Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,929 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 Under the Sea 3D
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
3929 movie reviews
  1. Lee is very good at creating a sense of free-floating dread, but he, and his screenwriter Mark Protosevich, don’t have a real flair for pulp.
  2. More cautionary than titillating...some of it (is) deliberately disturbing.
  3. The movie is woven with care and complexity, again confirming von Trotta's place as one of the world's greatest female filmmakers.
  4. It's refreshing to see a cartoon that looks like a cartoon -- and a lovingly drawn one -- rather than a conglomeration of computer-generated bits and bytes.
  5. One of those movies designed as an Oscar make-over for its star. It didn’t work in this case. Aniston was not nominated for Best Actress, perhaps because the film is so obvious about what it’s up to.
  6. Simon Pegg, of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," is onscreen almost constantly in Run Fatboy Run, and his mugging and smirking and preening wear out their welcome fast.
  7. The collision of sleek melodrama and old Woody Allen stand-up routines is at times oddly effective and at other times just odd.
  8. Bay and his screenwriter, Chuck Hogan, adapting the nonfiction bestseller “13 Hours,” by Mitchell Zuckoff and the members of the Annex Security Team, resolutely avoid any overt political inferences.
  9. There is nothing surprising about the way this overlong movie, written and directed by David Dobkin, plays itself out.
  10. What's the point of the picture, except to allow Kutcher fans occasional peeks at acting talent he usually keeps hidden?
  11. Unabashed "Star Wars" clone.
  12. The story has inherent emotional power, but Jeremy Brock's formula-bound screenplay rarely soars beyond cliches.
  13. It has a good heart, though, and makes an amiable introduction to the integration battles of the '60s and '70s.
  14. All of the actresses are fun to watch, and as much attention appears to have been lavished on their outfits and hairdos as on their high-flying fight scenes.
  15. 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.
  16. What this film really celebrates is crunch-and-thud video-game-style action, not especially well choreographed by director Guy Ritchie.
  17. Its screenplay veers in highly questionable directions before reaching a mean-spirited climax that outweighs Ron Howard's workmanlike filmmaking and the contributions of a star-powered cast.
  18. All the old Disney trademarks are here, except the wit and surprise that were once the studio's stock in trade. There's little appeal to grownups, but kids should enjoy it.
  19. A skeptical view of George W. Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, using argumentative strategies common to agenda-driven documentaries.
  20. This rousing documentary directed by Kevin Tancharoen and shot during two live concerts in New Jersey, is a nonstop campy celebration of youthful pizazz.
  21. I kept expecting Sacha Baron Cohen to traipse onto the scene. Alas, he doesn’t.
  22. It’s still a bit early in the long careers of these actors, especially Kline, to be playing creaky codgers. It’s bad enough when Hollywood casts women over the age of 30 as grandmothers-in-waiting. Now we have to endure an onslaught of famous veteran actors complaining about their hips.
  23. Ultimately more exasperating than rewarding.
  24. The result is hardly a subtle film, but it has a stronger sense of combat's real costs and consequences than more sensationalistic pictures like "Black Hawk Down" and "We Were Soldiers" provide.
  25. The story may be too slow and complicated for the youngest moviegoers.
  26. This likable comedy-drama gets most of its oomph from acting.
  27. It's hard to enjoy this when you're barraged by bathroom humor, animal stunts, and gags about a character whose memory loss is so bad he's called Ten-Second Tom.
  28. Too often the sequences in this movie play out like snatches from a terrific play that somehow got lost along the way.
  29. The nasty, sometimes violent story was written by Christian Forte, a newcomer who is clearly under Quentin Tarantino's unpleasant spell, and directed by Kevin Spacey, an unusually gifted actor who doesn't yet show any special talent for filmmaking.
  30. Lively acting and an amiable comic atmosphere offer partial compensation for generally lackluster filmmaking.

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