Christian Science Monitor

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 5%

'Til There Was You (1997)

"Sometimes funny but often plodding."

Posted May 5, 2014

Jean Hacklander

2 12%

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

"Fortunately, the regular Superman performers all do their jobs well."

Posted May 5, 2014

David Sterritt

3 4%

Wired (1989)

"The picture certainly succeeds at reproducing Belushi's manic energy and wired-up sensibility. But it fails to give any meaningful insights into a couple of issues that must be dealt with if his biography is to have any enduring value."

Posted May 4, 2014

David Sterritt

4 4%

Cool World (1992)

"It has a walloping visual style, though, returning filmmaker Ralph Bakshi to top form."

Posted May 4, 2014

David Sterritt

5 7%

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

"Most of the picture is so hilariously Hollywooden that nobody could mistake it for real history."

Posted May 3, 2014

David Sterritt

6 23%

A Stranger Among Us (1992)

"It's a great-looking picture, photographed in glowing tones by Andrzej Bartkowiak, a regular collaborator on Lumet's films."

Posted May 3, 2014

David Sterritt

7 27%

Farmland (2014)

"Some of the human-interest stories are compelling, but too much of this film is as dry as a high school classroom presentation."

Posted May 2, 2014

Peter Rainer

8 94%

Ida (2014)

"What comes across is a vast woefulness for what the war did to Poland and all its people. Amid this darkness and dread, Ida is like a transcendent beacon."

Posted May 2, 2014

Peter Rainer

9 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Andrew Garfield, returning as Peter Parker, remains ingratiatingly jittery. You can believe that this kid, never at rest, could instantly transform himself into Spider-Man. He matches up well with Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy."

Posted May 1, 2014

Peter Rainer

10 81%

A Few Good Men (1992)

"It's a very watchable picture, with plenty of drama and some good laughs. But you can't forget for a moment that Reiner is taking your emotions on a carefully guided tour."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

David Sterritt

11 84%

My Cousin Vinny (2001)

"Joe Pesci has more energy than charm in the title role, but the supporting cast has some terrific moments, and the comedy supplies a fair number of laughs before running completely out of steam."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

David Sterritt

12 86%

Heat (1995)

"The performances are persuasive but the plot rattles on much too long."

Posted Apr 29, 2014

David Sterritt

13 59%

Disclosure (1994)

"On the level of pure craft, Disclosure is first-rate in every department. Levinson's directing is cogent and colorful, and cinematography by camera wizard Tony Pierce-Roberts is dazzling."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

David Sterritt

14 50%

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

"It's a slick and sassy attempt to get mileage from a dependable vehicle by wrapping it in as many sure-fire gimmicks as the filmmakers can cram onto the screen."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

David Sterritt

15 82%

The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977)

"The resonant, purposefully ambiguous story is filmed with razor-sharp clarity."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

David Sterritt

16 72%

The German Doctor (2014)

"The melodramatics in this movie may be cooked up, but the fears it conjures are very real."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

17 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"The film is as dramatically inert as its origins are inspirational."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

18 73%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Ozon doesn't really spell anything out for us. He uses Vacth, a beauty who somewhat resembles the young Nastassja Kinski or Dominique Sanda, for her eerie, implacable hauteur. There is a mask behind her mask."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

19 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Practically every gag in this movie, and there are scores of them, is milked dry. When the gags aren't very good to begin to with, this is a prescription for disaster."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Peter Rainer

20 80%

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

"A minor summertime diversion that could have been much more."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

David Sterritt

21 89%

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

"Sergio Leone explores the seamiest byways of urban Americana through the story of two gangsters who start their partnership as Brooklyn kids in 1921 and tragically end it in the late '60s."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

David Sterritt

22 94%

Fargo (1996)

"Returning to the horror-comic vein that launched their careers, director Joel Coen and producer Ethan Coen pepper their new picture with so much humor that the occasional bursts of sheer mayhem seem more ridiculous than revolting."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

David Sterritt

23 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Moderately entertaining, periodically draggy."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Peter Rainer

24 50%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"This is a movie in which our worst pulp expectations are constantly being upended."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Peter Rainer

25 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"Firth is very good at playing racked men of high principle."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Peter Rainer

26 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Hiddleston is appropriately soggy in a Byronic kind of way, and Swinton, in a platinum-blond wig, gives the ultimate Tilda Swinton performance as a poetically famished vampiress."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Peter Rainer

27 88%

Amélie (2001)

"It's not the deepest movie of the season, but it has sprightly performances and cinematic style to spare."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

David Sterritt

28 87%

Romancing the Stone (1984)

"The filmmakers have devised some clever twists on the earlier films they recall, and they reserve a good share of the derring-do for their heroine, who's a refreshingly far cry from the helpless ladies-in-distress of old."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

David Sterritt

29 81%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"I wonder what Charles Darwin would have made of this movie. Survival of the fittest doesn't begin to explain what happened on Floreana."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Peter Rainer

30 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"It's a flurry of good gags and bad. The good ones are worth sitting around for."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Peter Rainer

31 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Rumsfeld is eerily unflappable. Morris is too polite, or too something, to push back on Rumsfeld."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Peter Rainer

32 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"If we must endure yet another spring-summer cycle of comic book superheroes, this movie at least delivers the wham-bang goods (recycled though they may be)."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Peter Rainer

33 56%

Legends of the Fall (1994)

"While the production is attractive in a calendar-photo sort of way, there's not a speck of genuine feeling in its glossy images."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

David Sterritt

34 53%

D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

"A very sweet, very good-natured, very silly film."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

David Sterritt

35 70%

TRON (1982)

"Dazzling but lightweight."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

David Sterritt

36 57%

Short Circuit (1986)

"No movie with Austin Pendleton can be all bad, but this one makes a game try."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

David Sterritt

37 76%

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

"Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson give lively performances as the heroes, who relate better to basketballs than to women or the business world. The movie doesn't add up to very much, though."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

David Sterritt

38 43%

Electric Dreams (1984)

"Electric Dreams tries to be as up to the minute as the latest rock video. But it looks more like a tired holdover from the ''psychedelic'' 1960s."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

David Sterritt

39 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"Biopics about civil rights icons are usually staid affairs. Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, is no exception."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Peter Rainer

40 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Maier is a great artist who discounted adulation entirely. Her life was a masquerade; her genius, quite literally, was unexposed."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Peter Rainer

41 79%

Seven (Se7en) (1995)

"Although the story isn't original, it's powerfully directed by David Fincher, and Morgan Freeman gives another of his superbly understated performances."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

David Sterritt

42 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"This fresh idea delivers some scintillating humor."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Laura Danese

43 74%

Enemy (2014)

"Movies about doubles are, almost by definition, creepy, but Villeneuve, not to be outdone, piles on the weirdness."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Peter Rainer

44 83%

On My Way (2014)

"Deneuve was 70 when she made this film, and Bercot draws on everything we know about her as an actress and as an icon."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Peter Rainer

45 40%

Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

"This formula teen flick has engaging performances and a few laughs."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

M. K. Terrell

46 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Durkin intersperses the present-day scenes with increasingly revelatory flashbacks from Martha's two years in the cult."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Peter Rainer

47 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive Bottle Rocket with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking Groundhog Day."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

David Sterritt

48 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"Directed by Bateman in his first solo effort and written by Andrew Dodge, the film is an irreverant jape with its fair share of standout comic performances."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Peter Rainer

49 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"A long slog of marital dysfunction."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Peter Rainer

50 97%

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

"The enchanting French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Celestine is so liltingly sweet and graceful that, a day or two after I saw it, it seemed almost as if I had dreamed it."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Peter Rainer

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