St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,308 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Youth in Revolt
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1308 movie reviews
  1. As original and risk-taking as its subject, Steve Jobs will make you think differently about an American icon.
  2. Marley is thus a valuable history project but not a definitive or analytical one. For that, we await a film that's less "One Love" and more "Stir It Up."
  3. A stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film.
  4. Certain Women requires patience from the viewer and isn’t for anyone, but it’s a film of quiet and lingering beauty.
  5. If the film is a bit too slow-paced, it’s also uniquely mesmerizing, with performances that perfectly complement the episodic narrative.
  6. What makes Love Is Strange so special is that the challenges the couple face are more mundane than menacing.
  7. The kind of working-class, character-driven drama that few American directors would dare to make. It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.
  8. Far from being just another crime story, Sicario is cinema at its most ambitious.
  9. Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.
  10. Arrival is science fiction in the classic sense and a film of otherworldly ambition.
  11. It's true that the movie is both emotionally violent and sexually explicit. Yet these scenes from a marriage are crafted with such attention to detail and overarching honesty that Blue Valentine touches the heart.
  12. With Top Five, Rock has finally made the transition to true movie stardom.
  13. As the deeply principled Donovan, Hanks deftly balances earnestness and humor. And Rylance’s spirited performance is almost certain to yield an Oscar nomination.
  14. Unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.
  15. 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.
  16. A lovably quirky comedy-drama with a rhythm all its own.
  17. What animates this dramatically constrained film are the lively words and the vitality of nature. An image of butterflies blooming in a bedroom is Keats' worldview in miniature.
  18. Anyone suggesting that an Italian film could rival the style and grandeur of "The Godfather" might end up sleeping with the fishes. But Il Divo delivers.
  19. Fortunately, Fish Tank feeds us more than crumbs and leaves us feeling like we've come up for air.
  20. No
    The Oscar-nominated No has the gritty feel of a foreign film from the 1970s. As such, it may take a few minutes for most moviegoers to adjust to its rhythms. Ironically for a film about advertising, there’s nothing slick about it — and therein lies much of its greatness.
  21. Portman is simply brilliant, getting to the essence of Jackie without resorting to a mere impersonation.
  22. Although it's sly and sardonic, Police, Adjective is as rigorous as a tea ceremony -- or a Stalinist re-education camp.
  23. With a fearless director and his mighty pen freeing a talented cast to attack a vital theme, Django Unchained is damnation unleashed.
  24. The Big Short is the film that “The Wolf of Wall Street” wanted to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Directors Ron Clements and John Musker use the island setting to create an authentic, vibrant world. They also make earnest efforts to be culturally sensitive to Pacific Islanders’ heritage, incorporating Maui’s storytelling tattoos and his wayfaring skills
  25. Ultimately Skyfall is rooted in tradition - and in British soil. A pastoral drive to Bond's boyhood home (in a kind of car that will delight purists) opens the gates to some psychological background, and given the true-love subtext of "Casino Royale," it's not surprising that there's an emotional payoff here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Daisy's story, and Hoke's story. It's a beautiful story, filled with warmth and compassion. It was a glorious evening of theater when I saw it, and it's just as glorious on the screen. [12 Jan. 1990, p.3F]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  26. The virtue of Inherent Vice is that we can stop chasing the tale and just enjoy the sunset of the ’60s dream.
  27. A fanciful French cousin to Allen's "Zelig" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," yet the fulfilled wish for a better life is high-concept absurdity without high-anxiety guffaws.
  28. The story unfolds not as contrived drama, but with all the surprise and inevitability of real life.

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