Christian Science Monitor's Scores

For 58 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Carrier: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 8 Simple Rules: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 0 out of 49
49 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not science fiction, but it's about a hero's journey through the weird and the wondrous. [14 June 2002, p.20]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It is just offensive to hear a middle-aged man ask his daughter about her bodily functions. [13 Sep 2002]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The show is full of car chases and scary escapes and all the action-film standbyes, but done tongue-in-cheek. Stir Crazy is mad, mad fun and deserves a place on the schedule. [17 Sep 1985]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Soul Food" shows us the range of the African-American experience within the confines of a single family, and most of the time it works well. [23 Jun 2000]
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    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are lots of these catchy one-liners, but too often they seem to be gags in search of a good home - clever quips that bounce off, rather than emerge from, their format. [24 July 1987, p.20]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hank Azaria is luminous, and with a knockout ensemble cast, Huff is sure to be a hit. [5 Nov 2004, p.16]
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    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It has lots of laughs but few credible plot crises to draw its energy from. But there are reminders of Dad's plight - as when he stands alone, after his mother leaves, and reflects on the very uncomic reality of dealing with his family's future. [18 Sept 1987, p.22]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An amazing accomplishment. It refrains from emotional manipulation (unlike Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"). All 10 parts portray human nature as it is - mixed motives, conflicting impulses. It earns every emotion it inspires in us. If it is heartening, it's because it defies cynicism and reveals the realities of courage, compassion, and brotherhood as real men in a horrendous war practiced it. [7 Sept 2001, p.15]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Farscape" is not only fun, it is often thoughtful and probes issues of good and evil. [7 May 1999]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nasty without being particularly amusing, cynical without being perceptive, and ugly as sin. [29 Jan 1999]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Viewers are in for a pleasant surprise. Narrator Kevin Arnold looks back at his seventh-grade adventures with a nice combination of rosy-hued tenderness and contemporary perspective. His adventures with the class bullies, the lunchroom proctor, and his first love are familiar bits of literary nostalgia, done with a certain amount of halting charm and psychological authenticity. The jarring, but valid, note is the intrusion of the Vietnam war into the lives of the youngsters. [29 Jan 1988, p.22]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The show is a mixed bag. The story line is formulaic, but the dark tone is skillfully shaded in gray. The approach to sex is basically gratuitous, sexist, and tiresome - more banal male fantasies. The handling of violence is at least concerned with consequences. There are too many stock characters, and the speedy pace is manipulative, but the camera work is excellent in the pilot, and the character development of the show's protagonist is one of the most interesting ever created for a weekly cop show. [21 Sept 2003, p.13]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Donnie Wahlberg stands out among this excellent cast, as a thoughtful, sharp detective with a secret sorrow eating up his home life. [27 Sept 2002, p.17]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the concept of a smart political whip cleaning up after his bumbling boss is hardly original (anyone remember "Benson"?), and the otherwise smartly written series is racy and relies on crudity to fill slow moments - a trend all too prevalent this season. [17 Sept 1996, p.10]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If anybody ever doubted the funny-lady talents of Bea Arthur, even after ''Maude,'' then her many golden moments in Golden Girls should win her a permanent place in everybody's hierarchy of comic genius, ranking with Sid Caesar and Lucille Ball...The Golden Girls is adult, literate, witty, poignant, funny. And, oh yes, honest. [12 Sept 1985, p.26]
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  1. Compelling.
  2. Vulgar and brazenly racy, it's unlike anything else on TV.
  3. This is a good, old-fashioned legal procedural with few special effects but quite a lot of serious, adult writing.
  4. This is a high gloss, prime-time soap but it's a tad too earnest.
  5. Lean and breathless, just like its all-business star (Lena Headey of "300" fame), this time-travel tale starts fast as bad robots from the future chase good humans in the past.
  6. This version, while imaginative and ambitious--as Halmi's sumptuous visions almost invariably are--is less successful.
  7. The hour balances its caper-cartoon and ghoulish sensibilities with a crisp pace and well-cast leads.
  8. This new cop series is filmed in New Orleans, giving it at times too much topicality for its own good.
  9. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one just fine. The kids are just as photogenic and the songs are just as hummable. It won't launch any more careers, but it's a good family film for a warm Friday night.
  10. For all the comic-book fans who can't get enough of grown-ups carrying ray guns and discussing the destruction of planet Earth, pretty lame effects and super-stiff acting keep this from being really great camp.
  11. LeCarré-like in its disillusionment with power, this is good historical fiction for warm August nights.
  12. Only an actress of sublime abilities could lift this material from the downright silly to something intriguingly watchable.
  13. It's very filmic both in execution and ambition as it explores life before Betty Friedan and the Surgeon General's warnings on cigarette packs.
  14. Brisk and witty, this is a good showcase for Donovan's super-tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold persona.
  15. Edgy and dark, this is the shadow version of "The Waltons."

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