St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 980 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 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 25 After Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 980
980 movie reviews
  1. The best kind of comic-book movie. It's stylish and spectacular, yet it's rooted in history and human emotions. It's smart yet it's funny. It's wise yet it kicks ass when it has to. Just like the U.S. of A.
  2. Wysocki is perfectly cast as a teen who's at odds with both his environment and himself. It's a terrific performance. And as the empathetic Fitzgerald, Reilly is at his quirky best.
  3. There's so much higher intelligence in Project Nim that simply digesting it feels like evolutionary progress.
  4. Put aside any hang-ups you may have about subtitles. As action flicks go, Point Blank is right on target.
  5. Our Idiot Brother is smart entertainment.
  6. Starts out so promisingly that it's a huge disappointment when it ultimately becomes way too predictable - and unbelievable. It's as if "Raging Bull" suddenly morphed into "Rocky."
  7. Although you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, Moneyball is one of the best baseball movies imaginable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The film catches the Mozarts' true personalities in a way that Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" never approaches. In one scene, the siblings playfully improvise musical variations, and then joyfully rush to the clavier to write them down: There is the essence of Mozart.
  8. The Hedgehog sneaks up on you with its heartfelt storytelling and sophisticated wit.
  9. An art-history lesson and a spiritual exercise disguised as a movie.
  10. Shannon's powerfully imploded performance ignites one of the best films of the year.
  11. A beautifully realized drama that gets to the essence of what it's like to be young, confused and in love.
  12. An Oscar-ready collaboration between a great director and a star at the peak of his powers, but at its heart is a message in a bottle reading: "Trapped in paradise. Please send help."
  13. For cinematic sojourners, Hugo is a trip to the moon.
  14. The performance is both an eerie imitation and a touching revelation. Oscar voters who overlooked Williams for her camouflage roles in "Brokeback Mountain," "Wendy and Lucy" and "Blue Valentine" should now throw diamonds at her feet.
  15. Clear-eyed, fearless and ferociously funny, Young Adult is mature filmmaking.
  16. The film isn't quite as edgy as Fincher's best work - "Seven," "Fight Club" and "Zodiac" are masterpieces of modern angst. But the director brings a fresh eye to what might easily have been an unnecessary rehash of the 2009 Swedish adaptation.
  17. May be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
  18. Yes, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is often hard to follow, perhaps overestimating the audience's ability to keep track of what's going on and why. But it's a well-crafted film that wears its old-fashionedness with pride.
  19. Like Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Oduye brilliantly slips inside the skin of a sensitive young woman who's having trouble finding her place in the world.
  20. The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
  21. Although it's slow to unfold, this courtroom drama is so timelessly humane and even-handed it feels like it came from the dockets of Solomon - by way of Sidney Lumet.
  22. The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but Declaration of War is alternative therapy that really works.
  23. Refusing to hold our hands, director Lynne Ramsay ("Morvern Callar") pushes far beyond the boundaries of topical drama into the realm of the surreal.
  24. When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
  25. This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget.
  26. An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of creativity and tenderness.
  27. To keep serious cinema from going extinct, this could be sold as "The Hunger Games" cross-bred with "The Lorax," but it's better and more mature than either of those hit movies.
  28. Do yourself and your kids a favor. On the way to multiplex to see "The Avengers," tell them The Fairy is about an all-powerful superheroine. Someday, they'll find the words to thank you.
  29. Bernie could easily have gone horribly wrong. But Black and Linklater finesse this tricky material with as much virtuosity as Bernie brings to that broccoli.

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