St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,019 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 25 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
1,019 movie reviews
  1. He’s like a globe-trotting Richard Linklater. And with Winterbottom’s first-ever sequel, his “Trip” films now rival Linklater’s “Before” series in charting how a twosome evolves over time. Plus, they’re bloody hilarious.
  2. Fury is a guided tour through a manmade hell.
  3. Gilroy vividly evokes both the LA exteriors and newsroom interiors, and the action sequences are fraught with tension.
  4. This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to "2001: A Space Odyssey." But unlike Stanley Kubrick's psychedelic joyride, this journey is powered by a human heart.
  5. The storytelling is solid, propelled by characters that you come to care about.
  6. A brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings.
  7. With Top Five, Rock has finally made the transition to true movie stardom.
  8. If you don’t know the true story, we won’t spoil it for you except to say that it’s not the expected outcome. But if you’re willing to be thrown for a loop, you’re in good hands with this medal-worthy cast and crew.
  9. If you can take it, Unbroken will lift you like the classics of adventure cinema.
  10. Many of the people reading this review are doing it on a computer. And all of them are reading it in English. It’s not much of stretch to say that you could credit both of those things to a man named Alan Turing.
  11. The virtue of Inherent Vice is that we can stop chasing the tale and just enjoy the sunset of the ’60s dream.
  12. It's zippy, and the movie version has both a computerized sheen and handcrafted detailing. Because the details are cribbed from classics, parents can enjoy this 'toon as much as their kids.
  13. Unexpectedly poignant.
  14. Streep is astonishing, conveying Child's gusto, her quavering voice, even her height.
  15. Taiwanese director Ang Lee sees the '60s through a rose-colored telephoto lens, but his sympathetic spirit extends the generous message of the hippie era like a passed joint.
  16. The sharpest parts of the movie hack through the Hollywood jungle with an insider's certitude. But Apatow is so grounded in the comedy circuit that he can't quite capture the emotional wavelength of the life-and-death drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The film combines a pinch of morality with a healthy dose of humor to produce a movie that's entertaining for everyone.
  17. During a summer with the usual transforming robots and young wizards, this chilly flick is a bit of a break, and there are worse options than letting this Orphan in the door.
  18. Sometimes macabre and sometimes manipulative, but the way it speaks to the spirit is miraculous.
  19. $9.99 may not be entirely successful from a dramatic perspective, and it certainly offers little enlightenment about the meaning of life. But the film is so intriguing in other ways that it's definitely worth a look.
  20. Of all the films to come out the conflict, Afghan Star is the most provocative, because its message that people are essentially the same is a dubious, double-edge sword.
  21. The secret in this case is the jokes, which are ferocious. Marrying a monster flick with an adolescent romance has produced a merry mutant.
  22. Just when this black-and-white, microbudget movie seems poised to spring an indictment of the Dickensian social order, it ends, but in a redemptive ray of color.
  23. It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
  24. It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.
  25. This isn't just another crime story, and it would be misleading to suggest that it has anything to do with stylish gunplay, exhilarating car chases or brutal fistfights.
  26. Of course, there's a kind of reverse snobbery in touting cheap movies over polished ones. But if Not Quite Hollywood is not quite convincing, it is quite entertaining.
  27. A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.
  28. The edginess here isn't merely facile. Goldthwait's movies, including the under-appreciated "Shakes the Clown," are about reclaiming dignity from the dung heap. And he's found a fitting collaborator.
  29. May be one of the most fun-free, angst-ridden teens we've seen on the big screen in a long time.

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