Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,865 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Orphanage
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
3865 movie reviews
  1. All in all, a visual and musical feast.
  2. Cameron's imaginative directing and screen-shaking performance give this rock musical plenty of oomph.
  3. Begins frighteningly and gets progressively more so.
  4. The emotional stakes are large-scale, and Farhadi honors them by delving into their intricacies.
  5. Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
  6. This remarkably clever, often hilarious animation derives much of its humor from its satirical view of the 1950s.
  7. Vanessa Redgrave, as the adult Briony, appears at the very end in a monologue that rounds out the film with heartbreaking force.
  8. If I had to give a two-word review of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, it would be: "Wow! Huh??"
  9. A cross between "Godzilla" and "Jaws," it manages to be both truly scary and truly funny – sometimes all at once.
  10. There's some sexually tinged humor and a bit of foul language, but most of the action is lightheaded fun. The picture also has a striking visual style - showing what a strong talent Almod'ovar can be when he focuses his energy on cinematic values, instead of dreaming up provocative stunts that put his work beyond the pale for many moviegoers.
  11. Because the war in Afghanistan is so much in the news now – it should always have been so – a movie like Restrepo is both a bracing document and, in a larger sense, a disappointment.
  12. For a movie about hard-driving pioneers, there is nevertheless much existential ennui in the air.
  13. The only character in the film who seems to have the requisite gravity is Oscar’s mother, Wanda (the marvelous Octavia Spencer), whose scene with her son in San Quentin is as hard-bitten as the rest of the film isn’t.
  14. Edet Belzberg’s documentary Watchers of the Sky, which was a decade in the making, reclaims the reputation of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Holocaust refugee who not only coined the term “genocide” but also invented the concept of categorizing mass murder as an international crime.
  15. Weir had a truly magical touch in early films like this 1977 masterpiece, which offers a transfixing excursion into the "dream time" of Australian myth.
  16. Victimization of homosexuals during the Holocaust era has often been overlooked. Epstein and Friedman lucidly recount this woeful history, with help from Everett's articulate narration.
  17. Suspenseful and ingeniously directed.
  18. Rarely does a movie combine so much genuine human drama with such vivid exemplifications of "identity politics" and other sociocultural issues.
  19. Everything about this subtly directed drama enhances its pathos and humor, especially an astonishing performance by Gorintin, a 90-something woman only a few years into her acting career.
  20. Riveting documentary about the early California cable outlet and its ingenious programmer, Jerry Harvey, whose unsettled life and tragic death provide a dramatic framework for the account.
  21. This is the kind of it-can-mean-whatever-you-want-it-to-mean art film that I usually run from, but Carax is such a prodigiously gifted mesmerist that, if you give way, you're likely to be enfolded in the film's phantasmagoria.
  22. After seeing this film, try reading Norman Mailer's "Of A Fire on the Moon," its perfect companion piece.
  23. A first-rate crime thriller from 1960.
  24. At times the film is so supercharged that it glosses over the story's thematic richness and turns into a very high-grade action picture. But if that's the worst thing you can say about a movie, you're doing all right. The best thing to be said about Children of Men is that it's a fully imagined vision of dystopia.
  25. Kaurismaki is Finland's greatest filmmaker, and never has he more artfully balanced his patented blend of deadpan humor, low-key melodrama, and toe-tapping music.
  26. It makes you nostalgic for the pangs of young love.
  27. While the movie is well acted and creative, its story and style are too self-consciously clever to build a high degree of emotional power.
  28. The scene is so emotionally ravishing that it breaks you apart. The peacefulness that finally descends on Séraphine in the film's final moments is more than a balm. It's a benediction.
  29. The passage of time has rarely been more forcefully conveyed in a movie, as we see clips of the interviewees not only from today but also at seven-year intervals from the past.
  30. Milk is an agitprop fantasy about the selflessness of sainthood. If anybody but Penn was playing the saint, we'd probably feel as if we were being sold a bill of goods. Instead, he just about pulls it off. Such is the treachery of talent.

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