Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 4,006 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Raja
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
4006 movie reviews
  1. So how good/bad is Cars 3? If we’re talking Pixar threepeats here, it’s certainly no “Toy Story 3.” Instead, it’s a reasonably diverting, somewhat sluggish attempt to reinstall the “heart” of the first installment.
  2. The rise and fall of Dawson City, intimately tied to the vagaries of climate and man’s greed, is heartbreakingly rendered.
  3. She (Weisz) accomplishes the near-impossible here: She humanizes a Gothic conceit and, in so doing, turns stage blood into real blood.
  4. Too often Churchill feels more like an exposé than a deep-dish psychological exploration
  5. The best parts of Wonder Woman are frivolous in the best way.
  6. What little plot there is involves drug-running and is just about as disposable as everything in this paltry excuse for a movie.
  7. The irony of Afterimage is that it champions an avant-garde artist, warts and all, and yet Wajda’s stylistics here are conventional and understated.
  8. Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg work up a stormy sea-parting finale that is better than anything in “The Ten Commandments.” Again, the trick to enjoying this film is to expect nothing.
  9. Make no mistake: The Michelsons have a lot more going for them than their marital longevity. As the documentary makes clear, both Harold and Lillian made integral contributions to some of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.
  10. Dyrholm’s extraordinary performance is conspicuously better than Thomsen’s. She’s the best – the only – reason to check out The Commune.
  11. We’re still essentially in the Land of Retread: An outer space voyage turns grisly-ghastly as gloppy, befanged creatures invade the crew’s innards and pop out – gotcha! – right on cue.
  12. It may not matter to audiences that this junk. But shouldn’t it matter at least to Hawn and Schumer?
  13. Ritchie is so adept that the film is compulsively watchable, but it’s watchable in the same way as a massive train wreck or the slow-motion demolition of a high-rise.
  14. A comprehensive and compelling film that does justice to the anguished history of Cambodia.
  15. The reason The Wedding Plan rises above its flippancies is not only because of the novelty of its Israeli trappings but also because Michal is such an ingratiating whirlwind.
  16. Chemla has an expressive face and she’s photographed lovingly, in a way that would probably have caught the attentions of the great French Impressionists, but ultimately she is more of a sculptural presence than a fully fleshed-out protagonist.
  17. Director Azazel Jacobs knows what he has in Winger, but her intensity is too much for this goofy grab bag of a movie.
  18. The Emily of this movie seems to survive primarily to take everyone in her orbit to task. Davies is holding her up as the indomitable spirit of genius – a woman who suffers fools not at all.
  19. What also comes through is a quietly scathing portrait of a society in which every move, overtly or covertly, is monitored.
  20. The two leads are remarkably fresh, and so is the movie.
  21. Coltrane’s final phase of “free jazz” is also amply documented, with stunning concert and music clips throughout.
  22. The Lost City of Z cannot compare in intensity with Herzog’s film, with its magisterial delirium. But, in his own way, Gray is as unremittingly obsessed as Herzog.
  23. Connery (an actor as well, and the son of Sean Connery) keeps the performers honest, and a few of the father-son tussles, with their admixture of love and envy, are powerful.
  24. Even with Gere’s standout work, a little of Norman goes a long way, and this film offers up a lot of Norman.
  25. In its own coy way, the film celebrates “the slop” it pretends to deride.
  26. That may enough to pique your curiosity. It did mine, for a while, until it didn’t. To paraphrase what Brahms once told a young composer, what’s original in the film isn’t very good, and what’s good in it isn’t very original.
  27. It’s a clunky, over-the-hill gang escapade enlivened only by the presence of the three Oscar winners, all of whom are so far beyond the movie’s meager demands that to say the actors are overqualified would be the grossest of understatements.
  28. This is the second documentary he has made about tragic jazz artists who died young – the first was “My Name Is Albert Ayler” – and he clearly has an abiding fascination with them. But what draws him most of all is the music, and that’s as it should be.
  29. This story is powerful enough without our being heavily coaxed all the time how to feel.
  30. It’s unfortunate, if predictable, that Hollywood found it necessary to almost entirely eliminate deep think in favor of deep action. As for Johansson, I have no big problem with cross-racial casting, but she’s so glum and seemingly uncomfortable here that you wonder if maybe she didn’t harbor the same misgivings as her detractors.

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