St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 900 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Catfish
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 900
900 movie reviews
  1. The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
  2. For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
  3. Strange hybrid of science lesson and Saturday-morning cartoon.
  4. A good and necessary film, but like the man himself it’s not immune to scrutiny.
  5. It’s admirable, but Monuments Men just poses on a porous foundation like a statue.
  6. Non-Stop: It is what it is.
  7. Typically lovely to look at, with big-eyed young people espousing high ideals amid natural splendor. But outside of their bubble, a prickly history looms, and Miyazaki’s dubious attitude toward the wartime role of his hero makes the movie a mixed blessing.
  8. What the movie crucially lacks is the clockwork complications that produce a payoff.
  9. With his glorified Frisbee and good-guy smile, Evans is engaging, but “The Winter Soldier” might be stronger with a little less Captain and a little more America.
  10. Presented as a stand-alone film, but without an explanation for the protagonist’s physical and emotional injuries, it’s a head-scratcher. As with Joe’s sexual compulsion, scratching can’t cure the itch.
  11. Joe
    While Green is force-feeding us this hard-boiled hokum, he doesn’t distract us with many memorable images, as he did in his earliest films.
  12. The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces.
  13. Mired in phoniness up to its neck. And above that, there's nothing.
  14. This movie, which was made by an animation studio in Spain, isn't trying to make a social statement; it speaks in the international language of lightweight comedy.
  15. 9
    Although it has a great look and offers a few thrills, the animated film 9 is one of this year's biggest disappointments.
  16. In Couples Retreat, it's Favreau, not Vaughn, who is wound up, and this vacation comedy goes nowhere.
  17. After watching Post Grad, you may wonder whether Hollywood will ever stop making generic comedies with zero tolerance for originality.
  18. It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back.
  19. More scenic than scary.
  20. Despite the title, My One and Only is irritatingly repetitive.
  21. As a melodrama, Brothers is passable entertainment. But the film squanders the opportunity to meaningfully portray the impact of war on American lives.
  22. You ought to have a movie that's both smart and sexy. But Jennifer's Body is neither. Most damning of all, it's not scary.
  23. Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism.
  24. Technically proficient enough to keep us intrigued; but we shouldn't have to Google a movie to know if we were scared.
  25. There are good movies to be made about romantic obsession, but the premise doesn't work if the crazy stalker isn't juxtaposed with a sympathetic victim.
  26. Ultimately it's sunk by the hole in the middle: Paul Campbell (presidential aide Billy on "Battlestar Galactica") who substitutes smarm for charm as the archetypal player who gets played.
  27. Initially, the puzzle structure and a pair of Oscar-winning actresses distract us from the dark vacuum at the center of this enterprise, but when it implodes, it doesn't reverberate.
  28. It's eerie rather than wondrous.
  29. Falls into that middling ground of horror film: neither scary enough to be exciting nor campy enough to be amusing.
  30. In Hollywood, it’s all about the concept, and some studio executive must have thought it would be fun to watch Adams slogging around in the Irish mud. Unfortunately, there’s no accounting for taste.

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