St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,307 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Hell or High Water
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1307 movie reviews
  1. With a child’s perspective on war, Lore deserves comparisons with “Empire of the Sun” and “Hope and Glory,” and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone.
  2. Best appreciated as an exercise in style. Based on Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman," the film establishes and sustains a mood of suspense, but Corbijn seems only minimally interested in conventional thrills.
  3. Depp shows again that he truly understands Thompson by delivering a nuanced performance that is remarkably different, but subliminally similar, from the wonderfully outrageous turn he provided in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
  4. During a summer with the usual transforming robots and young wizards, this chilly flick is a bit of a break, and there are worse options than letting this Orphan in the door.
  5. Draft Day isn’t quite a comedy, but it’s got a similar kind of flow that makes it as easily consumable as lite beer.
  6. Jenison, who had never painted a thing in his life, does indeed produce a beautiful work, but we should never forget that Penn and Teller are professional bamboozlers, and their attempt to re-frame the definition of genius might be nothing but smoke and mirrors.
  7. This showcase for Wiig is sufficiently absurd to make real-world parallels laughable.
  8. While Black is painfully effective as the dork who drops slangy kudos on his new BFF, Marsden is a revelation.
  9. A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.
  10. It’s Belgian actor Schoenaerts who will leave the target audience atwitter. Seemingly incapable of cracking a smile, he fits securely in the stoic-farmer tradition that stretches from John Wayne in “The Quiet Man” to Russell Crowe in “The Water Diviner.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Perhaps the larger issue is that we just expect better from the company that gave us so much more originality and smarts in movies such as “WALL-E,” “Toy Story” and “Inside Out.” Enjoy it for what it is.
  11. This hand-drawn French import is fresh evidence that you don’t need computers and singing princesses to make a charming animated movie.
  12. Based on a true story, The Lady in the Van is a well-acted but somewhat wearying exercise in British whimsy.
  13. As a tale of a boy, his dog and their battles with bad guys, it's a treasure.
  14. If you’ve been wondering how Washington really works, this film is required viewing.
  15. The iconic actor may be too gruff for sainthood, but Murray still retains a secret stash of soul.
  16. Washington is surprisingly persuasive as a world-weary blade-wielder, and Oldman makes the most of a not particularly interesting villain. But the film's breakout star may be Kunis, who brings to Solara a blend of sassiness and sexiness that's reminiscent of Michelle Pfeiffer.
  17. With stately surroundings and hissable villains, director Amma Assante imbues the finale with such dramatic resonance that Belle becomes a ringing proclamation of human dignity.
  18. While the PG-13 approach to the most brutally sustained war the world has ever known makes it suitable for mature children, some cynical adults may resent the tug of the reins. Me, I cried like a grandmother.
  19. Unlike the benchmark sports documentary "Hoop Dreams," Undefeated doesn't have a deep penetration of poverty and race in its playbook, but it does have enough heart to make substantial forward progress.
  20. As predictable as a 3-and-0 pitch down the middle, but when it’s baseball season, who wants dark clouds?
  21. In recording the timeless traditions of Jewry, he created a new one: the identity crisis that rides on the back of laughter.
  22. The world-class mechanic is Brad Bird, who applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
  23. This isn't just another crime story, and it would be misleading to suggest that it has anything to do with stylish gunplay, exhilarating car chases or brutal fistfights.
  24. For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang.
  25. You can tell by some loose threads and hurried workmanship that God’s Pocket is a knock-off, but it’s so stuffed with value, it’s an offer you can’t refuse.
  26. As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus. But as a political statement or personal drama, The Ghost Writer is nearly invisible.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Guardians make a winning team that is a prime candidate for a sequel, just like "The Avengers."
  27. If the film is a bit too slow-paced, it’s also uniquely mesmerizing, with performances that perfectly complement the episodic narrative.
  28. Pleasant, well-acted but somewhat overlong, The Way was written and directed by Estevez, who's perhaps best known for his acting career ("The Breakfast Club").

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