Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,816 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Lightning in a Bottle
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
3816 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. It takes time to grow accustomed to the docu- drama's stylized approach, influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Jean-Luc Godard. But this nearly six-hour movie is generous with time.
  3. This superbly acted, expressively filmed story offers a rare blend of compelling drama, ethical awareness, and sheer human emotion.
  4. One of the best pictures so far this year, marking a high point of Rudolph's career and reconfirming the extraordinary talent Mr. Campbell has shown in earlier films. Dentistry will never seem the same.
  5. Rollicking documentary that will have your toes tapping and your ears sizzling whether you're a die-hard Motown fan or not.
  6. The result is a lively, insightful look at multiple levels of self-delusion among people who truly believe their Halloween funhouse is making our fallen world a better place.
  7. Pungent, opinionated, outspoken.
  8. Bruce Willis is bruisingly good as the hero and Brad Pitt is suitably zany as the activist who dogs his trail.
  9. His readings of his own work are especially thoughtful, moving, and provocative in the best possible ways.
  10. Frequently funny, sometimes sad, often electrifying.
  11. Deeply personal, morally alert, and highly entertaining.
  12. Miller shows terrific talent as a director with a sharp eye for images, a keen ear for dialogue, and a refreshing willingness to take storytelling risks.
  13. Chabrol's filmmaking has rarely seemed more assured, elegant, and intelligent.
  14. Scott has the courage to let the imaginative story unfold at its own leisurely pace, and it's not surprising that the acting is excellent, considering that he's among the very best American screen actors.
  15. Stunningly smart, genuinely disturbing film.
  16. When he's good, Mr. Mamet is very good indeed, and Spartan stands with the best work he's done. It's fast-moving, unpredictable, and as tautly, tightly wound as thrillers get.
  17. Leaving aside Huston's bland acting and a few other flaws, Sayles's politically charged drama raises a rousing number of issues and ideas, inviting us to ponder them and draw our own conclusions.
  18. Illuminating and alarming.
  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. There is no need for Murmelstein to break down here. In The Last of the Unjust, it’s as if the whole world is weeping.
  21. I also wonder if the film’s central thesis – that the debates kicked off the subjective TV news slant we have today – is a bit oversold. If these debates had never happened, I think we would very likely still have exactly what we have today. Partisan hollering sells.
  22. Traveling from the tragic to the comic, this multifaceted film is richly acted and imaginatively directed.
  23. The movie is woven with care and complexity, again confirming von Trotta's place as one of the world's greatest female filmmakers.
  24. The result is an unprecedented voyage into the tortuous life of our greatest actor, with the actor himself serving as narrator and navigator, as dissembler and penitent.
  25. Dustin Hoffman gives the inspired performance that launched his movie career, and director Mike Nichols shows a gift for social satire that has never glistened quite so brightly since. [Review of re-release]
  26. Faucher's filmmaking is exquisite, Naymark's acting is luminous, and superb use of music lends a crowning touch.
  27. 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.
  28. A deliciously weirded-out picture by Guy Maddin, a deliciously weirded-out Canadian filmmaker.
  29. Wit, joy, imagination, and sensational mid-'60s music.
  30. Fan's camera moves sinuously through these people's lives and gives a human face to a national panorama.

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