St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,109 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Timbuktu
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,109 movie reviews
  1. An artfully observant and unexpectedly moving documentary.
  2. With a stellar cast and seductive look, Ex Machina is a sleek contraption for capturing our imagination.
  3. A movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
  4. The Illusionist has surprises up its sleeve that are unusually nuanced for an animated movie.
  5. There's a running joke that this epic of also-ran heroism is set in eternally modest Toronto; but its real locale is an alternate universe without parents or the unhip.
  6. Unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.
  7. This humane movie is an ode to joy, albeit of the mature sort.
  8. It's a wholly successful sequel - audacious, entertaining and bracingly pertinent.
  9. With its exploded notions of heroism, torture-rack dramatics and kamikaze gusto, it's a fiendishly entertaining flick.
  10. It’s a party where we want to stay, until we’re dragged out kicking and screaming.
  11. Ferrell's dryly understated performance is a shorthand for an alcoholic's denial and repressed rage, and as Nick grows increasingly desperate for a drink, he keeps his anger stashed like a last beer for emergencies.
  12. With a mad captain at the helm, this documentary version of Jodorowsky’s “Dune” is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream.
  13. Kristen Wiig is the best sketch comic alive, and Bridesmaids should finally make her a movie star.
  14. As an homage to an influential director, Submarine blows "Super 8" out of the water.
  15. The virtue of Inherent Vice is that we can stop chasing the tale and just enjoy the sunset of the ’60s dream.
  16. Bonnaire, whose films include "Vagabond" and "Monsieur Hire," gets Helene just right, registering her joys and disappointments with finesse.
  17. Notwithstanding exquisite images that evoke Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven," city-slicker audiences may find themselves getting saddle sore. But those with the courage to explore uncharted territory will be rewarded with a rough gem of a movie.
  18. You might expect a cartoon about a man and his dog to be strictly for kids, but My Dog Tulip, based on a memoir by J.R. Ackerley, has a psychological richness and anatomical explicitness that is very grown-up.
  19. Credit goes to smart casting of unknowns in the leads, who click uniformly; a packed script that manages not to feel overly long and social commentary that is timeless.
  20. Rango is iconic like a spaghetti Western, smart like a '70s conspiracy thriller and lively like a Coen brothers comedy.
  21. Has been criticized as endorsing or condoning violence, but that assessment is unfair and inaccurate. If terrorism is to be eliminated, it must be understood, not oversimplified.
  22. Zobel's unsparing approach is justified. This film should be hard to watch - and it is. But it's also hard to forget.
  23. Black Swan is ridiculously over the top, but in a way that makes it fascinating to watch.
  24. Whether true or a hoax, I'm Still Here represents real risk-taking that I can only applaud.
  25. One part personal mystery and one part art-appreciation class.
  26. A charming throwback filled with authentic characters.
  27. It’s ultimately everything a modern horror movie should be.
  28. Although Lebanon is to be congratulated for its bold visual strategy and strong antiwar stance, the film becomes claustrophobic after a while.
  29. A film that's all the more intriguing for being virtually impossible to categorize.
  30. 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.

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