Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,626 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 Trials of Henry Kissinger
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
3,626 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Potty jokes and bawdy gross-outs predominate, and the few good laughs are swamped by the overall laughlessness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The opening action sequence, unrelated to the main story, is nicely done, but after that it's all downhill.
  3. The Golden Compass is a blatant attempt to duplicate the success of the "Harry Potter" franchise. The only thing missing is richly imagined characters, a comprehensible story line, good acting, and satisfying special effects.
  4. It occurred to me that Emmerich and Co. might be playing this whole thing for laughs. It probably occurred to them, too.
  5. This thinly autobiographical gangsta odyssey never achieves liftoff, and Jackson is unconvincing.
  6. Normally I'd watch Helen Mirren in anything, even if she was just putting out the laundry or reading the phone book. But, given the roteness of her line readings here, it might have been better if the phone book rather than Shakespeare was her text.
  7. If you're the kind of moviegoer who likes puzzling out the plots of insoluble movies, then by all means rush to see Stay, a great big blurry mess.
  8. The flashback sequences sometimes come across like "'For Whom the Bell Tolls' for Dummies."
  9. Foster seems blinkered and tone-deaf to what's actually appearing onscreen.
  10. Country Strong is the latest and, in many ways, the least impressive entrant in the achy-breaky sweepstakes.
  11. Writer-director Massy Tadjedin cuts back and forth between these twin temptations. Will Michael succumb and prove Joanna correct in her suspicions? Will Alex's French accent conquer all? Do you care? I didn't.
  12. It would take a lot more than holy water to rescue Season of the Witch from mediocrity.
  13. This is certainly the grubbiest Holmes in movie history.
  14. 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.
  15. Given the decibel level of this movie, it's a miracle that these guys were able to give creditable performances. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the achievement: Imagine delivering a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address while standing under Niagara Falls.
  16. His drug-smuggling underworld, specifically the Amsterdam-New York connection, is likewise drably depicted. Is this because director Kevin Asch and screenwriter Antonio Macia deliberately played it down, or are they just incompetent? I’ll be charitable and vote for the former, but sometimes sensationalism is preferable to being altogether unsensational.
  17. Morning Glory isn't targeting the dumbing down of TV news. It's pandering to the audience that craves the dumbness.
  18. Draggy pastiche of tired gags and half-baked homilies.
  19. There's enough family dysfunction here to fill out a dozen soppy soap operas.
  20. Too many different stories are vying for attention here, and none of them are very good.
  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. The best thing The Edge of Love could do for you is to send you back to Thomas's poetry. Dash this folderol.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Harrelson is effective, but the film isn't helped by the inevitable comparisons to the far superior "L.A. Confidential" and "Bad Lieutenant" movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    A lumbering number that takes its identity as a costume drama quite literally.
  23. The tonal problem of the second installment, which often resembled a drug-infested pulp thriller instead of a comedy, is also problematic here.
  24. The result is this metabiography that says almost nothing about the great photographer's life or art.
  25. Essentially a Harlequin Romance with pulleys, E.L. James’s novel is not exactly “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” but the movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and written by Kelly Marcel takes itself so seriously that it almost cries out to be lampooned. I’m sure the “Saturday Night Live” crew is already on the case.
  26. Even if the film were sharper, even if it was made by satirists on the order of Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern in their “Dr. Strangelove” days, I would still argue that greenlighting such a film is a blunder. The exercise of free speech does not exempt one from the consequences of stupidity.
  27. 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?

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