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 0.3 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
    • 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
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The director and his splendid cast assure that this tale about a strong little girl fighting to keep her family alive and together has both high art and a big heart, audience appeal and gut impact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Williams locates a central truth, the contradictory allure of this utterly impossible woman - mercurial, vain, foolish, but also intelligent in some very primal way and achingly vulnerable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Ferrell fits uncannily well into Carver country, and in this small but sturdy film, he challenges any assumption that he might be limited to comedy. Certainly this is the first time he's moved me to tears that weren't produced by hard laughter.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Engrossing and inspiring, despite being the kind of movie in which one of the first words you hear is cheeky.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's a feast for the eyes, but we're still hungry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Farrell's work as Syracuse is understated to the point that some may find it unremarkable -- but it's a beautifully confident performance, an irony given that he constructs his portrayal of Syracuse around the concept of humility.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The movie unfolds with novelistic pacing for a leisurely but engaging two hours.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It doesn't look particularly special - despite the visual potential of underwater scenes - but kids are going to eat this up.
    • 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
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The screenplay, with credits shared by Gluck, Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, is predictable, plotwise. But it is elevated by energetic dialogue, the sexual chemistry between the leads and the fact that the miscommunication that keeps bliss at bay - there's always one in a rom-com, and usually it is annoyingly unbelievable - is plausible.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Cotton is that rarity in the horror genre: a genuinely intriguing character.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It's worth considering precisely whom the movie is meant for. It's not labeled as such, but It's Kind of a Funny Story is squarely aimed at young adults.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The movie made me laugh as much as anything since "The Hangover" or the love scenes in "Avatar."
    • 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
    • 70 Mary Pols
    As for the yellow handkerchief of the title, I'd have dismissed it as a cheesy device if it weren't for the fact that I'm still cherishing the eloquence of Hurt's silent marvel when he finally sees it, fluttering across the gray Southern sky.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Ted
    This is no-holds-barred humor of the finest, grossest kind, centered around the theme of arrested development.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    When a mild-mannered peasant unsheathes the powers he has long kept hidden, the results can be spectacular. The same can be said for Peter Chan Ho-sun's Dragon, a martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    What takes Conviction out of the "Erin Brockovich" inspirational orbit - and gives it fresh interest - is the fact that Betty Anne is never portrayed as a fish suddenly taking brilliantly to judicial waters. Instead of being a legal savant, she's a persistent lunatic tilting at windmills for the sake of a familial love no one else can quite understand.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Lonergan didn't bite off more than he could chew with Margaret - this is his personal moral gymnasium - but he did bite off more than others might want to chew.
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    This isn't a passionate, showy part, but it's a finely drawn performance, worthy of a veteran actress (Lane) who started her career as Secretariat did in the 1970s (in A Little Romance) and has since earned a champion status of her own.

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