For 226 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Wreck-It Ralph
Lowest review score: 0 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 226
226 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Mama is clumsily written and choppily edited, but Chastain doesn't have a bad scene in it, and you can see why she chose to be in this supernatural ghost story.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    As the movie goes on, the laughs are fewer and farther between, and for the last 30 minutes, not only did I not laugh, I wanted it to end so I could get back to my own boring but less precious life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    The Impossible is technologically a marvel - the tsunami experience is harrowingly believable - but also emotionally rich. I hesitate to use this term, since it is so often equated with hokey, but The Impossible is life-affirming.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    The Guilt Trip works because we all know and like a Joyce Brewster (or dozens of them).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    A slim but likeable little romantic comedy that feels like a sweeter cousin of HBO's Girls.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    If it weren't for him (Hemsworth), surely the Red Dawn remake would have gone straight to video; he's the only person worth watching in it (oh the pain of watching the wan Isabel Lucas hoist a rocket launcher).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Like most children's movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mary Pols
    The most inventive and entertaining family movie I've seen this year, packed with wickedly smart humor and joyful animation.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Chasing Mavericks may treat its characters with a little too much reverence, but it gives its titular subject its awe-inspiring due.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Where Freeman was warm but enigmatic, Perry is warm but empty.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Mary Pols
    Director Ursula Meier's Sister is a penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with a practiced and entirely amoral preteen thief.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Light as a feather, the movie is at times a modest pleasure, but inconsequential.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mary Pols
    A spirited, irreverent and hugely fun comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Hotel Transylvania isn't a complete stinker. Sandler, speaking in a pitch close to his Opera Man routine from his days on Saturday Night Live, is less obnoxious than usual. The visuals are consistently enticing - the castle/hotel is artfully rendered...And there are some bright and funny lines.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The mind may clamor for more, but the eye, traveling over this visual history of Diana Vreeland, is pleased.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Sparkle, while occasionally silly in a way that made a preview audience titter, is decent entertainment.

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