Christian Science Monitor's Scores

For 58 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 13.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Family Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 0 out of 49
49 tv reviews
  1. [A] strange confabulation.
  2. Moody and fast-paced, this is good, only minimally pretentious, sci-fi fun.
  3. The show will have to loosen up to succeed.
  4. Now that lusty and incredibly bloodthirsty historical dramas have proven their power on premium cable (think HBO's "Rome"), Showtime is jumping in the act with a portrait of one of history's most notorious womanizers and political schemers.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Pity Patrick Warburton whose dour delivery is the brightest spot in this half hour. He clearly feels trapped, but not by his marriage.
  5. These unsettling scenes are tough on the eyes, but happily, star Paul Blackthorne is well worth watching, full time.
  6. The goofy affection of her poker buddies is fun, and the writers steer through some pretty well-mined territory with aplomb.
  7. "Items" is like NBC's "The Office" on laughing gas - the same kind of poker-faced dysfunction in a crushingly ordinary setting, but faster and funnier.
  8. It's good, complicated drama, sometimes hard to watch, but more compelling evidence that the best storytelling for adults these days is on the small screen.
  9. Broadbent creates yet another slyly simple, yet deftly complex, portrait of the Catholic convert who translated his conviction that no person is beyond spiritual redemption into his work with the British penal system.
  10. This really is a Robin of Locksley for the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" generation.
  11. It will certainly make you wonder how you might survive such an event yourself - though whether that premise can fuel a whole series remains to be seen.
  12. The plotlines are predictably full of teen melodrama and small-town angst, but the cast is interesting, and the show's semidocumentary style gives it surprising grit.
  13. A good and likable cast combine with thoughtful writing to make this family/thriller (a new genre?) worth watching.
  14. What they do with their powers and the impact they'll have on others is the raison d'etre of the show; the moody noir tone and offbeat writing are the reasons to tune in.
  15. Sorkin brings the same intensity and political sensibilities to the story.
  16. It's the best made-for-TV movie in years.
  17. The series' unique angle lends itself to interesting psychological drama as it explores the hows and whys of hostage negotiation - even as it dishes out a heavy helping of FOX's de rigueur hoppin' hormones.
  18. The dealmaking and image-shaping are eye-opening, but the single most unnerving aspect of the show is just how young the army of political aides who make the system run really are.
  19. This elegant, shaggy dog of a 19th-century western takes us on a painfully human journey across the old West.
  20. "Windfall" proves you don't need to be marooned on a remote South Sea island to be lost.
  21. "Ranch House" is engaging, droll commentary on the American dream and how we became the nation we are today.
  22. Mirren is TV-biography magic.
  23. [It] is perilously close to Hollywood hokum, but manages to rise above it by featuring the ever-interesting Dougray Scott in the lead role of Moses.
  24. Good casting and well-paced writing give hope.
  25. While this could be funny, over the first three episodes the show is as confused as the star seems to be about her character's perfect hair (the style is different in nearly every scene).
  26. This could all get old really fast, but Taylor's steely performance keeps the home front interesting, while the globe-trotting soldiers bring home the reality of how many troubled spots this small planet still has.
  27. The pilot is decent, but even with lots of sexy young actors, it's not clear if there is room for yet another New York-based crime-solving procedural.

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