St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,041 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 Driving Miss Daisy
Lowest review score: 0 The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Score distribution:
1,041 movie reviews
  1. An evolutionary leap forward, a visually exquisite film that doesn't ignore the truths of pollution and predatory survival.
  2. Although The Gatekeepers lacks the stylistic inventiveness of “Fog,” it is nonetheless a compelling account of what can go wrong when power is unrestrained.
  3. The film is so masterfully controlled, we feel like we’ve eavesdropped on something like life.
  4. A marvelous piece of work.
  5. Do yourself and your kids a favor. On the way to multiplex to see "The Avengers," tell them The Fairy is about an all-powerful superheroine. Someday, they'll find the words to thank you.
  6. A blast, the best action movie of the summer.
  7. Fury is a guided tour through a manmade hell.
  8. For a nation at war with its own values, Fair Game is a compelling, pertinent and scrupulously true political thriller in the honorable tradition of "All the President's Men."
  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. Shannon's powerfully imploded performance ignites one of the best films of the year.
  11. When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
  12. Clear-eyed, fearless and ferociously funny, Young Adult is mature filmmaking.
  13. Richly photographed and featuring an attractive cast, Farewell, My Queen is a layer cake of royal pleasures, rote protocols and revolutionary politics. For skeptics who thought this story had grown stale, let them eat their words.
  14. For the many mavens who aren't familiar with Varda, this autobiographical documentary will be puzzling, in the best and most literal sense.
  15. One of the best films of the year, Gett: the Trial of Viviane Amsalem is bound to be compared to the Oscar-winning Iranian drama “A Separation”; but if anything, Gett is an even more artful evocation of a bureaucratic nightmare.
  16. The Hedgehog sneaks up on you with its heartfelt storytelling and sophisticated wit.
  17. Davis Guggenheim, the St. Louis director who won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth," mines less controversial material this time around.
  18. We can quibble about the punitive punchline of John Gatins' script, but keeping complexity aloft for so long makes Flight a miraculous feat.
  19. As the highly focused Hanna, Ronan - who had a breakout role in "Atonement" - is simply brilliant.
  20. As memorable as it is insightful, Take This Waltz is one of the best films of the year.
  21. The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
  22. An enthralling lament for an era in which beauty is in danger of becoming extinct.
  23. An Oscar-ready collaboration between a great director and a star at the peak of his powers, but at its heart is a message in a bottle reading: "Trapped in paradise. Please send help."
  24. It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year.
  25. I’m pretty sure it would still be one of the best films of the year if the explicit lesbian sex scenes were censored, but it wouldn’t earn a penny in Peoria.
  26. For cinematic sojourners, Hugo is a trip to the moon.
  27. Maybe I enjoyed the similarly themed Kick-Ass because it took me back to that innocent time. Or maybe it's because this is the most brazenly funny bloodbath unleashed on the public since "Pulp Fiction."
  28. 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.
  29. An action comedy that works. But it’s also a surprisingly poignant romance. This is the summer flick you’ve been waiting for.
  30. This is a smart, moving film that's also very, very funny.

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