Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,534 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 What Time Is It Over There?
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
3,534 movie reviews
  1. Riveting documentary about the early California cable outlet and its ingenious programmer, Jerry Harvey, whose unsettled life and tragic death provide a dramatic framework for the account.
  2. Not a masterpiece, but definitely one of the year's most entertaining movies.
  3. See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.
  4. Illuminating and alarming.
  5. 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.
  6. Fascinating.
  7. A hilarious and harrowing cautionary tale.
  8. The delights of the movie lie in its zany characters, its goofy settings, and above all its surrealistic visual style.
  9. It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
  10. Visually sublime and intellectually dense, this is one of the extremely rare movies that prove cinema can be as complex and profound as the very greatest art works in any form.
  11. A must-see account that casts a harshly illuminating light on a key period of recent American history.
  12. It's great, fantastical fun.
  13. Intimate and engaging.
  14. Gripping, suspenseful, and spiced with fascinating information about the long history of chess between human and mechanical opponents.
  15. The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date.
  16. It's an ideal match, and Eastwood deserves accolades as both director and star of this powerfully made picture.
  17. As a nonagenarian, de Oliveira is the world's oldest working filmmaker, and still one of the best. This is a lovely, lively, timely treat for the eyes and mind.
  18. Superbly acted.
  19. This is one of the rare movies to explore American materialism through the eyes of an all-too-ordinary person who isn't up to the challenges of everyday life.
  20. Tuneful, colorful, delightful.
  21. Rigorous and riveting.
  22. Hollywood censors made Wilder reshoot one scene, but the original version has been rediscovered; while it's tame by today's standards, it makes the movie's caustic social commentary more potent than ever.
  23. Rohmer's films are renowned for their beauty, so it's surprising that he made a picture using digital video rather than film. But this was the right choice.
  24. Payami's gentle comedy captures a subtle range of human feelings through a quietly inventive visual style that embodies the best life-affirming tendencies of modern Iranian film.
  25. From its star-studded cast to its indelible camerawork by the legendary Giuseppe Rotunno, it's an unforgettable experience by a revered master of European cinema.
  26. The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers.
  27. The acting is smart and gritty, Almereyda's visual style has a raw immediacy found in few films with Shakespearean pedigrees, and an eclectic music score adds atmosphere and surprise every step of the way.
  28. Tsai's cinematic style is unique: He unfolds his stories in long, static shots that let you discover their surprises and mysteries on your own. And that's great fun. What Time Is It There? is perky, entertaining, and one of a kind.
  29. This thriller is ingeniously woven with motifs suggesting the difficulty of seeing and understanding truth, and substitutes psychological chills for commonplace gore.
  30. A scrupulously balanced look at the subject outlined in the title. Packed with historical, sociological, and cultural context.

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