For 224 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 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 224
224 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    I did laugh. The movie is so disgusting it is worthy of the Farrelly brothers.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    As a person who removes a woman's clothing in the half light of a Southern afternoon, Efron acquits himself reasonably well.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It has a gentle if unenlightening message, namely that we should all take time off to reconnect - the soundtrack tends to the Bonnie Raitt but the movie seems to subliminally hum "slow down, you move too fast" - and Keaton and Kline have decent chemistry.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The man (Sparks) is a cultural magpie, capable of borrowing from a 1991 Julia Roberts flick and M. Night Shyamalan in one fell swoop. He’ll never get an award for originality, but when it comes to rehashing formula and pleasing his audience, the man is a master.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    The dreariest thriller of the year.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's not that I Don't Know How She Does It tells actual lies about working motherhood - many of its observations and jokes are on point - it's just that it omits the edge, the desperation of a woman on the verge.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    It's only when it takes an unfortunate wrong turn from playful wit into the dramatic and sentimental - Hallström's speciality - that the movie starts to unravel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    This cutesy film is overwhelmed by a sense of forced farce.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Pols
    Kutcher, whose acting chops haven’t been tested in all those pretty-boy lead roles, was a welcome surprise. His movie-star glow distracts, but there is a strong physical resemblance. Moreover, he’s got many of Jobs’ mannerisms down cold, from that T Rex–like walk to the fingers that fan the air and the yoga-style postures left over from his bohemian youth. It’s a good impression, but Jobs itself is all too impressionistic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This is the kind of movie you should never see twice, because so much of it is based in appall-me humor. Meaning you'll laugh the first time in the reflexive way you do when you can't believe how audacious the comedy is and how uncomfortable the situations are, whereas a second viewing would afford you an opportunity to feel kind of rotten about laughing the first time.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Technically, movies don't give off a scent, but This Means War is so smarmy that it seems to reek of cheap cologne.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    A movie gaudy enough to make Dancing with the Stars seem dignified.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Filled with competent but unexciting performances and, like its protagonist, is strangely lugubrious.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This isn't a love story, it's a misery story that drags on, not to a dramatic conclusion but a tepid moment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    A Pixar movie is always lively, and this might be the studio's liveliest (and loudest) yet - but its leanest in terms of warmth and heart.

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