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
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Filled with competent but unexciting performances and, like its protagonist, is strangely lugubrious.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This is Meyer's worst offense - her disturbingly Victorian attitudes about sex and love, which this particular movie falls modestly in lockstep with, even though it concludes years of cinematic foreplay.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    To get serious about Alvin for a moment, there are worse things for your kid to be into.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Alas, it was George Lucas who became captivated by the Tuskegee Airmen and has, after many years as devoted producer, managed to turn their story into a feature film that falls much closer to the goofy "Hogan's Heroes" in the spectrum of World War II-focused productions than "Saving Private Ryan."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    It's silly enough that young teens are unlikely to be drawn to it unless they've got a thing for Hudgens or want to take an early peek at Hutcherson, who will soon be seen as Peeta in "The Hunger Games." He was great as a sulky brat in "The Kids Are All Right" but in Journey 2 he comes across as wooden, dull and though not yet 20, too old for roles like these.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    This sugary sweet chick flick is so rich in its ripeness and full in its foolishness that I look forward to groaning in happy horror when I inevitably see it again, whether while drinking or when laid low by the kind of flu whose symptoms include a desire to watch Meg Ryan rom coms on cable.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Five-Year has comic bloat. Virtually every character gets their own moment of stand up, but in most cases, the bits aren't funny enough to warrant the screen time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    He's neither a fun villain or a secret good guy; the movie feels like a senseless venture because, even with his pants down on top of Clotilde or manhandling Virginie, he's the dullest scoundrel around.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    The frenetic pace masks an emptiness; this Ice Age is just a collection of slapstick moments and fisticuffs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    The steady wink wink of Queen of Versailles is wearing. I'd say Greenfield is exploiting a narcissist's willingness to talk endlessly about herself, but I think it just as likely that Jackie is exploiting Greenfield's willingness to listen. And to keep that wonderful mechanical eye focused on her.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Four minutes of Bush on SNL is just right, but 85-minutes of Cam Brady feels like a lot, even with a strong supporting cast that includes Jason Sudeikis as Cam's campaign manager and Katherine LaNasa as Cam's picture-perfect, but mean-as-nails wife.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    Whatever director Peter Hedges' intent, the movie itself, a sentimental blend of magical realism and saccharine emotions, is oddly false. It made me want to go on a sugar cleanse.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    All this eye candy is ultimately only about as engaging as watching kids at play, which is what Sheen and Schwartzman seem to be doing. I can’t argue that this isn’t an accurate glimpse inside some man’s mind — perhaps Austin Powers?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    While Admission remains the story of a woman who comes to question her past choices and jeopardize her career, the movie version is lighter, fluffier and dramatically inert.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mary Pols
    They’re cute together, these two big stars, but the film around them, a sort of Tarantino lite, is desperately empty.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    For Colored Girls feels like the cinematic equivalent to putting a garish reproduction of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of your McMansion and calling it art.

    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    I'm afraid the DeNiro of "The Godfather, Part II" and "Goodfellas" has mostly faded from my mind, replaced by the DeNiro of the Fockers - a grim-faced comedian who tends to make me sad.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    There are gaping holes in logic throughout this sloppy, cheap-looking mess from "Disturbia" director D.J. Caruso.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Shrill and charmless. I didn't believe a word of it. I wanted to spank it and banish it to its room.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    Casa de mi Padre is flawed in that it wouldn't be particularly enticing in any language.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    I didn't believe a word of the film and found myself feeling nothing but (I'm sure this wasn't Kaye's point) detachment.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    The awfulness of What to Expect When You're Expecting, an ugly brew of guide book, reality television and romantic comedy, is of course, entirely to be expected.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Mary Pols
    So creaky and out of touch it inspires pity. Its opening sequences are a near marvel of confusion, mayhem and embarrassments for its actors. If it was a person, you'd worry it had dementia.

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