For 226 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 226
226 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It all sounds absurd and simplistic, but I dare you to watch the joyful delirium of the big dance number, set to an old Fred Astaire tune called "Things Are Looking Up," and not to feel an unexpected sense of rosiness. This movie may contain endorphins.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It has plenty of charm and is filled with astonishingly intimate footage worth seeing on the big screen but is sketchy on details and dumbed down by cutsy, anthropomorphizing narration.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The movie explores the basic debate over faith, the idea that we can feel a sense of relief in cynicism realized and turn around and face the horror of our lack of faith in the next moment.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Could women stop war through the sedation of sex and drugs and a plot to bury every weapon in their community? Labaki has said she knows Where Do We Go Now? is a fantasy. But it's a good one, and this lovely film seems pertinent far beyond the landscape of the Middle East.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Rare among the recent fairy tale adaptions (from "Mirror Mirror" to the dreadful "Red Riding Hood") the invigorating Snow White and the Huntsman actually breathes new life into an old story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Touching, generous, sweet, this little slip of a movie puts you under some kind of spell.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    When Seeking took hold of me, completely and without warning, I was digging for tissues. It's a lovely surprise for the official start of summer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It may be minimalist, but it isn't minor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It ends up being surprisingly touching, despite the fact that you start rooting for the cloyingly cute Celeste and Jesse to break up almost from the first frame.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    I don't want to scare anyone away, but Hope Springs, better than I expected, is a movie for grown ups that seems just the tiniest bit French.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The mind may clamor for more, but the eye, traveling over this visual history of Diana Vreeland, is pleased.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Chasing Mavericks may treat its characters with a little too much reverence, but it gives its titular subject its awe-inspiring due.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    A Late Quartet serves as an acting showcase, particularly for Walken and Hoffman, and makes for an interesting study in artistic ego.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It's a feel-good frolic, which is fine for anyone who prefers their Hitchcock history tidied up, absent the megalomania, the condescending cruelty and tendency to sexual harassment that caused his post-Psycho blonde discovery Tippi Hedren to declare him "a mean, mean man."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    A slim but likeable little romantic comedy that feels like a sweeter cousin of HBO's Girls.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The movie is called A Place at the Table and it specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children — in short, the American dream. See it and weep.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The Place Beyond the Pines can’t be said to be anyone’s movie but Cianfrance’s. Structured as a triptych, the movie is novelistic, earnest and somewhat exhausting — an ambitious effort that tries to be many things. And it is definitely something: a sprawling, engaging study in fathers, sons and sins.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The slight but captivating indie-comedy The Kings of Summer has the ragtag look and feel of a movie made in some teenager’s basement
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    What makes White House Down not just tolerable but frivolously entertaining is its slapstick soul; a scene where the presidential limousine does doughnuts on the South Lawn plays like an homage to the Keystone Kops.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Despicable Me 2 is far more entertaining than the disappointingly bland "Monsters University" and as a sequel stands level with the first film, and may have the edge on it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It is derivative and too deliberately zany, but still a heartfelt charmer.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Uneven but occasionally quite funny.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Tawdry but compelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Now that Eat, Pray, Love had lost its commas and become a movie actually starring Julia Roberts, I was no longer annoyed by how much it seemed like one; it had assumed its rightful place in the entertainment universe.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Unlike the original, Paranormal Activity 2's pacing is uneven; it builds slowly and effectively before rushing too quickly, and at one point not particularly coherently, through the climax. But the jolts, when they come, are bigger, causing actual physical thrills and chills, at least for me.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Slick, well acted and engaging. It's also morally bankrupt--a film that makes you feel as though you've been taken for a smooth ride by the Hollywood machine and dropped somewhere very nasty.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    A loose but fairly snappy remake of the 1969 charmer "Cactus Flower."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Whereas Italian fashion icon Valentino was larger than life in "The Last Emperor," Matt Tyrnauer's jazzy 2009 documentary, Saint Laurent in L'Amour Fou is mostly a rather sweet and anguished ghost.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    For every obvious turn The Help takes, there is Davis, the ideal counterweight.

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