Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,965 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Songs from the Second Floor
Lowest review score: 0 Identity Thief
Score distribution:
3965 movie reviews
  1. The movie's underlying theme is the complex relationship between objects and memories, worked out through a taut, compelling story and superbly understated acting. Ryuichi Sakamoto composed the atmospheric score.
  2. Stands with the greatest science-fiction movies ever made.
  3. Aniston and Reilly give the best of many excellent performances. A few plotty scenes aside, this quietly directed drama paints a sensitive, sympathetic portrait of modern malaise, and has a smart sense of humor as a bonus.
  4. Berri lets the story develop in a leisurely and organic way, capping it with a last scene that's subtle and satisfying. Jean-Pierre Bacri is just right as the man and Emilie Dequenne is perfect as the maid.
  5. Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-"handled" terms is worth the price of admission in itself.
  6. Masina gives one of her most expressive performances.
  7. All told, he's (Linklater) one of today's most versatile American filmmakers, and Before Sunset finds his light shining as brightly as ever.
  8. Thoughtful, exciting, moving.
  9. The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release.
  10. Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction.
  11. 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]
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  12. Wherever you were schooled, in public schools or private, in the slums or in the suburbs, you will recognize yourself in this film and laugh and beam and cower.
  13. Informative documentary about the recent history of efforts to legalize gay marriage, tying these in with the history of marriage as an institution.
  14. Riveting and unique.
  15. Its dark-toned cinematography by Henri Decaë still packs a wallop, and the screenplay has a refreshing sense of humor.
  16. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a movie that better conveys the sheer passion both performer and listener have for great music.
  17. A fascinating nonfiction voyage into rural and urban France, focusing on idiosyncratic individuals who live off things the rest of us throw away, from food to furniture.
  18. As stylish as it is suspenseful.
  19. What United 93 demonstrates, as if we needed proof, is that it is too soon - it may always be too soon - to sort out the feelings from that day.
  20. Wong has acquired a loyal cult following over the years, and Dupont's exquisitely filmed episodes show why.
  21. Charged with humanity and compassion.
  22. A movie about unremitting grief and yet it has a boisterousness, a comic twirl, that makes it much truer to the zigzags of life than most similarly themed movies that simply pile on the gloom.
  23. The fact that neither Stone nor Gosling are tip-top song-and-dance artists is, in some ways, integral to their appeal. If they were Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, we might not feel as much of a kinship with them.
  24. Delivers more goose bumps than anything Hollywood has served up in years – which I hope does not mean that Bayona, a first-time feature director and music video whiz, will be enlisted to direct "Saw V."
  25. Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime.
  26. Stunningly acted. [21 September 1990, The Arts, p.12]
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  27. A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best.
  28. Utterly unsentimental, deeply moving.
  29. This thriller is ingeniously woven with motifs suggesting the difficulty of seeing and understanding truth, and substitutes psychological chills for commonplace gore.
  30. Its leisurely, deliberative style is a perfect complement to the emotions it deals with - emotions so penetrating that I warn you at the outset how jarringly intense you may find Bergman's most brilliant drama in decades.

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