St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 900 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Catfish
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 900
900 movie reviews
  1. Post-Dispatch classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller told me that Gould's music is as divisive today as it was 50 years ago, when the pianist publicly clashed with conductor Leonard Bernstein over the tempo of a performance.
  2. Stone isn't for everyone. But for all its shortcomings, it is courageously original.
  3. This true story does a great service by honoring the memory of 22 brave men and women and by dramatizing the internal debates within the French population. But in staying true to life, it sacrifices some of the pacing and clarity of a conventional thriller.
  4. The story is sustained by the stubborn love between the siblings and by the conviction of the two fine actors who portray them.
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is slower and stranger than any of the previous films, simultaneously raising hopes for a haunting finale while dimming hopes for a magical one.
  6. While we await the definitive documentary about the glut of garbage, Waste Land reduces this global catastrophe to touchingly human scale.
  7. Mainstream moviemaking at its most proficient, with a zippy script, comfort-food casting and a breakout performance by a deserving star.
  8. A bit slow to get started, and it's nowhere near as funny as "The Hangover." But it'll make you smile.
  9. In the infidelity drama Leaving, British reserve gets overtaken by French passion, and the subsequent events have the horrific momentum of a slow-motion car crash.
  10. It's a tart trifle, but in the madding crowd of year-end movies, Tamara Drewe rocks.
  11. Even with a large cast, groovy clothes and cool pop songs, Hawkins holds our attention with a combination of modesty and moral strength.
  12. Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. What else do you need to know?
  13. Summer Wars has engineered a truce between the familiar and the fantastical.
  14. Stays too low to the ground to become an animated classic, but if there's a fairer midwinter's tale, wherefore art thou?
  15. Paul Simon and a Parisian orangutan tell us the same thing: It's all happening at the zoo.
  16. Im Sang-soo has crafted an erotic thriller whose cool beauty speaks for itself.
  17. Europeans have a taste for both the mechanics of trickery and the machinations of power, and the politically astute Spanish film "Even the Rain" belongs in the same conversation with Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" and Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education."
  18. Scabrously funny yet essentially gentle, as the main thing that it's probing is our collective ignorance.
  19. Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.
  20. Although the film has elements of a puzzler by Michelangelo Antonioni and a psychodrama by Ingmar Bergman, it never becomes compellingly intellectual or unnervingly emotional.
  21. Cunningham's answers to pointed questions about romantic love and religious faith are so open-hearted, we understand that he's bigger than just New York.
  22. As popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
  23. A good nature film - and a great technical achievement.
  24. The libido and bloodlust flowing from the pint-size Page is the funniest thing in the movie, but elsewhere, the mix of the goofy and ghastly is hard to digest.
  25. This melodrama about spousal abuse and honor killings might be too grim to bear, but Kekilli keeps it centered.
  26. Don't be late to this homecoming of director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson's horror series, which begins with a twisty opening sequence that's bloody fun.
  27. Although the choice of interviewees skews the movie in a New Age-y direction, there's less pseudoscience and more heart than in the kindred documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
  28. It's got a grown-up artfulness, but Winter in Wartime could become a lot of boys' favorite movie.
  29. Although it starts slowly, the accumulated tension and thematic resonance leaves us breathless.
  30. Superbly acted, and a return to form for Tavernier, who guided jazz legend Dexter Gordon to an Oscar nomination for "'Round Midnight" (1986).

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