Christian Science Monitor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 3,581 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 Overnight
Lowest review score: 0 Couples Retreat
Score distribution:
3,581 movie reviews
  1. Imaginatively acted, endlessly atmospheric.
  2. A major treat for the eyes.
  3. Concise, humane documentary.
  4. Utterly unsentimental, deeply moving.
  5. Revealing and harrowing.
  6. Masterly by any measure.
  7. This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione."
  8. Three short documentaries about photography made by one of France's finest directors.
  9. A riveting re-creation of three world-changing collapses: those of the Nazi party, of militarized Germany as a whole, and of the Führer who guided them into self-destructive ruin.
  10. Filmed in a leisurely, understated style, this dark comedy is downright entrancing. A spectacular directorial debut.
  11. Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction.
  12. Always hard-hitting and often grimly, revealingly satirical.
  13. This is epic filmmaking on a profoundly human scale, directed to perfection and magnificently acted by everyone in sight.
  14. Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
  15. Gentle, humanistic, delicious.
  16. Scott has the courage to let the imaginative story unfold at its own leisurely pace, and it's not surprising that the acting is excellent, considering that he's among the very best American screen actors.
  17. Visually stunning animation.
  18. This wry comedy drama has excellent acting and surprises galore.
  19. If it weren't so smartly filmed and acted, this might add up to an over-the-top mess. But watch how inventively Mr. Antal keeps the action moving and you'll see why his picture has won a passel of prizes.
  20. Stranger than fiction, indeed.
  21. The best is "Equilibrium" by Soderbergh, about a man being analyzed by a distracted shrink.
  22. As quietly dazzling as a small, very precious stone.
  23. Like all this adventurous filmmaker's work, it's truly one of a kind.
  24. Spellbinding.
  25. Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime.
  26. 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.
  27. Superbly cast, evocatively directed.
  28. This thoughtful, troubling drama is leagues above the sensationalistic stuff Araki peddled in earlier films.
  29. A triumph of psychological drama, owing as much to Ms. Bier's sensitive style as to Anders Thomas Jensen's smart screenplay, based on Bier's own story idea.
  30. It's hugely ambitious, with a sweeping range of character types, frequently shifting moods, stylistic flourishes of many kinds, and some mighty wry satire, aimed largely at the world of psychotherapy.

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