Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,544 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 Man on the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
3,544 movie reviews
  1. At once dreamily surreal, acutely intelligent, and strikingly tough-minded, this pitch-dark dramatic comedy recalls David Lynch and "Donnie Darko" while remaining fresh and original to its core. A stunning directorial debut.
  2. Brilliant, poetic, and utterly unique.
  3. Can a misguided adult start afresh with a new set of values and priorities? This ambitious drama, directed by one of France's most resourceful filmmakers, explores that crucial question in depth and detail.
  4. Required viewing for anyone interested in the struggle for American racial equality.
  5. Frequently funny, sometimes sad, often electrifying.
  6. Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.
  7. Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.
  8. Altogether remarkable, a near-masterpiece.
  9. On the personal betrayals that accompany Capote's ache for literary transcendence. The betrayals were necessary to create "In Cold Blood." This is why Capote is such an unsettlingly ambiguous experience.
  10. The film's final seven-minute shot is one of the great denouements in film history.
  11. In the end, the finest achievement of Wright's movie is that it fully captures what Martin Amis, writing on Pride and Prejudice, said of Austen: "Money is a vital substance in her world; the moment you enter it you feel the frank horror of moneylessness, as intense as the tacit horror of spinsterhood." All that, and a great love story, too.
  12. A first-rate crime thriller from 1960.
  13. One of the great Bertolucci's most acclaimed films...Trintignant gives a legendary performance.
  14. Brokeback Mountain is a tragedy because these men have found something that many people, of whatever sexual persuasion, never find - true love. And they can't do anything about it.
  15. Marvelously enjoyable.
  16. This is a Holocaust movie that is so relentlessly observed and so aware of woe that it never feels like it belongs to a genre.
  17. Soldier's Daughter thrives less on Hollywood-style drama than on nuances of personality, details of everyday life, and emotions so commonplace that conventional movies rarely take the time to acknowledge them, much less explore them with loving care.
  18. Writer/director Peter Duncan's first film is darkly humorous, with dashes of slapstick, brilliant, and original material.
  19. The film's approach is highly instructive, deeply moving, and geared to deploring the racism that breeds violence rather than reactivating old hatreds.
  20. What United 93 demonstrates, as if we needed proof, is that it is too soon - it may always be too soon - to sort out the feelings from that day.
  21. A heartbreakingly powerful masterpiece.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When class conflict stirs the viewer's attention as much as a canine hero's homecoming, it's clear that this isn't the usual (read: mindless) family entertainment.
  22. Helen Mirren gives the mostly subtly expressive performance based on a living historical figure that I've ever seen.
  23. Most powerfully, Berg also films a number of O'Grady's victims as they recount their trauma and, in some cases, loss of faith.
  24. John Schlesinger's rollicking version of Stella Gibbons's novel is acted with the highest of spirits by Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins, Ian McKellen, Freddie Jones, and many others.
  25. I hate to sound blurby, but Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when.
  26. For Your Consideration is, except for "Borat," the funniest film of the year. Or, it's the funniest film that you don't have to watch through parted fingers.
  27. At times the film is so supercharged that it glosses over the story's thematic richness and turns into a very high-grade action picture. But if that's the worst thing you can say about a movie, you're doing all right. The best thing to be said about Children of Men is that it's a fully imagined vision of dystopia.
  28. In tone, Pan's Labyrinth resembles a cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and H.P. Lovecraft, with some Buñuel thrown in for good measure. It is a tribute to - as well as a prime example of - the disturbing power of imagination.
  29. A lyrical, yet intensely rooted, tragic vision.

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