Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,538 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 The Graduate
Lowest review score: 0 Identity Thief
Score distribution:
3,538 movie reviews
  1. This poetic and compassionate drama by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan combines the intricate structure of his earlier movies with an emotional power that raises his remarkable career to a whole new level.
  2. Cantet has rich insights into this material, and brings them alive through sensitive acting and powerful filmmaking.
  3. A pungent, powerful film that points an accusing finger not at religious beliefs but at flawed human institutions. It also targets social and cultural mores that are almost medieval in their patriarchal bias against girls and women.
  4. Along with its historical value, The Weather Underground is also a terrific movie, energetic, and articulate. It's the don't-miss documentary of the season.
  5. Ms. Denis is one of contemporary film's best stylists. Friday Night is part tone poem, part love song, and all pure magic.
  6. 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.
  7. This delicious fable reflects Merchant's great love of language, his delicate visual sense, and his ability to make you think and laugh out loud, often at the very same time.
  8. Filmed and acted to near perfection, it's one of the year's most innovative and exciting pictures.
  9. The visual style is at once deliberately archaic and slyly postmodernist, slinky and sensuous from first frame to last.
  10. This strikingly unusual movie is at once an old-fashioned melodrama, a boldly stylized spectacle, and a very grim fairy tale, acted and directed with originality and flair.
  11. The movie is a portrait, not a polemic -- but I can't imagine an attentive viewer leaving Love & Diane without increased understanding and concern with regard to inner-city life.
  12. Piccoli gives one of the most nuanced performances of his distinguished career, but the primary star of the movie is de Oliveira, who unfolds the story with unfailing skill and sensitivity.
  13. Well worth seeing on the wide screen before its video release next year. It's guaranteed to take your breath away.
  14. It's no accident that this movie is named after both the filmmaker and his subject. It stands with the most thoughtful releases of recent months, and will linger in memory.
  15. Pungent, opinionated, outspoken.
  16. What counts isn't the convoluted plot or exotic characters -- it's the brilliance of Suzuki's cinematic style, articulating the action with eye-boggling color and split-second editing effects.
  17. This is a sad and funny true-life tale that speaks volumes about the difficulties of independent filmmaking.
  18. Take a chance on Gerry. It's only a movie, and you'll get out alive no matter what happens on the screen. You might even find you've had a rare adventure.
  19. Wit, joy, imagination, and sensational mid-'60s music.
  20. Thoughtful and reflective, it stands with the most exquisitely crafted films in recent memory, joining eloquently conceived images to an uncommonly literate screenplay. [17 Sept 1993, Arts, p.11]
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  21. It's the year's cleverest comedy in more ways than one. The animated sequences are brilliant... Most important, the story also has dark overtones that lend a hint of seriousness to what could have been just silly. [24 June 1988]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  22. Episodic and uneven, but it has moments of great emotional power.
  23. Lively characters, snappy dialogue, and snazzy visuals make this an uncommonly fine animation.
  24. Excellent acting, a stirring screenplay, and crisply intelligent directing make this fact-based movie a great human drama as well as a riveting and revealing look at crucially important social issues.
  25. The suspense isn't exactly breathtaking, but there are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon.Family fun for all.
  26. Magical movie, which has brilliant fun with the contrasts between film and theater, love and infatuation, reality and fantasy.
  27. Most of the way this ranks with the Coens' most immaculately crafted work. Cain would have loved its dreamlike chills, and so will audiences nostalgic for the movies of half a century ago.
  28. In the Mirror of Maya Deren, creatively written and directed by Martina Kudlacek, is an eloquent memorial to her unique accomplishments -- and an excellent introduction for those who have yet to discover them.
  29. Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
  30. Max
    Reveals a key aspect of fascism's cynical use of art and architecture to mesmerize a weak and vulnerable society.

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