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 0.3 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
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    When Seeking took hold of me, completely and without warning, I was digging for tissues. It's a lovely surprise for the official start of summer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The Place Beyond the Pines can’t be said to be anyone’s movie but Cianfrance’s. Structured as a triptych, the movie is novelistic, earnest and somewhat exhausting — an ambitious effort that tries to be many things. And it is definitely something: a sprawling, engaging study in fathers, sons and sins.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The hardest movies to review are the ones you respect and admire but don't love and also - and this is the crucial part - aren't angered by. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful is just that sort of film.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Without Duvall's rich, supremely skilled performance, this slim period piece wouldn't amount to much.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It's pointed, a piece of domestic comedy that starts with the unappealing sight of an overgrown slacker hunched on a faux leather couch in a dingy basement and subtly winds its way into a tender, wise and completely delightful film about family.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Lonergan didn't bite off more than he could chew with Margaret - this is his personal moral gymnasium - but he did bite off more than others might want to chew.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    There is no denying that Schwimmer knows something about getting a performance out of an actor. Liberato, who is 15 now, is flat-out terrific. Shifting fluidly from demure to sullen and damaged, she is tremendously compelling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Could women stop war through the sedation of sex and drugs and a plot to bury every weapon in their community? Labaki has said she knows Where Do We Go Now? is a fantasy. But it's a good one, and this lovely film seems pertinent far beyond the landscape of the Middle East.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Engrossing and inspiring, despite being the kind of movie in which one of the first words you hear is cheeky.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Touching, generous, sweet, this little slip of a movie puts you under some kind of spell.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The mind may clamor for more, but the eye, traveling over this visual history of Diana Vreeland, is pleased.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Williams locates a central truth, the contradictory allure of this utterly impossible woman - mercurial, vain, foolish, but also intelligent in some very primal way and achingly vulnerable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    During the movie's best moments, I recalled exactly what my long-gone father's roars of laughter sounded like. Was it the joyous lunacy of "Mahnamahna" that used to set him off?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Pariah should be a special, important film for gay teens and their parents.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The Beaver is serious about portraying mental illness. And whatever your opinion about Gibson the man, so is Gibson the actor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    All the components are there. No wonder In the Land of Blood and Honey is the most compelling, heartfelt movie Jolie has made in years. She isn't in it, but she's all over it.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    Declaration of War is about being under siege from illness, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. This modern-day Juliette and Romeo find their own tragedy, but are not poisoned by it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It all sounds absurd and simplistic, but I dare you to watch the joyful delirium of the big dance number, set to an old Fred Astaire tune called "Things Are Looking Up," and not to feel an unexpected sense of rosiness. This movie may contain endorphins.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The slight but captivating indie-comedy The Kings of Summer has the ragtag look and feel of a movie made in some teenager’s basement
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    A slim but likeable little romantic comedy that feels like a sweeter cousin of HBO's Girls.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    So a tip of the hat to A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, a frequently very funny movie about planning and executing exactly what the title describes.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    The screenplay, with credits shared by Gluck, Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, is predictable, plotwise. But it is elevated by energetic dialogue, the sexual chemistry between the leads and the fact that the miscommunication that keeps bliss at bay - there's always one in a rom-com, and usually it is annoyingly unbelievable - is plausible.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mary Pols
    It has plenty of charm and is filled with astonishingly intimate footage worth seeing on the big screen but is sketchy on details and dumbed down by cutsy, anthropomorphizing narration.

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