Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,556 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 A Talking Picture
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
3,556 movie reviews
  1. Ballard filmed across hundreds of miles of South African desert, and there are times when the whole throbbing universe seems to resound for him.
  2. Essentially two movies for the price of one. But those halves add up to more than most movies right now.
  3. Baumbach captures the ways in which children takes sides in a war they can't even begin to comprehend.
  4. The visuals are irrepressibly witty and so is the script, which morphs from the classic fable into a spoof on "War of the Worlds." I prefer this version to Spielberg's.
  5. There's ample reason to stay with this series. When Harry says "I love magic," you believe it.
  6. The Ice Harvest isn't a subversive piece of work; it's not making some grand statement about the dark side of the holiday spirit. But what it IS saying in its grimly funny way is that we can't always control the timing of our disasters.
  7. Spiritual redemption is a big theme of Narnia, but on a purely entertainment level, the movie also goes a long way in redeeming the current sad state of children's fantasy filmmaking.
  8. Blossoms of Fire fulfills the first criterion of any good ethnographic study: It's about an inherently interesting subject.
  9. The staging of the physical comedy in The Pink Panther is not always adept - director Shawn Levy is no Blake Edwards - but Martin, who co-wrote the screenplay, keeps spinning in his own orbit anyway. And what an orbit it is.
  10. All in all, a visual and musical feast.
  11. As one of Booker's supporters notes, it's a sad day when academic success is used to denigrate an African-American.
  12. All in all, a harrowing, one-of-a-kind movie.
  13. It seems to me that too often in this country, and especially now, science has become politicized to the detriment of those who could be helped by it. Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.
  14. Probably the most faithful to the writer's tortured spirit. It's the kind of movie that gets under your skin - and stays there.
  15. Kenan never loses sight of the wonderment that children (and adults) experience when the inanimate becomes animate. Anthropomorphism is basic to the art of animation. So is a good story, and Kenan has that, too.
  16. Factotum is so sly and low-key hilarious that anybody can be in on the joke.
  17. In Gyllenhaal's all-out performance, it reminded me most of Judy Davis in "High Tide," another movie directed by a woman (Gillian Armstrong) about a misfit mother and her daughter. It has the same fierce honesty.
  18. Nathalie Baye is remarkable in Le Petit Lieutenant where she plays Caroline Vaudieu, a Parisian police inspector who returns to her post after a bout with alcoholism following her child's death.
  19. DiCaprio's performance is a revelation only for those who have underestimated him. In Scorsese's previous films, "The Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator," he seemed callow and miscast, but here he has the presence of a full-bodied adult. He's grown into his emotions.
  20. The film may be subtitled "Shut Up & Sing," but you can't sing with your mouth closed.
  21. Viewers expecting a blistering attack on the fast-food business, or an Altmanesque panorama, will be disappointed, but it's a sensitive and humane piece of work.
  22. It's a sideways view of a national trauma. The large cast includes standout performances from such unlikelies as Demi Moore, playing an alcoholic crooner, and Estevez himself, as her long-suffering husband. Everyone in this film is powerful.
  23. If the literacy of The History Boys is deemed uncinematic, then give me uncinema anytime.
  24. Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima is his companion piece to "Flags of Our Fathers" and in almost every way is superior.
  25. It's a marvelous performance in a marvelous movie, one that sneaks up on you while you're watching it.
  26. The rap music we hear, which is produced outside Cuba's state-run music industry, is politically audacious and charged with personal expression and uplift. The film was produced by Charlize Theron's socially conscious company, Denver and Delilah films.
  27. It appears to have been made from the inside, not only of the characters but of the historical situation in which they struggle.
  28. In Zodiac, working from a script by James Vanderbilt, Fincher has decidedly toned down his act. His straight-ahead, methodical direction isn't as flagrantly unsettling as much of his previous work, but it's more psychologically layered. In this film, for the first time, we feel for his characters when they bleed.
  29. In some ways the movie's straightforward style is more appropriate to the horror than a more souped-up approach would have been. With material this strong, sometimes the best thing a filmmaker can do is to stay out of the way.
  30. A cross between "Godzilla" and "Jaws," it manages to be both truly scary and truly funny – sometimes all at once.

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