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 0.5 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    The movie's biggest surprise is the revelation of Gosling as cunning comedian.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    First-time director Kargman triumphs by picking characters who largely defy expectations.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    None of this is new to us, but Garfield and Webb make it feel convincingly fresh and exciting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Weisz is a dazzling woman, but her beauty is barely noticeable in this role; her character's integrity and her mounting anger grab all the attention. In one scene Kathy finally confronts what she's up against and starts to cry. They are tears of rage, and the most powerful I've seen this year.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    This might be a turning point in feminism and comedy, provided that both sexes can embrace it.
    • 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    With its unpredictable sexual politics and quirky little hero/heroine Albert Nobbs has the edge of quinine, a peculiar taste that won't entice everyone but worked for me.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The results, while occasionally forced, are consistently amusing.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Rare among the recent fairy tale adaptions (from "Mirror Mirror" to the dreadful "Red Riding Hood") the invigorating Snow White and the Huntsman actually breathes new life into an old story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It ends up being surprisingly touching, despite the fact that you start rooting for the cloyingly cute Celeste and Jesse to break up almost from the first frame.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Our Idiot Brother is both daffier and more amiable than a Woody Allen film, but the sibling filmmakers (Jesse Peretz directed and his sister Evgenia Peretz co-wrote the screenplay) have concocted sort of a "Ned and His Sisters."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The movie unfolds with novelistic pacing for a leisurely but engaging two hours.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Quick, capable, thoroughly bloody action film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Beautiful Creatures is good fun and I want to know what happens next for Lena the teenaged witch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Almost every actor in it outplays the material they're working with, particularly Jason Bateman. Horrible Bosses would be worth seeing if only for the pleasure of watching him delicately bat indelicate comedy around.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Certainly it's the lightest and brightest -- everyone is still chaste, but the movie is actually sexy in parts. It appears to have embraced its own sense of camp and is consistently funny in an intentional way. For the first time, I found myself curious to see what comes next.

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