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 A Prophet
Lowest review score: 25 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 980
980 movie reviews
  1. The Rover is a sterling example of the new Australian noir.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    They have the perfect supporting cast, made up of a group of exceptional real-life musicians: retired members of orchestras and opera companies, and a pianist bristling with the suppressed impatience of the longtime accompanist. (To see who they are, stick around for the credits.)
  2. Fury is a guided tour through a manmade hell.
  3. The Hedgehog sneaks up on you with its heartfelt storytelling and sophisticated wit.
  4. The funniest movie of the year.
  5. Gilchrist ("United States of Tara") is immensely appealing as a kid who's just a bit too wrapped up in himself to grasp that perhaps his problems aren't insurmountable.
  6. 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.
  7. Bursting with smart dialogue, surprising situations and humor that springs from richly imagined characters.
  8. Our Idiot Brother is smart entertainment.
  9. An exhilarating balancing act, at once a science-fiction romp, a paranoid thriller and a philosophical treatise.
  10. Builds beautifully from a farcical premise that requires a suspension of disbelief to a musical climax that washes away our cynicism in a wave of honest tears.
  11. At the confluence of altered states and state-sanctioned violence, this drug-fueled thriller is Stone's most successfully provocative picture since "JFK."
  12. It's a wholly successful sequel - audacious, entertaining and bracingly pertinent.
  13. For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, August: Osage County is heaven-sent.
  14. 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.
  15. It’s ultimately everything a modern horror movie should be.
  16. Notwithstanding the characters’ spiritual camaraderie, Salles’ emphasizes the hard physical labor and loneliness in Sal’s story, including the jittery rigors of the writing process. When he reaches a crossroads choice between down-and-out Dean and his own rising career, Sal senses that except for the words on a typewritten scroll, his life on the road is gone, real gone.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    'Back to the Future Part III is somewhat overlong and a little slow in getting started, but on the whole it provides an entertaining and emotionally satisfying conclusion to a memorable series. [25 May 1990, p.3F]
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  17. Superior filmmaking. Yes, it runs almost three hours - but you've probably seen 90-minute films that felt a lot longer.
  18. Energetic, colorful and packed with strong performances and musical numbers good enough to get by, Sparkle beams brightly.
  19. Long before the blood starts spilling, it’s clear the new team has mostly nailed it. The reboot is as good a Carrie remake as possible, though it’s not truly a scary movie; the film takes its time living up to its R rating.
  20. The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
  21. Allen has been criticized for leaving some of the plot lines up in the air and several characters in the lurch. But he seems to be making a point: Neat Hollywood endings are as phony and dangerous as Cristal's ramblings.
  22. In its cross-cultural breadth, director Ridley Scott’s smart and violent film merits comparison to Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” but the dialogue delivered by the stellar cast is incomparably McCarthy’s.
  23. Whether true or a hoax, I'm Still Here represents real risk-taking that I can only applaud.
  24. An action comedy that works. But it’s also a surprisingly poignant romance. This is the summer flick you’ve been waiting for.
  25. The richly constructed first hour is so superior to any feat of sci-fi speculation since "Minority Report" that the bland aftertaste of the chase finale is quickly forgotten.
  26. A blast, the best action movie of the summer.

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