Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,536 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Lowest review score: 0 Barb Wire
Score distribution:
3,536 movie reviews
  1. Red
    Any movie that opens with the killing of a pet dog is definitely going to capture your attention. But where do you go from there?
  2. Although the film's visuals are a cut above, say, "Sin City," another serioso graphic novel-turned-movie, it has the same mood: a film-noir-ish soddenness punctuated by megaviolence. Watchmen is the anti-"Incredibles."
  3. 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.
  4. It's a lot easier to follow than "Syriana." But intelligibility is about the only thing this international thriller has going for it.
  5. Clocking in at 160 minutes, this interminable movie comes across like a rough cut. Perhaps Lee believed its length would give it gravitas. The opposite is true.
  6. The Express may prove valuable to movie historians since it's a compendium of virtually every sports movie cliché ever contrived.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    A lumbering number that takes its identity as a costume drama quite literally.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    A young and as-yet-unformed actor, Stewart is cast in a role she's simply not ready for, and her effort to work hard – exactly what any actor must hide from the audience – is painfully visible in every scene. By contrast, Pattinson is smooth as glass, a born movie star who only needs to slant his eyes to grab attention.
  7. The honey runs thick in The Secret Life of Bees, and so does the treacle. The cloying dullness sets in early, although not from the first frame.
  8. Seven Pounds, coming after "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "I Am Legend," seems like the third in a trilogy of inspirational bummers.
  9. Sadly, it lacks the classic awfulness that might have lifted it into the pantheon of Truly Bad Movies. Instead, what we have here is a garden variety bad movie, of which there have been all too many lately.
  10. Fanboys, directed by Kyle Newman, doesn't delve into the mania of fandom, it exploits it.
  11. It's not the retro attitudes in "Confessions" that bother me (at least not much). It's the lack of laughs.
  12. It occurred to me that Emmerich and Co. might be playing this whole thing for laughs. It probably occurred to them, too.
  13. The best thing The Edge of Love could do for you is to send you back to Thomas's poetry. Dash this folderol.
  14. Swinton's performance, and practically everything else about Julia, seems off – tone-deaf. She plays an out-of-control wastrel who enters into a kidnapping scheme gone horribly wrong, as does the movie.
  15. Being touted as the first film ever shot in the Smithsonian complex. With any luck, it will also be the last. This is not the best use of our landmarks.
  16. As a laughing-through-tears jokester tourist, Richard Dreyfuss provides the only moments of real acting, as opposed to overacting, mugging, and scenery chomping.
  17. Perhaps Nair believes that heroism in our tabloid era has become degraded. If so, she overcorrected. Amelia is so pure in heart that it slides right off the screen.
  18. The novelist Cormac McCarthy was served well by the Coen Brothers' adaptation of his novel "No Country for Old Men" but comes a cropper in The Road, a lugubrious trek through postapocalyptic debris.
  19. This is certainly the grubbiest Holmes in movie history.
  20. Doesn't evoke New York and its vignettes are trite – with one exception, a touching sequence directed by Mira Nair with Natalie Portman as a Hasidic bride and Irrfan Khan as a Jain diamond merchant.
  21. Zemeckis tries to juice things up by staging numerous chase scenes up and around London, but do we really need "A Christmas Carol: The Action Picture"?
  22. By turns antic, frantic, and dull, "Pippa Lee" is unconvincing – emotionally, dramatically, filmically.
  23. Amid all the mayhem, there is Paris in all its faded-light glory. Is the movie worth seeing as a travelogue? Only if you are (a) a masochist, (b) a terrorist, or (c) desperate.
  24. This is the kind of movie where life lessons are posted every quarter-hour. (I timed it.)
  25. Brooklyn’s Finest does indeed provide a new genre twist. This must be the only cop movie ever made where a character is driven off the deep end by mold.
  26. Not a sterling example of how to make a high-toned weepie, let alone a serious examination of trauma.
  27. Was Paper Man worth making? Captain Excellent and I would probably differ on that one.
  28. I much prefer Mel Brooks’s “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to all this doomy somberness. Why take the legend so seriously?

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