Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,896 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Home of the Brave
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
3896 movie reviews
  1. I would imagine that even those who line up for this film will be somewhat let down, if only because it's clear that most of the juicy stuff will arrive in Part 2 – which won't be released until next November.
  2. This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing.
  3. It's disconcerting to see Virginia Madsen, who was so marvelous in her 2004 comeback role in "Sideways" reduced to playing the terrified wife here.
  4. One dramatic ploy that doesn't work is the casting of Demi Moore as Tracy Edward, a homicide detective intent on capturing the Thumbprint Killer. Moore gave a rare good performance as the washed up diva in "Bobby," but her stridency here is grating.
  5. A pleasant experience, if not the dazzling entertainment Lopez fans were hoping for.
  6. Much of the style strains too hard to be cute, but true romantics may shed copious tears of sympathy and empathy.
  7. Weitz doesn't have the chops for satire, let alone black comedy.
  8. The great Ennio Morricone, still going strong at 87, wrote the marvelous film score.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Schnabel and his collaborators get points for taking on a crucial and underrepresented viewpoint. If only the result were more compelling.
  9. Even the "surprise" appearance of Keith Richards, as the scurvy father of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, has already been hyped to death in the advance press.
  10. For most of its two-hour running time it simply flings a barrage of horrors at the audience, enhanced with the most imaginative science-fiction atmospherics this side of "Dark City," which incidentally was a far more original picture.
  11. After a powerful opening, when we see the first victim suddenly go blind while driving in traffic, the film devolves into a dystopian freak show and wastes many wonderful performers, including Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore.
  12. Blanchett miraculously gives a good performance, even when saddled with lines like this one, to Clive Owen's Sir Walter Raleigh: "In another world, could you have loved me?"
  13. At times, Pride and Glory seems to be about a war between actors, not cops. Nobody comes off well.
  14. Colorful and cute. It would be better if it weren't quite so sitcommy and if it didn't outlast its ideas.
  15. It doesn't have a speck of authentic heart -- you can bet its Hollywood creators wouldn't move to Alabama if their lives depended on it -- but if you belong to the growing legion of Witherspoon worshippers, this is definitely the movie of the week.
  16. Slow, beautifully filmed, Nolte's Jefferson implausible.
  17. The director of this jamboree is appropriately named Olivier Megaton.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The mystery of the dual plot line is also a trick – a very cleverly executed one, which baffles the audience by exploiting their ingrained responses to certain cinematic conventions. I didn't figure it out until moments before the big reveal.
  18. Eddie Murphy does his patented routines effectively, and the dialogue has some pungent moments, but the movie doesn't succeed as the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" update it would like to be.
  19. It may not matter to audiences that this junk. But shouldn’t it matter at least to Hawn and Schumer?
  20. Wilson has a gawky affability here that helps redeem much that might otherwise seem tasteless (as opposed to tasteless-but-funny).
  21. Bacon lavishes his camera on her (Sedgwick) in various states of dress and undress, but the script, by Hannah Shakespeare - talk about having to live up to a name! - is a cheat. It rarely expands on the boy's crises in having to deal with such a mother.
  22. Resembles a fast-and-flashy variation on "The Sixth Sense," with touches of "The Matrix" as a bonus.
  23. Caine puts all his formidable talent into pulling this off, but Jewison's directing and Roland Harwood's screenplay (based on Brian Moore's novel) provide a regrettably shaky foundation for him to build on.
  24. Barrymore and Busey walk away with the acting honors, but no aspect of the picture is more than mildly entertaining.
  25. The movie is gorgeously filmed and contains some fascinating lore about life in northern climes. But the plot is tritely predictable and far-fetched. Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, and Vanessa Redgrave are among the performers who deliver less than their best.
  26. A promising feature-film debut.
  27. It may not be much of a movie, but it's a terrific concert.
  28. The movie takes no particular stance on the controversies surrounding its heroine, seen by some as a self-serving egomaniac and others as a tireless champion of the poor. Nor can much insight be gleaned from Madonna's energetic but oddly impersonal performance.

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