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 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Wreck-It Ralph
Lowest review score: 0 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 226
226 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    The steady wink wink of Queen of Versailles is wearing. I'd say Greenfield is exploiting a narcissist's willingness to talk endlessly about herself, but I think it just as likely that Jackie is exploiting Greenfield's willingness to listen. And to keep that wonderful mechanical eye focused on her.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Instead of exploring something bigger, like the origins of Bernie's need for the company of elderly ladies (which Hollandsworth touched on in Texas Monthly; Tiede lost his mother at age 3 and his father at 15), Linklater limits the story and mood to black comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It is a tremendous downer when the second half of the movie shirks logic, defies its own established principles and raises more questions than it answers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Arthur Christmas is not ultimately a cynical movie – it comes together sweetly and rather movingly at the end – but it springs forth from a place of cynicism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Ginger & Rosa never matches the freshness of its young star.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Director Rodrigo Cortes intends us to feel trapped, twitchy and unhappy and at the same time, wildly grateful we're not actually in the box like Paul. I could do without that kind of guilt trip from a film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's a feast for the eyes, but we're still hungry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    I wanted very much for West's new movie to evoke films like "The Others" or "The Orphanage," which made me, in the moment at least, a believer in ghosts. The Innkeeper's payoff lacked that kind of oomph, and weirdly, the pairing of Luke and Claire brought movies about work relationships, like "Clerks" and "Office Space," more to mind than ghost stories.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Uneven but occasionally quite funny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Suspense isn't Burns' thing though, and it may be foolish to even ask for it this far into his career. Burns has made it crystal clear what his style is: lots of chatty, mostly amiable folks, working out their not so troubling differences in the greater New York metropolitan area.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    42
    Boseman is not a hugely close physical match to Robinson, except for perhaps in the power he conveys, but he’s a great choice to play the ball player, unfamiliar enough, despite a decade of small credits here and there, to feel like an athlete, not a movie star playing one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Five-Year has comic bloat. Virtually every character gets their own moment of stand up, but in most cases, the bits aren't funny enough to warrant the screen time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    For every obvious turn The Help takes, there is Davis, the ideal counterweight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The dreariest thriller of the year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    This cutesy film is overwhelmed by a sense of forced farce.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Twice as funny as I thought it would be but not half as funny as it could have been.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Slick and senseless.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    As the movie goes on, the laughs are fewer and farther between, and for the last 30 minutes, not only did I not laugh, I wanted it to end so I could get back to my own boring but less precious life.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's only when it takes an unfortunate wrong turn from playful wit into the dramatic and sentimental - Hallström's speciality - that the movie starts to unravel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The resulting adventure is once again lively and clever, although its creative underpinnings -- a sort of flea-market pastiche of antique fairy tales, vintage vaudeville and contemporary pop culture -- seem rather more shabby than chic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    A Pixar movie is always lively, and this might be the studio's liveliest (and loudest) yet - but its leanest in terms of warmth and heart.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Mama is clumsily written and choppily edited, but Chastain doesn't have a bad scene in it, and you can see why she chose to be in this supernatural ghost story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The story remains sadly mired in botdom, which leads to some boredom. It's hard to look away from the ever-dazzling Jackman, but the sight of him hunched over the controls of something akin to a live action video game is not, in the end, much more exciting than the sight of your average teenager hunched over the controls of a Game Boy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    The movie looks like every other rom com, all spacious apartments and sleek, woodsy vacation homes, but it takes you through a wider range of responses to the relationships and characters than most.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    They’re cute together, these two big stars, but the film around them, a sort of Tarantino lite, is desperately empty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    While Hathaway and Gyllenhaal have good chemistry, and director Edward Zwick moves the narrative along nicely, the film is too self-satisfied to be genuinely touching.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Tawdry but compelling.

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