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 Youth in Revolt
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1377 movie reviews
  1. With such supercharged material under the hood, a magnetic man behind the wheel and a nimble director manning the pits, Senna is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen.
  2. It’s an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.
  3. Most biographical docs contain a montage of old footage, but this one is especially haunting. As Campbell watches home movies, he has to ask Kim to identify the people on screen, including his ex-wives, his children and his younger self.
  4. Few mainstream movies, let alone disability dramas, are so frank about sexual mechanics, yet notwithstanding the nudity, The Sessions isn't voyeuristic or sleazy.
  5. Like Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Oduye brilliantly slips inside the skin of a sensitive young woman who's having trouble finding her place in the world.
  6. One one level, Pride is as fake as a lip-sync revue, yet the emotions it arouses are real.
  7. Although Precious is based on a novel, it's an act of truth-telling on behalf of a character in hellish enslavement.
  8. The most provocative thing in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is the moment during the opening credits when we glimpse the comedy legend without makeup.
  9. That action is bloody, but Fiennes' choices as director are unassailably apt and artful. Coriolanus is a triumph.
  10. A far more interesting film than its title implies. And a film you’ve never seen before.
  11. Ultimately what makes Gone Girl so watchable is the three-headed monster of Fincher, Pike and Affleck. The director bathes the B-movie scenario in the queasy-green hues of a morgue, while Affleck flashes his million-dollar smile like a dime-store Dracula and the beautifully inscrutable Pike absorbs the light like a wax mannequin. If it’s true that Nick and Amy were made for each other, they were made in a fiendish lab.
  12. Although the characters don’t lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise.
  13. Far from being preachy, Loving is a beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.
  14. This may not be Scorsese’s best film, but it’s unquestionably his most impassioned.
  15. A comedy of discomfort -- and one of their (Coen brothers) best, most insightful and most provocative films.
  16. Director David O. Russell ("Three Kings") delivers a film of staggering impact.
  17. With a mad captain at the helm, this documentary version of Jodorowsky’s “Dune” is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream.
  18. An enthralling lament for an era in which beauty is in danger of becoming extinct.
  19. It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
  20. In one of the most wickedly funny scenes in sci-fi history, Koba uses monkeyshines to bamboozle some gun-toting yahoos and scuttle the peace treaty.
  21. In an Arnold film, plot is pretty much beside the point. Instead, she focuses on the subtleties of character — and her insights can be both enlightening and terrifying.
  22. As enchanting as it is ambitious.
  23. With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders.
  24. Fences is perhaps best appreciated as a showcase for the brilliant acting of Washington and Davis.
  25. The performances are first-rate, with Lindhardt particularly moving as a guy who's in deep denial about just how much he can expect from a relationship with an addict.
  26. I Am Love is easy to savor but tough to swallow.
  27. It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of Searching for Sugar Man will not soon slip away.
  28. Black Swan is ridiculously over the top, but in a way that makes it fascinating to watch.
  29. As Refn is riffing on thriller cliches, he gets solid support from the ensemble. Brooks, a comedic standout since the '70s, makes a sympathetic villain, and Gosling stokes the young-Brando comparisons - instead of settling for Richard Gere.
  30. Brilliant performances aside, Clouds of Sils Maria is overlong and much too self-indulgently an “art film.” It might have benefited from being just a bit more grounded.

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