Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,536 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Elephant
Lowest review score: 0 Couples Retreat
Score distribution:
3,536 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The story is surprising, the screenplay is witty, and the animation is wonderfully creative. A super sequel.
  3. 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.
    • 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]
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  4. This romantic farce has a talented cast and energy to spare, but somehow the ingredients don't burn as brightly as one would expect from such promising ingredients.
  5. Garrone's messy storytelling compounds an already messy history. He's a powerful filmmaker, though, and a fearless one.
  6. His greatest legacy, however, as this film documents, was his courage in the endgame of his life.
  7. If one buys into the whole grace under pressure thing, All Is Lost – the title is its own spoiler alert – is first-rate.
  8. A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best.
  9. Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
  10. This is a Holocaust movie that is so relentlessly observed and so aware of woe that it never feels like it belongs to a genre.
  11. The filmmaking is meticulous and the ideas are endlessly thought-provoking.
  12. Brokeback Mountain is a tragedy because these men have found something that many people, of whatever sexual persuasion, never find - true love. And they can't do anything about it.
  13. It's minor, but powerfully so.
  14. One of the funniest and happiest movies I’ve ever seen about early adolescent girls and their wayward, fitful joyousness.
  15. Particle Fever doesn’t prompt us to say: “Gee, these superbrains are just like us, except for the brains.” The film allows for our awe. It also demonstrates that science is the most human of activities, with all that that implies.
  16. Harrowing, extremely disturbing at times, but brought to the screen in dazzling pop-art images that make the movie's grim content very much worth watching.
  17. This is a lively, life-affirming documentary no viewer is likely to forget.
  18. Brilliant, poetic, and utterly unique.
  19. Some will find the movie's sexual antics too explicit and unconventional for comfort.
  20. Moneyball presents a misleading story line in order to prop up Billy Beane as some kind of would-be miracle worker antihero. In truth, he's just another tobacco-chewing go-getter trying to make sense of a game that, thankfully, has never quite made sense.
  21. A mix of war film, road movie, and romantic comedy-drama, this peripatetic yarn is less resonant than Ghobadi's beautiful "A Time for Drunken Horses," but it has enough energy to keep your eyes popping and your toes tapping.
  22. Well worth seeing on the wide screen before its video release next year. It's guaranteed to take your breath away.
  23. Whenever Jones is on screen, the film's energy level kicks up several notches, an indication, I think, that Spielberg otherwise overdoses on directorial decorum.
  24. A full-fledged masterpiece.
  25. The first half is full of verbal and visual surprises, but the later scenes are talky and dull, as if filmmaker Steven Soderbergh had lost interest in his subject and his characters. Which would be understandable, since the story often seems more calculated than heartfelt. [4 Aug 1989, Arts, p.10]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  26. It’s a filmmaker’s conceit. These filmmakers may come from Nebraska, but, from the looks of things, they don’t want to be spending much time there.
  27. The entire film has the glibness of a music video. Boyle has managed to make dire poverty seem glossy.
  28. A conventional dark comedy with moments of unexpectedly biting wit.
  29. The latest installment is packed with surprises and emotion for people who've seen earlier stages of the project, but even newcomers will be fascinated by the vivid glimpses it provides of everything from love and family to political action and the pervasiveness of class distinctions in British life.

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