Christian Science Monitor's Scores

For 58 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 14.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Longford: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 CSI: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 0 out of 49
49 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]
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    • 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]
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  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]
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  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.

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