Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,959 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 A Letter to True
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
3959 movie reviews
  1. I'd like Head of State better if it had less cartoonish violence, and if its gags weren't so predictable. Rock is in fine comic form, though, and his directing debut shows real promise.
  2. Fails to score a checkmate.
  3. Its most impressive aspect is its visual style, patterned to some degree on Sergio Leone westerns. A picture this long and dense should work harder to be cogent and coherent, though.
  4. Awash in spurious sentimentality and sniping.
  5. The most entertaining scenes focus on the lovable louts and losers who share the boardinghouse where the protagonist - based on a comic-book character billed as a superhero without superpowers - prepares his grisly exploits. The rest is mayhem.
  6. It's fun to watch for a while. But the movie runs much too long, and a few funny bits aside, most of the comedy writing is lame.
  7. Kitano's first major comedy is loose and likable.
  8. Long, bombastic, and violent, but fantasy fans may enjoy its fast-moving energy.
  9. In sum, it's a quintessential summer film, especially if you're 8 years old and in the mood for a quick dose of mindless fun.
  10. It's a standard science-fantasy fable, but the visual effects are mighty impressive.
  11. A pleasant experience, if not the dazzling entertainment Lopez fans were hoping for.
  12. Fans of Jacquelyn Mitchard's novel may find enough echoes of the book to justify the price of admission. But others can see this sort of thinly crafted melodrama in TV movies every week. For free.
  13. This is the kind of movie where a character can't just say "the fire's not out yet," they have to say "the fire still lives in these stones." It made me yearn to see "Caveman" again. At least that was INTENTIONALLY funny.
  14. As a story, Wild at Heart is even less coherent than “Blue Velvet,'' to the point where whole characters and subplots disappear into a murky haze at the end. [17 Aug 1990, Arts, p.11]
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  15. Broderick and Witherspoon give perfectly matched performances at the head of a first-rate cast.
  16. The pop-music star Prince makes his movie debut in this bizarre drama about a rock singer with a troubled career and a miserable home life.
  17. The story never gathers much dramatic momentum despite an impressive cast and a lot of dank Middle Ages atmosphere.
  18. The movie's moral messages are all on target. Too bad the movie is much, much too long and Jackson gives one of his dullest performances ever.
  19. The screenplay is foolish and Michael Keaton overplays the title role badly, but director Tim Burton gives the comedy a heap of visual imagination. [22 Apr 1988]
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  20. It works better as a nature and historical study than as a drama, though.
  21. Knight of Cups isn’t quite as fancy-flimsy as “To the Wonder,” which, as I remember it, consisted mostly of Ben Affleck gazing dazedly at wave formations, but it’s close enough.
  22. Dark, eccentric, silly.
  23. Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez provide the star power, but what's missing is script power.
  24. Keaton doesn't have quite enough filmmaking savvy to balance the story's heart-wrenching and smile-coaxing aspects.
  25. The direction is fairly formulaic, the special effects are nothing special, and except for Elba and McConaughey, who square off against each other in a series of ho-hum set pieces, the cast is forgettable. So is the movie.
  26. The end product is so clunky, scattered, and all-around soggy that sometimes you can't help laughing. At least Connelly and Reilly give their all, and Tim Roth is terrific as a weird lawyer.
  27. No amount of technical skill can substitute for genuine shivers, and in the fright department this picture rarely lives up to its hype.
  28. This is a half-baked movie about a half-baked person, but it has a fine, melancholic afterglow.
  29. Auteuil is a superb actor. Still, the real-life Sade would be dismayed to see himself portrayed more as an eccentric old codger than the world-changing firebrand he worked hard to be.
  30. This variation on the "Rear Window" format works best when director Noyce gives free rein to Washington's thoughtful charm.

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