St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 1,277 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1277 movie reviews
  1. Gilroy vividly evokes both the LA exteriors and newsroom interiors, and the action sequences are fraught with tension.
  2. Not just another biopic, The Founder is a morality tale that raises provocative questions about consumer culture, its benefits and its consequences. You won’t look at a Big Mac the same way again.
  3. Nowhere Boy is too astutely written and directed to go to predictably melodramatic extremes.
  4. 20th Century Women doesn’t have much of a plot — if it has one at all. But the film beautifully evokes the era just before Ronald Reagan entered the Oval Office.
  5. Allen has been criticized for leaving some of the plot lines up in the air and several characters in the lurch. But he seems to be making a point: Neat Hollywood endings are as phony and dangerous as Cristal's ramblings.
  6. As they build up steam, two powerful actors keep us wondering whether this train is bound for war or peace.
  7. It's a well-earned curtain call for some of the most beloved characters in one of the best-sustained feats of recent cinema.
  8. Like the recent "Greenberg," Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."
  9. Phoenix is perfectly cast as the ethically problematic Abe, whose novel approach to lifting himself out of an existential funk lends the story its suspense.
  10. The finale is heavy on CGI. But it never takes away from this respectable entry into the horror genre that values chills over kills.
  11. Ultimately, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is a defense, not a prosecution, and the principal witness remains a shining star.
  12. This thriller about the game-changing website Wikileaks is as smart about cyberspace as “The Social Network,” but there’s a glitch when it shifts the focus from felonious leaders to the misdemeanors of the man who exposed them.
  13. With Labor Day, director Jason Reitman turns a Nicholas Sparks scenario into an Alfred Hitchcock creep-show.
  14. Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.
  15. The kids in the movie, from musicians to marital artists, are unusually skillful, and Smith seems assured of more starring roles. By the end of The Karate Kid, we can't help cheering, even when we know we've been sucker-punched.
  16. It bodes well for the future of the franchise that Renner and Weisz share not only a gripping predicament but something more important: chemistry.
  17. It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
  18. If Barbershop: The Next Cut ends on an improbably upbeat note, the franchise is to be commended for daringly stepping outside its comfort zone.
  19. At once an intriguing character study and a refreshingly offbeat romance.
  20. The vocal performances are spot-on, with Murray a standout as the slyly manipulative but ultimately courageous Baloo.
  21. Sex and the City 2 will never be compared to "The Godfather, Part II." But it's everything a fan could want in a sequel.
  22. At once funny and poignant — and not just for moviegoers of a certain age.
  23. Cold in July has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making.
  24. Footnote is faintly comic, and director Joseph Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders.
  25. In an Arnold film, plot is pretty much beside the point. Instead, she focuses on the subtleties of character — and her insights can be both enlightening and terrifying.
  26. Because Short Term 12 is a small movie about a challenging subject, you may have to accept my word that actress Brie Larson and director Destin Cretton are bright discoveries, but it shouldn’t be long before the wider world can see these talents with the naked eye.
  27. Although Steadman’s artwork seems like sloppy pen-and-ink caricature, there’s a method to the madness.
  28. Stone isn't for everyone. But for all its shortcomings, it is courageously original.
  29. An entertaining tour of Tinseltown served with poisoned popcorn.
  30. Titanic technical achievement.

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