St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

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For 1,377 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Dunkirk
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1377 movie reviews
  1. The troupe's first film in more than a decade, is a more aggressively absurd antidote to what it calls "a hard, cynical world." Happily, it works.
  2. At once funny and poignant — and not just for moviegoers of a certain age.
  3. Don’t be put off by the need to read subtitles. Rarely has a film more eloquently captured the universality of human experience.
  4. Mistress America doesn’t quite achieve the magic of “Frances Ha.” But it’s a fresh take on the comic possibilities of friendship among the young.
  5. Spy
    With the overlong, limp and lazy Spy, Feig has lost his mojo.
  6. Reeves is thoroughly persuasive as a killer who takes pride in his expertise. The role he began with 2014’s “John Wick” is tailor-made for his laconic acting style.
  7. An evolutionary leap forward, a visually exquisite film that doesn't ignore the truths of pollution and predatory survival.
  8. The most exhilarating film of the year is also the most exhausting.
  9. Co-directors Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos let the painful stories emerge naturally, without prodding questions or talking-head experts who place the boys’ grim lives in the larger context of the post-industrial economy.
  10. At the end of the day, it’s still a comic-book movie, but one that actually raises serious questions about security, accountability and revenge.
  11. One part personal mystery and one part art-appreciation class.
  12. The macabre comedic undertones are reminiscent of a Coen brothers film like "Blood Simple." But a more apt comparison is to an obscure Canadian bank-heist flick called "The Silent Partner," in which teller Elliot Gould pockets some loot from thief Christopher Plummer. Both movies imitate an American idiom with a provincial accent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Michael Keaton and Christian Bale are the best. George Clooney and Ben Affleck are among the worst. But Will Arnett is by far the funniest.
  13. Perhaps the spookiest thing in this slyly scary movie is the word-for-word way that Patrick's followers regurgitate his pablum.
  14. Amy Schumer is so scary-good in Trainwreck that it almost seems risky to speak her name.
  15. Put aside any hang-ups you may have about subtitles. As action flicks go, Point Blank is right on target.
  16. Cruise is as watchable as ever, bringing to Hunt a blend of steeliness and vulnerability.
  17. In a poignant and potentially depressing film, it’s redeeming to see that when they are with their kindred spirits, even the saddest skeletons can dance.
  18. This deadpan police story produces unexpected chills.
  19. A must-see — and one of the best films of the year.
  20. Like other so-called "mumblecore" movies, including Bronstein's own "Frownland," this is an unnervingly intimate glimpse of dysfunction, with a shaky-cam aesthetic and seemingly improvised dialogue.
  21. A Bigger Splash? More like a small trickle.
  22. There are three sides to most love stories: his, hers and the truth. But on London's Fleet Street, the three sides are his, hers and the tabloids'.
  23. While the big-headed, spindly puppets don't evoke enough emotion to make the movie a must-see, Burton's 3-D design team pours its heart into the monochrome surroundings, from the suburban décor to Victor's laboratory to the carnival midway.
  24. How could you not marvel at a movie that includes a revisionist explanation of the JFK assassination, a football stadium floating over the White House and the sight of Richard Nixon firing a .45 at a villain in a Christ-figure pose?
  25. Like "Gone, Baby, Gone," the French film Polisse succeeds by shifting the focus from the victims to the vigilant protectors.
  26. Christopher Nolan's "Memento" was a movie-lover's dream come true, a puzzle that was engaging both intellectually and emotionally. But his Inception is a wake-up call, a blaring reminder that cheap tricks can't compensate for personal investment.
  27. Although Tomboy is as tightly constructed as a short story and as seemingly straightforward as a documentary, the parable about a small fib that grows out of control is so rooted in the rich soil of sexual identity that it entangles us.
  28. When the smoke clears, heady Farewell stands tall among the movies that view the Cold War at close range.
  29. Psychological thrillers just don’t get any better than this.

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