St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
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For 1,377 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Youth in Revolt
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1377 movie reviews
  1. It's classic sitcom shtick, and The Dilemma is a painful reminder that director Ron Howard was trained in television.
  2. Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.
  3. A movie with no surprises at all, a streamlined chase flick that is running on the fumes from recycled fuel.
  4. Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism.
  5. It's eerie rather than wondrous.
  6. If being seated at Table 19 is a drag, watching the film of the same name is worse.
  7. This is another one of those phony movies in which a character burrows into someone else's life without telling them she's an axe murderer, a man or a vampire. Not only that, we're supposed to hope that they get it on. I was hoping that everyone involved would get hit by an asteroid.
  8. We were promised desolation, but “The Hobbit” just keeps dragon on.
  9. McAvoy and Fassbender appealingly reprise their frenemy chemistry. But Lawrence has little to do but look perplexed.
  10. If Repo Men could have sustained its ghoulish humor, it might have been a guilty pleasure.
  11. Although the ratio of comedy to drama becomes increasingly weighted toward tearjerking, few of the emotional moments are realistic or effective.
  12. OK, the musical ode to Doby the shark elicits a grin, but the low-percentage script is loaded with buckshot, not harpoons, and Anchorman 2 ends up sinking.
  13. How you feel about Fast & Furious 6 is a matter of perspective. While a middle-age egghead might note that a series that started out as a harmless cars-and-girls fantasy has devolved into a full-blown assault on human intelligence.
  14. Written, directed and acted by Hollywood pros, Heaven Is For Real is a polished little movie with a hopeful message, but when it literalizes the divine mysteries, it opens the door to a Doubting Thomas.
  15. One small step for action movies, one giant leap into the abyss of mindlessness.
  16. A documentary that clearly aspires to the highest standards of cinematic muckraking but makes for a frustrating experience.
  17. Out of the Furnace is hot air.
  18. As a sex-education comedy, Hysteria is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
    • 49 Metascore
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    Christmas Vacation reminds me of a golden retriever I used to know: dumb and sloppy but kind of likable as long as you don't expect any new tricks. [1 Dec 1989, p.3F]
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  19. Keeping Up With the Joneses is hardly worth the effort.
  20. Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood.
  21. After watching Post Grad, you may wonder whether Hollywood will ever stop making generic comedies with zero tolerance for originality.
  22. The clichéd script doesn't develop the secondary characters or the critical theme of the mutants' alienation.
  23. The delivery pouch for Premium Rush promises a white-hot thriller from the bike-messenger subculture. But what's inside the package seems like a lukewarm action-comedy from the pile of scripts that Matthew Broderick rejected after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
  24. There's nothing cinematic about this turgid tearjerker except the slumming presence of movie star Harrison Ford.
    • 36 Metascore
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    TAKEN AS a Hollywood remake of Japanese movies based on Westerns, Road House assumes a certain style that makes the film not half bad. Of course, that leaves it still not half good. Without provenance, the film becomes just a way to provide work for the man who produces the sound of fist hitting flesh. Given its lineage, however, Road House makes sense. Everything is here but the dog at the end of "Yojimbo" walking out of town with a bloody arm gripped in its canines. [19 May 1989, p.3E]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In the Mouth of Madness is not a bad movie, and it maintains a fair amount of suspense for an hour or so. Then it sags, mainly because it has no real payoff, neither dramatic or visual. [03 Feb 1995, p.3F]
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  25. It's clear that Phillips is betting heavily on funnymen Jeong and Galifianakis to hide his creative bankruptcy.
  26. A handsome movie with a handsome leading man. Christian Bale is widely considered the finest actor of his generation. Yet here he’s adrift in the bulrushes. This might be the most indifferent performance of Bale’s career.
  27. J. Edgar is the kind of prestige production that apologists will call polished, but even the technical attributes are tinny. In the gay-geezers scenes, Hammer wears terrible old-age makeup, and the entire film is bathed in sepia tones as weak as its convictions.

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