St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 938 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 American Hustle
Lowest review score: 25 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 938
938 movie reviews
  1. A one-joke movie, but it’s a joke whose recurring rimshots grow as loud as our laughter.
  2. Director Lindholm is a graduate of the Dogma school, and he is able to maintain tension with a documentary camera technique, virtually no music and minimal on-screen theatrics.
  3. It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
  4. Even as it looks to the heavens, Gravity is bound to earth, where the beauty is in the details.
  5. Despite the obvious mismatches involved, this isn’t a simplistic smackdown. Freighted with weighty issues, Captain Phillips is a film worth debating.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Iowa-native Gurira has had roles in TV’s “Treme” and “The Walking Dead,” but Mother of George should be the birth of a brilliant film career.
  9. 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.
  10. At once a fascinating character study and a scathing indictment of the role of the medical-pharmaceutical complex in exacerbating the AIDS crisis, the fact-based Dallas Buyers Club is one of the best films of the year.
  11. A co-star deserving special mention is Nebraska itself, which Payne films in black-and-white to mirror the austerity of life on the de-populated prairie. These corners of the Cornhusker State are as empty as the promise of a sweepstakes prize. In this land of ghosts, one old pioneer tries to grab his stake before he becomes another windblown husk.
  12. The most exhilarating film of the year is also the most exhausting.
  13. For those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors, August: Osage County is heaven-sent.
  14. Garcia’s performance, which won the best actress award at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, is a marvel of self-effacing artistry.
  15. A marvelous piece of work.
  16. One part personal mystery and one part art-appreciation class.
  17. An enthralling lament for an era in which beauty is in danger of becoming extinct.
  18. It’s a party where we want to stay, until we’re dragged out kicking and screaming.
  19. 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.
  20. Best of all is Favreau. Instead of mass-producing another superhero epic, he has given the overfed public a dish of right-sized comfort food.
  21. The Rover is a sterling example of the new Australian noir.
  22. Directed by Steve James, whose “Hoop Dreams” Ebert hailed as the best film of the 1990s, it’s the kind of documentary the dying man wanted — honest, humane and inclusive.
  23. It's zippy, and the movie version has both a computerized sheen and handcrafted detailing. Because the details are cribbed from classics, parents can enjoy this 'toon as much as their kids.
  24. Unexpectedly poignant.
  25. Streep is astonishing, conveying Child's gusto, her quavering voice, even her height.
  26. Taiwanese director Ang Lee sees the '60s through a rose-colored telephoto lens, but his sympathetic spirit extends the generous message of the hippie era like a passed joint.
  27. The sharpest parts of the movie hack through the Hollywood jungle with an insider's certitude. But Apatow is so grounded in the comedy circuit that he can't quite capture the emotional wavelength of the life-and-death drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The film combines a pinch of morality with a healthy dose of humor to produce a movie that's entertaining for everyone.
  28. During a summer with the usual transforming robots and young wizards, this chilly flick is a bit of a break, and there are worse options than letting this Orphan in the door.
  29. Sometimes macabre and sometimes manipulative, but the way it speaks to the spirit is miraculous.

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