St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
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For 1,441 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1441 movie reviews
  1. Despite playing with a stacked deck, The Judge is guilty of exceeding expectations.
  2. This toothless attempt is just dead on arrival.
  3. A genuinely touching and occasionally powerful film, not least because the boys are so disinclined to pity themselves.
  4. Ultimately what makes Gone Girl so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. The director bathes the B-movie scenario in the queasy-green hues of a morgue, while Affleck flashes his million-dollar smile like a dime-store Dracula and the beautifully inscrutable Pike absorbs the light like a wax mannequin. If it’s true that Nick and Amy were made for each other, they were made in a fiendish lab.
  5. Annabelle is so lazily coat-tailing on Roman Polanski, they should have called it “Rosemary’s Barbie.”
  6. In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it’s redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance.
  7. The Equalizer, loosely based on the TV series of the late ’80s, is a guilty-pleasure platform for Washington’s slow-cooked, kick-butt heroism.
  8. So stupid and hateful, it needs to have a stake driven through its heart before it can spawn a franchise.
  9. It has a game cast, it’s watchable, fun, sick, sad and has to be seen to be believed.
  10. What makes Love Is Strange so special is that the challenges the couple face are more mundane than menacing.
  11. Although the ratio of comedy to drama becomes increasingly weighted toward tearjerking, few of the emotional moments are realistic or effective.
  12. While director Michael Roskam lays the groundwork for a heist thriller, The Drop is fueled by character, not plot.
  13. A family flick that punches the right buttons like a trained seal.
  14. He’s like a globe-trotting Richard Linklater. And with Winterbottom’s first-ever sequel, his “Trip” films now rival Linklater’s “Before” series in charting how a twosome evolves over time. Plus, they’re bloody hilarious.
  15. Although The November Man shows us some attractive people in motion, the cumulative effect leaves us neither shaken nor stirred.
  16. The settings and supporting roles suggest that If I Stay started out as someone’s passion project, but the final product only requires its star to sleepwalk through buckets of schlock.
  17. Alba is a showstopper in a fringed cowgirl outfit. But nine years wiser, we know that pretty things aren’t always worth killing for.
  18. Land Ho! is a tepid little movie that goes almost nowhere, and if I had to sit in that rental car for one more boob joke, I’d rather jump into a volcano.
  19. Gleeson is great as the troubled, conscientious priest, but until an abruptly shocking finale, his fatalism turns the ticking clock into a congested hourglass.
  20. Co-directors Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos let the painful stories emerge naturally, without prodding questions or talking-head experts who place the boys’ grim lives in the larger context of the post-industrial economy.
  21. Not all of it makes sense, but for disaster movie fans, Into the Storm has enough destruction to go around.
  22. Although the outcome is as predetermined as a prix-fixe menu, the storytelling is as smooth as goose-liver pate through a pastry nozzle.
  23. Cameos from actors portraying Little Richard, Mick Jagger, Frankie Avalon and Alan Leeds add up to some fun.
  24. Surrender, earthlings. It’s the Guardians’ world and you’ll be happy to live in it.
  25. The film would be incalculably different if the lead role had been divided between two or three young actors for a conventional shoot. But Linklater’s patience allows us to see a thoughtful personality being formed both on and off the screen.
  26. Like black coffee that's flung in our face, The Killer Inside Me silences the question of whether it's good or bad. But for darn sure, it's strong.
  27. A film that aims for the stars and may have found one here on earth.
  28. If cranking out this kind of mediocre, head-scratching blarney is the only option available to Hollywood veterans like Reiner, we have some friendly advice: Open a haberdashery.
  29. Although Besson, the director of “La Femme Nikita” and the producer of “Taken,” indulges in some operatic violence, the film is more spacey than pacey.
  30. The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.

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