St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 1,055 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 A Serious Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,055 movie reviews
  1. I still think it's a funny movie, but given its genes, it's a bit of a slacker.
  2. While the plot is as flimsy as a hooker's halter top, it's buoyed by two actors with attitude and timing.
  3. The settings and supporting roles suggest that If I Stay started out as someone’s passion project, but the final product only requires its star to sleepwalk through buckets of schlock.
  4. It's almost offensive that Danny Glover is relegated to playing the mysterious old confidante who haunts the same fishing hole as Cal. By the time Glover's character delivers the homily, Legendary is pinned to the mat.
  5. As long as Hollywood keeps hitting us over the head with empty spectacles like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, regular Joes will be too numb to fight back.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. All that complexity backfires at about the midpoint, leaving viewers with a standard yarn about a popular guy who makes a grossly insensitive wager after his trophy girlfriend drops him. After that, it is all a case of "been there, done that." [29 Jan 1999,p. E3]
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  10. ’Round these parts, when a movie promises a million laughs but only delivers a dozen chuckles, that’s a hanging offense.
  11. Here, Dan Aykroyd mimics the original voice, but the three-dimensional CGI isn't loose and lively enough to compensate for the unimaginative story.
  12. 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.
  13. Judged solely in comparison to its corporate cousins, Iron Man 3 is a defective model. It’s lightweight but slow, padded with cheap jokes to disguise how hollow it is.
  14. Duvall is a powerful actor, and this folksy fable could have been a career-capping feat, but the movie is toothless and slow.
  15. This gravely serious drama is as insular as a tomb with Muzak. It takes a particularly heavy hand to make us numb to the abduction of two children, but that's the effect of the wall-to-wall music and earnestly dour performances.
  16. Back when it was planned as an African-American "Ocean's Eleven," this project might have been edgy, but the script has been whitewashed into a generic caper comedy with pretensions of timeliness.
  17. The movie version of Fifty Shades is better than the book. It's still awful, but when a filmmaker starts with stupid source material, he's handcuffed.
  18. This is an extremely gory flick, with autopsy scenes to complement Schwarzenegger’s usual shoot-first sensibilities. After 30 years, it’s pointless to complain about the collateral damage in his movies, but here Schwarzenegger is taking vigilante justice to dark new levels that can only be reached via plot holes big enough for a Hummer.
  19. The questions raised by Oblivion aren’t especially deep, but the movie does answer a puzzler that has troubled humankind for generations: Can Tom Cruise build a concept so big that he himself can’t lift it?
  20. The mediocre mushy stuff isn’t alleviated by enough action.
  21. While it claims to be exported from New Jersey, The Oranges is peddling an alien motto: When life hands you lemons, fuhgeddaboudit.
  22. The verdict on Snitch is that Johnson has attempted a career detour on a street marked Do Not Enter.
  23. Considerably better looking than its predecessor, but it's spewing the same old gibberish.
  24. 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.
  25. Because the affable Wahlberg is making the sales pitch, you could kid yourself that this is just a high-tech vacuum cleaner, built to siphon loose change like popcorn. But our failure to understand the terrifying significance of the “Transformers” series is why we're in the age of extinction.
  26. It's a worn-out show-business fairy tale piggybacking on a nonexistent trend.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Like its main character, I Don't Know How She Does It tries to do everything, but it doesn't quite succeed.
  27. It's classic sitcom shtick, and The Dilemma is a painful reminder that director Ron Howard was trained in television.
  28. Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.
  29. A movie with no surprises at all, a streamlined chase flick that is running on the fumes from recycled fuel.

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