For 225 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 225
225 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Kutcher, whose acting chops haven’t been tested in all those pretty-boy lead roles, was a welcome surprise. His movie-star glow distracts, but there is a strong physical resemblance. Moreover, he’s got many of Jobs’ mannerisms down cold, from that T Rex–like walk to the fingers that fan the air and the yoga-style postures left over from his bohemian youth. It’s a good impression, but Jobs itself is all too impressionistic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This sugary sweet chick flick is so rich in its ripeness and full in its foolishness that I look forward to groaning in happy horror when I inevitably see it again, whether while drinking or when laid low by the kind of flu whose symptoms include a desire to watch Meg Ryan rom coms on cable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This isn't a love story, it's a misery story that drags on, not to a dramatic conclusion but a tepid moment.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    If "Waiting for Superman" was intended to make audiences think, Won't Back Down is supposed to make them feel. It made me feel more annoyed than outraged.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The performances are compelling (although Jones is underused) but the thin narrative is less instructive of the strange way female friendships operate than of the way stories get recycled.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This pickpocket of a movie flashes open its coat to proudly display all its swiped goodies.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Hardly unforgettable, but it is an amiable diversion, kept afloat by some comic moments of the raunchy, silly variety, and by something that does feel rather retro: a kindness to its youthful characters.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    He's neither a fun villain or a secret good guy; the movie feels like a senseless venture because, even with his pants down on top of Clotilde or manhandling Virginie, he's the dullest scoundrel around.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    It's silly enough that young teens are unlikely to be drawn to it unless they've got a thing for Hudgens or want to take an early peek at Hutcherson, who will soon be seen as Peeta in "The Hunger Games." He was great as a sulky brat in "The Kids Are All Right" but in Journey 2 he comes across as wooden, dull and though not yet 20, too old for roles like these.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Edgeless, it takes a wistful, hopeful approach to heartbreak and job loss. That's sweet, but when it comes to unemployment-themed cinema, I'll take the greater realism of last year's "The Company Men" or this year's "Everything Must Go" over Hanks's too rosy vision of life after the pink slip.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    The awfulness of What to Expect When You're Expecting, an ugly brew of guide book, reality television and romantic comedy, is of course, entirely to be expected.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    A buddy movie that limps along, pausing for breath and pulse checks like a geriatric dutifully fulfilling doctor's orders to get some exercise.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It has a gentle if unenlightening message, namely that we should all take time off to reconnect - the soundtrack tends to the Bonnie Raitt but the movie seems to subliminally hum "slow down, you move too fast" - and Keaton and Kline have decent chemistry.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    If I had a daughter of impressionable age, I'd rather have her weeping over this mildly tasteless romance than the nonsense of "Twilight."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    It's fun in a perverse way; the viewer gets to experience a vivid sense of what it feels like to occupy a pigeon-poop smeared piece of stone high in the sky.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The Change-Up tries so hard to be scandalous that it's a shame it doesn't do more to change up the formula.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    The Sitter is predicated on a belief that chunky Jonah Hill, or at least the persona he presents, is secretly supercool. While it turns out to be a wisp of a movie, on that front at least, it is persuasive.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    As a person who removes a woman's clothing in the half light of a Southern afternoon, Efron acquits himself reasonably well.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's not that I Don't Know How She Does It tells actual lies about working motherhood - many of its observations and jokes are on point - it's just that it omits the edge, the desperation of a woman on the verge.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    For a tale of thieving, The Words plods along. Not that a literary heist is as exciting as a bank robbery, but there's a remarkable lack of tension in this story.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Shrill and charmless. I didn't believe a word of it. I wanted to spank it and banish it to its room.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The pitch is enough to make you swoon, but the movie itself is curiously limp.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Filled with competent but unexciting performances and, like its protagonist, is strangely lugubrious.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Red Lights reaches for a "The Sixth Sense"-style twist and whiffs it completely.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    There are gaping holes in logic throughout this sloppy, cheap-looking mess from "Disturbia" director D.J. Caruso.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    It’s just a movie, with a dramatic arc that’s supposed to make all that mean stuff drift away into the ether as friendship is born, but it’s that look that hangs around like a bad smell.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    What's Your Number? is not much dumber than the average romantic comedy, but there is something sad and infuriating about it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Mary Pols
    My pregnancy lasted 41 weeks and five days, involved morning, afternoon and night sickness and culminated in 25 hours of labor capped off by an emergency C-section. Yet all that seems like a walk in the park compared with the 100 minutes I spent watching Jennifer Lopez mug her way through The Back-Up Plan.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    The film skips along pleasantly, supremely confident in its own cuteness and utterly unapologetic about how shallow or contrived it might be.

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