St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 900 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Impossible
Lowest review score: 25 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 900
900 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This movie is Denzel Washington stopping a speeding train devoid of subtext, blunders and earth-shattering revelations about the human condition. It is precisely as entertaining as it sounds; no more, no less.
  1. Megamind falls flat.
  2. Here, Dan Aykroyd mimics the original voice, but the three-dimensional CGI isn't loose and lively enough to compensate for the unimaginative story.
  3. There's a fascinating story here for a bolder filmmaker, but after so much meandering it's a relief that "All Good Things" must come to an end.
  4. It's classic sitcom shtick, and The Dilemma is a painful reminder that director Ron Howard was trained in television.
  5. A foul-mouthed comedy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. "Bad Santa" (2003) also had plenty of crude language and lewd behavior. The difference is, "Bad Santa" was extremely funny.
  6. Has a welcome message of personal growth and racial tolerance. And it's ably made, with evocative Memphis locations. But in the final sermon, it proffers some plot twists that are supposed to be miraculous but may strike a doubting Thomas as lame.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mars Needs Moms is dark for a Disney movie.
  7. The so-so film isn't nearly as good as any of the movies that may have inspired it, or even its own knockout trailer.
  8. Rooted in empty materialism, but it never evokes the heady rush of a guilty pleasure or the precipitous payback of a thriller.
  9. An inconsequential mess.
  10. A medical drama that pays lip service to the healing power of music but never finds the rhythm.
  11. With such a thin excuse for a leading man, Arthur is a dud.
  12. Instead of entertaining us, director Robert Redford offers us a handsome history lesson that's as dry as a hardtack biscuit.
  13. The few Jewish characters are cartoonishly evil, but even the Palestinians are sketchily dramatized or, in the case of a terrorist, clumsily legitimized.
  14. The most rewarding way to watch Water for Elephants is to focus on the sideshow of costumes and craftsmanship, because the romance in the center ring smells like trained animals going through the motions.
  15. Because we don't know or care much about the characters, this Israeli film never fulfills its potential as either an absurdist comedy or a humane drama.
  16. Fast Five represents Yankee ingenuity of the brutally stupid kind.
  17. Mostly "Hoodwinked Too" is playing to young video gamers, with overblown action sequences and slangy 'tude.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Doesn't break any new ground, but it is a decent way to spend a girls' night out.
  18. Amid other wedding movies crowding screens these days, not to mention Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family," Jumping the Broom feels instantly familiar. And tired.
  19. There Be Dragons is tethered to the earth by a tangled plot, wooden acting and the heavy burden of healing old wounds.
  20. It's clear that Phillips is betting heavily on funnymen Jeong and Galifianakis to hide his creative bankruptcy.
  21. One small step for action movies, one giant leap into the abyss of mindlessness.
  22. Spacey evokes memories of other movies in which he's played a shark, and it's inherently fascinating to hear Aniston talking dirty and to see Farrell with a combover, but nothing in the film is genuinely provocative.
  23. It would have been nice if Cowboys & Aliens had come come up with the right equation to balance originality and homage. But in the end, it all turned into trigonometry.
  24. Once we've quickly digested the fortune-cookie message that modern women are as bound by obligations as their grandmothers were, all we can savor is the scenery.
  25. Here, the scattershot spoofery never rings true.
  26. 30 Minutes or Less could have been a guilty pleasure, but the crusty caper is half baked.
  27. This is another one of those phony movies in which a character burrows into someone else's life without telling them she's an axe murderer, a man or a vampire. Not only that, we're supposed to hope that they get it on. I was hoping that everyone involved would get hit by an asteroid.

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