Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,576 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 Last Days
Lowest review score: 0 License to Wed
Score distribution:
3,576 movie reviews
  1. This is the loopiest star vehicle in ages.
  2. In Moving Midway, Cheshire chronicles not only the history of the move but also of the family members, past and present, who occupied the place, and, most pointedly, the slaves who worked its fields, some of whom turn out to be related.
  3. At just over two hours, Stranded is nonstop harrowing. It has cumulative power.
  4. If this were a fictional Hollywood movie, it would be criticized for being too upbeat. But sometimes truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's also a whole lot better.
  5. A young adult romantic comedy with a sweetness and delicacy that lifts it out of its genre.
  6. Renner gives a full-bore performance of great individuality and industriousness, but essentially his character is as glamorized as any classic Westerner.
  7. Despite everything, many of us still think of animation as a kid's genre. $9.99, based on stories by Etgar Keret who also co-wrote the script with the director, is an attempt to use the animation medium to express an entirely adult sensibility.
  8. Judging from this film, a pop cultural resurgence in Afghanistan seems ultimately unstoppable, even with a resurgent Taliban, if for no other reason than that 60 percent of the population is under 21. Also, this is a country, as we see again and again, that loves to sing.
  9. It leaves us with a question that may be unanswerable: How does one extinguish terrorism when its causes are myriad?
  10. This is a movie about, among other things, pain, and it's made by someone who understands its expression.
  11. Bracingly perceptive about the human comedy.
  12. Heartbreaking, exhilarating, baffling. In other words, it expresses the performer's persona in its purest form.
  13. The marvel of Cage's performance is that, somehow, it's all of a piece. That's the marvel of the movie, too. This is one fever dream you'll remember whole.
  14. The Last Station isn’t all that it should be, but whenever these two actors are onscreen, it’s like a great night at the theater.
  15. Bridges draws us deeply inside Blake’s moment-to-moment heartbreaks. He makes us root for him as we would root for a dear friend. Ultimately, his triumphs become our own.
  16. The viciously anti-Semitic 1940 German movie “Jew Süss” is one of the most notorious films ever made...Today it is one of the few Nazi-era films that still cannot legally be shown.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The key to the film’s effectiveness is the casting of Rapace, who, while not mapping quite exactly to the book’s physical descriptions, is riveting.
  17. Like all good noirs, it has an almost comic appreciation for how the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. No matter how bad things get, they can always get worse. I watched the film in a state of rapt enjoyment.
  18. Whatever it is, Exit Through the Gift Shop is an original.
  19. The Japanese love affair with insects takes many forms, but most of them are, by Western standards, exotic. To Oreck's credit, she doesn't attempt to play down the exoticism by pretending to go native.
  20. Because the war in Afghanistan is so much in the news now – it should always have been so – a movie like Restrepo is both a bracing document and, in a larger sense, a disappointment.
  21. It's an inescapable fact that Gould's singular musical insights – the way he brought out in Bach a mesmeric unity of sound – could only have arisen from a singular personality.
  22. This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience – blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
  23. With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
  24. He is the least intrusive of great directors, and Boxing Gym, which is about a gym in Austin, Texas, is so offhandedly observant that, for a while, you may wonder if much of anything is really going on.
  25. Lena Dunham, the writer-director-star of the microbudget Tiny Furniture, has a distinctive comedic take on the world – a kind of haggard spiritedness.
  26. On its own conventional terms, the film succeeds – maybe not as a "Coen Brothers" movie, but as a tall tale well told.
  27. It's a deliciously perverse melodrama.
  28. The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first "Pirates" movie – crazily funny and rambunctious.
  29. The riders who appear in Buck seem almost uniformly exalted by their contact with Brannaman and his methods.

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