Christian Science Monitor's Scores

For 53 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 88% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 11% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 16.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Day Break: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Family Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 46
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 46
  3. Negative: 0 out of 46
46 tv reviews
  1. Mirren is TV-biography magic.
  2. "Ranch House" is engaging, droll commentary on the American dream and how we became the nation we are today.
  3. This elegant, shaggy dog of a 19th-century western takes us on a painfully human journey across the old West.
  4. It's the best made-for-TV movie in years.
  5. Sorkin brings the same intensity and political sensibilities to the story.
  6. It's good, complicated drama, sometimes hard to watch, but more compelling evidence that the best storytelling for adults these days is on the small screen.
  7. Broadbent creates yet another slyly simple, yet deftly complex, portrait of the Catholic convert who translated his conviction that no person is beyond spiritual redemption into his work with the British penal system.
  8. This really is a Robin of Locksley for the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" generation.
  9. Compelling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An amazing accomplishment. It refrains from emotional manipulation (unlike Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"). All 10 parts portray human nature as it is - mixed motives, conflicting impulses. It earns every emotion it inspires in us. If it is heartening, it's because it defies cynicism and reveals the realities of courage, compassion, and brotherhood as real men in a horrendous war practiced it. [7 Sept 2001, p.15]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hank Azaria is luminous, and with a knockout ensemble cast, Huff is sure to be a hit. [5 Nov 2004, p.16]
  10. The dealmaking and image-shaping are eye-opening, but the single most unnerving aspect of the show is just how young the army of political aides who make the system run really are.
  11. What they do with their powers and the impact they'll have on others is the raison d'etre of the show; the moody noir tone and offbeat writing are the reasons to tune in.
  12. "Items" is like NBC's "The Office" on laughing gas - the same kind of poker-faced dysfunction in a crushingly ordinary setting, but faster and funnier.
  13. Now that lusty and incredibly bloodthirsty historical dramas have proven their power on premium cable (think HBO's "Rome"), Showtime is jumping in the act with a portrait of one of history's most notorious womanizers and political schemers.
  14. [A] strange confabulation.
  15. Edgy and dark, this is the shadow version of "The Waltons."
  16. The hour balances its caper-cartoon and ghoulish sensibilities with a crisp pace and well-cast leads.
  17. Vulgar and brazenly racy, it's unlike anything else on TV.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If anybody ever doubted the funny-lady talents of Bea Arthur, even after ''Maude,'' then her many golden moments in Golden Girls should win her a permanent place in everybody's hierarchy of comic genius, ranking with Sid Caesar and Lucille Ball...The Golden Girls is adult, literate, witty, poignant, funny. And, oh yes, honest. [12 Sept 1985, p.26]
  18. This could all get old really fast, but Taylor's steely performance keeps the home front interesting, while the globe-trotting soldiers bring home the reality of how many troubled spots this small planet still has.
  19. A good and likable cast combine with thoughtful writing to make this family/thriller (a new genre?) worth watching.
  20. It will certainly make you wonder how you might survive such an event yourself - though whether that premise can fuel a whole series remains to be seen.
  21. The goofy affection of her poker buddies is fun, and the writers steer through some pretty well-mined territory with aplomb.
  22. These unsettling scenes are tough on the eyes, but happily, star Paul Blackthorne is well worth watching, full time.
  23. Brisk and witty, this is a good showcase for Donovan's super-tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold persona.
  24. It's very filmic both in execution and ambition as it explores life before Betty Friedan and the Surgeon General's warnings on cigarette packs.
  25. Only an actress of sublime abilities could lift this material from the downright silly to something intriguingly watchable.
  26. LeCarré-like in its disillusionment with power, this is good historical fiction for warm August nights.
  27. This version, while imaginative and ambitious--as Halmi's sumptuous visions almost invariably are--is less successful.
  28. Lean and breathless, just like its all-business star (Lena Headey of "300" fame), this time-travel tale starts fast as bad robots from the future chase good humans in the past.
  29. This is a high gloss, prime-time soap but it's a tad too earnest.
  30. This is a good, old-fashioned legal procedural with few special effects but quite a lot of serious, adult writing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Donnie Wahlberg stands out among this excellent cast, as a thoughtful, sharp detective with a secret sorrow eating up his home life. [27 Sept 2002, p.17]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Viewers are in for a pleasant surprise. Narrator Kevin Arnold looks back at his seventh-grade adventures with a nice combination of rosy-hued tenderness and contemporary perspective. His adventures with the class bullies, the lunchroom proctor, and his first love are familiar bits of literary nostalgia, done with a certain amount of halting charm and psychological authenticity. The jarring, but valid, note is the intrusion of the Vietnam war into the lives of the youngsters. [29 Jan 1988, p.22]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Farscape" is not only fun, it is often thoughtful and probes issues of good and evil. [7 May 1999]
  31. Good casting and well-paced writing give hope.
  32. [It] is perilously close to Hollywood hokum, but manages to rise above it by featuring the ever-interesting Dougray Scott in the lead role of Moses.
  33. "Windfall" proves you don't need to be marooned on a remote South Sea island to be lost.
  34. The series' unique angle lends itself to interesting psychological drama as it explores the hows and whys of hostage negotiation - even as it dishes out a heavy helping of FOX's de rigueur hoppin' hormones.
  35. The plotlines are predictably full of teen melodrama and small-town angst, but the cast is interesting, and the show's semidocumentary style gives it surprising grit.
  36. Moody and fast-paced, this is good, only minimally pretentious, sci-fi fun.
  37. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one just fine. The kids are just as photogenic and the songs are just as hummable. It won't launch any more careers, but it's a good family film for a warm Friday night.
  38. This new cop series is filmed in New Orleans, giving it at times too much topicality for its own good.
  39. The pilot is decent, but even with lots of sexy young actors, it's not clear if there is room for yet another New York-based crime-solving procedural.
  40. While this could be funny, over the first three episodes the show is as confused as the star seems to be about her character's perfect hair (the style is different in nearly every scene).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the concept of a smart political whip cleaning up after his bumbling boss is hardly original (anyone remember "Benson"?), and the otherwise smartly written series is racy and relies on crudity to fill slow moments - a trend all too prevalent this season. [17 Sept 1996, p.10]
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It has lots of laughs but few credible plot crises to draw its energy from. But there are reminders of Dad's plight - as when he stands alone, after his mother leaves, and reflects on the very uncomic reality of dealing with his family's future. [18 Sept 1987, p.22]
  41. For all the comic-book fans who can't get enough of grown-ups carrying ray guns and discussing the destruction of planet Earth, pretty lame effects and super-stiff acting keep this from being really great camp.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Pity Patrick Warburton whose dour delivery is the brightest spot in this half hour. He clearly feels trapped, but not by his marriage.
  42. The show will have to loosen up to succeed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The show is a mixed bag. The story line is formulaic, but the dark tone is skillfully shaded in gray. The approach to sex is basically gratuitous, sexist, and tiresome - more banal male fantasies. The handling of violence is at least concerned with consequences. There are too many stock characters, and the speedy pace is manipulative, but the camera work is excellent in the pilot, and the character development of the show's protagonist is one of the most interesting ever created for a weekly cop show. [21 Sept 2003, p.13]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nasty without being particularly amusing, cynical without being perceptive, and ugly as sin. [29 Jan 1999]