Christian Science Monitor's Scores

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For 3,883 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
3883 movie reviews
  1. As before, the movie is more impressive for its finely detailed vision of Los Angeles as a futuristic slum than for its story, acting, or message. It's all downhill after the first few eye-dazzling minutes. [2 Oct 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
  2. This pungently filmed 1947 melodrama doesn't rank with Clouzot classics like "Diabolique" and "The Wages of Fear," but it's full of hard-boiled charm and has a musical score that adds extra dimensions to its impact.
  3. Wong has acquired a loyal cult following over the years, and Dupont's exquisitely filmed episodes show why.
  4. Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima is his companion piece to "Flags of Our Fathers" and in almost every way is superior.
  5. 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.
  6. It's never been topped.
  7. Has social, psychological, and ultimately mystical overtones that raise it leagues above most other teen-centered comedies.
  8. Too much repetition and an unconvincing finale take a toll on the film's overall effectiveness.
  9. 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.
  10. I don’t get the enthusiasm for this movie, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, which is such a cooked-up piece of claptrap that I half expected Darth Vader to pick up the baton. We’re supposed to think that Terence’s tough love is more “honest” than the usual pussyfooting tutelage, but in any sane society this guy would have been brought up on charges long ago.
  11. Huppert never loses sight of the fact that Nathalie’s wounded heart often overrules her steel-trap mind.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Often remarkable and often exasperating.
  15. 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.
  16. This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last.
  17. Cantet has rich insights into this material, and brings them alive through sensitive acting and powerful filmmaking.
  18. Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. It's a marvelous performance in a marvelous movie, one that sneaks up on you while you're watching it.
  22. With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
  23. 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.
  24. The suspense isn't exactly breathtaking, but there are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon.Family fun for all.
  25. 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.
  26. A remarkable movie about a remarkable friendship. It honors the audience's intelligence, which makes it a double rarity.
  27. 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.
  28. Up
    As a piece of poetic compression, it ranks with the opening of Orson Welles's "The Magnificent Ambersons."
  29. The wonder, the astonishment, is that these puppets are invested with a full range of human emotion.
  30. The story is surprising, the screenplay is witty, and the animation is wonderfully creative. A super sequel.

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