St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Marguerite is a shining star, a film that will set you laughing and thinking in equal measure.
  1. One of Pixar’s most charming achievements.
  2. Burton delivers his most ambitious and engaging film since “Sweeney Todd” (2007). Although the story becomes increasingly complex as it goes along, the emotional payoff is more than worth it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Nolte gives a superlative performance, rich and full, packed with emotion and yet not overly hysterical. [25 Dec 1991, p.3F]
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  3. This is very much an ensemble film, with Wahlberg, Hudson and Russell turning in performances that get the job done without begging for attention.
  4. This is the rare mainstream film that addresses the complexities of real life. Brad’s Status may motivate you to question your own.
  5. The fact-based Stronger is an inspiring tale of reconciliation and reinvention that sidesteps sentimentality to get to emotional truth.
  6. Reeves is thoroughly persuasive as a killer who takes pride in his expertise. The role he began with 2014’s “John Wick” is tailor-made for his laconic acting style.
  7. There is much to like about this film, good performances and writing, enough true laughs for the comedy label and enough true love to keep the romance fans happy. To top it all off, the soundtrack uses Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra at all the right moments. Try to leave this movie without humming one of the tunes on the way home. [29 July 1994, p.5F]
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  8. It’s not necessary to be a classical-music buff to be charmed by this thoroughly entertaining film that never hits a false note.
  9. Davis Guggenheim, the St. Louis director who won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth," mines less controversial material this time around.
  10. We can quibble about the punitive punchline of John Gatins' script, but keeping complexity aloft for so long makes Flight a miraculous feat.
  11. As the highly focused Hanna, Ronan - who had a breakout role in "Atonement" - is simply brilliant.
  12. Deftly balances subtle humor with sharp observations about class, wealth and power.
  13. As memorable as it is insightful, Take This Waltz is one of the best films of the year.
  14. Looking for a feel-good movie? Fortunately, this film doesn’t qualify.
  15. The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
  16. An enthralling lament for an era in which beauty is in danger of becoming extinct.
  17. An Oscar-ready collaboration between a great director and a star at the peak of his powers, but at its heart is a message in a bottle reading: "Trapped in paradise. Please send help."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sea of Love is a tough, sexy thriller, one of the most exciting suspense movies of the year, and undoubtedly the funniest. Al Pacino and John Goodman are terrific as detectives teamed up to catch a serial killer who apparently is choosing victims from personal ads in a New York weekly. [17 Sep 1989, p.11F]
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  18. It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year.
  19. I’m pretty sure it would still be one of the best films of the year if the explicit lesbian sex scenes were censored, but it wouldn’t earn a penny in Peoria.
  20. For cinematic sojourners, Hugo is a trip to the moon.
  21. Maybe I enjoyed the similarly themed Kick-Ass because it took me back to that innocent time. Or maybe it's because this is the most brazenly funny bloodbath unleashed on the public since "Pulp Fiction."
  22. Best appreciated as a movie about being obsessed — a character trait that’s certainly not limited to chess masters.
  23. Diesel and Johnson are at their testosterone-charged best. Theron, who seems to be auditioning to become the next Bond villain, is ruthlessness personified.
  24. At the end of the day, it’s still a comic-book movie, but one that actually raises serious questions about security, accountability and revenge.
  25. An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of creativity and tenderness.
  26. Working from his own screenplay, director David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) delivers a risky, challenging film that unfolds with a spellbinding momentum. Just what it all means is left to the viewer to contemplate.
  27. Naysayers will no doubt argue that mother! is an incomprehensible mess. But as sheer visceral filmmaking, it’s a must-see. If you’re looking for meaning, read a book.

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