St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 956 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Amour
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 956
956 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sometimes macabre and sometimes manipulative, but the way it speaks to the spirit is miraculous.
  4. $9.99 may not be entirely successful from a dramatic perspective, and it certainly offers little enlightenment about the meaning of life. But the film is so intriguing in other ways that it's definitely worth a look.
  5. Of all the films to come out the conflict, Afghan Star is the most provocative, because its message that people are essentially the same is a dubious, double-edge sword.
  6. The secret in this case is the jokes, which are ferocious. Marrying a monster flick with an adolescent romance has produced a merry mutant.
  7. Just when this black-and-white, microbudget movie seems poised to spring an indictment of the Dickensian social order, it ends, but in a redemptive ray of color.
  8. It's often obscenely funny, but it tickles more than it stings.
  9. It may not be original, but Adam could leave a lump in your throat.
  10. This isn't just another crime story, and it would be misleading to suggest that it has anything to do with stylish gunplay, exhilarating car chases or brutal fistfights.
  11. Of course, there's a kind of reverse snobbery in touting cheap movies over polished ones. But if Not Quite Hollywood is not quite convincing, it is quite entertaining.
  12. A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.
  13. The edginess here isn't merely facile. Goldthwait's movies, including the under-appreciated "Shakes the Clown," are about reclaiming dignity from the dung heap. And he's found a fitting collaborator.
  14. May be one of the most fun-free, angst-ridden teens we've seen on the big screen in a long time.
  15. Titanic technical achievement.
  16. Washington is surprisingly persuasive as a world-weary blade-wielder, and Oldman makes the most of a not particularly interesting villain. But the film's breakout star may be Kunis, who brings to Solara a blend of sassiness and sexiness that's reminiscent of Michelle Pfeiffer.
  17. What Barrymore brings is good-natured, girl-powered subversion, a sense of when to flaunt clich├ęs and when to flip them over the rails.
  18. Yet so much about The Lovely Bones is so skillfully orchestrated, from the chillingly methodical villainy to the thrillingly paced manhunt, we can accept that we're in the hands of a higher power.
  19. Succeeds as both advocacy and entertainment by focusing on the family.
  20. While Walt and El Grupo is less than a penetrating analysis, it's more than a Mickey Mouse advertisement.
  21. What animates this dramatically constrained film are the lively words and the vitality of nature. An image of butterflies blooming in a bedroom is Keats' worldview in miniature.
  22. Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.
  23. Rock misses the boat in deciding not to relate Good Hair to non African-Americans more.
  24. This stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble.
  25. The kind of working-class, character-driven drama that few American directors would dare to make. It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension.
  26. This jam-packed picture is too zippily scripted and edited to get stuck in message mode, yet the stellar cast achieves a rare harmonic convergence.
  27. The Messenger is the debut film of writer and director Oren Moverman, but it's worldly wise, with two well-rounded characters.
  28. More benevolent than Bill Maher's snarky flick "Religulous" and a heaven-sent affirmation of our common humanity.
  29. Ultimately, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is a defense, not a prosecution, and the principal witness remains a shining star.

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