Christian Science Monitor

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 4%

Caddyshack II (1988)

"The screenplay is hopelessly vulgar; the filmmaking is hopelessly clumsy."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

David Sterritt

2 8%

Spy Hard (1996)

"Yet another Leslie Nielson movie parody, targeted this time at James Bond pictures and their many spinoffs."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

David Sterritt

3 3%

Bless the Child (2000)

"Often trite and predictable but grudgingly likable in the end."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

David Sterritt

4 6%

Bolero (1984) (1984)

"A strong candidate for worst picture of the year."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

David Sterritt

5 88%

Fill the Void (2013)

"I left Fill the Void feeling privileged, however briefly, to have been brought into this world."

Posted May 31, 2013

Peter Rainer

6 75%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"[The Kings of Summer] has some vitality, but it sinks into cliché just the same."

Posted May 31, 2013

Peter Rainer

7 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"One of those movies with a terrific premise and a less-than-terrific follow-through."

Posted May 31, 2013

Peter Rainer

8 11%

After Earth (2013)

"It's impossible to take this movie seriously, certainly not as seriously as it takes itself."

Posted May 31, 2013

Peter Rainer

9 1%

The Master of Disguise (2002)

"It is not as funny as it could be, and none of it makes sense, especially Pistachio's ability to mimic any dialect but standard US English. But his versatility is astonishing."

Posted May 29, 2013

M. K. Terrell

10 6%

Kazaam (1996)

"The plot is hamstrung by trite formulas, and there's too much violence and family tension for very young viewers. Shaquille O'Neal is likable as the title character, though."

Posted May 29, 2013

David Sterritt

11 3%

fear dot com (FeardotCom) (2002)

"A decent score and truly gorgeous cinematography are ruined by a terrible script and violence that defines gratuitous."

Posted May 29, 2013

Alex Kaloostian

12 3%

Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997)

"It's all idiotic but energetic, directed by Jan De Bont in his usual techno-action style."

Posted May 28, 2013

David Sterritt

13 3%

Battlefield Earth (2000)

"The film starts well with interesting comic book-style camera angles, but it never generates enough tension due to preposterous plot holes and liberal borrowings from other movies."

Posted May 28, 2013

Stephen Humphries

14 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"The results are far more exciting than most Hollywood espionage thrillers."

Posted May 24, 2013

Peter Rainer

15 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"Before Midnight is the fullest and richest and saddest of the three movies in the trilogy."

Posted May 24, 2013

Peter Rainer

16 64%

Epic (2013)

"Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator's trap of making the "human" characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies."

Posted May 24, 2013

Peter Rainer

17 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"The tonal problem of the second installment, which often resembled a drug-infested pulp thriller instead of a comedy, is also problematic here."

Posted May 23, 2013

Peter Rainer

18 5%

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

"With colossal sets, a remarkable cast, and hundreds of extras, this sci-fi comedy-adventure spoof of '30s movies should be funny and adventuresome, but it falls flat."

Posted May 23, 2013

M. K. Terrell

19 5%

A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)

"Rarely do the well-financed wizards at Walt Disney Pictures cook up a movie this badly written, acted, and directed."

Posted May 22, 2013

David Sterritt

20 0%

Wagons East! (1994)

"There's little to praise in Peter Markle's handling of Matthew Carlson's heavy-handed screenplay."

Posted May 22, 2013

David Sterritt

21 8%

Milk Money (1994)

"A strong cast... makes this picture look attractive, but it's hard to find what else might be appealing about this story of a prostitute and suburban widower."

Posted May 22, 2013

Judy Nichols

22 5%

Cocktail (1988)

"If some other drug were treated this way in a movie, lots of outraged people -- including parents and politicians -- would be up in arms. But it's only alcohol, the reasoning seems to go, so it's all harmless fun."

Posted May 21, 2013

David Sterritt

23 31%

For Queen & Country (1989)

"Denzel Washington gives a forceful performance as the black protagonist, but the story sinks into mere cops-and-robbers melodrama after a while."

Posted May 21, 2013

David Sterritt

24 32%

Radio Flyer (1992)

"The movie's ultimate reliance on wish-fulfillment is downright irresponsible."

Posted May 20, 2013

David Sterritt

25 29%

The House of the Spirits (1994)

"The film version stresses political intrigue and revolutionary violence at The expense of the anything-goes dreaminess that gives the book its most memorable moments. A stellar cast doesn't help much."

Posted May 20, 2013

David Sterritt

26 68%

The Crucible (1996)

"The story is unchanged, but its theme relates surprisingly well to today's versions of the bias and scapegoating that Miller rightly deplores."

Posted May 17, 2013

David Sterritt

27 22%

Color of Night (1994)

"You thought brawny Bruce Willis couldn't play a brainy psychologist? You were right."

Posted May 17, 2013

David Sterritt

28 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Polley was right to follow her instincts, though, in not attempting to tie everything up. She recognizes that family histories are necessarily contradictory, crazymaking, and essentially unfathomable."

Posted May 17, 2013

Peter Rainer

29 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"It's a skimpy, overextended riff, but some of the seemingly tossed-off moments are lovely."

Posted May 17, 2013

Peter Rainer

30 42%

The English Teacher (2013)

"Greg Kinnear does a nice supporting job as Jason's dad."

Posted May 17, 2013

Peter Rainer

31 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"J.J. Abrams's Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to his prequel, delivers the goods, even if some of the goods are less than fresh."

Posted May 16, 2013

Peter Rainer

32 94%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are terrific as talkative hit men, and Bruce Willis is equally good as a boxer who refuses to throw a fight."

Posted May 15, 2013

David Sterritt

33 80%

The Boxer (1997)

"The screenplay of The Boxer spends too much time and energy setting up the basic situations of its plot, then does a spotty job of blending the material's personal and political aspects."

Posted May 14, 2013

David Sterritt

34 77%

Venus And Serena (2013)

"The movie offers up much fascinating then-and-now footage."

Posted May 10, 2013

Peter Rainer

35 35%

Peeples (2013)

"The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester's disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing."

Posted May 10, 2013

Peter Rainer

36 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Fitzgerald's sensibility is delicately nuanced, but there's steel in his melancholy. With Luhrmann, everything, not just the parties but the intimate scenes, turns into Mardi Gras."

Posted May 9, 2013

Peter Rainer

37 70%

In Country (1989)

"Unfortunately, the last half-hour slides into the weepiest sort of sentimentality."

Posted May 7, 2013

David Sterritt

38 97%

Ghostbusters (1984)

"In both the funny and the (mildly) scary moments, the cast does itself proud."

Posted May 6, 2013

David Sterritt

39 97%

Groundhog Day (1993)

"Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell have a ball with the main roles."

Posted May 6, 2013

David Sterritt

40 98%

One False Move (1992)

"The story is punctuated by violence that's as pointless as it is nasty, though, showing an unfortunate immaturity in the filmmakers."

Posted May 6, 2013

David Sterritt

41 61%

Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992)

"Fire Walk With Me contains not a single moment of genuinely felt emotion."

Posted May 3, 2013

David Sterritt

42 82%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Assayas doesn't bring out the fiery best in this material, but he's smart enough to know that revolutionaries like their comforts as much as the ruling class does."

Posted May 3, 2013

Peter Rainer

43 42%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots."

Posted May 3, 2013

Peter Rainer

44 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"We experience her upsets without the leavening of outside interferences. And because Aprile is such an intuitive performer, we are always searching her face for the imprint of her suffering."

Posted May 3, 2013

Peter Rainer

45 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The action, directed by Shane Black, ranges from passable to interminable."

Posted May 3, 2013

Peter Rainer

46 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Essentially it's an agglomeration of Malick's worst stylistic annoyances."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Peter Rainer

47 20%

Arthur Newman (2013)

"They embark on one of those maundering, life-lessony odysseys that filmmakers love but audiences rarely do."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Peter Rainer

48 54%

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

"Timeliness is certainly on the side of Mira Nair's uneven but fascinating The Reluctant Fundamentalist."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Peter Rainer

49 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"It's official. Michael Bay, director of the Transformers clobberfests, knows how to make movies about humans, too. The problem is, he thinks humans are robots."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Peter Rainer

50 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"Despite its comic-book trappings, Hellboy II, even more so than its predecessor, Hellboy, resembles nothing so much as an art film phantasmagoria."

Posted Apr 15, 2013

Peter Rainer

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