St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 949 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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Tetro
Lowest review score: 25 Jersey Boys
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 949
949 movie reviews
  1. Spacey evokes memories of other movies in which he's played a shark, and it's inherently fascinating to hear Aniston talking dirty and to see Farrell with a combover, but nothing in the film is genuinely provocative.
  2. It would have been nice if Cowboys & Aliens had come come up with the right equation to balance originality and homage. But in the end, it all turned into trigonometry.
  3. Once we've quickly digested the fortune-cookie message that modern women are as bound by obligations as their grandmothers were, all we can savor is the scenery.
  4. Here, the scattershot spoofery never rings true.
  5. 30 Minutes or Less could have been a guilty pleasure, but the crusty caper is half baked.
  6. This is another one of those phony movies in which a character burrows into someone else's life without telling them she's an axe murderer, a man or a vampire. Not only that, we're supposed to hope that they get it on. I was hoping that everyone involved would get hit by an asteroid.
  7. One Day fails to make us care about the young couple at its center.
  8. Despite the oddly literate title, Vincent Wants to Sea never deviates from the predictable bonding-through-misadventure script, and it has little to teach us about the nature and treatment of the traveler's respective maladies.
  9. A documentary that clearly aspires to the highest standards of cinematic muckraking but makes for a frustrating experience.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Like its main character, I Don't Know How She Does It tries to do everything, but it doesn't quite succeed.
  10. Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.
  11. What it lacks is the human element. Charlie is more of a rat than a rascal, and instead of working hard to build and operate his robots, he's literally going through the motions.
  12. Footloose poses as a bold update, but it's shockingly out of step with the times.
  13. The Big Year puts the focus on people who aren't inherently interesting - or funny.
  14. After a nifty setup, In Time mostly fails to deliver as it gets lamer by the minute.
  15. Back when it was planned as an African-American "Ocean's Eleven," this project might have been edgy, but the script has been whitewashed into a generic caper comedy with pretensions of timeliness.
  16. J. Edgar is the kind of prestige production that apologists will call polished, but even the technical attributes are tinny. In the gay-geezers scenes, Hammer wears terrible old-age makeup, and the entire film is bathed in sepia tones as weak as its convictions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Twilight fans who have followed the series will want to see "Breaking Dawn," and like Bella and Edward may find brief moments of pleasure.
  17. On its own terms and against all odds, "Outrage" is adequately entertaining, with more than enough cringe-inducing violence and cruel humor to please the average American moviegoer. But true Kitano fans will find its title sadly ironic.
  18. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is supposed to promote healing, but as they say in New York: close, but no cigar.
  19. As in the mindless Man on a Ledge, the hero is never really in danger, we're the ones who are trapped.
  20. Even by the standards of light entertainment, This Means War is meaningless.
  21. It's hard to hate a movie that escorts us to such lovely locales, but instead of marking the territory as her own, Madonna has directed a potentially provocative story like a virgin.
  22. Considerably better looking than its predecessor, but it's spewing the same old gibberish.
  23. Episodically structured and lethargically paced, the new film attempts to convince us that there's something incredibly charming about an old guy who makes a habit of ogling young women. Actually, the whole scenario is pretty creepy.
  24. Damsels in Distress is shockingly tone-deaf. Stillman is still capable of a few amusing quips, but his storytelling is sophomoric.
  25. Proficient director Peter Berg ("Hancock") keeps the noise so deafening we can't think about how preposterous it all is.
  26. As a sex-education comedy, Hysteria is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
  27. The only edge in the movie is represented by Russell Brand, who actually lived the lifestyle, but he's muzzled by a bad Liverpool accent and a gay subplot that's as insincere as the swaggering anthems by fatuous hacks like Foreigner, Starship and Journey.
  28. Pine and the always-watchable Banks make the best of a bad screenplay, but People Like Us gives us nothing that we can relate to.

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