St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

  • Movies
For 949 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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 25 Machete Kills
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 949
949 movie reviews
  1. With its seductive images and smart dialogue, The City of Your Final Destination has the setting and circumstances for a ripe family drama or a literary love story, yet it never awakens from its siesta.
  2. The spoof of consumerism scores some predictable points, but the tidy ending is a sell-out to the ultimate marketing machine: Hollywood.
  3. Prince of Persia is woven of recycled fibers, but by the slipping standards of summertime entertainment, it's a magic carpet ride.
  4. It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic.
  5. A lot of care went into crafting the handsome production but not enough into making the handsome hero come alive.
  6. As a diversion, Babies is like a wind-up toy that will tickle anyone with a pulse. As a documentary, it's like a cache of home videos that will frustrate anyone with an inquiring mind.
  7. Maybe in his native language, Dujardin is no funnier than Steve Martin's "Pink Panther." But with subtitles, his deadpan delivery is hard to resist.
  8. As a testament to traditions that are usually kept hidden from Hollywood, Holy Rollers is a mitzvah. But as a thriller, it's bubkes.
  9. It's not quite infectious, but some of the high notes manage to drown out some of the guttural lows.
  10. The film confirms it's hard to do brain surgery on a battlefield. But it doesn't take a brain surgeon to think it could go deeper.
  11. The most provocative thing in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is the moment during the opening credits when we glimpse the comedy legend without makeup.
  12. Why the bloodsucker and the wolf boy treat Bella as if she's the cat's meow is still a mystery.
  13. Christopher Nolan's "Memento" was a movie-lover's dream come true, a puzzle that was engaging both intellectually and emotionally. But his Inception is a wake-up call, a blaring reminder that cheap tricks can't compensate for personal investment.
  14. Jeunet -- whose influence can be seen in everything from the short-lived TV series "Pushing Daisies" to the Oscar-winning film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- remains one of the world's most imaginative directors. But Micmacs is a misfire.
  15. I Am Love is easy to savor but tough to swallow.
  16. Salt goes down easy, but it's lacking both nourishment and flavor.
  17. It's a little black dress of a movie, an elegant hint of something sensual that is ultimately denied to us.
  18. Between the carefully trained animals and their computer-animated mouths, the movie doesn't have much room for realism; but the 3-D effects are surprisingly effective, and this playful pic earns a pat on the head.
  19. A passable popcorn movie, but fans of the first film who expect lightning to strike twice are liable to get burned.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The word that sums up the essence of this movie is "frustrating."
  20. This homey construct is warm, exactingly crafted and painted with pop-country tones, but it's lacking a deep foundation where the issues that it raises can resonate. For a movie like that, we may have to depend on the Danes.
  21. There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.
  22. The Hefner we meet here is the likable rogue we already know.
  23. There are audiences for movies that amuse us, and arouse us, and scare us, but the career of Todd Solondz ("Storytelling") raises the question: Is there an audience for movies that make us feel icky?
  24. If you're interested in a drama about a few days in the life of an American abroad, you may find Cairo Time engaging. But for some viewers, it all may be just too subtle.
  25. While it's both too crude and too commercial to be mistaken for journalism, the good news is that the headliners deliver.
  26. Three actors portray the clumsy-but-limber Li in the years of his arduous training, when he is pulled between a teacher who's inspired by Mao and another who's inspired by bootleg videos of Mikhail Baryshnikov.
  27. Although their latest film is not without a certain charm, it quickly wears out its welcome.
  28. As phony as a poodle-skirted waitress at a mall diner, yet it's as sweet as a malt. A vanilla one.
  29. The premise is pure formula.

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