Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
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For 3,690 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 The Circle
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
3,690 movie reviews
  1. Cary Elwes is marvelously funny as the hero. [25 Sept 1987]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  2. Rigorous and riveting.
  3. Wrenching on both personal and political levels.
  4. Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.
  5. Children may enjoy it, aside from the youngest, who might find it too weird for comfort. Its main audience is adults, though. And not just any adults, but those in the mood for venturesome fare that's both surreal and hilarious.
  6. A walloping entertainment, brimming with the magic-realist action that made Ang Lee's somewhat similar "Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" a hit.
  7. Rarely does a movie combine so much genuine human drama with such vivid exemplifications of "identity politics" and other sociocultural issues.
  8. This is a sad and funny true-life tale that speaks volumes about the difficulties of independent filmmaking.
  9. Superb performances from a nonprofessional cast. It's gripping, timely, and revealing.
  10. Hurt gives an astonishingly sensitive and funny performance as the bedazzled intellectual, and first-time filmmaker Kwietniowski unfolds the story with an unfailing blend of humor and compassion.
  11. Heart-pounding melodrama.
  12. Ms. Denis is one of contemporary film's best stylists. Friday Night is part tone poem, part love song, and all pure magic.
  13. 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.
  14. This territory is familiar if you remember the great BBC miniseries "Upstairs Downstairs," but Altman gives it a new twist with his restlessly roaming camera and incisively satirical approach. He's still near the peak of his powers.
  15. This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor. It's a genuine classic.
  16. While it's not a great movie, it's a revealing study of how long it often takes for businesspeople to realize they're being freaked out, not flattered.
  17. Makhmalbaf continues her rise as Iran's most promising young female filmmaker, and Iranian cinema extends its reign as one of the world's most exciting cultural phenomena.
  18. This is an op-ed polemic, and it's refreshing to see one so skillfully produced by filmmakers with a shoestring budget and meager access to mainstream distribution. A must-see movie, no matter what your politics are.
  19. Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
  20. Ingenious, eye-opening documentary.
  21. The eerie tale is steeped in brooding atmosphere and psychological suspense thanks to Glazer's hugely imaginative visual style and creative use of music, sound, and silence.
  22. The material is right up Schrader's alley, and while his vision of the first "Exorcist" chapter isn't a masterpiece, it's far superior to the Renny Harlin prequel to "The Exorcist" released last year.
  23. Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen.
  24. Noyce's movie pares away the novel's meditations on the futility of war and the importance of religion. It retains the book's thoughtful blending of psychological and moral issues.
  25. A full-fledged masterpiece.
  26. The movie doesn't reach any deep insights, but its mixture of psychology, philosophy, and realpolitik is downright riveting.
  27. 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.
  28. Cantet has rich insights into this material, and brings them alive through sensitive acting and powerful filmmaking.
  29. It's unlikely there will ever be a more moving portrait of the shared selfhood, usually veiled by politics, common to the Palestinian and Israeli peoples.
  30. Intelligent yet easy-going masterpiece.

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