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
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Ted
    This is no-holds-barred humor of the finest, grossest kind, centered around the theme of arrested development.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    None of this is new to us, but Garfield and Webb make it feel convincingly fresh and exciting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    A spirited, irreverent and hugely fun comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Warm Bodies is the first movie worth paying to see in theaters this year. It’s an inventive charmer that visits all the typical movie scenarios of young love amid chaos and disaster, but with a new dimension: one of the romantic leads is a zombie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Beyond the Hills may be the best movie no one will want to see in 2013.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Maybe they’re all right. Or wrong. It can’t be settled. What matters is that people are still crazy about the beauty of a beautiful movie about going crazy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    Some moviegoers may opt for an easier cinematic pleasure than this carefully crafted, discomforting look at familial misery in hyper drive, but it is the most provocative movie about parenting I’ve seen since "The Kids Are All Right."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    It is intensely raunchy and silly and joyous and tapped right into my inner teenager in a glorious way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    A wry and moving look at a time in life that tends to get short shrift in U.S. cinema.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    This is a big, often quite scary action movie, with tons of creepy computer-generated imagery that's right up there with Voldemort in terms of physical nastiness, although less powerful emotionally.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    That Greenberg has merits is undeniable. Gerwig, a funny mix of Kate Winslet and the joyfully ditzy young Diane Keaton, should end up a star. Stiller dials back his own schtick and deserves to be taken seriously.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It's a lively, often astute piece of marital sociology wrapped up in an action frolic involving an extremely average New Jersey couple.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    I'd take any woman in my life, ages 10 to 100, to Letters to Juliet and my guess is we'd both leave with a little Italian glow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The movie unfolds with novelistic pacing for a leisurely but engaging two hours.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Yet he just kept going and going, and the slick, proficient Knight and Day is proof that you should never count Cruise out.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    A gentle, charming movie and really a parent's dream: a kid's movie that doesn't involve action sequences or explosions. Yet you wish the filmmakers had adhered to Mr. Quimby's no-nonsense point of view and found a way to make this family slightly less squeaky-clean.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Without Duvall's rich, supremely skilled performance, this slim period piece wouldn't amount to much.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Cotton is that rarity in the horror genre: a genuinely intriguing character.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The screenplay, credited to three writers, has that over-doctored feeling to it, and we're asked to take on a larger redemption tale that undermines the truth of Bale's wholly unsympathetic portrayal of a drug addict and a narcissist. The Fighter's desire to show us what that awful combination looks like is overwhelmed by its urge to show us a Hollywood-style triumph.