St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,007 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 Coriolanus
Lowest review score: 25 Law Abiding Citizen
Score distribution:
1,007 movie reviews
  1. While Walt and El Grupo is less than a penetrating analysis, it's more than a Mickey Mouse advertisement.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Rock misses the boat in deciding not to relate Good Hair to non African-Americans more.
  5. This stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The Messenger is the debut film of writer and director Oren Moverman, but it's worldly wise, with two well-rounded characters.
  9. More benevolent than Bill Maher's snarky flick "Religulous" and a heaven-sent affirmation of our common humanity.
  10. Ultimately, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is a defense, not a prosecution, and the principal witness remains a shining star.
  11. Broken Embraces is stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.
  12. Green Zone can't make up its mind whether it's "The Bourne Insurrection" or "Hurt Locker: The Prequel."
  13. We are reminded: War is hell. But at their best, war movies can be cool and beautiful.
  14. In a movie of murky surfaces and deep loneliness, the redemptive surprise of A Single Man is how it becomes a clear endorsement of the Buddy System.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.
  15. What makes this low-key movie memorable are the pitch-perfect performances.
  16. What enriches the recipe is that no one is quite as cagey as they seem. Colin is officially thuggish, but he's a blinkered romantic. Archie is a mama's boy, Meredith is gay, Mal is impotent, and Peanut wears dentures.
  17. Fortunately, Fish Tank feeds us more than crumbs and leaves us feeling like we've come up for air.
  18. The kids in the movie, from musicians to marital artists, are unusually skillful, and Smith seems assured of more starring roles. By the end of The Karate Kid, we can't help cheering, even when we know we've been sucker-punched.
  19. It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.
  20. This deadpan police story produces unexpected chills.
  21. The beauty of October Country, beside its artful images, is how it compresses the windblown fortunes of working-class America into the fallen leaves of one forlorn family.
  22. As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus. But as a political statement or personal drama, The Ghost Writer is nearly invisible.
  23. Given the stormy milieu, The Yellow Handkerchief could have been a sordid slice of life or a maudlin metaphor. But the unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat.
  24. If all you want from a movie are generous doses of laughs and some tender moments, She's Out Of My League should be right up your alley.
  25. This Swedish sensation is a magic trick that jolts the murder-mystery genre back to life.
  26. Like "The Squid and the Whale," this character study pushes the definition of comedy to the breaking point, and unlike the far less successful "Margot at the Wedding," it leaves us faintly smiling after the workout.
  27. Because the movie captures the period so well and argues so convincingly that the Runaways' very existence was revolutionary, it doesn't have to exaggerate the highs and lows to create a more salable story.
  28. Egoyan doesn't flinch from exploring the dark side of curiosity. That includes dealing with sexuality in a way that might make some moviegoers uncomfortable.
  29. In steering a course between the rock of rude humor and the hard place of perilous drama, How to Train Your Dragon flies high.

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