Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,951 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Elf
Lowest review score: 0 The Bounty Hunter
Score distribution:
3951 movie reviews
  1. Every shot plays a part in the director's underlying scheme - to probe the actual and symbolic roles of money in society, and grander yet, to explore the relationship between matters of the flesh and the human spirit, as manifested by the struggle between aspiration and corruption. [22 March 1984, p.21]
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  2. Not that Honda's original Godzilla is a message movie first and foremost. It's a horror flick, and an ingenious one at that, with visual effects so vivid that gimmicky spin-offs became an enduring staple of popular film.
  3. In Panahi's case, he is insuperably handicapped by his current constraints. And yet, despite everything, here is This Is Not a Film, which is emphatically a film – and an extraordinary one.
  4. All give heartfelt, unflashy performances that help make Shattered Glass one of the season's most thoughtful offerings.
  5. Max
    Reveals a key aspect of fascism's cynical use of art and architecture to mesmerize a weak and vulnerable society.
  6. The credo of Italy's fabled neorealist movement was that movies rooted in real, unadorned experience carry more dramatic impact than studio concoctions can dream of, and this 1952 masterpiece exemplifies that argument brilliantly.
  7. Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career.
  8. Visually stunning animation.
  9. Polanski's directing is marvelously assured and Depp is always fun to watch.
  10. Cinema's greatest surrealist is at the peak of his powers in the last movie of his unparalleled career.
  11. This is the kind of movie that literate viewers pine for, laced with gracefulness and wit.
  12. It's an ideal match, and Eastwood deserves accolades as both director and star of this powerfully made picture.
  13. It's all deliberately homemade and raggedy, and that's where its charm comes from, along with the delightful old-music score.
  14. The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date.
  15. Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
  16. Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
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  17. This is a Holocaust movie that is so relentlessly observed and so aware of woe that it never feels like it belongs to a genre.
  18. Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.
  19. Spellbinding.
  20. 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.
  21. This is moviemaking on the highest dramatic, psychological, and moral plane.
  22. 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.
  23. Moore makes no pretense of being "fair and balanced." He makes a passionate case for his own perspective, and invites us to agree with him or not. "I fulminate, you decide" could be his motto.
  24. 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.
  25. Required viewing for anyone interested in the struggle for American racial equality.
  26. It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.
  27. The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.
  28. Mood, atmosphere, and character are more important than story twists in this unassuming, acutely observant drama.
  29. This astoundingly beautiful Korean production is poignant, original, and engrossing.
  30. A must-see account that casts a harshly illuminating light on a key period of recent American history.

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