Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,530 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Return
Lowest review score: 0 The Bounty Hunter
Score distribution:
3,530 movie reviews
  1. There's nothing special about this movie -- it's just business as usual for today's debased action-movie genre.
  2. Audiences may want their own speedy divorce from this irritating collection of stale jokes, pointless vulgarities, and warmed-over clichés.
  3. Has amusing bits of social satire, but they're crowded out of the stable by lots of bathroom and barnyard humor.
  4. Add a megadose of bombastic James Horner music and a perfunctory love-affair subplot and you have a movie that's its own worst enemy.
  5. So vulgar and incoherent that even Hackman's gifts can't score a touchdown.
  6. The star's over-the-top energy isn't enough to make this hopelessly vulgar, numbingly repetitious farce worth watching.
  7. Creepy.
  8. It has a degree of sociological interest, but it would be more effective if the material were shaped into a more coherent form.
  9. The story is irresponsible and the filmmaking is awful.
  10. Everyone tries very hard to make the story sweet and funny, but the soggy screenplay defeats them every time.
  11. Lachow goes for cuteness and whimsy every chance he gets, missing a lot more often than he hits.
  12. Not even veteran talents like Dukakis and Scheider can surmount the artificial dialogue, arbitrary plot twists, and wan humor of this disappointing comedy-drama.
  13. Strains to be shockingly original but winds up as cheap and cheesy as its characters.
  14. A few mildly amusing gags don't outweigh the trite situations and mean-spirited attitude of this comedy.
  15. This sexually explicit South Korean drama aims more to jolt than to illuminate, but it illustrates an aspect of Asian cinema that globally minded moviegoers should know about as films from that region take on more international prominence.
  16. Tries to be daring and iconoclastic but winds up seeming as spoiled and childish as its main characters.
  17. Too bad (Arnold) can't save the movie from it's superstitious clap-trap, sadistic violence, and sheer silliness.
  18. The filmmakers seem well in control of their chaotic material, but what can be said when the movie features wall-to-wall teenage alcohol abuse.
  19. The satire is intermittently amusing, but Arcand adds little to the arsenal of standard mockumentary tricks, and the interesting cast doesn't get many interesting things to do.
  20. Shallow and sentimental in the sappiest Hollywood tradition.
  21. If a mildly magical story is what you're after, it'll be worth the price of admission. Otherwise save your milk money for something more substantial.
  22. The results are unbelievably tedious, but Mansfield buffs may find it intermittently worthwhile.
  23. The acting is solid and the heroine's quirky dialogue is amusing for a while. But repetitious writing and a weakly constructed story turn the promising premise into a disappointing mishmash of crime, politics, and show business.
  24. The story is inspirational in a superficial way, but the filmmakers focus so exclusively on their attractive heroine that the picture loses any real connection with Africa.
  25. As dopey as its heroes, and the cast's admirable energy isn't enough to keep the story punching through the final round.
  26. The comedy isn't quite as crude as it sounds, but there's not much of value here beyond a little lively acting.
  27. Spoiled by its simplistic portrait of people from the Mideast as incorrigibly violent and untrustworthy.
  28. If you want a movie time trip, the 1960 version is a far smoother ride.
  29. There are a few clever lines and Cleese has some sensational moments, but that's not enough to make the farce seem fresh.
  30. The picture goes for sentimentality rather than substance every chance it gets, and the cast falls right into its syrupy trap.

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