For 221 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Wreck-It Ralph
Lowest review score: 0 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 221
221 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    So creaky and out of touch it inspires pity. Its opening sequences are a near marvel of confusion, mayhem and embarrassments for its actors. If it was a person, you'd worry it had dementia.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    I didn't believe a word of the film and found myself feeling nothing but (I'm sure this wasn't Kaye's point) detachment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Casa de mi Padre is flawed in that it wouldn't be particularly enticing in any language.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Snitch wasn’t going to be good no matter what Johnson did; it is so poorly directed that even Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, playing a shrewish federal prosecutor, comes off as a hack straight off a soap opera.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    For Colored Girls feels like the cinematic equivalent to putting a garish reproduction of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of your McMansion and calling it art.

    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    The Counsellor is neither an outright disaster nor misunderstood masterpiece: it’s just a very bad idea for a film, proficiently executed.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    The awfulness of What to Expect When You're Expecting, an ugly brew of guide book, reality television and romantic comedy, is of course, entirely to be expected.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    A buddy movie that limps along, pausing for breath and pulse checks like a geriatric dutifully fulfilling doctor's orders to get some exercise.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Shrill and charmless. I didn't believe a word of it. I wanted to spank it and banish it to its room.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Red Lights reaches for a "The Sixth Sense"-style twist and whiffs it completely.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    There are gaping holes in logic throughout this sloppy, cheap-looking mess from "Disturbia" director D.J. Caruso.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    It’s just a movie, with a dramatic arc that’s supposed to make all that mean stuff drift away into the ether as friendship is born, but it’s that look that hangs around like a bad smell.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Pols
    My pregnancy lasted 41 weeks and five days, involved morning, afternoon and night sickness and culminated in 25 hours of labor capped off by an emergency C-section. Yet all that seems like a walk in the park compared with the 100 minutes I spent watching Jennifer Lopez mug her way through The Back-Up Plan.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    If it weren't for him (Hemsworth), surely the Red Dawn remake would have gone straight to video; he's the only person worth watching in it (oh the pain of watching the wan Isabel Lucas hoist a rocket launcher).
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Pols
    The Hangover Part III gives off such a stench of creative decay that it hardly seems possible that even Phillips or his co-writers have any use for the movie themselves. If a movie can be self-loathing and self-destructive, it’s this one.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Mary Pols
    Was Red Riding Hood masterminded by a cadre of particularly silly 11-year-olds undergoing withdrawal from Twilight? That's the only excuse for a movie this dopey.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    I'm afraid the DeNiro of "The Godfather, Part II" and "Goodfellas" has mostly faded from my mind, replaced by the DeNiro of the Fockers - a grim-faced comedian who tends to make me sad.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Mary Pols
    More than 24 hours has passed since I watched the new Adam Sandler movie Jack and Jill and I am still dead inside. It made me feel as if comedy itself were a dirty thing.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Mary Pols
    New Year's Eve may be the ugliest movie of the year, from the garish lighting to the heavy make up and bad costumes.