlingly funny portrait of Gothic Americana.
  2. 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.
  3. Dustin Hoffman gives the inspired performance that launched his movie career, and director Mike Nichols shows a gift for social satire that has never glistened quite so brightly since. [Review of re-release]
  4. Stunning.
  5. A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.
  6. Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
  7. 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the great American films of the past decade, and the crowning masterpiece of Lumet's long career.
  8. The movie is true to its own fierce vision and it's the better for it. I haven't seen a stronger or better American movie all year.
  9. Delivers more goose bumps than anything Hollywood has served up in years – which I hope does not mean that Bayona, a first-time feature director and music video whiz, will be enlisted to direct "Saw V."
  10. The New Wave of Romanian cinema is the most exciting in the world right now. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is its latest masterpiece.
  11. A supremely cranky and lyrical feat.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's something both simple and sweet about Bolt, yet epic, that's entirely surprising.
  12. A marvelous documentary that brings home the terror and heroism brought forth by the Katrina debacle.
  13. It's a giddy nightmare. Nothing is quite what it seems in I Served the King of England, and this is poetically appropriate. The world it depicts is too dangerous and too lovely to classify.
  14. The personal triumphs in Happy-Go-Lucky may be small-scale but its embrace is all-encompassing. It's a wonderfully humane movie.
  15. 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.
  16. Improbably, it's one of the most affecting films of the year, which once again demonstrates that all you need to make a good movie is talent.
  17. Wherever you were schooled, in public schools or private, in the slums or in the suburbs, you will recognize yourself in this film and laugh and beam and cower.
  18. Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.
  19. There's plenty for us to feast on in Under the Sea 3D without drawing a single drop of blood. If you have small children, you'd be crazy not to take them to this film.
  20. 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.
  21. As the film plays out its melancholy story, we realize that what we are watching is far rarer than the usual sports flick.
  22. In the end, this melancholy, inspiriting movie achieves a breathtaking emotional harmoniousness.
  23. The scene is so emotionally ravishing that it breaks you apart. The peacefulness that finally descends on Séraphine in the film's final moments is more than a balm. It's a benediction.
  24. Plenty of terrible movies know how to work your tear ducts. Here's a weepie that, in Pfeiffer's performance, touches you on the highest levels.
  25. A marvel.
  26. Hands down the funniest movie I've seen all year and also the smartest.
  27. Toy Story 3, has more emotional power than either of its predecessors. Come to think of it, it also has more emotional power than most of the live-action movies out there.
  28. It's a strange, one-of-a-kind film that was to be Benacarraf's only full-length feature.

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