For 224 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 224
224 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mary Pols
    The most inventive and entertaining family movie I've seen this year, packed with wickedly smart humor and joyful animation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mary Pols
    Inside Out is nearly hallucinogenic, entirely beautiful and easily the animation studio’s best release since 2010’s "Toy Story 3." Stylistically Inside Out is nothing like Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood," but for its scope in examining the maturation process, it might well be called "Childhood."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    Ramsey's film has its own strengths. We Need To Talk About Kevin doesn't just bring you to the outskirts of a parent's worst nightmare; this fever dream of guilt and loss takes you straight inside.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    It's a deceptively small piece of onscreen art that resonates afterward with such insistence that I felt positively nagged by it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    Mud
    Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    Director Ursula Meier's Sister is a penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with a practiced and entirely amoral preteen thief.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    The Impossible is technologically a marvel - the tsunami experience is harrowingly believable - but also emotionally rich. I hesitate to use this term, since it is so often equated with hokey, but The Impossible is life-affirming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    Beyond its craftiness and impeccable craft, the film sparks a warm connection with the viewer. Like a smiling cavalier swinging into view to rescue an imperiled maiden, The Artist brings salvation to melancholy movie lovers. For here is that rare film indeed that offers pleasure beyond words.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    The looming presence of that planet and its possibilities turns Another Earth into a metaphysical treat, with influences that range from Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Double Life of Veronique and Blue" to Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris." It's the most soulful art movie of the summer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    The movie is ridiculously over the top, inelegant and so defiantly ?crazy?that it works, reminding you how fun gore and creatures that go bump ?(and? grind) in the night can be. It's a sci-fi horror film, but no actual ?comedy?has made me laugh as much this year as Splice.?
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    Bravely and with penetrating intelligence, Before Midnight elevates instead the practical, a partnership: frayed by disappointment, worn by time, but for the very luckiest—which we sincerely and selfishly hope includes Jesse and Celine—durable for the long day’s journey into night.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The scenes cut so close to the emotional bone that you can understand why they might cause a panic amongst MPAA boardmembers, although of course, it's nothing to be afraid of: just the realism of love in its varied forms.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The scariest romantic comedy of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Like Crazy is a cinematic love potion and you leave it feeling bewitched.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Maybe they’re all right. Or wrong. It can’t be settled. What matters is that people are still crazy about the beauty of a beautiful movie about going crazy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    A wry and moving look at a time in life that tends to get short shrift in U.S. cinema.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Some moviegoers may opt for an easier cinematic pleasure than this carefully crafted, discomforting look at familial misery in hyper drive, but it is the most provocative movie about parenting I’ve seen since "The Kids Are All Right."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The chemistry this trio has is special; the premise of the sequel seems worn, but the way they work against and with each other is what provides the pleasure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Beyond the Hills may be the best movie no one will want to see in 2013.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    It is intensely raunchy and silly and joyous and tapped right into my inner teenager in a glorious way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    A slam dunk in the genre, satisfying every period piece craving: torrid affair, mad king, bastard child, throngs at the palace gates and a history lesson that will be fresh to many.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Ted
    This is no-holds-barred humor of the finest, grossest kind, centered around the theme of arrested development.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    This isn't a passionate, showy part, but it's a finely drawn performance, worthy of a veteran actress (Lane) who started her career as Secretariat did in the 1970s (in A Little Romance) and has since earned a champion status of her own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The movie made me laugh as much as anything since "The Hangover" or the love scenes in "Avatar."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    A spirited, irreverent and hugely fun comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    This Pooh, which takes its gossamer plotlines directly from A.A. Milne, will be a boon to parents of very small children everywhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Buck has the air of a beautiful little mystery; even knowing the uplifting outcome, you wonder at the strength that brought him to this place.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The director and his splendid cast assure that this tale about a strong little girl fighting to keep her family alive and together has both high art and a big heart, audience appeal and gut impact.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Let Me In is not as fantastic as "Let the Right One In," which you should rent immediately. But it is undeniably powerful and made with obvious admiration and respect for the source material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    At the very least, it's awfully entertaining and for "Buffy" fans, reason to put down the boxed sets and run off to the cinema.

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