Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,607 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:
3,607 movie reviews
  1. Not a sterling example of how to make a high-toned weepie, let alone a serious examination of trauma.
  2. Fanboys, directed by Kyle Newman, doesn't delve into the mania of fandom, it exploits it.
  3. Practically every gag in this movie, and there are scores of them, is milked dry. When the gags aren’t very good to begin to with, this is a prescription for disaster.
  4. The only surprise to me about this movie is that there no jokes about kilts – a serious omission in an otherwise entirely predictable farce.
  5. The film also seems to end at least four times, which is three times too many. Better yet, it never should have started.
  6. Seven Pounds, coming after "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "I Am Legend," seems like the third in a trilogy of inspirational bummers.
  7. It's all a bit like "Girl Interrupted" shattered into a thousand shards, but Page somehow manages to come through with a performance despite the director's distracting technique.
  8. I much prefer Mel Brooks’s “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to all this doomy somberness. Why take the legend so seriously?
  9. The Express may prove valuable to movie historians since it's a compendium of virtually every sports movie cliché ever contrived.
  10. What begins as a pretty good comedy devolves rapidly into a high-flown example of Hollywood messagemongering.
  11. The idiocy of the film's conceit is that Simon recruits innocents like Will to carry out these vigilante killings.
  12. The best thing about the film is the majestic mountain vistas, shot in Canada. You can practically inhale them.
  13. It probably won't matter to its core audience that The A-Team doesn't make a lick of sense.
  14. The film is more testimonial than drama.
  15. Since the only really good "Planet of the Apes" movie was the 1968 original with Charlton Heston, I've always wondered why filmmakers can't just leave well enough alone.
  16. Granted, this is not automatic laugh-riot material, nor should it be, but didn’t Fey recognize how hackneyed it all is? Does being a movie star mean blanding out everything that makes you special?
  17. Hailee Steinfeld’s Juliet is rather lovely and rather bland; Douglas Booth’s Romeo might have stepped out of a special Renaissance Faire edition of GQ.
  18. The Great Gatsby isn’t simply a classic American text: In Luhrmann’s hands, it’s also the greatest self-help manual ever written.
  19. His rise from a marginalized Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied Paris to his chain-smoking fame as the composer of such Euro-hits as "Je t'Aime … Moi Non Plus" is presented as one long, hallucinatory jag, revealing far less about Gainsbourg, I would imagine, than about Sfar.
  20. 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.
  21. It's not the retro attitudes in "Confessions" that bother me (at least not much). It's the lack of laughs.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The casting of both Riegert and Allen may sound like an "Animal House" reunion, but the two have no scenes together.
  24. 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.
  25. As the boarding school honcho Father Benedictus, Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It's a distasteful jumble that stirs up the worst instincts of its audience by heaping abuse on Bill, encouraging us to identify with him, then prodding us to enjoy his bursts of venom and violence. [1 Mar 1993]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  26. The cast, at least on paper, is formidable, if ill-used.
  27. Ought to have been state of the art. But there's not a whole lot of artistry to be found in this movie.
  28. This movie is "Finian's Rainbow" for dunderheads. Rudd has a few amusing moments talking to himself in a mirror (he's trying to convince himself he's a stud) but he would have been better off talking himself out of this film.

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