Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,601 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Good Bye, Dragon Inn
Lowest review score: 0 The Bounty Hunter
Score distribution:
3,601 movie reviews
  1. Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.
  2. Leviathan is, in the widest sense, a horror film.
  3. As the film plays out its melancholy story, we realize that what we are watching is far rarer than the usual sports flick.
  4. Indelible images and brilliant use of unconventional music make this a nonfiction film that must be seen – and heard – to be believed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When class conflict stirs the viewer's attention as much as a canine hero's homecoming, it's clear that this isn't the usual (read: mindless) family entertainment.
  5. A riveting new documentary about the Arab-run Al Jazeera network, reminds us that news programming can vary so widely from place to place that journalistic myths of "objectivity" and "impartiality" seem more naive than ever.
  6. This is a rip-roaring adventure combining edge-of-your-seat battle scenes with vivid historical details and more fascinating characters than most action movies dream of. Add heartfelt acting and Russell Boyd's atmospheric camera work, and you have the adventure movie of the year.
  7. Supercharged with an energy and ingenuity that "Run Lola Run" once had a patent on.
  8. Says Lauro: "This is about as close as you can get to the way it sounded during slavery days." Lauro and McGlynn understand, too, that these clips must be experienced whole. They let the music unfold in real time, not snippets.
  9. What counts isn't the convoluted plot or exotic characters -- it's the brilliance of Suzuki's cinematic style, articulating the action with eye-boggling color and split-second editing effects.
  10. In tone, Pan's Labyrinth resembles a cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and H.P. Lovecraft, with some Buñuel thrown in for good measure. It is a tribute to - as well as a prime example of - the disturbing power of imagination.
  11. A compulsively watchable movie that's also a provocative inquiry into the ability of the criminal-justice system to determine culpability and truth.
  12. Payami's gentle comedy captures a subtle range of human feelings through a quietly inventive visual style that embodies the best life-affirming tendencies of modern Iranian film.
  13. One of the great Bertolucci's most acclaimed films...Trintignant gives a legendary performance.
  14. A skeptical view of George W. Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, using argumentative strategies common to agenda-driven documentaries.
  15. Filmed to perfection by the great Christopher Doyle and others.
  16. Brokeback Mountain is a tragedy because these men have found something that many people, of whatever sexual persuasion, never find - true love. And they can't do anything about it.
  17. In short, they don't make 'em like this one anymore. Viewing it is like taking a time machine to a movie age that was more naive than our own in some ways, more sophisticated and ambitious in others.
  18. The movie is flawed by implausible psychology and moments of weak acting. But it's more than redeemed by Lee's passionate ideas about America today.
  19. The visual style is at once deliberately archaic and slyly postmodernist, slinky and sensuous from first frame to last.
  20. Understated acting and brilliant use of wide-screen black-and-white cinematography.
  21. A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.
  22. The enchanting French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Celestine is so liltingly sweet and graceful that, a day or two after I saw it, it seemed almost as if I had dreamed it.
  23. Tsai's cinematic style is unique: He unfolds his stories in long, static shots that let you discover their surprises and mysteries on your own. And that's great fun. What Time Is It There? is perky, entertaining, and one of a kind.
  24. Suspenseful, surprising, and psychologically rich.
  25. A plan for a perfect murder goes wildly wrong in this 1958 melodrama by one of France's great filmmakers.
  26. I hate to sound blurby, but Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when.
  27. In the Mirror of Maya Deren, creatively written and directed by Martina Kudlacek, is an eloquent memorial to her unique accomplishments -- and an excellent introduction for those who have yet to discover them.
  28. Kidman, Moore, and Streep do some of their best work, backed by a first-rank supporting cast.
  29. 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.

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