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 14.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Day Break: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 CSI: 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. Lean and breathless, just like its all-business star (Lena Headey of "300" fame), this time-travel tale starts fast as bad robots from the future chase good humans in the past.
  2. This is a high gloss, prime-time soap but it's a tad too earnest.
  3. This is a good, old-fashioned legal procedural with few special effects but quite a lot of serious, adult writing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Donnie Wahlberg stands out among this excellent cast, as a thoughtful, sharp detective with a secret sorrow eating up his home life. [27 Sept 2002, p.17]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Viewers are in for a pleasant surprise. Narrator Kevin Arnold looks back at his seventh-grade adventures with a nice combination of rosy-hued tenderness and contemporary perspective. His adventures with the class bullies, the lunchroom proctor, and his first love are familiar bits of literary nostalgia, done with a certain amount of halting charm and psychological authenticity. The jarring, but valid, note is the intrusion of the Vietnam war into the lives of the youngsters. [29 Jan 1988, p.22]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Farscape" is not only fun, it is often thoughtful and probes issues of good and evil. [7 May 1999]
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  4. Good casting and well-paced writing give hope.
  5. [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.
  6. "Windfall" proves you don't need to be marooned on a remote South Sea island to be lost.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Moody and fast-paced, this is good, only minimally pretentious, sci-fi fun.
  10. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one just fine. The kids are just as photogenic and the songs are just as hummable. It won't launch any more careers, but it's a good family film for a warm Friday night.
  11. This new cop series is filmed in New Orleans, giving it at times too much topicality for its own good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Soul Food" shows us the range of the African-American experience within the confines of a single family, and most of the time it works well. [23 Jun 2000]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The show is full of car chases and scary escapes and all the action-film standbyes, but done tongue-in-cheek. Stir Crazy is mad, mad fun and deserves a place on the schedule. [17 Sep 1985]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not science fiction, but it's about a hero's journey through the weird and the wondrous. [14 June 2002, p.20]
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  12. 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.
  13. 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).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the concept of a smart political whip cleaning up after his bumbling boss is hardly original (anyone remember "Benson"?), and the otherwise smartly written series is racy and relies on crudity to fill slow moments - a trend all too prevalent this season. [17 Sept 1996, p.10]
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    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It has lots of laughs but few credible plot crises to draw its energy from. But there are reminders of Dad's plight - as when he stands alone, after his mother leaves, and reflects on the very uncomic reality of dealing with his family's future. [18 Sept 1987, p.22]
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  14. For all the comic-book fans who can't get enough of grown-ups carrying ray guns and discussing the destruction of planet Earth, pretty lame effects and super-stiff acting keep this from being really great camp.
    • 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.
  15. The show will have to loosen up to succeed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The show is a mixed bag. The story line is formulaic, but the dark tone is skillfully shaded in gray. The approach to sex is basically gratuitous, sexist, and tiresome - more banal male fantasies. The handling of violence is at least concerned with consequences. There are too many stock characters, and the speedy pace is manipulative, but the camera work is excellent in the pilot, and the character development of the show's protagonist is one of the most interesting ever created for a weekly cop show. [21 Sept 2003, p.13]
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    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are lots of these catchy one-liners, but too often they seem to be gags in search of a good home - clever quips that bounce off, rather than emerge from, their format. [24 July 1987, p.20]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nasty without being particularly amusing, cynical without being perceptive, and ugly as sin. [29 Jan 1999]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It is just offensive to hear a middle-aged man ask his daughter about her bodily functions. [13 Sep 2002]
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