St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
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For 1,153 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 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1153 movie reviews
  1. Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood.
  2. After watching Post Grad, you may wonder whether Hollywood will ever stop making generic comedies with zero tolerance for originality.
  3. The clichéd script doesn't develop the secondary characters or the critical theme of the mutants' alienation.
  4. The delivery pouch for Premium Rush promises a white-hot thriller from the bike-messenger subculture. But what's inside the package seems like a lukewarm action-comedy from the pile of scripts that Matthew Broderick rejected after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
  5. There's nothing cinematic about this turgid tearjerker except the slumming presence of movie star Harrison Ford.
  6. It's clear that Phillips is betting heavily on funnymen Jeong and Galifianakis to hide his creative bankruptcy.
  7. A handsome movie with a handsome leading man. Christian Bale is widely considered the finest actor of his generation. Yet here he’s adrift in the bulrushes. This might be the most indifferent performance of Bale’s career.
  8. J. Edgar is the kind of prestige production that apologists will call polished, but even the technical attributes are tinny. In the gay-geezers scenes, Hammer wears terrible old-age makeup, and the entire film is bathed in sepia tones as weak as its convictions.
  9. The special effects remain good, but the jokes are creaky, the sentiments are forced and the pop-historical lessons are obligatory.
  10. This movie, which was made by an animation studio in Spain, isn't trying to make a social statement; it speaks in the international language of lightweight comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mars Needs Moms is dark for a Disney movie.
  11. 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.
  12. A medical drama that pays lip service to the healing power of music but never finds the rhythm.
  13. The Big Year puts the focus on people who aren't inherently interesting - or funny.
  14. Starved of sufficient comedy or drama, The Age of Adaline is a pipsqueak.
  15. Minions is product, pure and simple. Little kids will love it, but grown-ups will feel like they’re being held hostage in a Fisher-Price test laboratory.
  16. The most grievous sins here are sins of omission.
  17. Hot Tub Time Machine isn't a good movie, but like a bubbling bath it keeps pounding at us until our resistance wears down.
  18. Lovely to look at, and Vikander does nothing to derail her inevitable ascension to the A-list. But as a story, it evokes a word that no battlefield nurse would ever apply to her experiences: sterile.
  19. The setting and offbeat tone may remind some viewers of another recent comedy, but whereas “The Descendants” was a substantive meal, Aloha is a pu pu platter.
  20. 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.
  21. 9
    Although it has a great look and offers a few thrills, the animated film 9 is one of this year's biggest disappointments.
  22. In getting so many of the Midwestern details wrong, worldly director Bahrani (“Chop Shop”) teaches an inadvertent lesson to aspiring filmmakers who want to follow his footsteps to the festival circuit: Grow where you’re planted.
  23. To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can’t just kick ass — it has to blow minds.
  24. Instead of entertaining us, director Robert Redford offers us a handsome history lesson that's as dry as a hardtack biscuit.
  25. The few Jewish characters are cartoonishly evil, but even the Palestinians are sketchily dramatized or, in the case of a terrorist, clumsily legitimized.
  26. Except for the dynamite finale, The Long Ranger feels like a long, slow ride to the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump.
  27. Although The November Man shows us some attractive people in motion, the cumulative effect leaves us neither shaken nor stirred.
  28. The diabolical sadist of the team was director Joe Carnahan.
  29. It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back.

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