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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Beyond the Hills may be the best movie no one will want to see in 2013.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Pariah should be a special, important film for gay teens and their parents.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Remarkably, thanks to this documentary, we hope for the sake of this smart, vibrant, apparently good-hearted woman, that the invitations keep coming.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The screenplay, credited to three writers, has that over-doctored feeling to it, and we're asked to take on a larger redemption tale that undermines the truth of Bale's wholly unsympathetic portrayal of a drug addict and a narcissist. The Fighter's desire to show us what that awful combination looks like is overwhelmed by its urge to show us a Hollywood-style triumph.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It's beautifully photographed and explained at every stage from market to table, a foodie's dream night at the movies. The gentle shaping of the fish and sushi could lull you into a trance. A hungry trance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Without Duvall's rich, supremely skilled performance, this slim period piece wouldn't amount to much.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Margin Call is smart, but too cool and solemn to raise anyone's temperature. Nonetheless, writer/director J. C. Chandor should count himself the luckiest man in show business this weekend. How many first-time feature filmmakers can truthfully claim that their movie collided right up against the zeitgeist?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    Mud
    Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    That Greenberg has merits is undeniable. Gerwig, a funny mix of Kate Winslet and the joyfully ditzy young Diane Keaton, should end up a star. Stiller dials back his own schtick and deserves to be taken seriously.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    I finished Larsson's novel with the uncomfortable sense it used a good mystery as an excuse to dwell on sadism and perversity -- an aspect only exacerbated on screen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The story wraps up with a tenderness that feels true but completely without mush. The irony of the title fades as Win Win wins you over.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    This might be a turning point in feminism and comedy, provided that both sexes can embrace it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    During the movie's best moments, I recalled exactly what my long-gone father's roars of laughter sounded like. Was it the joyous lunacy of "Mahnamahna" that used to set him off?
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    It's rare to see an ensemble movie like this, so loaded with talented actors, in which virtually all of them get an opportunity to make an impression. Affleck is the boss and the star, but he knows how to share.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The scariest romantic comedy of the year.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Gere is being talked about as an Oscar contender - he's never been nominated. January is a long time off yet, but his name is certainly worth putting on the long list.

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