St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 1,151 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1151 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Good but not-good-enough schlocker.
  3. Christopher Nolan's "Memento" was a movie-lover's dream come true, a puzzle that was engaging both intellectually and emotionally. But his Inception is a wake-up call, a blaring reminder that cheap tricks can't compensate for personal investment.
  4. Home delivers like a mailman on Valentine’s Day. But when we scratch beneath the sugary surface, there’s something tart inside that’s difficult to digest.
  5. Like a newborn planet, Melancholia is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air.
  6. The moral lesson that this movie feeds us smells fishy - because it's not in the book. But the backbone story about a guy who inherits some penguins is enough to tickle the kids.
  7. Non-Stop: It is what it is.
  8. On that vicarious-pleasure level, the movie version delivers. Yet for anyone with a sense of irony or social justice, it’s also frustratingly soft around the edges, with no real sense of the drugs-and-violence underside of show business or the spiritual cost of failure.
  9. It's hard to imagine a better movie about corporate-sanctioned sex trafficking than The Whistleblower. But whether you're ready to confront this true story is a trickier question.
  10. Moves along well until the characters and situations become too ridiculous to be believed.
  11. Killer Joe is one of the most repugnant parodies of small-town stupidity that you will ever see, and Friedkin amplifies the shrill obscenities with blaring cartoon and kung-fu footage from his art director's fever dreams.
  12. Fuqua is a proficient action director, and the boxing scenes deliver plenty of whomp. But the music-saturated scenes involving the media, the law and a turncoat friend played by Curtis (“50 Cent”) Jackson are trying to appeal to fans of “Empire,” not “Raging Bull.”
  13. 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.
  14. A family flick that punches the right buttons like a trained seal.
  15. Call it "On the Lakefront." Or "Pretty-Good Fellas."
  16. The movie is an eyeful, especially in 3-D, but even with humans at the helms of the machines, it’s a hollow exercise in homage.
  17. With its forked tongue planted loosely in cheek, this haunted-house flick is enjoyably retro in both style and substance.
  18. The ingredients are in place for a potent finale, but “Catching Fire” is watered down.
  19. With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
  20. 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.
  21. It’s too cheesy and predictable to be a real miracle, but by Vegas standards, it’s a winner.
  22. What's finest about Everybody's Fine is to watch a good fella groping hopefully toward old age.
  23. Only a heartfelt performance by Diane Lane rescues the film from abject mediocrity.
  24. L'amour fou means "crazy love," but we don't learn anything crazy about these devoted lovers.
  25. It's not quite infectious, but some of the high notes manage to drown out some of the guttural lows.
  26. 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.
  27. Waiting for Superman raises important questions while wearing a big red heart on its chest, but inconvenient facts are its kryptonite.
  28. Two incompatible movies duke it out in Bandslam. Although it's the wimpy teen musical that prevails, it's the misfit coming-of-age story that leaves an impression.
  29. Weaving between freshness and formula, The Boys Are Back earns a gentle pat on the head.
  30. The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of Unfinished Song forgivable.

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