Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,798 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
3798 movie reviews
  1. This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last.
  2. Cantet has rich insights into this material, and brings them alive through sensitive acting and powerful filmmaking.
  3. Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
  4. Brando made one of his most indelible impressions in this relentlessly dramatic, ever-controversial tale of loyalty and betrayal in the world of working-class unions.
  5. Given the subject, the movie is too romanticized, and Christie's eyes remain too sharp here to convincingly convey someone whose memory is fast slipping away. Much of it is powerful anyway.
  6. It's a marvelous performance in a marvelous movie, one that sneaks up on you while you're watching it.
  7. With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
  8. Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes.
  9. A lean, efficient modern Western that is so satisfyingly constructed I’m tempted to say it’s just about perfect. There’s a special pleasure in watching a movie that knows exactly what it’s after and then, in scene after scene, gets it.
  10. The suspense isn't exactly breathtaking, but there are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon.Family fun for all.
  11. The director's cut of this 2001 cult fantasy is a deliriously subtle exploration of storytelling possibilities, and a deliciously wry teen-pic to boot. Brilliant.
  12. A remarkable movie about a remarkable friendship. It honors the audience's intelligence, which makes it a double rarity.
  13. Up
    As a piece of poetic compression, it ranks with the opening of Orson Welles's "The Magnificent Ambersons."
  14. The wonder, the astonishment, is that these puppets are invested with a full range of human emotion.
  15. The story is surprising, the screenplay is witty, and the animation is wonderfully creative. A super sequel.
  16. Sonia may seem happy-go-lucky at the start, but grief steels her. It makes her grow up very fast. She becomes a kind of heroine in the course of the film, which ultimately owes its stature to her presence.
  17. This is a movie about people trying to make sense out of the senselessness of what happened.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What makes the movie a superior specimen of traditional screen storytelling is largely the exquisite care director Armstrong has taken to make every shot as radiantly appealing as possible, bathing even the melancholy aspects of the plot in a glow that's as pleasing to the eye as it is warming to the heart. [23 Dec 1994]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  18. Garrone's messy storytelling compounds an already messy history. He's a powerful filmmaker, though, and a fearless one.
  19. It’s possible to be heartwarming and tough-minded, as this wonderful film demonstrates. And it’s possible to be both “old-fashioned” and vibrant, too. It’s the best new/old movie in town.
  20. The dense interweave of relationships, a Farhadi specialty, is continually compelling.
  21. One of the funniest and happiest movies I’ve ever seen about early adolescent girls and their wayward, fitful joyousness.
  22. If one buys into the whole grace under pressure thing, All Is Lost – the title is its own spoiler alert – is first-rate.
  23. The result is an unprecedented voyage into the tortuous life of our greatest actor, with the actor himself serving as narrator and navigator, as dissembler and penitent.
  24. A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best.
  25. Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
  26. 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.
  27. The filmmaking is meticulous and the ideas are endlessly thought-provoking.
  28. 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.
  29. It's minor, but powerfully so.

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