Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,841 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 Chaos
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
3841 movie reviews
  1. The movie is Allen's most successful in years, even if you don't see it as a self-made commentary on his own career. Credit goes less to the comic dialogue than to the razor-sharp performances of an excellent cast.
  2. Bataille was a serious philosopher as well as a sensation-seeking writer, but you'd never guess his provocative ideas from this updated version.
  3. Saw
    Horror fans will find plenty to shriek about. Everyone else should keep their distance.
  4. The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.
  5. Dislikable movie characters don't always result in dislikable movies but that's certainly the case with Sam Levinson's Another Happy Day, a dysfunctional family meltdown movie about an impending wedding that only grows more aggravating as it unwinds.
  6. Like a nincompoop version of "The Usual Suspects."
  7. Even MacLachlan's surprisingly witty performance can't compensate for the trite screenplay and Mistry's lack of charisma.
  8. With all the money expended on this movie, couldn’t anybody come up with a few good lines in between all the kabooms?
  9. Almost every scene is pitched for dewy sympathy. Madsen, a strong actress who might have matched Freeman, is portrayed in varying shades of blandness. Even Freeman, good as his is, is held back here. His rock bottom isn't very rocky, and far from bottomless.
  10. Virtually every person in the story is fabulously cute, picturesquely forlorn, adorably ditzy, or winsomely philosophical. In short, there's plenty of smooth storytelling but not a hint of reality here.
  11. Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston give mature performances as the bereaved parents, and David Morse brings an offbeat touch to the basically decent man who traumatized their lives.
  12. The director, Taylor Hackford, doesn't have the cinematic savvy to sustain so many tensions in a meaningful way; and the screenplay strays far over the line between incisive political comment and heavy-handed Red-baiting.
  13. The movie means well, but neither its emotions nor its performances ring very true.
  14. Sensitive acting by Morgan Freeman and stylish directing by Gary Fleder can't overcome the bottom-line pointlessness of the movie's melodramatic material, which never achieves the dark resonance that helped "The Silence of the Lambs" get under the skin of many moviegoers.
  15. Anthony doesn't have a large emotional range as an actor, and neither does Lopez. Still, the musical numbers, which constitute a hefty portion of screen time, are thrilling.
  16. The stagebound setting gets boring; the action doesn't build a steady momentum; and the characters do far too much hanging around until the camera's ready to point at them again.
  17. Soft, sentimental, and as unlike real family life as you can get.
  18. Even by Farrelly standards, the film is a washout.
  19. May find some fans among female teens. But even they may decide the project cares more about quick profits than real entertainment value, since the signs are hard to miss.
  20. Nobody in it seems to possess a nervous system.
  21. Potter's trademark devices are all present, including the way characters burst into songs lip-synced to vintage recordings on the sound track.
  22. This variation on the "Rear Window" format works best when director Noyce gives free rein to Washington's thoughtful charm.
  23. The movie's somber message is worth heeding, and the acting is mostly excellent.
  24. Roberts brings a sense of personal conviction to her part -- she's quite a feminist herself -- and as much sense of humor as the corny screenplay allows.
  25. Strong acting and smartly tuned-in directing turn a run-of-the-mill detective story into a striking, sometimes harrowing blend of horror and suspense.
  26. The performances, especially by Hugh Dancy as a sexually confused rich kid, are overwrought, and the script, which Michael Cunningham ("The Hours") wrote in collaboration with Minot, is slack.
  27. The happy endings in "HTYMP," as sweet as they are to experience, seem more engineered than inevitable.
  28. It's a moderately enjoyable escapade that isn't quite clever enough for adults and not quite imaginative enough for children.
  29. There’s something off-putting about this film’s optimism: After all, how many people can afford to do what Crowley did?
  30. There's heavy influence from the "Brave New World" brand of dystopian fantasy, but engaging performances and a stylized visual approach lend it originality.

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