Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,712 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 A Housekeeper
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
3712 movie reviews
  1. It is not the redemptive uplift that I am objecting to here. It's the way that Bier manipulates us in order to send us aloft. She wants the world to be a better place. Fine. But what she has concocted here is an arty version of the same old Hollywood dumb-down dramaturgy. It just has a higher gloss.
  2. Hammer plays the Lone Ranger as a clueless, stolid square, and the resulting contrast with Depp’s cartoonishness isn’t odd-couple funny, just blah.
  3. A fumbling comedy directed by Dennis Dugan that could have benefitted from surgical reconstruction. How about some liposuction to siphon off all those lame jokes?
  4. Poor Pierce Brosnan. Sport that he is, he does his level best to be a song-and-dance man but it's just not in him. He's touchingly awful. The same could probably be said for the entire movie.
  5. 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.
  6. I would imagine that even those who line up for this film will be somewhat let down, if only because it's clear that most of the juicy stuff will arrive in Part 2 – which won't be released until next November.
  7. The only saving grace is that this time around, the script (yes, there is one, and it was concocted by Ehren Kruger) has occasional wisps of lucidity, and Bay delivers – overdelivers – on the mayhem.
  8. Soppy, schematic weepie.
  9. No doubt Be Kind Rewind will soon make its way to – um – DVD.
  10. Frankly, if I'm going to be offered a heaping pile of revisionism about the greatest writer who ever lived, I'd rather it be from someone with more academic heft than the director of "Independence Day" and "Godzilla." I trust the teachers who receive this film's study guide have a shredder handy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    the strongest emotion it whips up is an overwhelming desire to stop your ears against the stupid dialogue, bombastic sound effects, and atrocious music that assaults you every second - courtesy of Dynamic Digital Sound, a diabolical new development in technological overkill. Surely no good movie would feel the need to be so loud. [25 Jun 1993]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  11. There’s a potentially good comedy to be made about old-school guys trying to make a go of it in a youth-dominated digital marketplace, but director Shawn Levy and screenwriter Jared Stern overdose on moronic excursions.
  12. Not a sterling example of how to make a high-toned weepie, let alone a serious examination of trauma.
  13. Fanboys, directed by Kyle Newman, doesn't delve into the mania of fandom, it exploits it.
  14. Unearths not only those thirty-three miners but also several thousand tons of clichés.
  15. Sorrentino’s magic is all smoke and mirrors. People calling this movie a visual feast must be awfully famished.
  16. 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.
  17. The only surprise to me about this movie is that there no jokes about kilts – a serious omission in an otherwise entirely predictable farce.
  18. Both Jolie Pitt and Pitt have demonstrated their chops in far better movies. I suspect the problem here is that there was no one around to tell them, “Please don’t. Please. Don’t.”
  19. The film also seems to end at least four times, which is three times too many. Better yet, it never should have started.
  20. Seven Pounds, coming after "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "I Am Legend," seems like the third in a trilogy of inspirational bummers.
  21. 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.
  22. I much prefer Mel Brooks’s “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to all this doomy somberness. Why take the legend so seriously?
  23. The Express may prove valuable to movie historians since it's a compendium of virtually every sports movie cliché ever contrived.
  24. What begins as a pretty good comedy devolves rapidly into a high-flown example of Hollywood messagemongering.
  25. The idiocy of the film's conceit is that Simon recruits innocents like Will to carry out these vigilante killings.
  26. The best thing about the film is the majestic mountain vistas, shot in Canada. You can practically inhale them.
  27. It probably won't matter to its core audience that The A-Team doesn't make a lick of sense.
  28. The film is more testimonial than drama.
  29. 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.

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