Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,609 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 Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
3,609 movie reviews
  1. The message is plain: Men, especially rich men, have all the power. So be sure to do what they tell you, and maybe they'll treat you nicely… It's not one I like to hear. [27 Apr 1990, Arts, p.10]
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  2. This exceedingly romantic comedy begins with flair but lapses into clichés long before the sentimental (and predictable) finale.
  3. There's something relentlessly superficial about the movie, and in one area that cries out for sensitivity - the treatment of racial differences among the characters - it falls down badly. [22 Aug 1990, Arts, p.11]
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  4. The dramatic situations aren't intense or knotty enough to match the moral issues behind them, however.
  5. The last scenes etch one of the most revealing depictions of capital punishment ever put on the wide screen.
  6. Ultimately more exasperating than rewarding.
  7. There is nothing magical about seeing one’s umpteenth car chase. Mark Ruffalo plays the weirdly scruffy FBI agent on the case, while Morgan Freeman, in super-slow mode, plays a famous magic debunker. He’d make the ideal critic for this movie.
  8. The meandering story doesn't gather much momentum and Vittorio Storaro's camera work is less awesome than usual.
  9. Nicholson's over-the-top acting gives an entertaining edge to the plot's feel-good manipulations.
  10. Diane Keaton directed this ragged but lively comedy-drama from Richard LaGravenese's imaginative screenplay.
  11. The pace is a little too languid, and the vulgarity a little too frequent, for the movie to work as intended.
  12. 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.
  13. The film is almost three hours long and precious little of it feels new – not from Scorsese or from anybody else.
  14. Wants to appear bold and liberated, but it seems awfully solemn about the subculture it explores.
  15. The film would work better if its story unfolded more swiftly and if its twists were more unexpected. The acting is solid, though.
  16. Any resemblance (except qualitatively) to "An Officer and A Gentleman" is strictly unaccidental.
  17. Along with the lapses of taste that have become standard in pictures aimed at teen audiences, filmmaker John Hughes offers moments of wit and warmth.
  18. The writer-director Andrew Niccol is best known for writing "The Truman Show," another movie that got carried away by doomsday deep-think. The deep-think here is even sillier.
  19. The package would be more enticing if it didn't fall so squarely into overused Hollywood formulas.
  20. A creaky and slow-going morality play.
  21. The action, directed by Shane Black, ranges from passable to interminable. The plot goes from clang to bang. Downey Jr. is still the best thing about this series.
  22. This comedy is as down-and-dirty as you'd expect from the Farrelly team...but more than one sequence manages to be hilarious on its own outrageously crass terms.
  23. Polson's well-filmed thriller swims down the usual lanes for this sort of story, and everyone looks way too old for senior year; but many of the suspense scenes work fine, and Bradford is terrific as the endangered hero.
  24. Mostly just another exercise in snappy editing and over-the-top mayhem that will leave most grown-up movie- goers cold.
  25. Moderately amusing sequel, which is best when it relies on dead-pan acting by the stars, worst when it drags in summer-movie stupidities like an incessantly talking dog.
  26. In all, the film is a striking, if flawed, achievement by a talented actor who may become an important director if he sticks to the genre that suits him best.
  27. The story is as simple as the average football cheer, but the dialogue has amusing echoes of "Clueless," and Dunst and Bradford make a mighty cute couple.
  28. It's always hard to predict what Winterbottom will try next, but this experiment isn't worth repeating, the lively concert scenes notwithstanding. Be forewarned that the sexual scenes aren't simulated.
  29. Young viewers may guffaw, but seasoned fans of "There's Something About Mary" will be disappointed.
  30. W.
    Stone may think he's made a movie about the toxicity of the Bush presidency, but what we have instead is a cautionary tale of a decidedly lower order. As far as I can make out, the real message of W. is: Don't vote for anybody who talks with his mouth full of food.

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