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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It's a feel-good frolic, which is fine for anyone who prefers their Hitchcock history tidied up, absent the megalomania, the condescending cruelty and tendency to sexual harassment that caused his post-Psycho blonde discovery Tippi Hedren to declare him "a mean, mean man."
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    In its lesser moments, of which there are more, Liberal Arts calls to mind more the spirit of an alumni magazine, so bathed in nostalgia for academia that you expect autumn leaves to flutter down to the theater floor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Other than Baldwin, Allen and Eisenberg - who is delightful - few of the performances are memorable. Page is miscast as a femme fatale, but adroit with Allen's lines, but the other women, Cruz, Pill and Gerwig hardly register.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    A slim but likeable little romantic comedy that feels like a sweeter cousin of HBO's Girls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Sparkle, while occasionally silly in a way that made a preview audience titter, is decent entertainment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Unlike the original, Paranormal Activity 2's pacing is uneven; it builds slowly and effectively before rushing too quickly, and at one point not particularly coherently, through the climax. But the jolts, when they come, are bigger, causing actual physical thrills and chills, at least for me.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    The movie is full of feints, shocks and scenes of particularly perverse violence, but nothing about it is fresh enough to haunt you in the night. It's predictable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Black fans may hardly recognize him, because for once he plays a person instead of a walking comedy mask atop a Buddha belly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's no wonder the movie is no walk in the park, even with a pretty soundtrack by Badly Drawn Boy (again, like About a Boy). It never feels inspirational - it's too gritty and dark - and there isn't a single easy solution in sight for either Nick or Jonathan.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Apparently Bachelorette has been divisive, with audiences either falling hard for it or walking away disgusted. I'd have fallen harder for it if I'd walked away more disgusted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Wanderlust, a comedy that looks way better than it actually is set amidst the dreck of late winter releases.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    What makes White House Down not just tolerable but frivolously entertaining is its slapstick soul; a scene where the presidential limousine does doughnuts on the South Lawn plays like an homage to the Keystone Kops.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Slick, well acted and engaging. It's also morally bankrupt--a film that makes you feel as though you've been taken for a smooth ride by the Hollywood machine and dropped somewhere very nasty.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The interplay between Wahlberg and Foster and then Ribisi is nicely done but the action in and around the cargo ship is where the movie's real fun lies. There is plenty of guy humor.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This is the kind of movie you should never see twice, because so much of it is based in appall-me humor. Meaning you'll laugh the first time in the reflexive way you do when you can't believe how audacious the comedy is and how uncomfortable the situations are, whereas a second viewing would afford you an opportunity to feel kind of rotten about laughing the first time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The technology is undeniably there to make a credible beanstalk fly into the heavens, and giants that are utterly grotesque and vividly threatening. But how about something we can take our kids too? Doesn’t anyone want them to be there?
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Bettany's Darwin always has a chill or a case of the sweats, tummy ache or trembling hands. He has our sympathy initially, but the movie bathes us in such general despair that the natural instinct soon becomes a desire to tell him to buck up. We do believe in survival of the fittest, after all.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The raunchy but charming Going the Distance is credible, intimate and more appealing than 90% of the romantic pairings in American movies these days.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Rodrick Rules often feels like a mainstreamed version of that wonderful short-lived television series, "Freaks and Geeks."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Emmerich has turned his attention to the past. He and screenwriter John Orloff have embraced a kitchen sink's worth of 20th-century conspiracy theories about the provenance of Shakespeare's plays, each wilder than the last. Oliver Stone's "JFK" looks reasonable compared to this.
    • 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.

    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Now that Eat, Pray, Love had lost its commas and become a movie actually starring Julia Roberts, I was no longer annoyed by how much it seemed like one; it had assumed its rightful place in the entertainment universe.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    The Guilt Trip works because we all know and like a Joyce Brewster (or dozens of them).