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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Declaration of War is about being under siege from illness, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. This modern-day Juliette and Romeo find their own tragedy, but are not poisoned by it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Touching, generous, sweet, this little slip of a movie puts you under some kind of spell.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    First-time director Kargman triumphs by picking characters who largely defy expectations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    There is a looseness to the dialogue that suits the mood of the story-each character gets his or her own bombshell (or two) to digest and has to figure out how to cope with it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Undefeated is well-edited by director Daniel Lindsay and beautifully photographed by his co-director T.J. Martin - the shacks of North Memphis look poetically disheveled as shot from a moving car - but it is telling that the coach emerges as the "star" of this documentary.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Like Crazy is a cinematic love potion and you leave it feeling bewitched.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    You have no idea what's coming next, except that it will be wildly creative and beautiful. These two know how to mix up a very unusual and successful cinematic recipe.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The mind may clamor for more, but the eye, traveling over this visual history of Diana Vreeland, is pleased.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The movie's biggest surprise is the revelation of Gosling as cunning comedian.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It is derivative and too deliberately zany, but still a heartfelt charmer.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    It is intensely raunchy and silly and joyous and tapped right into my inner teenager in a glorious way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The overall metaphor Weir was aiming for - this idea of enemies so powerful and a war so menacing and confusingly big that no place seems safe except a place absurdly far away - comes through clearly and stays with you.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    None of this is new to us, but Garfield and Webb make it feel convincingly fresh and exciting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    A spirited, irreverent and hugely fun comedy.
    • 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.