Christian Science Monitor

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

The Ring (2002)

"One of the most intelligent and genuinely scary ghost stories to come around in a long time."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Alex Kaloostian

2 76%

3 Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (1985)

"While the story has few surprises, parts of it are amusing and the performances are convincing."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

David Sterritt

3 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman, bloated and flushed, does not look well in this film. But he is such a consummate actor that whatever infirmities he may have been fighting become a part of his performance."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

4 61%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Firth is effective as the insufferable Stanley, who is ripe for his comeuppance from the very first time we see him haranguing his help backstage after a performance in Berlin."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

5 60%

Lucy (2014)

"I know we're supposed to think that Besson's daffy cinematic calisthenics are entertaining because at least they are not boring. But I was bored."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

6 16%

And So It Goes (2014)

"As generic as its title."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

7 0%

Staying Alive (1983)

"[Sylvester Stallone] pours lots of energy but little intelligence into scads of short, sweaty scenes more suited to the rhythms of cable-TV ''rock video'' than to the wide screen."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

David Sterritt

8 3%

Deuces Wild (2002)

"It's full of sound and fury, and the ensemble tries hard, but mob boss Fitzy has it right: They're just kids who need to grow up."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Alex Kaloostian

9 8%

My Boss's Daughter (2003)

"The real disaster is the slapstick-ridden script, which a great supporting cast is powerless to salvage."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

M. K. Terrell

10 8%

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

"If these guys are so smart, why do they win their final victory with nothing more subtle than a punch in the mouth, backed up by a military tank?"

Posted Jul 22, 2014

David Sterritt

11 2%

The In Crowd (2000)

"Dark and twisted, with sexually suggestive undercurrents, this one's as safe to miss as a sunburn by the club poolside."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Katherine Dillin

12 7%

Man Trouble (1992)

"Two capable stars, Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin, lose their luster in this misfired comedy."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

David Sterritt

13 97%

A Summer's Tale (2014)

"This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Peter Rainer

14 100%

Bound By Flesh (2014)

"I found it immensely touching that these women found it in themselves to keep plugging away."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Peter Rainer

15 39%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Braff plays Aidan with easygoing exasperation and Hudson is better than I've seen her since Almost Famous."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Peter Rainer

16 50%

I Origins (2014)

"Writer-director Mike Cahill, who can be a bit too fancy with the camera, delivers a lot of deep-dish philosophizing with a minimum of cant."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Peter Rainer

17 31%

Young Doctors in Love (1982)

"Rowdy satire of hospital life in the vein of Airplane, but shorter on laughs and longer on bad taste."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

David Sterritt

18 8%

Almost Heroes (1998)

"You just wish it were half as funny as it tries to be."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

M. K. Terrell

19 25%

Fathers' Day (1997)

"Likable performances, but the story's brash and hyper, though sweet, delivery grows wearing, especially the sexual innuendo."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Katherine Dillin

20 79%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"In this movie, corruption is rife on both sides of the blue line."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Peter Rainer

21 100%

The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014)

"Still going strong in his 80s, Hentoff has had one of the more variegated careers in American letters."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Peter Rainer

22 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"I have long maintained that Richard Linklater is the most gifted and audacious director of his generation. His new movie, Boyhood, which runs 2 hours and 44 minutes, is a stunning reconfirmation."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Peter Rainer

23 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"What's striking about this new film is that it lays out the message-mongering in such a way that you can enjoy the movie equally well on a purely action level."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Peter Rainer

24 10%

From Justin To Kelly (2003)

"Fans may enjoy their Idol songs and parents may appreciate its wholesomeness, but there's little else to recommend in this throwback to the '60s Beach Blanket movies."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

M. K. Terrell

25 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"This dull spinoff of the 1960s television series has a spectacular cast but little energy and no ideas at all."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

David Sterritt

26 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"The film has a creepy allure but, as movies featuring full-bore sexual gamesmanship often do, it wears thin."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Peter Rainer

27 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"[Ebert's] clear, sensible prose will probably hold up better than some of the more frantic efforts of his contemporaries. His greatest legacy, however, as this film documents, was his courage in the endgame of his life."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Peter Rainer

28 23%

Tammy (2014)

"A lot of good actors are wasted in this film in bit roles, including Allison Janney, Sandra Oh, and Dan Aykroyd. The ones with bigger roles, like Mark Duplass and Kathy Bates, are wasted, too."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Peter Rainer

29 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Reviewing a Transformers movie is a bit like reviewing a toy. In fact, it's exactly like reviewing a toy."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Peter Rainer

30 81%

Begin Again (2014)

""Begin Again" feels more like a glorified retread of "Once" than something freshly imagined."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Peter Rainer

31 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Peter Rainer

32 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"[The movie] hauls out just about every showbiz cliché in the catalog."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Peter Rainer

33 23%

Third Person (2014)

"Another drama-orama that, like Crash, piles up stories that aren't all that much worth telling in the first place."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Peter Rainer

34 65%

The Rover (2014)

"Director David Michod's follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Animal Kingdom, is effective in an elemental way."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Peter Rainer

35 75%

The Last Sentence (2014)

"The great 83-year-old Swedish director Jan Troell specializes in movies about men of great stature in furious conflict with both their countries and themselves."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Peter Rainer

36 85%

Korengal (2014)

"They hash out the manifold ordeals of their service, but rarely does anything startlingly new emerge -- which is not to say that the film doesn't have value. War is hell and always will be."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Peter Rainer

37 11%

Batman & Robin (1997)

"Batman & Robin is less a movie than a razzle-dazzle video game."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Sterritt

38 12%

Striptease (1996)

"Andrew Bergman's comedy is aggressively vulgar every chance it gets and surprisingly violent to boot."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Sterritt

39 20%

I Love Trouble (1994)

"Slick camera work and strong chemistry between the stars are almost enough to save the picture from terminal triteness, but not quite."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

David Sterritt

40 19%

Once Upon a Forest (1993)

"The film rarely gets past familiar gimmicks of the cartoon-adventure genre, and the animation isn't very inspired."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

David Sterritt

41 54%

The Doors (1991)

"The movie is weighed down by its enchantment with the mythology, as opposed to the reality, of Morrison's life -- a mythology that needs to be explored, not simply reproduced on the wide screen."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

David Sterritt

42 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

"Ivory Tower lays out most, though certainly not all, of the major issues surrounding the sky-high increase in college tuition that is plaguing the cause of higher education in America."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Peter Rainer

43 86%

Violette (2014)

"Provost is attracted to "outsider" women whose lives are indistinguishable from their art."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Peter Rainer

44 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"I would like to think that even if I was 14, either in body or spirit, I would still find this film an impossibly, incomprehensibly overlong and cacophonous bore."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Peter Rainer

45 23%

Bad Boys II (2003)

"Clever ideas and hilarious moments drown in a flood of violence and profanity."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

M. K. Terrell

46 91%

Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014)

"Smith allows these people to speak their minds, and, as the journey progresses, the talk, not surprisingly, becomes increasingly depth-charged."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Peter Rainer

47 50%

Trust Me (2014)

"As long as Gregg, as both actor and director, is anatomizing the Hollywood viper pit, Trust Me rings true."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Peter Rainer

48 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"The film is highly manipulative, all right, but in ways that allow the audience a modicum of self-respect. The sniffling legions at the screening I attended needn't have felt like fools."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Peter Rainer

49 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Cruise is better than he's been in a while because he damps down his usual all-intensity-all-the-time MO. He's best here when his character seems the most scared."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Peter Rainer

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