St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 1,274 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 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Stories We Tell
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1274 movie reviews
  1. Plays as if Tillman studied the works of director Michael Mann ("Heat"), but got a C on the final exam.
  2. A true story of animal rescue, and it even stars the sea creature to whom it happened. But it's the humans who do the cutesy tricks that make it a mixed blessing.
  3. This long, ludicrous soap opera is also a mighty spectacle, a new standard in disengaged destruction.
  4. Although the characters are three-dimensional, the simultaneous crises and last-act resolutions are a little too neat for a movie about the messiness of life.
  5. You would expect an epic with brains and hearts. Instead we settle for sturdy craft, with a stellar cast struggling to breathe life into the cold material.
  6. After some overly talky revelations, the cornered writer/directors are forced to shatter their absurd shell game with a final act of violence that spoils the breezy, capering mood that prevailed for much of the movie.
  7. It's deliberately difficult to untangle the crossed allegiances of the people that Kelly interviews, and it's melodramatic that he tries to smuggle Ming and a surrendered assassin onto a plane bound for the United States. But dramatizing such a complex situation is a necessary evil.
  8. The Woman in Gold works, largely because of the odd-couple chemistry between Mirren and Reynolds. It just goes to show that broad strokes are appealing when they’re in the right frame.
  9. The Hefner we meet here is the likable rogue we already know.
  10. With its references to other properties in the Marvel universe and to classic tales of redemption, this no-surprises summer movie might appeal to those who've been bitten by radioactive spiders or the Shakespeare bug.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's intellectual snack food, satisfying for a little while but always leaving you hungry for more.
  11. Fulfills its mission, which is to be a crowd-pleasing tearjerker.
  12. Finally the film tips its hand and becomes a bet-the-house warning about climate change.
  13. Like the politicians it tries to pull into the big picture, Killing Them Softly promises more than it delivers.
  14. Unfolds like a fable instead of a believable slice of life. Mexican TV and film star Bichir gives a poignant performance, but he's distinctly more European than the cholos and Chicano laborers on the sketchy edges of the hero's plight.
  15. Without the kindling of character development, Planes: Fire and Rescue is no smoldering success, but if Disney’s flight plan is to share Pixar’s airspace, it’s getting warmer.
  16. On a minute-to-minute level, it's an engaging mystery, the kind that rewards our participation with eye candy and adrenaline shots. But when we pull back for an overview, we see that it's flat and that pieces are missing.
  17. 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.
  18. Michael as a character is defined almost solely by his helplessness and gratitude. He's as lovable as a lost puppy, but a more perceptive movie than The Blind Side would have let us see him from another angle.
  19. Despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil.
  20. 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.
  21. The Road has the signposts of an important film, but it lacks the diversions of an inviting trip.
  22. Why the bloodsucker and the wolf boy treat Bella as if she's the cat's meow is still a mystery.
  23. Barney's Version has episodes instead of plot, outbursts instead of wit and alibis instead of growth.
  24. There’s plenty of talk about sex — even from Brandy’s supportive mom (Connie Britton), who offers her lubricant — but not much nudity or consequence. In The To Do List, sex is just another dubious achievement to outgrow.
  25. It's pure speculation on the filmmakers' part that Gaelic pagans were adorned with bones, blue mud and Mohawks, but the fire-dancing spectacle is a welcome respite from the beefcake of the journey scenes.
  26. Moore's voice is weak and fuzzy, directed at a choir that should already know the words by heart.
  27. 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.
  28. Obviously a labor love, and its very existence in a godforsaken marketplace is a minor miracle.
  29. Chartered to provide both sides of every debate, CNN has positioned itself as the middle ground for discussions of current events. But without a knowledgeable teacher (or filmmaker) to lead such discussions into new territory, they devolve into noisy bull sessions.

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