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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Pols' Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    The Guilt Trip works because we all know and like a Joyce Brewster (or dozens of them).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Dodging the twin minefields of preciousness and an exploitative 9/11 premise, Horn races away with the movie and makes it believably, genuinely sad.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    I wanted very much for West's new movie to evoke films like "The Others" or "The Orphanage," which made me, in the moment at least, a believer in ghosts. The Innkeeper's payoff lacked that kind of oomph, and weirdly, the pairing of Luke and Claire brought movies about work relationships, like "Clerks" and "Office Space," more to mind than ghost stories.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Sparkle, while occasionally silly in a way that made a preview audience titter, is decent entertainment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    The glossily photographed family drama People Like Us is not without appeal, but it has a major construction flaw. It's dramatic arc is predicated on the problem of accidental incestuous attraction. Egads.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    42
    Boseman is not a hugely close physical match to Robinson, except for perhaps in the power he conveys, but he’s a great choice to play the ball player, unfamiliar enough, despite a decade of small credits here and there, to feel like an athlete, not a movie star playing one.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Mary Pols
    Light as a feather, the movie is at times a modest pleasure, but inconsequential.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    One of those shaggy-dog stories that you keep hoping will get sharper, smarter, cooler, more worthy of its star. Buscemi may not be exactly celestial, but he still deserves better.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Bettany's Darwin always has a chill or a case of the sweats, tummy ache or trembling hands. He has our sympathy initially, but the movie bathes us in such general despair that the natural instinct soon becomes a desire to tell him to buck up. We do believe in survival of the fittest, after all.
    • 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."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The resulting adventure is once again lively and clever, although its creative underpinnings -- a sort of flea-market pastiche of antique fairy tales, vintage vaudeville and contemporary pop culture -- seem rather more shabby than chic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Director Rodrigo Cortes intends us to feel trapped, twitchy and unhappy and at the same time, wildly grateful we're not actually in the box like Paul. I could do without that kind of guilt trip from a film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The dreariest thriller of the year.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Tron: Legacy is not good, but it is amiable. While it seems less like a parody than the original, it is also silly in a not unpleasing way.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    While Hathaway and Gyllenhaal have good chemistry, and director Edward Zwick moves the narrative along nicely, the film is too self-satisfied to be genuinely touching.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The pitch is enough to make you swoon, but the movie itself is curiously limp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It is a tremendous downer when the second half of the movie shirks logic, defies its own established principles and raises more questions than it answers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's a feast for the eyes, but we're still hungry.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Slick and senseless.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Bad Teacher revels in being distasteful. But it can't just let a bad woman be bad; she also has to be burdened with physical insecurity, even if it makes no sense. Can you imagine if Billy Bob Thornton's character had become Bad Santa so he could steal to fund his penis implant?
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Warrior's three principle characterizations are compelling - Nolte in particular gives a tempered performance as the shambling, sad-eyed wreck of a dad - but not enough to mask the film's lesser elements.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Instead of exploring something bigger, like the origins of Bernie's need for the company of elderly ladies (which Hollandsworth touched on in Texas Monthly; Tiede lost his mother at age 3 and his father at 15), Linklater limits the story and mood to black comedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The story remains sadly mired in botdom, which leads to some boredom. It's hard to look away from the ever-dazzling Jackman, but the sight of him hunched over the controls of something akin to a live action video game is not, in the end, much more exciting than the sight of your average teenager hunched over the controls of a Game Boy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Emmerich has turned his attention to the past. He and screenwriter John Orloff have embraced a kitchen sink's worth of 20th-century conspiracy theories about the provenance of Shakespeare's plays, each wilder than the last. Oliver Stone's "JFK" looks reasonable compared to this.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Twice as funny as I thought it would be but not half as funny as it could have been.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Wanderlust, a comedy that looks way better than it actually is set amidst the dreck of late winter releases.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Even in the skillful hands of director Lone Scherfig, the effect is disjointed. The characters that Nicholls brought so cunningly to life in the book feel rushed through a timeline, tied to an agenda.
    • 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?