Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,598 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 Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
3,598 movie reviews
  1. The innocence of the townspeople is weirdly uplifting. They love their Bernie so much that they seem even more blinkered than he is.
  2. A cross between "Godzilla" and "Jaws," it manages to be both truly scary and truly funny – sometimes all at once.
  3. By the film’s end, the main protagonists have become more philosophical, if no less ardent, about the future of Egypt. “We are not looking for a leader,” Hassan declares. “We are looking for a conscience.” He has only to look in the mirror.
  4. What we do see, among much else that is damning, are archival NYPD videotapes of the boys being interrogated by detectives who press them to implicate one another in exchange for a leniency that never materialized.
  5. Particle Fever doesn’t prompt us to say: “Gee, these superbrains are just like us, except for the brains.” The film allows for our awe. It also demonstrates that science is the most human of activities, with all that that implies.
  6. His (Lindholm) steadfast, unvarying gaze has its own authenticity. He’s made a thriller that thrills while also respecting our intelligence.
  7. Probably the most faithful to the writer's tortured spirit. It's the kind of movie that gets under your skin - and stays there.
  8. Bracingly perceptive about the human comedy.
  9. The riders who appear in Buck seem almost uniformly exalted by their contact with Brannaman and his methods.
  10. At just over two hours, Stranded is nonstop harrowing. It has cumulative power.
  11. I wish Rowley didn’t so often dabble in standard movie-thriller-style stylistics, but his film is an exposé of practices that need – demand – exposing.
  12. It leaves us with a question that may be unanswerable: How does one extinguish terrorism when its causes are myriad?
  13. It's a sweet and disquieting excursion made by filmmakers whose eyes and ears and imaginations are in marvelous sync.
  14. Ballard filmed across hundreds of miles of South African desert, and there are times when the whole throbbing universe seems to resound for him.
  15. Baumbach captures the ways in which children takes sides in a war they can't even begin to comprehend.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This movie doesn't end up taking on all the problems it offers up. Meting out justice to an evil school administrator seems to be enough for now. As an enlightened and energetic film - a voice for the '90s - it is enough. [12 Sep 1990, p.11]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  16. Factotum is so sly and low-key hilarious that anybody can be in on the joke.
  17. In a film that overwhelmingly avoids happy-faced pronouncements, this one sticks out.
  18. The pessimism pervading this film is summed up by Shalom, who says, speaking of the decades of occupation: "The future is very dark."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Extraordinary stunt and fight work and nonstop excitement, but a warning to those who are at all squeamish: this may be the most violent movie I've ever seen.
  19. The visuals are irrepressibly witty and so is the script, which morphs from the classic fable into a spoof on "War of the Worlds." I prefer this version to Spielberg's.
  20. It appears to have been made from the inside, not only of the characters but of the historical situation in which they struggle.
  21. In Zodiac, working from a script by James Vanderbilt, Fincher has decidedly toned down his act. His straight-ahead, methodical direction isn't as flagrantly unsettling as much of his previous work, but it's more psychologically layered. In this film, for the first time, we feel for his characters when they bleed.
  22. Petit, by the way, is still very much alive and spry. I saw him at a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival where he spoke to the audience afterwards. On his way up to the podium, he tripped.
  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. The Namesake takes in a lot of territory, and at times is too diffuse, too attenuated. But the actors are so expressive that they provide their own continuity. They transport us to a realm of pure feeling.
  26. Since music is so much more than music between these two, their filmed sessions resemble not so much rehearsals as communions.
  27. It seems to me that too often in this country, and especially now, science has become politicized to the detriment of those who could be helped by it. Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.
  28. A young adult romantic comedy with a sweetness and delicacy that lifts it out of its genre.

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