Christian Science Monitor

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 31%

The Giver (2014)

"The movie never really sheds its chilly Orwellian vibe, and its chief idea -- that only The Giver and Jonas can truly feel -- is contradicted by the supposedly blanked-out citizens who, in fact, appear to have feelings indeed, albeit nasty ones."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Peter Rainer

2 58%

Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

"Although he didn't encounter anything other than barrenness, he did bring back to the surface 100 new species of microorganisms. I hope National Geographic appreciates the effort."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Peter Rainer

3 72%

What If (2014)

"This is standard rom-com terrain, and, as directed by Michael Dowse and written by Elan Mastai, it doesn't fly high. At times it's rather sweet, though, and Radcliffe and Kazan have a nice nerds-in-clover rapport."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Peter Rainer

4 66%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"Hallström, who also directed Chocolat, follows the foodie-cinema aesthetic by filming the dishes in a gleaming sumptuousness designed to make you famished."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Peter Rainer

5 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"I suppose it's because his father in this movie is played by his father, but I've never seen a better performance -- or whatever you want to call it -- from a two-year-old."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Rainer

6 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Gleeson is a wonderful actor and he keeps a lid on the blarney. He manages to convey a lot -- fear, anger, compassion, rue -- with only the slightest of squints and frowns. But he's still the center of a cooked-up cavalcade of souls."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Rainer

7 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"The storytelling is mostly linear, with some confusing back-and-forth in the chronology, and it's a long slog. The Brown who emerges from this film has a monstrous ego to go with his monster talent."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Rainer

8 84%

Scarface (1983)

"[Brian DePalma] apparently considers ''money isn't everything'' an original and profound message."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

David Sterritt

9 9%

Marci X (2003)

"The film sheds weak satirical light on the issues of freedom of speech, media responsibility, and oppression of minorities. It's anybody's guess who the target audience could be."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

M. K. Terrell

10 90%

No Way Out (1987)

"The action is tight and suspenseful, and the plot culminates in the most astounding last-minute switch of the decade."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

David Sterritt

11 11%

Club Paradise (1986)

"The unchanneled energy of Robin Williams can't redeem this messy yarn."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

David Sterritt

12 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

13 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

14 91%

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

15 49%

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

16 64%

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

17 17%

And So It Goes (2014)

"As generic as its title."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 91%

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

26 41%

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

27 49%

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

28 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

29 8%

Almost Heroes (1998)

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

Posted Jul 15, 2014

M. K. Terrell

30 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

31 77%

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

32 100%

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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 24%

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

40 18%

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

41 83%

Begin Again (2014)

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

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Peter Rainer

42 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

43 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

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

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Peter Rainer

44 24%

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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 11%

Batman & Robin (1997)

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

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Sterritt

49 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

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