St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,019 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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 25 After Earth
Score distribution:
1,019 movie reviews
  1. With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance.
  2. 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.
  3. It’s amusing fluff, but from an Oscar-winning dramatist, this return to comedy is a bit of a letdown.
  4. Cue the folky music and the two eccentric locals who are the only other characters, and Prince Avalanche is a molehill that dreams it’s a mountain when it’s really, really stoned.
  5. There’s much to appreciate here. Like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which had a stronger sense of its place in the world, this coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven’t been exposed to the better examples of the genre.
  6. Targeted toward horror-film junkies looking for a terror throwback, You’re Next mixes gore and dark humor with yet another home invasion plot line.
  7. 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.
  8. Gordon-Levitt is a victim of his own success here. He plays such a convincing cad that we don’t believe or invest in his redemption.
  9. Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell.
  10. There’s a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
  11. The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
  12. For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
  13. Strange hybrid of science lesson and Saturday-morning cartoon.
  14. A good and necessary film, but like the man himself it’s not immune to scrutiny.
  15. It’s admirable, but Monuments Men just poses on a porous foundation like a statue.
  16. Non-Stop: It is what it is.
  17. Typically lovely to look at, with big-eyed young people espousing high ideals amid natural splendor. But outside of their bubble, a prickly history looms, and Miyazaki’s dubious attitude toward the wartime role of his hero makes the movie a mixed blessing.
  18. What the movie crucially lacks is the clockwork complications that produce a payoff.
  19. With his glorified Frisbee and good-guy smile, Evans is engaging, but “The Winter Soldier” might be stronger with a little less Captain and a little more America.
  20. Presented as a stand-alone film, but without an explanation for the protagonist’s physical and emotional injuries, it’s a head-scratcher. As with Joe’s sexual compulsion, scratching can’t cure the itch.
  21. Joe
    While Green is force-feeding us this hard-boiled hokum, he doesn’t distract us with many memorable images, as he did in his earliest films.
  22. The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces.
  23. Easy to watch but hard to pin down, like a creature with eight legs going in different directions.
  24. Fading Gigolo is like two different movies on an awkward blind date at a jazz club. While Allen charms us with a parody of “Broadway Danny Rose,” Turturro is off-key in his lounge-lizard riff on “The Piano.”
  25. The movie looks like it was made for broadcast television, the place where words and pictures go to die.
  26. Every character from the original is here, navigating the dating jungle, but this time there’s no pushing of Steve Harvey’s book.
  27. For real balance, the debate needs fiercely leftist truth-tellers in tri-corner hats, calling themselves the Organic Chai Tea Party.
  28. 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.
  29. Like the first movie The Purge: Anarchy, is trash masking as social commentary, and its depiction of unrelenting, sanctioned violence can be hard to stomach.
  30. 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.

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