St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 980 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 Moonrise Kingdom
Lowest review score: 25 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 980
980 movie reviews
  1. It's the kind of movie that inspires word-of-mouth recommendations by speaking the international language of culture clash.
  2. Denham impressively captures Peter's flintiness, rendering him sympathetic yet not quite likable, and Vicius is just right as the wary Lorna.
  3. The real stars here are Scott's behind-the-curtain crew, who fill every frame with tech-savvy details and take the sets to another dimension with immersive 3-D imagery.
  4. Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
  5. Ice-T delivers a love letter to hip-hop with Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.
  6. Like "Gone, Baby, Gone," the French film Polisse succeeds by shifting the focus from the victims to the vigilant protectors.
  7. Just misses living up to its name.
  8. With elements of a musical, a melodrama and a multicultural romance, Where Do We Go Now? is as hard to define as the crossroads region where it's set. But even without a clear signal, it sometimes seems miraculous.
  9. Like a train, I Wish is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
  10. It's guilty of some sleight-of-hand hokum, but in pulling the rug from under the norm, Magic Mike turns a trick.
  11. Although there's a skeletal story, A Cat in Paris evokes a mood instead of a moral. Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember.
  12. Perry manages to pull it off here, coming off completely likable and real, never insufferable and fake.
  13. Alma is at once a charmer and a contrarian, and Bergsholm achieves that balance with seeming effortlessness. At times, she's more than a bit reminiscent of the young Jodie Foster.
  14. It bodes well for the future of the franchise that Renner and Weisz share not only a gripping predicament but something more important: chemistry.
  15. The Well-Digger's Daughter is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven. In a movie summer too often obsessed with things that go boom, this film is all about romance.
  16. To its credit, Celeste and Jesse Forever wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.
  17. Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.
  18. Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, Sleepwalk With Me points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.
  19. While Looper lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin.
  20. The campus comedy Pitch Perfect harmonizes high-end performance with low-brow spoofery. It's like a National Lampoon parody where the targets write the jokes.
  21. Sticks to the syllabus of a decidedly minor movie, but its humanities faculty is first-rate.
  22. While the big-headed, spindly puppets don't evoke enough emotion to make the movie a must-see, Burton's 3-D design team pours its heart into the monochrome surroundings, from the suburban d├ęcor to Victor's laboratory to the carnival midway.
  23. It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
  24. Whereas "Chill" attempted to define a generation, "Lies" is more of a statement about the nature and limits of friendship.
  25. At once an intriguing character study and a refreshingly offbeat romance.
  26. If you root for documentaries with heart, The Other Dream Team is a slam dunk.
  27. Some may scoff when the boys exhibit traits and interests derived from the biological parents they never knew, but The Other Son is such a disarming feat that cynics will get left at the checkpoint.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A lot like video games and candy: light entertainment but fun while it lasts.
  28. Few mainstream movies, let alone disability dramas, are so frank about sexual mechanics, yet notwithstanding the nudity, The Sessions isn't voyeuristic or sleazy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Guardians make a winning team that is a prime candidate for a sequel, just like "The Avengers."

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