St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 980 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 980
980 movie reviews
  1. Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice.
  2. Despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil.
  3. Ultimately a movie that could have been a little jewel is unpolished.
  4. The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic.
  5. Too modest to become a worldwide phenomenon, but sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor.
  6. By the time the meta-movie and cute-dog subplots collide in the desert, this high-concept vehicle has run out of gas. Movies about the filmmaking process may never get old, but self-referential hit men smell like yesterday's fish story.
  7. Compared to most teen comedies these days, Fun Size is almost touchingly tame.
  8. If your inner amphibian craves a wave, you have the right kind of brain to appreciate the elemental story and scenic backdrops. But advanced mammals might smell something fishy.
  9. The Bay is better than a shallow exercise, but crabby horror fans may have preferred that Levinson took a real plunge.
  10. It's not a good film, but viewed from a cockeyed angle, it's a great guilty pleasure, and director Bill Condon is in on the joke.
  11. Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in This Must Be the Place, there's no there there.
  12. Like the politicians it tries to pull into the big picture, Killing Them Softly promises more than it delivers.
  13. Hitchcock is an amusing lark, but the clumsy way it dissects the director is for the birds.
  14. The Holocaust must never be forgotten, but like many well-intentioned documentaries, The Flat derives more power from the implicit strength of the subject than from the explicit choices of the director.
  15. There's an alliance of interesting stories fighting for dominance here, but instead of a clear victory, Hyde Park on Hudson is the site of a muddled truce.
  16. Because he's the protagonist of the movie and played by the likable Matt Damon, we keep an open mind, but Promised Land is morally ambiguous to a fault.
  17. Obviously a labor love, and its very existence in a godforsaken marketplace is a minor miracle.
  18. This true-ish story adds a romantic subplot to the prosecution of Japanese war criminals by American general Douglas MacArthur, but neither the love nor the war are completely baked.
  19. It’s too cheesy and predictable to be a real miracle, but by Vegas standards, it’s a winner.
  20. Like a taxidermied owl, Stoker is lovely to look at, but in the end it’s hard to give a hoot.
  21. Draining most of the blood, sweat and tears from a true story, this music-minded movie capably covers a song we’ve heard a hundred times before.
  22. Redford is an adequate director, and he keeps things moving at a moderate pace, passing up exits to more spectacular vistas or hotter issues.
  23. A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
  24. While the underrated Brosnan is effective as the cold-hearted produce mogul, the character starts as such a sourpuss that after he softens in the Sorrento lemon groves, it’s still hard to root for his inevitable hookup with Ida.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    What saves the movie from taking a nose-dive is the confident performance of Helena Bonham Carter and some genuinely funny scenes involving her character. She plays Jane, a smart, feisty, rebellious young woman who is confined to a wheelchair because she is dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). [22 Jan. 1999, p.E3]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  25. Good but not-good-enough schlocker.
  26. Despite its brainy title, Monsters University only earns a passing grade on its looks.
  27. Whether on stage or the screen, Much Ado About Nothing is a pleasure that passes like a midsummer night’s dream.
  28. Watson is a revelation here as a brand-obsessed bad girl.
  29. A buddy comedy disguised as a political thriller. It’s full of malarkey, but as a campaign of shock and awe, it’s hard to resist.

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