Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,619 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion'
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
3,619 movie reviews
  1. Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound.
  2. Superbly acted, cleverly written, sensitively directed.
  3. It combines a fresh and exciting style with stunning performances and that rarity in current film, a deeply humanistic story.
  4. A marvel.
  5. Toy Story 3, has more emotional power than either of its predecessors. Come to think of it, it also has more emotional power than most of the live-action movies out there.
  6. Beneath its surface of chronic suffering and hospital details, Chereau's best drama etches a humane, sensitive, and richly moving portrait of fraternal love struggling to mitigate human frailty.
  7. The movie is remarkably touching and engrossing, with Kline's spot-on acting and realistically second-rate singing balancing Judd's one-note performance as his wife.
  8. Along with its historical value, The Weather Underground is also a terrific movie, energetic, and articulate. It's the don't-miss documentary of the season.
  9. Not a masterpiece, but definitely one of the year's most entertaining movies.
  10. Take a chance on Gerry. It's only a movie, and you'll get out alive no matter what happens on the screen. You might even find you've had a rare adventure.
  11. Marvelously enjoyable.
  12. Worth a dozen "Blair Witch Projects," with much more harrowing psychology and pithy dialogue. It's a bone-chilling plunge into no-holds-barred storytelling.
  13. The best is "Equilibrium" by Soderbergh, about a man being analyzed by a distracted shrink.
  14. Not a great movie, but a valuable and revealing document.
  15. Everyone raves about this 1957 film -- and everyone's right.
  16. Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
  17. It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
  18. Altogether remarkable, a near-masterpiece.
  19. Clooney and Payne are coconspirators, too. They know that the story they are telling is too emotionally complicated to muck up with a lot of preening and artifice. They head right into the sad and crazymaking humor of the situation. This is a modest marvel of a movie.
  20. If it weren't so smartly filmed and acted, this might add up to an over-the-top mess. But watch how inventively Mr. Antal keeps the action moving and you'll see why his picture has won a passel of prizes.
  21. The movie is a portrait, not a polemic -- but I can't imagine an attentive viewer leaving Love & Diane without increased understanding and concern with regard to inner-city life.
  22. Photographic Memory is about the permanence and impermanence of what we choose to preserve: on film and in our heads (which is often the same thing). I would like to think that one day Adrian might look at this documentary and see it as a supreme act of paternal love.
  23. Metropolis has a place in world history as well as in the annals of fantasy. Adolf Hitler was said to have loved it, and Lang eventually fled Germany for Hollywood when the Third Reich wanted him to run its movie industry. Few movies of any era offer so much varied food for thought, cinematically and politically. Its new restoration is a major motion-picture event.
  24. The drama's elegant structure, which takes you through a series of surprises so smoothly and logically that it might be over before you realize you've seen one of the new year's most intriguing, intelligent movies.
  25. Winter Sleep, winner of last year’s Palme d’Or in Cannes, runs almost 3-1/2 hours. These will be some of the best three-plus hours you will spend at any movie this year. I’ve seen movies half that length that felt twice as long.
  26. A breathtakingly beautiful achievement in every way.
  27. Filmed in a leisurely, understated style, this dark comedy is downright entrancing. A spectacular directorial debut.
  28. As quietly dazzling as a small, very precious stone.
  29. Kim's movie conjures a sense of spiritual discipline as suspenseful as it is stunning to watch and exhilarating to contemplate.
  30. What makes the film stunning is less its metaphorical scheme than its cinematic style. Always a matter of flowing camera movement, Kubrick has photographed much of the action with long "traveling shots" that capture time and space as a seamless whole, not fractured into the bits and pieces of standard editing techniques. [26 June 1987]
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