Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,919 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Araya
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
3919 movie reviews
  1. Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima is his companion piece to "Flags of Our Fathers" and in almost every way is superior.
  2. The film drags a bit and Irglova's inexperience as an actor sometimes leaves her costars in the lurch. But it's a sweet little film just the same.
  3. It's never been topped.
  4. Has social, psychological, and ultimately mystical overtones that raise it leagues above most other teen-centered comedies.
  5. On the personal betrayals that accompany Capote's ache for literary transcendence. The betrayals were necessary to create "In Cold Blood." This is why Capote is such an unsettlingly ambiguous experience.
  6. Huppert never loses sight of the fact that Nathalie’s wounded heart often overrules her steel-trap mind.
  7. Gustave’s protégé, the “lobby boy” Zero Moustafa (played as a young man by Tony Revolori and as an adult by F. Murray Abraham), is as much an enigma as Gustave.
  8. Winter Sleep, winner of last year’s Palme d’Or in Cannes, runs almost 3-1/2 hours. These will be some of the best three-plus hours you will spend at any movie this year. I’ve seen movies half that length that felt twice as long.
  9. Often remarkable and often exasperating.
  10. The larger point in Citizenfour is that dictatorships have always relied on the massive gathering of information in order to control their populations. In this brave new cyber world, it is all too easy for democracies to cross the line, too.
  11. This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last.
  12. Cantet has rich insights into this material, and brings them alive through sensitive acting and powerful filmmaking.
  13. Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
  14. Brando made one of his most indelible impressions in this relentlessly dramatic, ever-controversial tale of loyalty and betrayal in the world of working-class unions.
  15. Given the subject, the movie is too romanticized, and Christie's eyes remain too sharp here to convincingly convey someone whose memory is fast slipping away. Much of it is powerful anyway.
  16. It's a marvelous performance in a marvelous movie, one that sneaks up on you while you're watching it.
  17. With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
  18. Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes.
  19. The suspense isn't exactly breathtaking, but there are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon.Family fun for all.
  20. The director's cut of this 2001 cult fantasy is a deliriously subtle exploration of storytelling possibilities, and a deliciously wry teen-pic to boot. Brilliant.
  21. A remarkable movie about a remarkable friendship. It honors the audience's intelligence, which makes it a double rarity.
  22. A lean, efficient modern Western that is so satisfyingly constructed I’m tempted to say it’s just about perfect. There’s a special pleasure in watching a movie that knows exactly what it’s after and then, in scene after scene, gets it.
  23. Up
    As a piece of poetic compression, it ranks with the opening of Orson Welles's "The Magnificent Ambersons."
  24. The wonder, the astonishment, is that these puppets are invested with a full range of human emotion.
  25. The story is surprising, the screenplay is witty, and the animation is wonderfully creative. A super sequel.
  26. Sonia may seem happy-go-lucky at the start, but grief steels her. It makes her grow up very fast. She becomes a kind of heroine in the course of the film, which ultimately owes its stature to her presence.
  27. This is a movie about people trying to make sense out of the senselessness of what happened.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What makes the movie a superior specimen of traditional screen storytelling is largely the exquisite care director Armstrong has taken to make every shot as radiantly appealing as possible, bathing even the melancholy aspects of the plot in a glow that's as pleasing to the eye as it is warming to the heart. [23 Dec 1994]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  28. It’s a great introduction to French cinema for all those who have yet to make its acquaintance.
  29. Garrone's messy storytelling compounds an already messy history. He's a powerful filmmaker, though, and a fearless one.

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